Wildlife & Animals – Kgalagadi TP

Philip Briggs
Expert
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.

The Kgalagadi is perhaps not the best destination for a first-time safari. It only has two of the Big Five: leopard and lion. Other predators often encountered are cheetah, spotted and brown hyena. The desert-adapted springbok and gemsbok are the main antelope species. Blue wildebeest, eland and red hartebeest are other herbivores to look out for.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
HippoNone
ZebraNone
LionCommon
LeopardOccasional
CheetahCommon
HyenaCommon

Wildlife Highlights

Kgalagadi is famous for its impressive Kalahari lions. With their big black manes, they are considered to be some of the most beautiful in Africa. The cute suricate and ground squirrel pop in and out of their burrows in the rest camps. The nocturnal springhare is another animal that thrives in the sandy environment. Bat-eared fox and brown hyena are two of the smaller predators you might see, and very lucky visitors might come across the rarely seen pangolin.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time for wildlife viewing in Kgalagadi is toward the end of the Wet season, roughly from March to May, when animals congregate in the riverbeds. However, many might prefer the cooler winter months of May to September and, as a rule, wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The summer months from October to April are very hot.

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