On safari you’ll come across many other wild animals, Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra and some of the smaller predators like Cheetah and Jackal. Scroll through the gallery below to learn a little more about some of these creatures.

 

Chacma Baboons live in family groups called Troops. They are real characters in the bush and worth watching their antics when on safari.
Very capable climbers they spend a lot of time in trees.
A baby Chacma Baboon in the morning sunlight.
A Baby Spotted Hyena waiting near the den for the rest of the family to return, hopefully with some food!
Zebras are a common sight in the bushveld and in summer one can often see Zebra Foals.
Black-backed Jackal
Two Black-backed Jackal pups exploring thier new world.
Burchell's Zebra
A large adult male Chacma Baboon. The males display their dominance by showing off thier lrage canine teeth.
Cheetah are rare sightings in the bush. The fastest land mammal is capable of running at 100kms per hour for short bursts but they tire easily and need to rest after a chase. This, and their slight build, often makes them vulnerable to larger predators stealing this kills.
Male Cheetah's will use prominant landmarks to scent-mark their territory....even if it is man-made.
The Giraffe is an iconic animal on safari. The tallest living animal can be up to 6m in height. The bulls are taller than the cows and this allows the two sexes to utilise different parts of a tree....the bulls being able to reach leaves much higher than the cows. Males also become darker then the females with age.
Nothing better than a bushveld sunset, especially with a Giraffe in the picture!
Giraffes do lie down to sleep, although these are only 5 minute naps taken at night. They are vulnerable to predators when lying down.
Hippo's are the boss in dams and pools and even large crocodiles do not take on a healthy adult hippo. The bulls are fiercly territorial and will fight off rival males, sometimes resulting in death for the looser.
 
Basking Hippo's develop a pink coloured skin due to a red mucus secreted from glands in the skin that acts as a sunscreen. Their skin is up to 7 times more sensetive to sunlight than other mammals and as a result they spend the hot hours of the day submerged in water.
Baby hippo's are seldom far from mom who is very protective of them.
A thunderstorm is a welcome sight in summer in the Lowveld.
Another great animal to spend soem time watching...the Warthog. They eat short grasses, roots and tubers and shuffle around on their kneews while foraging for these tasty morsels.
A Warthog family coming down to drink in the heat of the day. Notice the one on the right grovelling on its knees to get a sip. They develop hard callouses as a result of spending so much time on their knees.
Warthogs, Zebra and Impala....and dont forget the Red-billed Oxpeckers in attendance.