Wildlife & Animals – Camdeboo 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.

Camdeboo is more about its scenery than wildlife viewing. The wildlife presence is mostly comprised of herbivores and small predators. Many of the animals are well-adapted to the arid environment. A typical example of this is the dainty springbok, which doesn't need drinking water. Instead, it derives its liquid from food only. Some of the small predators are yellow mongoose, meerkat and bat-eared fox.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
HippoNone
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraOccasional
LionNone
HyenaNone

Wildlife Highlights

The Cape mountain zebra, an endangered endemic, is sometimes spotted, although it often retreats to higher slopes inaccessible to visitors. The endemic black wildebeest is a more reliable tick in the game-viewing area. The klipspringer is sometimes encountered in the rocky areas of Desolation Valley. Several grazers are found in the wildlife area of the park including red hartebeest and a herd of buffalo.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Camdeboo National Park is good all of the time, but the best time for a visit is during the warmer summer months from October to March (winter gets very cold).

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