Wildlife & Animals – Amakhala GR

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

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.

Amakhala is a well-stocked reserve with a good variety of animals including all of the Big Five. White rhino and elephant are regularly seen. Several antelope species can be spotted as well including kudu, red hartebeest, springbok and blesbok. The charismatic cheetah is one of the reserve’s flagship species. Two hippos have recently been introduced and there are plans to increase their number soon.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoOccasional
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionCommon
LeopardVery Rare
CheetahOccasional
HyenaRare

Wildlife Highlights

A river cruise on the Bushman's River provides a chance to see the rare Cape clawless otter. The reserve supports a good population of the endemic black wildebeest, which can often be seen together with the more common Burchell's zebras. Both lion and cheetah are likely to be seen over the course of a couple of days and lucky visitors might see brown hyena, but spotted hyena is absent.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Although always good, wildlife viewing is marginally better during the drier months of June to September. This is when animals search out permanent water sources and congregate around them.

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