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Large Mammal Predators
Southern and East Africa are blessed with the greatest density and diversity of large terrestrial mammal predators, all of which Sustain loves to showcase on safari: from leopards to lions, wild dogs to hyenas, cheetahs to caracal, honey badgers to aardwolf, and many more. These beautiful beasts have a special aura about them, and we are fortunate that they are often plentiful in the reserves and parks we commonly visit.
Raptors
Sustain has a great passion for the many amazing birds of prey that hunt the subregion. Some of our favourites include: the eagles, accipiters, falcons, harriers, hawks, owls, vultures and secretarybirds. These avian predators are always fascinating to watch, as they influence the behaviours of so many other creatures that alarm call, scurry for cover, or harass these threats.
Elephants and Rhinos
We often encounter giant tusker elephants and threatened white and black rhinos on our trips, particularly when in South Africa. These megaherbivores are iconic species that play critical roles in the ecology of our great wildernesses, thus shaping the behaviour of many others species.
Ground Woodpecker
The Ground Woodpecker is another endemic to South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho, being found in hilly, mountainous areas. It has a highly specialized diet, with about 99.8% of its diet ants, digging up sub-surface ant nests and licking them up with its sticky tongue.
Giraffes and Zebras
Touring with Sustain will almost guarantee encounters with two symbolic mammals that roam our African savannahs: the beloved giraffe and zebras. In fact, our tours can showcase two subspecies of giraffe (South African and Angolan), and two species of zebras (Plains and Mountain, including both Hartmann’s and Cape subspecies).
Green Barbet
The chunky Green Barbet is an olive green barbet mostly found in the montane forests of East Africa. Fortunately, it also occurs in South Africa, where it is a fairly common but extremely localised resident, confined to a single forest; Ongoye Forest, in KwaZulu Natal. This is the subspecies woodwardii, and the only other population of it occurs on the Rondo Plateau in southeast Tanzania.
Rockjumpers
The rockjumpers are medium-sized insectivorous or omnivorous birds in the genus Chaetops, which constitutes the entire family Chaetopidae. The two species, the Cape rockjumper, Chaetops frenatus, and the Drakensberg rockjumper, Chaetops aurantius, are endemic residents of southern Africa.
Sugarbirds
The Sugarbirds are another family endemic to Southern Africa, again with 2 species: Cape Sugarbird is a true endemic to the south-western Cape; and Gurney's Sugarbird occurs at scattered sites through eastern South Africa with a small isolated population in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe.
Larks
Southern Africa is home to many endemic or near-endemic Lark species. Some of these include Botha's Lark, Pink-billed Lark, Rudd’s Lark, Red Lark, Sclater's Lark, Karoo Lark and many more. A number of these are highly range restricted and threatened or endangered species, particularly those in South Africa.
Rarer Wildlife
We love to discover the rarer, more cryptic and reclusive species, and Southern Africa is blessed with many of these. Discovering animals such as Aardvark, Striped Weasel, African Broadbill, Red-chested Flufftail, Gold-banded Forester, Pickersgill's Reed Frog and the like are always tremendously exciting. In addition to the amazing mammal and birds, if you would like to discover our amazing butterflies, frogs and other herpetofauna, we would be keen to locate these for you. South Africa is blessed with almost 700 species of butterfly, as diverse in size and colour as they are in number. Butterflying is a great midday activity. The country is also blessed with 135 species of frogs, and the majority of these are endemics. Undertaking some frogging on certain evenings is another interesting and fun activity we offer any keen guests.

Since its formation, Sustain has been supporting the many environments that enrich and delight our lives with many hours of treasured viewing and photography. Sustainable and responsible tourism is a cornerstone value of our company, and it requires us to give back to nature, which never ceases to provide us with immeasurable benefits in return.

In order to better co-ordinate and effectively implement our conservation efforts, we have launched the Sustain Conservation Fund (SCF). Henceforth, a percentage of each tour we lead will be donated directly into the SCF.

Your contribution to this fund does not increase the cost of our tours, as we seek to encourage the sponsorship of the various conservation projects we have committed to support. By simply touring with us, you are ensured that all of your offerings will go directly to conservation!

Our ultimate goal is to support conservation in multi-faceted ways, contributing where we can to preserve the natural world we so dearly love and inviting our guests to partake in this ethos as we travel and appreciate these natural treasures together.

Did you know that with every Sustain tour booked, a percentage of our profit is donated to four organizations very dear to our hearts? The Zululand Conservation TrustBirdLife South Africa, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, and the Wilderness Foundation Africa.

Contributions

If you wish to contribute:

Please email us below if you would like to make a contribution to one of these Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs). We will assist and pass on relevant documentation for you to donate. We will also ensure that every bit of your donation reaches the cause directly.

If you wish to donate to one of these projects specifically, in your email, please could you identify and inform us of your preference.

Our deepest thanks and gratitude for your contribution and for participating in our journey to help save wildlife, birds and habitats from extinction, and to educating the youth and communities about conservation. We are delighted by your commitment and are humbled to lay a part in these great causes.

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