Wildlife & Animals – Augrabies Falls NP

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.

Augrabies Falls is not a prime wildlife destination: it is a wilderness destination with a good variety of wildlife. Giraffe are the main, typical safari animal to be encountered. One of the most common antelope species is the klipspringer, usually found in pairs. Other antelope species are gemsbok, springbok, kudu and eland.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
GiraffeCommon
HippoNone
ZebraOccasional
LionNone
LeopardVery Rare
HyenaOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

One of the most fascinating sights is the Broadley's flat lizard, which is highly localized around the waterfall, hence its nickname: ‘Augrabies flat lizard’. This is one of the densest lizard populations on earth, and social interactions are frequent and easily observed by visitors to the park. Another rare animal to look out for is the near-endemic Hartmann's Mountain Zebra.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Augrabies Falls National Park is comparable throughout the year, but the most comfortable time is in the cooler months, between April and September. This is also the only time the Klipspringer Trail is open. The waterfall is particularly impressive when in flood, usually from February to April. The summer months (October to April) can be stiflingly hot.

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