South Africa’s Wildlife Of Land & Sea
This combination of Hermanus, the Western Cape and Klaserie Private Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger showcases the incredible diversity of wildlife that can be found in South Africa above and below the waves.
Flying into Cape Town initially, we hit the ground running with a visit to Betty’s Bay, viewing African penguins en route to our first destination, Hermanus. Here, we spend mornings out on the water, hoping to get up, close and personal with Walker Bay’s marine wildlife, such as southern right whales, bottlenose dolphins and Cape fur seals, before taking to the clifftop trails every afternoon. Hermanus has arguably some of the best land-based whale watching in the world, and hopefully we will watch whales frolic and breach from the shore.
Our next stop is Klaserie Private Nature Reserve in the Great Kruger National Park. This Big Five reserve is particularly renowned for leopard, however we also look out for cheetah and African wild dogs during our 4-night stay and explore the reserve through twice daily vehicle safaris and guided bush walks. From our lodge situated in pristine wilderness, listen to the distinctive call of grey go-away birds and marvel at the spring colours of flowering knobthorns and marulas. We’ll wait, full of anticipation, by waterholes for wildlife seeking out fresh water.