Wildlife To See Limpopo's ecological system hosts more than 200 mammal species, and is rated one of the best wildlife experiences in Africa. The list below will give you an indication of the mammal variety found within the province, Parks and Nature reserves. At our lodge you will see a wide variety of animals and if you don't see them with us you can maybe see them on game drives in our area.
These chubby-looking antelopes are easily identified by the distinctive white circle that runs around their rumps. Males have long rippled horns which sweep gently upwards and forwards in a shallow arc. An interesting characteristic of the waterbuck is its distinctive musky odour, a smell which is known to linger long after the animal has left the scene. Wild Cat, African
The cat of the ancient Egyptians, the species is widespread with a wide habitat tolerance. Nocturnal and shy it frequents tall grass and thick bush, eating a varied diet of poultry, rodents, birds, reptiles, insects, hares and wild fruit. Its spoor is similar to that of the domestic cat. Wild Dog
Resourceful and disciplined, these hunters are regarded as the most successful of all predators, with an astounding nine out of ten hunts ending in a kill. Like the wolf it is a pack hunter, relying on its powers of endurance to run down its prey. Seen as a scourge by livestock farmers for many years, these creatures are now facing extinction. Yet a closer look at their intricate social structures and close family ties is an impressive experience and one that is bound to change common perceptions of the animals. Wildebeest, Blue
These usually placid animals are often referred to as 'gnus' and are frequently seen together with zebra, impala or giraffe. On open plains herds of wildebeest graze on short tufts of grass. This habitat makes it easier for them to detect potential predators and also enables them to run more effectively. Zebra, Burchell's
The striking pattern of these animals has inspired many an artist and one may think it is ill-placed in the zebra's habitat - open grassland. Nevertheless the stripes offer excellent camouflage in high grass and are also said to confuse predators that are unable to distinguish between the individual animals in a fleeing herd. Oryx
These antelope, also called gemsbok, are at home in the dry savannah of southern Africa. Well adapted to the extreme conditions of the desert, they can withstand the frequent high temperatures of over forty degrees by raising their body temperatures. In this way they avoid the loss of body fluids through perspiration. They usually graze at night when the the plants contain more moisture. Nyala
This species of African antelope shows considerable dimorphism, meaning that the males and females differ so much from each other, that the layman could easily regard them as different species. Interestingly juvenile males look like nyala females. It is thought that this camouflages them, protecting them from the jealous eyes of the dominant bulls, and allowing them to grow up peacefully under the herd's protection. Vervet Monkey
Common gregarious animals, these monkeys are found in family troops or small parties. Not strictly arboreal, they take readily to the ground in search of food and to drink. Theirsenses are acute and they are constantly on the alert against predators, their main ones beingthe leopard and crowned eagle. Kudu
The large ears and magnificent horns of the males are characteristic of these majestic antelopes. Males will fight for the privilege of mating and in a few instances, dead kudu have been found with their horns inextricably intertwined, presumably having starved as a result of being unable to separate. Impala
This graceful and beautiful medium sized antelop is often considered to be one of the most abundant animals. Agile and vulnerable to predators, they mostly congregate in herds, be they breeding herds or bachelor herds of males unable to secure their harem of females.

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