Ultimate guide to African wildlife

  • Kadealo, The Big 5, Cape Buffalo, Krueger National Park, South Africa

The Big 5: Cape Buffalo

By |2020-10-07T17:31:37+00:00October 7th, 2020|

Undoubtedly the easiest of the Big 5 hard to hunt animals to see, the Cape Buffalo is not endangered and is found in herds of up to an incredible 500. These hard to hunt animals are found all over in the easily accessible and affordable Krueger National Park. However, the best places are in the far north or far southern reaches of the Park. A few years ago a baby buffalo was snatched away by crocodiles and lions in Krueger, and video footage of this went viral on social media and via YouTube. Happily – and quite astonishingly – the baby was rescued by [...]

  • Kadealo, The Big 5, Leopards, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

The Big 5: Leopards

By |2020-10-07T17:26:19+00:00October 7th, 2020|

Leopards are mainly nocturnal beasts who primarily hunt at night. These big 5 can make themselves particularly tricky to be seen because very few Parks and Reserves in Africa allow night-time driving safaris. The exception to this is in Zambia, in South Luangwa National Park, which is indeed another good choice as night safaris greatly increase your chance of seeing leopards there. However, Lake Nakuru is arguably a better choice because the leopards here are commonly seen in the daytime – which is a real rarity. This is mainly due to landscape, which has a high density of fever trees which have very thick [...]

  • Kadealo, The Big 5, Elephants, Chobe National Park, Botswana

The Big 5: Elephants

By |2020-10-07T17:25:36+00:00October 7th, 2020|

This National Park has to be the clear pick of the bunch simply because of the fact the Park is estimated to be home to around 70,000 elephants, best viewed in the dry season. So your chances of seeing these big 5 here are statistically better than anywhere else; except perhaps Selous Game Reserve mentioned above in Tanzania, which is said to have the highest density of elephants in Africa. However, Chobe National Park has the biggest overall population in Africa, and the elephants here are said to be some of the biggest elephants physically you can find in Africa. So Chobe just edges [...]

  • Kadealo, The Big 5, Rhino, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

The Big 5: Rhino

By |2020-10-07T17:24:33+00:00October 7th, 2020|

Fastly becoming extinct, the rhinoceros is on par with lions for people's favourites of the Big 5 hard to hunt animals. Sadly, the best places for viewing these endangered animals that could well be extinct in as little as 5-10 years if poaching for the ivory trade is not thwarted in the next few years is in conservation parks and sanctuaries. Undoubtedly the best of these has to be at Ol Pejeta in Kenya; It is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and thus is home to a great number of free-roaming black rhinos. But the icing on the cake here is [...]

  • Kadealo, The Big 5, Lions, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

The Big 5: Lions

By |2020-10-07T17:23:52+00:00October 6th, 2020|

Arguably the Lion is the most popular out of the 'Big 5' hard to hunt animals people want to see, perhaps because it's so associated with and deeply attached to Africa in people's consciousness. Although two of the most popular National Parks in Africa – The Serengeti (northern Tanzania) and the Kruger National Park (South Africa) – are great places to spot Lions, mainly due to the fact that the populations in both are not in decline, Selous comes highly recommended because you are likely to be the only tourists around when you spot them, so you have the whole experience to yourself. [...]

  • Kadealo, African Dogs, Aardwolf

African Dogs: Aardwolf

By |2020-10-05T08:40:31+00:00October 5th, 2020|

Aardwolves have a yellow-brow coat which includes vertical black stripes and a dark haired stripe on the back which stands on end when it is threatened or scared. It is a moderately-sized dog with a shoulder height of 40-50cm and has a tail length 20-25cm, while it has a length of 65-80cm from its nose to tail and weighs in at 8 to 12kg. All in all, it resembles a small Hyena and can easily be mistaken for one in the wild. In fact, it is related to the Hyena species, however it has evolved to exclusively eat termites and is incapable of eating [...]

  • Kadealo, African Snakes, Bush Vipers

African Snakes: Bush Vipers

By |2020-10-05T08:34:03+00:00August 21st, 2020|

Bush Vipers, commonly known as Atheris, are found commonly throughout tropical Sub Saharan Africa, excluding southern Africa with sporadic distribution due to their preference for primarily rainforest habitats. Due to deforestation, the Bush Viper populations are dwindling and its general reach and habitat are smaller than once believed. They are considered to be threatened, primarily due to deforestation. There are roughly 10 different species of bush viper within the genus, all of which come in a variety of colours, sometimes with different colours seen in the same species of viper. Bush vipers are relatively small in stature, with adults commonly not exceeding around 30-35 [...]

  • Kadealo, African Snakes, Gaboon Viper

African Snakes: Gaboon Viper

By |2020-10-05T08:28:43+00:00August 21st, 2020|

This form of viper is found most commonly in rainforests and savannah regions of Sub Saharan Africa. The main regions this viper can be found stretch from the coasts of Sierra Leone, along the southern coasts of neighbouring countries to the east and down into the rainforest regions of the DRC and Republic of Congo as well as Gabon. It can be also found in the northern regions of Zambia, and occasionally along more coastal regions of Tanzania, parts of extreme southern Malawi, through north western areas of Mozambique and occasionally into Zimbabwe. It can also be found in the very north eastern regions [...]

  • Kadealo, African Snakes, Puff Adder

African Snakes: Puff Adder

By |2020-10-06T07:30:50+00:00August 21st, 2020|

The Puff Adder, also known as the African Puff Adder or common adder is a species of viper that is found extensively throughout both Saharan and Sub Saharan Africa. Its territory range reaches from The Gambia and Ivory Coast and neighbouring nations all the way across the continent through the Central African Republic, Chad, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya, Ethiopia, throughout the border regions of Democratic Republic of Congo and from there it’s known throughout basically all of the countries in the rest of the continent with the exception of the Republic of Congo and Gabon and only a small pocket of southern [...]

  • Kadealo, African Snakes, Egyptian Cobra

African Snakes: Egyptian Cobra

By |2020-10-06T07:18:42+00:00August 21st, 2020|

This cobra is one of the largest of the cobra family to be found in Africa. It is also known as an asp, and is the snake that was famously believed to have been used by Queen Cleopatra to commit suicide after she learned of the supposed death of Mark Antony.Despite being known as the Egyptian Cobra, this cobra is found throughout regions of northern Africa including in the western regions such as Mauritania, northern Nigeria, Mali, parts of southern Morocco, Western Sahara, throughout Burkina Faso, even into the Central African Republic in spots down into the Congo basin, but also can be found [...]

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