4 Days: DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1 – Depart Johannesburg, stopping at various spots en route. Night drive planned for the evening.
Day 2 – We drive to Mokala National Park, for birding as well as various mammals. In the evening we do a second night drive.
Day 3 – After breakfast we drive to Spitskop Dam north of Kimberley. The dam straddles the border of Northern Cape and North West Province. In spring, migrating shorebirds touch down here, giving the chance of some special species. The large dam is home to several waterfowl species. The arid surrounds are excellent for coursers and sandgrouse, and give us a good opportunity for some fun pipit ID. We return to Marrick where we do an afternoon drive looking for the fairly newly split Karoo Rock Sengi, Cape Grey Mongoose and Smith’s Red Rock Rabbit. We do a third night drive.
Day 4 – We return to Johannesburg, stopping at birding sites en route.
Aardvark, Aardwolf, Black-backed Jackal, Black-footed Cat, Cape Fox, Cape Hare, Cape Porcupine, Karoo Sengi, Large-eared Mouse, Rock Hyrax, South African Ground Squirrel, Striped Polecat, Yellow Mongoose. The farm has several large mammals, although these are introduced rather than naturally occurring.
In Mokala National Park, the following mammals may be seen: Black and White Rhinoceros, Cape Buffalo, Tsessebe, Roan, Giraffe, Eland, Kudu, Gemsbok and Black Wildebeest
The list is extensive and includes South African Shelduck, Kori Bustard, Double-banded Courser, Alpine & Bradfield’s Swifts, Pririt Batis, Fairy Flycatcher, Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Chat Flycatcher, Sociable Weaver, Black-faced and Violet-eared Waxbill, etc.
Price from R8,800 per person sharing
Included: travel from Johannesburg, accommodation, meals, drinking water, park entrance fees.
Excluded: alcoholic and soft drinks, tips, items of a personal nature, tips for Marrick guides and staff, international visitor surcharge on entrance fee at Mokala National Park.
Best departure dates are from July to October.