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Wildlife

African Lion, Leopard, African Elephant, Rhinoceros & African Buffalo

 

This term originated in the 1800's as; "The five most dangerous animals in Africa to hunt."

Panthera leo  - The African Lion

The largest of our feline species. Originally found throughout Africa from the Barbary Lion of North Africa to the Cape Lion (now extinct) of the southern extremity of South Africa. This tawny animal blends into the grasslands so well that even if a short distance from the roads an entire pride would hardly be visible. One is not able to 

leave the road network in the Provincial and National Parks in South Africa, whereas on the private game farms in the Sabi Sands one is able to drive right up to these recumbent felines at their day-time repose and secure uninterrupted Reservationss and photographs close at hand.

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Chacma Baboon
You can find the Chacma Baboon in the Savannah and they breed all year round but mainly in the summer. They can be found in troops of up tp 50 and feed on berries, fruit, seeds, buds, eggs and birds.
 
Lesser bushbaby
Lesser bushbabys are found in the Savannah and Accacia woodlands in small family groups or alone. Their breeding time is in summer and feed on insects wild berries and flowers.
 
Banded mongoose
The Banded Mongoose grows up to 55 cm in length and is found in the savannah in thickets and rocky outcrops. It feeds on snakes, carrion and wild fruit.
 
Antbear (Aardvark) 
The Antbear can grow 1.6M in length and can be found throughout the Greater KNP. They are usually found alone. Their diet is insectivorous favouring termites.
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Redbacked Shrike
The Redbacked shrike grows to 18 cm. They like to eat insects, small reptiles and nestling birds.

Forktailed Drongo 
The Forktailed drongo grows to 45 cm and is very common but is very aggressive. They like to mob larger raptors that enter their territory, they also like to follow antelope to catch flushed insects which they mainly eat.

Lilacbreasted Roller 
They grow to 36 cm and like to feed on insects, small snakes, lizards and rodents

Redbilled Oxpecker 
The Redbilled oxpecker grows to 21 cm. They are the most common oxpecker in the KNP. They warn their host animals by flying away noisily when there is danger. Redbilled oxpeckers can be found in small groups of 2 - 6 and mostly eat ticks, horseflies and other insects.

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There are thousands of varieties of plants in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park.

All plants, whether grasses or others, vary in their attraction as food depending on how tasty they are, or how high the actual food value is. There are two types of plants that offer food to the animals. Grasses and non-grasses.

There are also two types of Herbivores. Grazers and Browsers.

A few animals, like Impala and Elephant graze and browse. Their choice wil depend on which plants offer the best quality food in the area. Different grazers eat different types of grass in the varying seasons. However they do have preference about the height of the grass they graze. Roan and Sable Antelope feed off taller grasses. Wildebeest prefer very short grass, and therefore often follow Zebra that graze medium-height grasses. Grass savannah provides food for a large number of animals. Therefore grazers are often heard animals.

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