One of South Africa’s Cutest Natives
This adorable looking meerkat welcomes you to come on holiday to South Africa, and you’ll definitely love having this cute pic greeting you every time you check the fridge. Worldwide Gifts has created this refrigerator magnet photo for you to enjoy as your favorite souvenir from South Africa.
Even for those who have never been to South Africa (and just dream of going) this little fellow is already a familiar face. Also known as a suricate, this member of the mongoose family has quite a few fans. Meerkat Manor is an extremely popular British television program that is a dramatically narrated animal documentary following a family, or “mob”, of meerkats named “the Whiskers.” A meerkat became the mascot of an insurance website for Compare the Market in an advertising campaign featured in Australia and the UK dubbed “Compare the Meerkat.”
And of course, young children (and their parents) will instantly recognize this meerkat as the beloved animated Timon from The Lion King.
Take a Meerkat Tour in South Africa
When most people think of a safari in South Africa, they probably are thinking of the opportunity to see lions, giraffes, and elephants. However, one of the most enjoyable experiences of a holiday in South Africa is the chance to spend some time visiting with a meerkat colony. This unusual safari experience has become quite popular, perhaps in part due to the pop culture exposure of the intelligent, friendly creatures.
In places like the Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve, guides have spent years acquainting themselves with colonies of meerkats, allowing the animals to become accustomed to humans so they don’t mind having people around. You can sign up for a meerkat tour, and for a couple of hours you’ll get to watch them from as close as a couple of feet away as they go about their daily lives.