Meerkat Adventures in Oudtshoorn

Meerkat Adventures in Oudtshoorn

South Africa
South Africa

When Is the Best Time

Meerkats are incredibly social, living together in burrows that they dig with their claws. They are living underground to be safe from predators and the heat during the day.

Three Meerkats standing
A good zoom camera is essential for such pictures.

Spotting these cute meerkats close is an outstanding and rare experience. A guided tour close to Oudtshoorn in the Karoo is the best way to observe them. The meeting point is outside of Oudtshoorn, very early in the morning before sunrise.

One meerkat close
An magnificent experience to watch them early morning.

The starting time mentioned on the website is estimated. You need to contact them the day before to confirm the accurate time for the following early morning. It also depends on weather conditions. In winter, it's chilly early morning. Make sure you take warm clothes and binoculars.

Weather
The sunrise in the desert.
The breathtaking sunrise

In general, less precipitation in Oudtshoorn, but it occurs throughout the year with peaks in March/April and August/September. Driest and coldest months are June and July, with single-digit temps at night from May to September. Sometimes it snows in the mountains. The hottest season is from November until March, with day temperatures topping 30°C. Expect plenty of sunshine, but thunderstorms can occur.

Crowds

Due to their professionalism, it's not a question of how many people take part. Less busy during the winter months; Mai/June until August.

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Location and Tips

Oudtshoorn
South Africa
South Africa

I highly recommend going on the Meerkat Adventure tour with Devey, a committed conservationist, and his two supporters.

A bigger group of meerkats

It is an early start at 5 am when you meet the tour guides just outside Oudtshoorn in your own car. Together you travel on for another few minutes before the cars get parked. After coffee, everybody gets a camping chair, and you walk over to the spot where the Meerkats are still sleeping. Devey always checks the night before where the Meerkats go to sleep because they are often changing their burrows.

Two meerkats in the thick bush

While you are waiting for the meerkats to appear, The guide shares a lot of exciting information, knowing a lot about nature. It is simply amazing to watch how these tiny creatures leave their burrows to warm themselves in the first rays of sunlight. There are funny stories told about the character of each individual.

The cute meerkats scanning the area

One of their specific behaviour standing in an upright position. While all meerkat members forage for food, the security guard, the "sentry", stands on its back legs. The meerkat scans the area for predators. If the meerkat Sentry senses danger, you hear a high-pitched squeal to warn the others.

Do not miss it; you are supporting a great conservation project. My friends have already booked this tour twice because they are so excited about it.  For contact and booking, follow the link. Meerkat Tour (No affiliate link - I just want you to have an excellent morning tour.)

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