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“Meerkat Fantastic”
Review of Meerkat Adventures

Meerkat Adventures
Ranked #1 of 6 Tours in Oudtshoorn
Certificate of Excellence
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Laurencekirk, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Meerkat Fantastic”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

What a special experience this is. Special to be able to spend a little time so close to meerkats but made more so by the entertaining and encyclopaedic knowledge of Devey Glinister your host. Try his web site at www.meerkatadventures.co.za then try not booking with him! Easy to speak to, attentive by e-mail, we found Devey reliable and true to his word. He gave us the De Zeekoe discount even though we'd booked with him before staying at De Zeekoe. Our trip was on a cold damp winter's morning and even Devey was considering the awful possibility that the meerkats weren't in. He had just risen from his tales of meerkat adventures to go and check out another burrow when one popped up to see where he was going. OK, it only hung about in the drizzle for five minutes before going back to bed! But Devey kept us entertained for another hour or so until hunger eventually brought him back out with a few more of the family. What a fantastic oppportunity this is - don't miss it. Tip - if it's winter, cold & wet, take Devey's advice about dressing up warm and be prepared for a longer wait - because it's worth it.

Visited June 2012
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Chesterfield, Michigan
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Incredible Experience”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

This far exceeded our expectations - Deevey was great and told us so much about the Meerkats and his enthusiasm was contagious. We sat and watched them for about 2 hours and it seemed like minutes. They were so entertaining and it was great knowing they weren't part of a zoo or an animal reserve - just in the wild and free to come and go as they pleased. It would be great for just about any age - our group was from 21 - 67 and all loved it!

Visited June 2012
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Kentucky
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Highlight of our trip!”
Reviewed February 11, 2012

We were very excited about the chance to see meerkats and Devey didn't disappoint! It exceeded my expectations. We enjoyed watching them "warm up" and then play for nearly two hours! Devey is very knowledgeable and provided terrific information while we waited on the little ones to wake up.

Visited February 2012
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Waedenswil, Switzerland
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21 reviews
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“Simply Great!”
Reviewed February 2, 2012

Highly recommend to go on the Meerkat Adventure tour with Devey.

It is an early start at 5am when you meet him just outside Oudtshoorn. Together you travel on for another few minutes before the cars are parked. After a coffee everybody gets a camping chair and you walk over to the spot where the Meerkats are sleeping. (Devey always checks the night before where the Meerkats go to sleep).

While you are waiting for the meerkats to appear, Devey shares a lot of great information. He is a truly genuine man, who knows a lot about nature. It is simply amazing to watch how these little creatures leave their burrows to warm themselves in the first rays of sunlight. Devey also tells lots of interesting stories about the character of each individual.

Do not miss this, you are supporting a great conservation project.

Visited November 2011
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Altrincham, England
Level 6 Contributor
69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“Remarkable experience”
Reviewed November 22, 2011

There seems to have been a debate about whether Meerkat Adventures offers value for money. Looked at one way, it may seem expensive, but I feel that misses the point.
The chances of being able to do this for yourself are virtually nil. You are paying for the specialist knowledge which Devey is able to offer, both in terms of knowing exactly where to find the little creatures and also the wealth of information he can offer.
The early start (5.30 in our case) may deter casual wildlife watchers, but it really is a thrill to know that you are up before the meerkats, waiting in the pre-dawn expanse of the Karoo for the first rays of the sun to coax the creatures out of their burrow and begin their morning warm up. Eventually they all appear, very close, and start to prepare for their day of foraging for food. After a while the family begin to move away from the burrow, and thanks to Devey's knowledge and skill we were able to track their progress for a short distance.
We returned to our accommodation in Oudtshoorn in time for breakfast, feeling that we had been able to witness something very special: the kind of experience that you know you will remember for a long time to come.

Visited October 2011
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