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Mapungubwe National Park

Mammals

Most of the large game species occur in the park. There is a lot of movement of game between the three countries, and game numbers fluctuate.

Current species include:

Eland (common)

Kudu (common)

Blue Wildebeest (common)

Zebra (common)

Waterbuck (common)

Impala (common)

Bushbuck (common)

Klipspringer (common)

Duiker (common)

Steenbok (common)

Red Hartebeest (rare)

Gemsbok (common)

Giraffe (common)

Bush pig (common)

Warthog (common)

Baboon (common)

Elephant (common)

White rhino (rare)

Lion (rare)

Leopard (common)

Cheetah (rare)

Hyena, spotted and brown (rare)

Wild dog (rare)

Aardvark (common)


There are numerous smaller game species, including badgers, sivets, porcupine, caracal, vervet monkey, and a host of smaller species. The Kongoni Loop (4x4 vehicles only) and Maloutswa Pan hide can be rewarding.

There is a varied reptile fauna. Pythons and Black mambas are common.

Insect and other arthropod life is diverse. From November to March the beautiful Mopane Moth can be seen flying around. The large larves of these moths are a valuable food source in the northern parts of the country. At least nine scorpion species has been identified in the park.

A number of well preserved fossils, including flowering plants as well as whole-bodied insects, were recovered from the fine-grained mudstones. Other interesting fossil finds are dinosaur footprints and fossilized termite mounds.


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