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“Meerkats doing what comes naturally”
Review of Meerkat Adventures

Meerkat Adventures
Ranked #1 of 6 Tours in Oudtshoorn
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

It's an early start, but what a thrill. Devey's timing was perfect: we set up our chairs around the meerkats' current burrow entrance, and a minute or two later a meerkat popped its head out and stood alert, then another and another and some babies until they were all out, facing the sun. They expose a panel on their stomachs to the sun, and get their metabolisms working. Really then, all they did was act cute, to perfection, the babies tumbling round and the adults making amusing rows, with their heads all turned in the same direction. Very photogenic.

Devey explained that there's no knowing how long this warming up procedure will take. When they'd had enough they scooted off to look for breakfast, and we did too.

You pay in cash at the end of the tour.

1  Thank 24Percy
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

We went with Devey in December 2011 to see the meerkats... It was beautiful. Truly fantastic - too many people get as far as Oudshoorn and don't bother to see the meerkats (because you have to get up when they do, which is early). So go to Oudshoorn and get up early - it's only 5 a.m. Seeing the sunrise and watching those critters emerge with Devey's commentary is a truly wonderful thing...

1  Thank nicktheviv
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

We really enjoyed our meerkat adventure! Devey started our early morning adventure with coffee and then handed out chairs for us to sit-on while we waited for the meerkats. He walked us into the field where we all put out our chairs and waited for the meerkats to make their appearance. While we waited, Devey talked to us about meerkats and entertained all our questions. We could tell that he really liked his job and was genuine in nature. We waited for about 20-minutes when the first meerkat popped out! Soon after, a number of meerkats started to come out too. A real treat for us, there were baby meerkats; the mom had given birth to EIGHT babies recently, which was unheard of! We were also able to take as many pictures as we wanted of the meerkats. Devey also took a photo with his camera of all of us with the meerkats in the forefront, and is going to e-mail it to us for free. All in all, we thought the experience was great and worth our money. It was nice to get up early, watch the sunrise, enjoy the scenery, and be in good company and conversation, as we experienced animals at their best and in their natural habitats and surroundings.

Thank AandD T
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Our experience with Devey and the meerkats was the highlight of our trip. Devey is very knowledgeable on the lives of meerkats. He knew them by name and was able to distinguish each one in the family and their roles!! He never interferes in their lives and never feeds them. These are wild meerkats that you have the once in a life time fantastic opportunity to see up close.

Would not recommend this trip for children as you have to sit very very still for an extended period of time to observe the meerkat activities. My husband is a hobby photographer. He had a fantastic time getting close-up shots of the meerkats and their antics.

Absolutely fantastic and well worth the money (which Devey uses a part of to help further his meerkat research and rescue)

Thank sunsunsunfun
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Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

Really something to consider if you have the time. You meet Devey, your guide to all things meerkat, at a prearranged juncture in the road about 5:05 AM. At 5:15 you follow him about 15 KM to a site where he provides tea or coffee. You then grab a fold-up stool & follow him to a meerkat burrow where you set up, all in a line, sitting very still & waiting for the meerkats to arise & warm themselves in the morning sun before leaving to forage. While waiting Devey provides you with meerkat information. He is just about as sweet as the meerkats who are adorable. They stand at attention & thus make great subjects for photographs. Because you do have to wait for them to emerge & sit quietly this isn't an experience for younger children but if your child can sit still & remain quiet, I think he/she would be entranced by the animals.

Thank KathrynandTerry
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