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.
Jackal, Black-backed
These small mammals feast on the large numbers of carnivores that supply them with sufficient carcasses. Often seen nose up in the air and ears twitching, jackals are forever waiting for their superiors to leave their kill. They do, however, also prey on newly born animals,mice, birds, eggs and even insects. (Other species not described: Jackal, Side-striped) Giraffe
With their unusually long legs and neck, giraffes are the tallest land mammals in the world and are able to reach those leaves and seed-pods of trees that their fellow browsers cannot. Giraffe are susceptible to attack by lion and many are killed each year, which is not to say that they are easy prey. The many scars on their necks bear testimony to their formidable defence skills - a kick from a distraught giraffe can kill or severely injure any careless predator. Antbear
Also known as the aardvark, this mammal has a long flexible snout and a sticky tongue, which it uses to trap its food - mainly ants and termites. Antbears may travel up to 16 km a night searching for new termite mounds. Lion
Lions are large felines that are traditionally depicted as the "king of the jungle." These big cats once roamed Africa, Asia and Europe. However, now they are found in only two areas of the world and are classified into two subspecies. Asiatic lions live in India's Gir Forest; African lions live in central and southern Africa. Though they look similar, these two subspecies are very different in size, habitat, diet and more. Serval
This slender, long legged and strictly nocturnal predator - characterised by conspicuously large ears - seldom graces even the most dedicated of game viewers with its appearance. This carnivore locates its prey (usually rodents and insects) by using its keen hearing. Sable Antilope
The male of this species is particularly striking, with large curved horns and a jet-black coat.
A Sable Antelope can be distinguished from a Roan Antelope by the white stripe that starts at the mouth and runs on the side of the nose up to the base of the horns. Roan Antilope
This stately antelope is one of the largest antelopes in Africa, second only to the eland. They are greyish-brown in colour, the males being slightly darker than the females. Both males and females have heavy ringed horns that curve towards the back. Reed Buck, Mountain
The body of this medium sized antelope is greyish-yellow in colour, the head and shoulders reddish-brown. Only the male has horns, which slope gently back and curve sharply forward towards the tip. This mammal is a grazer and needs an adequate supply of fresh water. Porcupine
The largest African rodent, this mammal has a wide habitat tolerance and is capable of doing great damage to crops. It is armed with lethal quills, which it rattles when alarmed or annoyed. If this fails it will attack in a sideways and backwards action in an attempt to impale its attacker. Squirrel, Tree
Well camouflaged in its natural habitat, the Tree Squirrel can often be seen climbing lightfooted up and down trunks.
Steenbuck Steenbuck
Shy and retiring of habit, these diminutive fawn-coloured animals must surely be the most graceful and dainty of all antelope. Slender-legged with sharp-featured faces, Steenbuck are generally found in pairs scattered throughout the open bushveld. Warthog
With its pig-like appearance - dark grey skin and the back covered sparsely with coarse hair - the warthog is not known for its beauty. It is nevertheless an impressive-looking animal with its curved tusks and piercing stare, and its comical appearance belies its reputation as an animal with determination and guts. Many a lion would no doubt testify that the warthog will put up a valiant fight before being taken. It is comical to observe warthogs running, tails held stiff and vertical like antennae.

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