Wildlife & Animals – Mkhaya GR
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.
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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