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South Africa, Felines & Critters of the Night. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jos   

Introduction.

South Africa, a land both vast and amazing. Arid deserts, lush sub-tropical forests, lowland fynbos, spectacular snow-capped peaks of the Drakensburg, all combine to produce a mouth-watering diversity of both birds and mammals, the country boasting at least 850 species of bird and 300 of mammal.

 

Leopard

 

Being in the fortunate position of having already spent over two years in southern Africa and having seen over 800 bird species on the sub-continent, this escapade of three weeks in 2012 could allow me focus not only on the regions I enjoy the most, namely the arid semi-deserts of the Karoo and Kalahari, but also turn my attention to mammals in a more dedicated manner, the idea to seek out felines and some of the more elusive night mammals.

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 March 2017 )
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South Africa. Part One, Western Cape. PDF Print E-mail
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Ostrich 

 

 

A week-long loop starting and finishing in Cape Town. Incorporating the West Coast National Park, the remote expanses of the Tanqua Karoo, the fertile Agulhus Plain and excellent De Hoop nature reserve, this part of the trip then concluded with a number of localities around Cape Town itself, plus a super pelagic trip into the waters south of the Cape of Good Hope.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 September 2012 )
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South Africa. Part Two, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. PDF Print E-mail
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Lion

 

Remote, wild and stunning, the Kgalagadi is truly an amazing place. Situated in a vast slab of land protruding up between Namibia and Botswana, it is in the Kgalagadi that the rolling dunes of the Kalahari are punctuated by the Auob and Nossob Valleys, shallow depressions vegetated by grassland and stunted acacias, populated by an impressive array of birds, an abundance of antelopes and gazelles and, most importantly, a density of feline predators to rival almost anywhere in Africa, plus good numbers of Brown Hyena and plenty more on top.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 October 2012 )
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South Africa. Part Three, Kruger National Park & Swaziland. PDF Print E-mail
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Plains Zebra 

 

The jewel in South Africa's crown, the vast Kruger National Park boasts not only one of the highest mammal diversities anywhere in Africa, but also an impressive bird list totalling over 500 species. Covering almost 20,000 square kilometres, a visit of short duration is always going to be a mere scratch of its surface, even more so due to the range if habitats present and the significantly differing natures of the north and south.

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 October 2012 )
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