Flora and Fauna
Silwervis Dam offers sighting of hippo, crocodile, bushbuck, nyala and you will perhaps be rewarded by a glimpse of the spotted prince of cats - a leopard.
The nearby Nshawu pans are an excellent area to see game as there are some open plains that host species such as blue wildebeest, Burchell's zebra, buffalo and the rarer tsessebe.
Black-backed jackal and caracal are some of the smaller more unusual species to look out for.
Natal mahogany, brack thorn mustard tree, sausage tree, apple leaf, mixed bushwillow, silver cluster leaf, round leafed teak, buffalothorn, sycamore fig, magic guarri, marula, jackalberry, leadwood, mopane, wilddate palm, weeping boer bean, reeds and mixed acacias can all be found in and around the Bateleur region.
(For more birding information and park bird checklist, go to Information for Birders)
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Did You Know?
- The park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve by the then president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger. He first proposed the need to protect the animals of the Lowveld in 1884, but his revolutionary vision took another 12 years to be realised when the area between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers was set aside for restricted hunting.