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South Africa

Megafauna and Birding Safari

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Get ready for a deeply intimate experience in wild Africa. We’ll spend the first portion of our two-week adventure deep in the backcountry, staying at a comfortable bush camp along the Klaserie River. This unique location will allow us the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a safari on foot—without need of a vehicle. We’ll walk among the amazing primeval wildlife and birds of the region, moving to the natural rhythms of the bush. We’ll be on the lookout for Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, and other big mammals as well as hundreds of bird species. In the evenings we’ll share stories of the day around our big campfire.


The next leg of our journey will take us to the world-famous Kruger National Park. The park is home to an unparalleled number of species, including 507 birds and 147 mammals. The park consists of grass and bush-covered plains broken by mountains and rocky outcrops. We'll be staying in comfortable cottages while in Kruger. Morning game drives will offer us excellent birding and wildlife watching while optional night drives will allow us to see another dimension of Africa’s ecology. Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, and Elephant are all common denizens of the park, and we should have many quality sightings of these.


To complete our experience, we’ll spend several days exploring the thriving city of Cape Town and its surroundings. We’ll search for Orange-breasted Sunbirds, Southern Red Bishops, and other birds in the city’s famous botanical gardens and we’ll ride cable cars to the top of the iconic Table Mountain. There will be time to shop the local craft markets and sample delicious food in the city. We even plan to visit a local colony of African Penguins.


This tour is a fantastic opportunity to get an up-close, personal experience of Africa’s wild spirit and to experience the culture of Cape Town. Few places on Earth are as rich with large animals and exotic birds. You’ll have a wonderful time seeing and getting to know these fascinating creatures.


Tour Highlights

 Experience Africa as few ever will: you’ll have several opportunities to go Safari on foot, walking through the African bush in search of the birds and other wildlife that live there. There is no more profound, more intimate way to experience the African bush.

 Spend five nights in a bush camp on a private nature reserve, with no walls or fences between you and the wilds of Africa.

 Witness the megafauna of Africa with expert guides on hand to enrich your understanding at every turn.

 Experience a country and a region regarded as a "Birder's Paradise," with over 800 bird speceis found within its borders, including 140 near endemic species, more than any other country in Africa.

 Explore Kruger National Park, including the most remote and birdiest area of the park, the Limpopo River region in the far north.

South Africa Tour Map

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1

Group arrives in Johannesburg, then takes a short flight to the small northern town of Hoedspruit. From here the group shuttles to our bush camp in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. In the evening, we’ll head out on a game drive, returning in time for dinner and a little time around the campfire before we head to bed. 1 night at a Private Bush Camp in the Klaserie Reserve


Days 2-5

Safari walks and game drives around our bush camp in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. Our daily schedule will be dictated by the natural rhythms of the African bush and the activity patterns of its wildlife. 4 nights at private bush camp


Day 6

Today we will break camp and head into Kruger National Park. We will spend five nights and the better part of 6 days in Kruger, exploring the central and northern sections. We will be staying in four different camps. 1 night at Letaba Camp


Days 7-10

Each day in Kruger National Park, we will arise and head out early to look for birds and wildlife, making the most of the cool mornings. We'll enjoy some down-time during the heat of the day, then head back into the park by mid-afternoon. 1 night at Shingwedzi Camp, 2 nights at Punda Maria Camp, and 1 night at Mopani Camp


Day 11

This is a big travel day. After breakfast we head to Hoedspruit, where we catch a flight to Johannesburg, and then another flight to Cape Town, arriving by late afternoon. 1 night at Chapman's Peak Hotel


Days 12-14

Three days exploring and enjoying Cape Town. We'll be on the lookout for birds wherever we go. Places we'll visit include Table Mountain, the famous Botanical Gardens, and local artisan markets. You'll be free to choose your own activities on our final day in South Africa. We'll share our last dinner together as a group before catching an evening flight home. 2 nights at Chapman's Peak Hotel

TRIP FULL

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COST: $4,895

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $1,275

START DATE: November 5, 2018

DURATION: 14 days

GROUP SIZE: Up to 10

TRIP FOCUS: Wildlife and Birding




WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Guiding services
  • Double-occupancy lodging
  • Ground and water transportation
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and some dinners
  • Excursions and park fees


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  • Tour Map
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YOUR GUIDE

A true lover of the natural world, Steve Robertson has been a student of nature his entire life. First, as a little boy, who caught every creature he could for the mini zoo he kept in the garage, then later as an adult, leading scientific research expeditions into some of the most remote regions of the world, searching for rare species in such places as Tasmania, Madagascar and the upper Amazon Basin. With degrees in Wildlife Biology, advanced biology & education, Steve has worked in the field of Environmental Education for over 30 years. From 1998 to 2017, he served as the Education Director for the Audubon Society of Portland, creating a number of innovative programs including International Ecotours, a program that has won hundreds of accolades from around the country. During his time with Audubon, Steve personally designed and led Ecotours to over 20 countries, spanning six continents.




If you love nature travel, you’re in good hands with us

How We Travel

We gauge the success of a tour on how well it was enjoyed by all. Providing a rich, rewarding experience for each individual is our top priority. Our tours generally have an easy pace so that everyone gets to experience all a region has to offer.

We create a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere that encourages tour participants to help each other in the field. Just as safety and comfort are cornerstones of our tours, so are humor and the simple joy of learning. The good cheer and camaraderie on our tours often inspire post-trip get-togethers and new, life-long friendships.

Our Focus

We’re crazy about birds, but they are only part of the story.

Our tours offer a holistic experience by taking the time to appreciate all of the animals we encounter– including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. They all interact and play vital roles in their ecosystems. We also take time on our tours to explore the plants and geology of the regions we visit.

Fostering a deeper understanding of new cultures is one of our goals. On your tour, you’ll taste exotic cuisine and hear local music. You’ll have time to peruse the market, stroll through villages, and share stories with the people you meet.

Protecting the Wild

Ecotourism is a powerful tool for protecting the wild regions of the world. For example, parts of Uganda are now devoted to the conservation of the Mountain Gorilla. Though still endangered, ecotourism has pulled this species back from the precipice of extinction.

We aim to make a positive conservation impact wherever we travel. We often use local guides and stay in small, locally-owned lodges. On every trip, we donate to a local conservation organization that works to protect a native species or ecosystem. When you travel with Wild Latitudes you are helping to protect wild places and the amazing species that call them home.

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