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South Africa and The Garden Route is without a doubt a massive tourist hotspot, not only for it's amazing scenery, but also it's wild and Big 5 Safaris. We provide Garden Route Tours and Wildlife Safaris that will give you a complete insight to the East Coast and Garden Route of South Africa - scenery, fun, history and Big 5 Safaris at top destinations.

Below are some of the animals included in the wildlife of South Africa and along the Garden Route. You will find there are in fact seven animals on this list. This is simply due to the fact that people informally started talking about the 'big 7' of South Africa. Remember! We offer all your South Africa tour needs. Let us tailor make you a trip including The Garden Route and Big 5 Safaris and wildlife!

The Cape Buffalo is a big African bovid. It can grow to almost 2 meters high and 3 and a half meters in length. Savannah buffaloes are pretty heavy, at about 400 - 850 kg, with males, usually bigger than females, reaching the upper ranges. Forest buffaloes are about half those sizes. The African Buffalo is not very closely related to the Wild Asian Buffalo, but it's ancestors remains unclear. Buffaloes is one of many wildlife to be observed in Addo Park found in The Garden Route of South Africa. Remember to let us know if there are certain wildlife you would like to do during our Garden Route Tours and we will do our best to include it.

Elephants are large land mammals. Addo Elephant Park is arguably the best park in South Africa to observe hundreds of elephants among other wildlife. Addo is part of The Garden Route and can comfortably be included in our 6 Day tours. There are three living species: African Bush Elephant, African Forest Elephant and the Asian Elephant (also known as the Indian Elephant). Other species have become extinct since the last ice age, the Mammoths being the best-known of these. They were once classified along with other thick skinned animals in a now invalid order, Pachydermata.

The great white shark forms a big part of the wildlife of South Africa. It is an exceptionally large lamniform shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans. Reaching lengths of more than 6 m (20 ft) and weighing up to 2,250 kg (5,000 lb), the great white shark is arguably the world's largest known predatory fish. It is the only surviving species of its genus, Carcharodon. From Cape Town one can book shark diving tours or you can include it in our 6 Day Garden Route Tours. Doing this tour will be on the first morning of the Garden Route Tours.

The leopard can be found in South Africa and is a member of the Felidae family and the smallest of the four "big cats", the other three are the tiger, lion and jaguar. Even though the leopard forms a big part of the wildlife of South Africa, this cat is rarely spotted during daytime. Our Garden Route Tours visit some wildlife parks and attarctions where one can attempt to find these animals. There are also opportunities along the Garden Route for interactions with leopards and other felines. Once distributed across southern Asia and Africa, from Korea to South Africa, the leopard's range of distribution has decreased radically over time due to hunting and loss of habitat, and the leopard now chiefly occurs in South Africa. There are fragmented populations in India, Indochina, Malaysia, and China. Due to the loss of range and continual declines in the wildlife population, the cat has been downgraded to "Near Threatened" species; its numbers are greater than that of the other Panthera species, all of which face more acute conservation concerns.

The word "rhinoceros" is derived from the Greek words rhinos, meaning nose, and keras, meaning horn; hence "horned-nose". The plural can be rhinoceros, rhinoceri, rhinoceroses, or rhinoceroi. The collective noun for a group of rhinoceros in the wildlife is "crash". They are commonly known as rhinos. The rhino is an endangered species and is protected in South Africa. Along The Garden Route one can view these mammals at various game parks, including Addo Elephant Park. The Rhino is an endangered wildlife species and the world numbers are dropping rapidly. South Africa plays a lead role in preserving the legend of the rhino. We offer a range of wildlife activities in our Garden Route Tours.

The Southern Right Whale is a baleen whale, one of three species. Around 12,000 Southern Right Whales are spread throughout the southern part of South Africa. From the months of July to November one can view them from land around the southern coast, especially in a town called Hermanus. We make a stop in Hermanus during some of our Garden Route tours. Along The Garden Route these whales can be viewed in towns like Knysna, Wilderness, Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay and more. It is easy to spot their V shaped blows on a windless day. Sometimes they treat us to a bit of tail flapping and breaching. The Southern Right Whale was described as Balaena australis, though later transferred to the genus Eubalaena. Later reclassified as a subspecies of the North Atlantic Right Whale Eglacialis, it is once again considered a separate species. Furthermore it may one day be reclassified in its original genus as scientists see greater differences between the three Balaenoptera species than between the Bowhead Whale, the only member of the original genus Balaena, and the other three right whales. It therefore seems likely that all four species will be placed in one genus in a future review. The more adventurous travelers can embark on a boat ride. There are opportunities for this during tours from Cape Town or as an optional activity during our Garden Route tours.

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