10 Animals You Might Spot During Your Stay at Sediba
From game drives to bush walks, Sediba has a handful of activities that allow you to encounter some of the most majestic creatures on earth. Most of the species you'll see on safari are unique to Africa, and many of them are instantly recognizable. In this article, we take a look at ten of the magical animals you might come across, including those that make up the African Big Five.
To see the king of Pride Rock in real life is probably one of the most humbling experiences you'll ever have. Though it would be thrilling to see a lion in action, it is more likely that your encounter with these wild cats will be seeing them relaxing under a shady tree. Lions mainly hunt at dawn or dusk and are at rest for up to 20 hours a day.
As the largest living terrestrial animal on Earth, their size alone is overwhelming. These herbivores are playful by nature and are extremely gentle. These majestic and social creatures are the world's biggest mammal and one of the most intelligent animals on the continent.
Leopards are shy and nocturnal, and spend most of their days hiding away in rocky outcrops on in the canopy of large trees. They are solitary animals with exceptional predatory skills, including the ability to climb, swim and drag prey weighing up to three times their body weight up into the trees.
The buffalo is an impressive creature, moving around in huge herds which can number several hundreds. Seeing a buffalo herd is undoubtedly an unforgettable sight, they are particularly easy to spot during the dry season, when they congregate in very large numbers around popular watering holes.
Shortsighted and usually solitary, rhinos are amongst the heaviest of all land mammals. Unfortunately, rhinos have seen the most drastic population decline in recent years due to wide scale poaching which has left them on the brink of extinction. There are thought to be less than 30,000 rhinos left in the world, most of which can be found in South Africa.
The zebra's white and black distinctive stripe patterns are as unique to each individual as a human's fingerprints. Zebras live on grass, and in some areas, form great migratory herds in order to seek out the best grazing grounds.
Africa's tallest mammals are very social animals and usually move around in small herds which comprise a mix of males and females with their young. They are active all day long and can be seen from a good distance away.
These scruffylooking creatures are also known as strandwolves and is currently the rarest species of hyena. The brown hyena is primarily a scavenger, it has extremely powerful teeth and jaws to allow it to crack open bones to access the marrow.
Aardwolf Also known as the "earthwolf", they are insectivorous carnivores that resemble small striped hyenas. The aardwolf is cute, shy, and mainly nocturnal. Aardwolves forage alone, but they live in breeding pairs.
The name aardvark (Afrikaans for “earth pig”) refers to its piglike face and burrowing habits. They are also nocturnal insectivores and use their long snouts for sniffing out their meals.
While there are never any guarantees you'll encounter all of them during your trip, Sediba is the place you'll have the best chance of getting a glimpse of these majestic animals.