Meerkats, or suricates, are one of the Kalahari’s best-known animals but not often seen by visitors to the nearby Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Kalahari Trails Meerkat Sanctuary lies just 35 kilometres before the park entrance at Twee Rivieren. Guests staying at this wildlife reserve, with its various self-catering facilities, are welcome to visit this tame colony.
These meerkats are all ‘misfits’ – animals confiscated for cruelty, orphans and unwanted pets – which, now rehabilitated, have formed their own family group.
They roam freely about the lodge grounds, breeding and living a natural life. They offer fabulous photographic opportunities!
Guests staying at Kalahari Trails in the variety of accommodation on offer, as well as day visitors, are welcome to visit the Meerkat Sanctuary. Only here will you find the unique opportunity to take a walk through the dunes with a meerkat family – it's an experience not to be missed!
All guests can walk freely through the nature reserve, but rather take a two to three-hour guided walk where you'll be accompanied by an expert biologist… and the family of meerkats, of course! You'll learn about the geology, animals and plants of the Kalahari dunes, and be amazed by the huge variety of creatures that call the seemingly “barren” dunes their home.
R150 per person
Other walks include:
Explorer night walks – at night the Kalahari comes alive!
From October to May only; R150 per person (2 hours long)
Daytime dune game drive with tracking walks – the best way to really get to know the Kalahari “Duineveld”
R200 per person (2-3 hours long)
Spotlight night drives – see the rarely spotted nocturnal animals by hand-held spotlight.
From October to May only; R250 per person (2 hours long)
Sundowners – watch the glorious sunset to the calls of the barking geckos and the songs of the desert birds from a remote dune after a game drive, followed by a night drive.
From 1 September to 1 May only; R300 per person (approximately 3 hours long); drinks not included
*Prices are for two or more people. There is a R50 surcharge for non-residents at Kalahari Trails, discount for groups of six or more, children under six years old are free.