FAUNA & FLORA

BIG 5 SAFARI!

Big Five safaris are a must-do for anyone visiting South Africa; the term referring to the following animals: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. The sound of “Big Five” still conjures up the romance and excitement of Africa’s exotic destinations and experiences, which today can be experienced in almost any province of the country.

Prepare to be awed as you see an elusive leopard dozing in the bough of a tree, spot a black rhino with its magnificient horns and bad temper half-hidden in thick shrubs, come across a pride of lions stalk their prey at sunset, or watch a large herd of elephants move soundlessly across the road. Accompany expert rangers and field trackers in search of the African game on custom-built Land Rovers, or take a guided walk into the heart of the bush for a completely different perspective from a ground level that cannot be appreciated from the back of a Land Rover.

Late winters, May to September, are best for sightings when the grass is still low and the water is concentrated in only a few places. Summer is very hot but the vegetation is at its best with lots of baby animals. The other good season for sightings is early monsoons – the birthing season in the bush, which starts to flush green after the first rains.

ELEPHANT INTERACTION AT INDALU GAME RESERVE

Indalu Game Reserve follows a different pace. Surrounded by pristine mountain wilderness and attuned to the gentle rhythm of Africa’s gentle giants, Indalu Game Reserve, breathes fresh air from nature and sea, 20 - 30km off Mossel Bay’s South Coast. Indalu is open to the wild and uninterrupted flow of the game through 800 hectares of landscape. While guest feel at home at Indalu, the wildlife is eternally present. Indalu has a simple philosophy of living in harmony with a deep respect for all that is tamed, untamed and untouched.

ELEPHANT INTERACTION - Experienced handlers will introduce you to our elephants. Witness their intelligence, while enjoying a personal encounter with them by being able to touch, feed and interact at leisure.

PANTHERA WILD CAT SANCTUARY

Panthera Africa is an environmentally friendly sanctuary for any captive bred big cats, where they will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives. An educational visit to the sanctuary will educate you on interesting facts about the different species, and enlighten you on our animals' unique personalities. You will be able to see, hear and enjoy everything these animals have to offer. In addition to our EDUCATIONAL visit, you also have the option to join the enrichment visit and FEEDING visit. Here you have the opportunity to photograph the animals in action – playing, pouncing, sniffing and exploring. We can promise you an exciting and unforgettable experience!

BOAT-BASED WHALE WATCHING

The whale watching tour begins with an on-land briefing presented by our whale specialist guide before heading down the jetty to our boat. We then set off from the Hermanus New Harbour in search of the ‘gentle giants.’ During the tour our friendly, knowledgeable crew adds that personal touch to ensure an all-round great experience, from ensuring you don’t miss the perfect photo opportunities to serving complimentary light refreshments. The guides keep you informed via our on board PA system ensuring your whale trip is informative and educational.

KAYAK WITH PENGUINS AT BOULDERS BEACH, CAPE TOWN

One of the most unique places in the world - a penguin colony in suburban Cape Town! And the best way to see it is from the water.

VISIT A WORKING OSTRICH FARM

No trip to Oudtshoorn is complete without a visit to a working ostrich farm. Purchase ostrich eggs. Touch, feel, sit on and maybe even ride the magnificent birds.