Wildlife & Animals – |Ai-|Ais Richtersveld TP
Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.
Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.
Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.
Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.
|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is a wilderness destination home to a big variety of species, but very few large mammals. Several antelope species can be spotted, including klipspringer, grey rhebok, steenbok and common duiker. Vervet monkey and chacma baboon are present as well. Leopard are rare to see, but their tracks are proof of their presence.
The Hartmann's mountain zebra is the star species that can be encountered in the park. They live in small groups of seven to 12 individuals, and they are agile climbers. Suricate are also well-adapted to the arid environment and groups of them can be seen scanning the environment while standing on their hind legs, before scurrying off into their burrows. The elusive caracal is quite common but rarely seen.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife viewing in |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld is hit-and-miss throughout the year. Since the heat can get intolerable during the summer months of October to April, the best time to visit the park is in the cooler winter months from May to September. August to September is a particularly good time since there is a chance of spring flowers.