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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.
Hyena
Opportunistic hunters and scavengers, most people share mixed feelings of fascination and disdain for hyenas, spotted particularly around kills. Not particularly appealing in terms of appearance, hyenas are characterised by large rounded ears and a sloping back angling down from high shoulders to somewhat lower buttocks. They are the fiercest enemy of the lion. Chacma Baboon
Unpredictable activity makes baboons different from most African wildlife. Apart from rising well after dawn, going to roost before dark, grooming and socialising mainly before and after foraging, a troop may be active at any time of day. Baboons are known for their highly protective instinct towards their young. Honey Badger
Honey badgers are fearless, display considerable aggression and have a powerful bite. They are good diggers and are particularly fond of digging out hardened dung-beetle balls in search of larvae. They enjoy a wide variety of food, including reptiles, insects, eggs, ground birds, wild fruit, scorpions, grubs and the honey of bees Blesbok
A subspecies of the Highveld, this grazer is capable of withstanding cold. Both sexes carry horns and are highly territorial. When disturbed they run upwind in single file. Bushbaby, Lesser Galago
These endearing nocturnal animals are frequently seen on evening drives in their favourite surroundings - branches - to which they will leap a full 5 m when in good shape. Bushbuck
These shy medium sized antelope prefer lush riverine vegetation as their habitat and vary in colour from fawn to a rich red-brown. The stripes and spots which break the continuum of the body outline serve as excellent camouflage when these antelopes retreat into the thick bush as soon as they have been spotted. Caracal
This cat is medium-sized, reddish brown in colour with faint orange white spots and unique black tufts on its ear tips. To communicate these animals purr, tweet, growl and hiss when threatened. Should you be fortunate to spot one (they are nocturnal and extremely shy), you would do well to treat it with the same respect you would for its larger cousins since the caracal is a deadly predator and will attack if it feels cornered or threatened. Cheetah
Elegant and determined, the cheetah is the fastest land mammal on earth. This slender, long-legged diurnal predator hunts its prey by chasing it down in short bursts of speed that may reach up to 100 km/h, steering and balancing its body with its long tail. Less bulky than leopards, their coats patterned with full black dots, cheetahs can most easily be distinguished by the 'tear marks' running down from the inside of their eyes to the outside of the mouth. Civet
Mainly carnivorous these animals have attractive bushy coats, spotted on the body with stripes on the legs and a bushy tail. Secretive and nocturnal, they lie up during the day in tall grass, bush-reed beds and holes in the ground. The civet secretes an oily tar-like substance when excited. Duiker, Grey/Blue
A browser of leaves and fruit, this is the smallest antelope species in Africa. They are well adapted to living in forests, drink regularly and lie up during the day.
They mark territories with secretions from facial glands. A muchpoached species, they are also preyed upon by Crowned Eagles and pythons. Eland
The largest antelopes in Africa, these animals move in herds of up to a thousand and are known for their agility and ability to jump a height of 2 m with ease. An interesting characteristic of an eland herd is that it includes a nursery for its calves. When threatened by predators, the herd forms a front, with the large males taking the lead positions. This fortress protects the calves and pregnant females. Genet, Small Spotted
The nocturnal genet is mainly encountered at night. Living largely off young birds and eggs, there is a good chance of spotting this mammal up in the branches of a tree. Mongoose, Dwarf
Enchanting little animals, these mammals are highly gregarious and are usually encountered close to their burrows. Active by day, they scratch for insects or a wide range of other small prey, running about with short rapid movements interrupted by abrupt stops to peer inquisitively into the distance for signs of danger. African Elephant
The African Elephant is the largest terrestrial mammal. Elephants live in tightly knit family groups led by a matriarch. The bulls remain solitary or may band together to form bachelor herds.
A fully grown elephant weighs between 6,000 and 7,000 kg. When there are young in the herd the adult female may become aggressive and it is advisable not to venture too close to the herd.

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