Kgalagadi offers premium mammal viewing destinations anywhere because of the sparse vegetation and concentration of animals in the dry riverbeds of the Auob and Nossob Rivers.
It is especially renowned for predator watching and for the seasonal movement of large herbivores such as blue wildebeest, springbok, eland and red hartebeest. Ground Squirrel and Suricate (Meerkat) are two more of the park’s more prominent species.
Both these ground dwelling species live in large family groups for added protection and can easily be seen throughout the park. Honey Badger (Ratel), Pangolin (Scaly Anteater) and Bat-eared Fox are some of the park specials to search for. But it is the predators that are the park’s biggest attraction. Excellent chances of seeing cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena and the definitive black-maned lion exist.
Article: Lions of the Kgalagadi by Lara Raubenheimer
Checklist of mammals
|African Striped Weasel||African Wild Cat|
|African Wild Dog (Painted Wolf)||Antbear (Aardvark)|
|Bat-Eared Fox||Black-Backed Jackal|
|Black-Tailed Tree Rat||Blue Wildebeest|
|Brant’s Whistling Rat||Brown Hyena|
|Bushveld Elephant-Shrew||Cape Golden Mole|
|Cape Hare||Cape Serotine Bat|
|Cheetah||Common Mole Rat|
|Damara Mole Rat||Desert Musk Shrew|
|Egyptian Free-Tailed Bat||Egyptian Slit-Faced Bat|
|Giraffe||Grass Climbing Mouse|
|Grey Duiker||Ground Squirrel|
|Hairy-Footed Gerbil||Highveld Gerbil|
|Lion||Namaqua Rock Mouse|
|Pouched Mouse||Pygmy Mouse|
|Red Hartebeest||Round-Eared Elephant Shrew|
|Short-Tailed Gerbil||Silver (Cape) Fox|
|Slender Mongoose||Small Spotted Cat|
|Small-Spotted Genet||South African Hedgehog|
|Striped Mouse||Striped Polecat|
|Warthog||Woosnam’s Desert Rat|
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