We included Oudtshoorn on our itinerary for South Africa purely for the meerkat adventure trip. We were not disappointed. The early start is absolutely worth it and watching the sunrise as you wait for the meerkats is wonderful. We arrived at the meeting point at 4.50am and were greeted by Rudolph and JD. We then followed them for a few minutes in our car where we were given a hot drink and biscuit. The group was split into two and we were given our camping chairs. After a short walk we sat down to wait for the first meerkat which took about 15 minutes. Rudolph gave us lots of information on the meerkats and was very knowledgeable. The guides have years of experience working in various places with animals and aren't just knowledgeable about meerkats. The meerkats pleasured us with the presence for about 30 minutes. Allowing us to take lots of wonderful pictures. The way the guides have got the meerkats used to humans without interfering with their normal behaviour is fantastic. They do not feed them or do anything unethical in any way and they have put a lot of time and effort in which doesn't go unnoticed. Each evening they go back to watch where the meerkats are going to settle for the night, which can be one of numerous places, to ensure they know where to take guests the next morning. We aren't a fan of zoos and other such places and felt very comfortable with the whole experience of seeing the meerkats in their natural habitat. An absolute must!
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