You probably won’t see a lot of wildlife in Ts’ehlanyane National Park, but any animals you see on a hike or on horseback are a bonus. There are several antelopes in the park, including bushbuck and common duiker. The chacma baboons will probably spot you before you spot them, but their barking alarm calls echoing in the valleys will give them away.
One animal you’re likely to see while staying at Maliba Lodge is the eland. This majestic antelope had become extinct in the area, but was reintroduced in 2008. Although large, they are easy to miss as they blend in with the winter grasses, so take a few minutes to scan the mountain slopes while you hike. And don’t forget to look out for them from your balcony at the lodge.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
Ts’ehlanyane NP can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Wildlife viewing is random and doesn’t really depend on the season. The landscape is most beautiful from December to April when rain has made the bush green and the sky is free of haze. However, rain can interfere with hiking from October to March (although mornings are usually dry). April to September is reliably dry but cold.
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