Join the first guided tours through the rich wildlife of the Nuwejaars Wetlands area.
And become one of the first to see our secretive hippo and our proud buffalo.
You can see the Nuwejaars Wetlands Area for yourself, on one of our guided tours.
Tours run throughout the year, but we take a short break early in January.
For more info or to book
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Wildlife Guided Tour
What can you expect?
On Saturday morning 9am: Wildlife Guided Tour (R350/person, and half price for children aged 12 and under)
- We meet at the Black Oystercatcher at 8h30.
- We then take a trip through the rich landscapes of the Nuwejaars Wetlands SMA, to Waagschaalvlei – where the hippo live (remember, the hippo can sometimes be quite secretive, so there’s always the chance they may not show themselves).
- And then you’ll head on to the buffalo boma, and get up close and personal with one of the Big Five, with a cup of coffee and some rusks.
- You’ll be taken care of by one or both of our accredited SMA tour guides, who will have a wealth of knowledge on the game, birds and the rich fynbos.
- The tour lasts between 2-3 hours, weather dependent.
Sunset Wetlands Tour
Then Saturday 5h30pm: Sunset Wetlands Tour (R400/person, and half price for children aged 12 and under)
- We meet at the Black Oystercatcher at 5pm.
- The tour will take you to Waagschaalvlei, where the hippo live.
- There you’ll relax with a glass of cool-climate wine (from wineries who are members of the Nuwejaars Wetlands SMA).
- (Bear in mind that while the hippo are generally quite active in the evenings, the weather may prevent them from showing themselves – and there is always the chance they’ll stay hidden during your trip.)
- You’ll be taken care of by our accredited SMA tour guides, and will have access to the hidden-away wetlands rich in plant- and bird life.
- The tour lasts around 2 hours, but is weather dependent.
Make it a weekend getaway and stay over at our NWSMA members’ accommodation.
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