Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is home to numerous colonies of Meerkats (Suricates). Two of these colonies have, over considerable time, been habituated to trust humans and accept them as part of their environment. The habituation process involved many hours of people spending time near them without interfering with their behavior and without any food or treats being offered.
Over time these two Meerkat families have come to accept the presence of humans and carry on with their daily life without change to their habits or behavior. This affords visitors to the reserve a wonderful opportunity to have a close encounter with Meerkats in a completely natural environment.
The photographic opportunities are unparalleled. Not only do you get close to these delightful creatures, but being on foot you also get to photograph their uninhibited behaviour from unique angles.
Below are a few photos I’ve taken while spending time with these incredible animals at Tswalu.