Wildlife & Animals – Kwandwe GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

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

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author of 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.

Kwandwe is home to most safari favorites, including the Big Five. Wildlife isn’t as prolific as in some other private reserves, but there is plenty of it about, and the drama of the setting makes up for this. Black rhino and cheetah are some of the flagship species you can expect to see. Interesting antelope often encountered are eland, red hartebeest and gemsbok.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantOccasional
GiraffeCommon
HippoOccasional
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
Black RhinoOccasional
LionOccasional
LeopardVery Rare
CheetahOccasional
HyenaOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

The endemic black wildebeest, rare and localised cousin of the blue wildebeest, is one of the special animals common in Kwandwe. The white rhino is also very common, and Kwandwe is one of the best places in South Africa to see the relatively scarce black rhino. Night drives are excellent and offer a chance to see the nocturnal aardwolf, porcupine and aardvark as well as the elusive and much sought-after pangolin.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife watching tends to be good all year through. But the Dry season (June through September) has the slight edge, since it is when thirsty animals are most likely to be congegate at water sources.

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