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Mammals

Olifants Mammals

The Olifants area plays host to most of the park’s classic larger game. As the name of the camp suggests, elephant are common in the area.Baboon and Vervet Monkey both inhabit the camp as do fruit bats and thick-tailed bush babies at night. Lion and leopard are regularly seen on game drives.Cape Clawless Otter has been seen from the Olifants lookout point on the gravel road to Letaba.

Vegetation

Olifants is situated in rugged veld on rhyolite / basalt soil. Lowveld cluster-leaf, Raisin Bush and Mopane are all prominent in the area. Just south of the river is the transition zone between thornveld and the mopane belt. Visitors can thus have the enriching experience of game viewing in both ecozones.

In the camp itself there is a plethora of trees and plants, some that are scarce elsewhere in the park. A variety of aloe species are a real highlight.Next to the filling station there is a Sesame Bush.This is probably the only accessible place in the park where it can be seen.

In early spring the Sjambok Pod (yellow flowers) and Weeping Boerboon (red flowers) are both in bloom so the veld is a contrast of colour.Also look out for tree euphorbia.

(For more birding information and park bird checklist, go to Information for Birders)


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