Standing at only 30 cm (12 in.) tall, meerkats, also known as suricats, depend on group cooperation to survive in the Kalahari Desert. They live in groups of 20-50 extended family members in large underground tunnels. One of the most important roles a meerkat plays is that of the sentry, or watch guard. One meerkat will stand on its hind legs, propped up by its tail, and act as a lookout while the rest of the mob is outside looking for food and frolicking in the sun. The lookout scans the area for predators, including hawks, eagles, snakes and jackals. If a predator is spotted, the guard lets out a distinctive bark. At the sound of the warning bark, everyone sprints to the nearest tunnel entrance. The sentry is the first to emerge from the burrow to check if the coast is clear. Meerkats are specially adapted to living in the harsh desert environment. Dark patches around their eyes help them be effective lookouts by reducing the glare of the sun, much like a baseball player who paints dark lines beneath his eyes. Their eyes also allow them to take in a wide angle view of the scene. This helps prevent predators from gaining an advantage by sneaking up.
We will watch the sunrise over a ‘cup’ of the best and then take a short hike to the current burrows. Here you will observe how wild meerkat wake up, brush their teeth, comb their hair and put on their makeup.
Return to De Zeekoe Guest Farm for a full breakfast.
Visit an Ostrich Farm and do some Ostrich riding and taste the world’s largest egg. The Ostrich Tour is not only enlightening but also fun for the whole family. Learn all about ostriches, feed one by hand, and watch as our staff expertly demonstrate the various crafts using the ostrich’s exquisite feathers, eggs, and leather. Sit on or even ride an ostrich – and enjoy the our famous ostrich derby where the local jockeys will entertain you!
You will be in awe with the beauty of your surroundings, with the Klein Karoo valley and the picturesque Swartberg Mountains.