​Expert Reviews – Senkele

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Philip Briggs   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: Multiple visits

Philip is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many guidebooks, including the Bradt guides to Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.

A one-trick pony
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This small hilly reserve was created in 1976 to protect what was then the largest population of Swayne’s hartebeest, an endangered antelope endemic to Ethiopia. There are now around 500 hartebeest in the reserve and sightings are all but certain. You can also be reasonably sure of encountering the oribi, a smaller antelope that often reveals its presence with a snorting alarm call, and might also see greater kudu, waterbuck, warthog and Eurasian jackal. The checklist of 190 bird species is dominated by acacia- and grassland-associated species. Less than essential, but a worthwhile diversion, especially if you want to see Swayne’s hartebeest.

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