Wildlife & Animals – Mala Mala 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.

Mala Mala offers superb wildlife viewing of all large safari animals, especially the Big Five. Lion, cheetah and leopard are easily seen, and off-road driving in open vehicles assures that sightings are of the highest quality. Buffalo and elephant are common as they are attracted to the Sand River. White rhino is often spotted, but black rhino sightings are very rare. Mala Mala is part of the Greater Kruger ecosystem, which makes for a very authentic wildlife experience.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
White RhinoOccasional
Black RhinoVery Rare
LionCommon
LeopardCommon
CheetahCommon
HyenaCommon

Wildlife Highlights

Mala Mala's main attraction is the habituated leopard. Being able to follow these normally elusive cats provides fantastic opportunities to see very rarely witnessed behavior. There are currently four packs of wild dog that travel in and out of the reserve, but tend to give good sightings when they are around.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The optimal time to view wildlife in Mala Mala is the Dry season (June to September). The end of the Dry season (from August to September) is especially good since temperatures are warmer than in mid-winter and wildlife concentrates at predictable water sources.

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