Wildlife & Animals – Kapama GR

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide 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.

Kapama is a fully enclosed, private game reserve that is well stocked with large safari animals, including all of the Big Five. Lion and elephant are especially easy to see. Some of the elephants are tame, and they are used for elephant-back safaris. Kudu, zebra and giraffe are some of the other animals you are likely to encounter.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoOccasional
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionCommon
HyenaCommon

Wildlife Highlights

Kapama is the place to visit if you want to get up-close to elephants. A good-sized herd of elephants is kept for elephant-back safaris and elephant interaction. The elephants are brought to a dam for bathing every day and being able to watch them play in the water is a great experience. Approaching other animals in the reserve from the back of an elephant is an interesting perspective that enables you to get close, as animals aren’t afraid of the elephants.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The Dry season, from June to September, is the best time for wildlife viewing in Kapama. Highly recommended are the months of August and September as temperatures are warmer than in mid-winter. It is also the end of a long, dry period and this causes the animals to congregate around known water sources, making sightings even easier.

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