Wildlife & Animals – Zulu Nyala GR

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Zulu Nyala is a small, fully enclosed reserve and doesn't offer an authentic wildlife experience. It is, however, well stocked with many big safari animals including four of the Big Five. Lion are absent, but this makes the resident cheetah very relaxed, and sightings of these graceful cats tend to be excellent.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionNone
CheetahCommon
HyenaNone

Wildlife Highlights

White rhino sightings are guaranteed, but you might also get to see the solitary black rhino, which is quite shy and tends to stay in thick bush. Buffalo are usually accompanied by their best friends, the red-billed oxpeckers. The elegant nyala antelope, Burchell's zebra and giraffe are plentiful, while grey and red duiker are some of the less conspicuous antelope to look out for.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Zulu Nyala is good throughout the year, but the prime time is in winter, from June to September. The weather is most agreeable at this time and animals tend to gather around predictable water sources, as water has become scarce in the bush.

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