Route Tours, South Africa Wildlife
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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
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