Wildlife & Animals – Mkhaya GR

Alan Murphy
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By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored the Swaziland section of Lonely Planet's 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan researched and wrote about Swaziland for Lonely Planet.

With animals kept in large enclosures, sightings of key species are highly likely. White rhinos are plentiful, and the endangered black rhino is the top attraction in the reserve. Elephant, hippo, giraffe, zebra and other key safari animals are all present, as well as the only buffalo in the country. Some interesting antelope species include the rare sable and roan antelope, tsessebe and eland. Although hyena and leopard are present, they are rarely seen. Lion and cheetah are absent.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionNone
LeopardVery Rare
HyenaRare

Wildlife Highlights

The camp is laid out in a riverine forest, along a dry riverbed. Because of this unique location, a lot of small mammals that thrive in this habitat have become quite habituated and can often be seen in camp. These include warthog, nyala, the very rare suni antelope, as well as grey and red duiker.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Mkhaya Game Reserve offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year. However, the dry months of June to September are better for seeing some of the smaller creatures, as the bush has thinned out. August to September is especially recommended as temperatures are higher than in mid-winter and the animals are easily found around water sources, making for excellent wildlife watching.

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