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On the wildlife filmmaking program, participants explore a variety of reserves and sanctuaries throughout the 28 day wildlife filmmaking training program

Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve

Schotia Safari’s Private Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s most renowned private game reserves, and is located adjacent to Addo National Park. Learn more about this jewel of the Eastern cape at the reserves website

Schotia Game Reserve is the oldest private game viewing reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It borders the eastern side of Addo Elephant National Park. The reserve is a malaria free reserve and is probably the most densely stocked reserve in Africa. Over 40 mammal species and approximately 2000 animals, can offer consistently good game viewing throughout the year. Schotia was the first reserve in the Cape Province to have free roaming lions and we can almost guarantee sightings of these magnificent animals on every game drive.

The reserve is owned, managed and run ‘hands on’ by the owners, the Bean family, who are now in their sixth generation and have owned the original farm, Orlando, since the early 1800’s. After nearly 25 years of experience in the safari business, Peter and his team have created a unique, relaxed and truly South African experience at Schotia. 

Species List

  • African Lion
  • African elephant
  • White Rhino
  • Cape Buffalo
  • Hippopotamus
  • Black backed jackal (rare)
  • Brown Hyena (rare)
  • Caracal (rare)
  • Warthog
  • Bush pig
  • Nile Crocodile
  • Bushbuck
  • Giraffe
  • Black wildebeest
  • Blue wildebeest
  • Eland
  • Red hartebeest
  • Cape zebra
  • Impala
  • Springbok
  • Waterbuck
  • Blesbok
  • Ostrich
  • Rheebuck
  • Sectary Bird (rare)

Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve

Mount Camdeboo (“Place of green hills or pools” in ancient Khoisan) Private Game Reserve lies a short way to the east of Graaff-Reinet in the heart of the Great Karoo. Learn more about this beautiful reserve on the website

Privately owned and with a passion for conservation, Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve is home to numerous endangered species that have been successfully rehabilitated and reintroduced into South Africa’s malaria-free Great Karoo. Experience a stay in a region that is steeped in history and culture.

The reserve rests at the foot of the Sneeuberg Mountain Range in South Africa’s dynamic Karoo region. This is a place of sweeping panoramas and undulating escarpments, extraordinary plant and animal diversity and a deeply rooted cultural heritage – from its early Bushmen dwellers to its Dutch settlers. The reserve’s pristine 14,000 hectares traverse a myriad of habitats: thorn scrub valleys and succulent hillsides, plunging gorges and vast mountain grasslands teeming with game.

Mount Camdeboo’s is committed to continue restoration and preservation of this important region through sustainable eco-tourism.

Species List

  • Cheetah
  • White Rhino
  • Lion
  • Cape Buffalo
  • Giraffe
  • Elephant
  • Mountain Zebra
  • Wild Cats
  • Warthog
  • Sable
  • Antelope
  • Smaller animals
  • Birds of prey

Monkeyland

Monkeyland is the worlds first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. It’s mission is to educate and foster greater understanding of our primate cousins and the threats and challenges they are facing.

Monkeyland, just outside of Plettenberg Bay, is the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. Over the course of our tours – which we call “monkey safaris” – you’ll be able to see over 550 primates of various species – Capuchin Monkeys, Ring-tailed and Black-and-white Ruffed Lemurs, Gibbons and Howler Monkeys, to name a few.

The 128-metre suspension bridge, which runs through the forest canopy, gives you the chance to see these primates from another perspective – and not only literally. In addition to the tour itself, Monkeyland has a restaurant, a souvenir store and a viewing deck.

Monkeyland was founded by Tony Blignaut, who dreamed of and saw the need for a forest sanctuary that could restore the freedom of ex-captive primates. In his research he found that many of South Africa’s captive primates lived in terrible conditions in people’s homes. The owners of these animals are often overwhelmed by and unprepared for the difficulties of keeping intelligent, wild animals as pets and, before Monkeyland, there was nowhere they could turn to find a more appropriate home.

Species List

  • The Black and White Ruffed Lemur (Varecia variegata)
  • The Ringtail Lemur (Lemur catta)
  • The Black Howler Monkey (Alouatta caraya)
  • The Bolivian Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri boliviensis)
  • The Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi)
  • The Tufter or Brown Capuchin (Cebus apella)
  • The Red-backed Barded Saki (Chiropotes chiropotes)
  • The Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus)
  • The White-Handed or Lar Gibbon (Hylobates lar

Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden’s unique two hectare dome (the world’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. Currently it is home to over 3,500 birds from over 220 species, with the main focus being African birds. Visits to Birds of Eden are usually self-guided, however guided walks are offered on request.

The award winning bird sanctuary provides a forever home where previously caged birds can live a life of free-flight in a habitat as large and natural as is possible.

The feathered inhabitants of the aviary are comprised of a mixture of exotic, as well as African birds. This includes previously caged pets, hand reared and imprinted individuals, which in turn explains why some of our inhabitants, mainly being the parrots, (of which we have 60 different species) are unafraid of human beings and seemingly tame. All new arrivals at Birds of Eden go through a process of rehabilitation before their final release into the main aviary. Most of the birds that arrive at Birds of Eden have a history of being caged in small environments.

Many of the birds we home have never encountered other birds. Therefor the main rehabilitation process involves socialization with other birds in large outdoor pre-release aviaries. Here they are given the chance to build up flight muscles, flight control, i.e. practicing landings, change of direction etc. The rest of the release process is based on instinct and it is rather remarkable – all the birds instinctively know which area of the aviary suits their needs, how and where to look for, and find food, water and shelter from the weather. Species recognition is generally immediate, for e.g. when a new Ringneck is released into the aviary, all the other Ringnecks gather to have a look at the newcomer! Releasing new birds into the main aviary immediately without them going through rehabilitation would be tantamount to running a marathon without any training.

Species List

Over 220 species of indigenous and exotic birds

full list here