Wildlife & Animals – Kwando

Anthony Ham
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By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Big herds of elephant are attracted to the permanent water of the Kwando River in the Dry season. Lion, leopard and spotted hyena are easily seen, and the endangered wild dog is sometimes spotted as well. The water-loving red lechwe is abundant, and less common antelope species include the elusive roan and sable antelope.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantAbundant
GiraffeCommon
HippoAbundant
BuffaloAbundant
ZebraAbundant
LionOccasional
LeopardOccasional
HyenaOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

The Kwando River teems with hippo and crocodile, and spotted-necked otter are often observed as well. Night drives are part of the daily program in Kwando, and some of the species that might be seen are springhare, bushbaby, Selous' mongoose, genet, porcupine and aardwolf.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Kwando has seasonal wildlife viewing. Big herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest arrive when it gets really dry in June, and they usually stay until December. Predators tend to follow these migrations.

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