Wildlife & Animals – Tsau //Khaeb (Sperrgebiet)
By Anthony Ham
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
Tsau //Khaeb (formerly Sperrgebiet NP) isn’t a wildlife destination, but lucky visitors might encounter a few species. There are small populations of oryx, springbok, grey rhebok, leopard, aardwolf, black-backed jackal, brown hyena and even cheetah. Some of the smaller creatures that might be encountered are the African wild cat, bat-eared fox and clawless otters.
Most of Tsau //Khaeb’s wildlife can be found offshore. Thirty five species of whales and dolphins have been recorded. Heaviside's dolphins, which occur in the region, are one of the rarest dolphin species in the world. There are two seal species in the park, the enormous Southern elephant seal and the more common Cape fur seals.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
Tsau //Khaeb can be visited throughout the year as wildlife viewing is hit-and-miss at any time. There is very little rain and, when it does rain, it is usually welcome. The cooler winter months from May to September are the most pleasant for a visit.