Wildlife & Nature

Kambaku's Fauna and Flora

Kambaku's wild game

The Kambaku Game Reserve is home to numerous southern African plant and animal species. Practically all of Africa’s antelope species like impala, gnu, kudu and eland as well as the sword-carrying oryx can be found here. They share the savannah with giraffes and zebras, warthogs, porcupines, aardvarks, ant-eaters and other small mammals. The predators (leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals) keep the game numbers in check.

Reptiles such as chameleons, iguanas and snakes may be spotted on a lucky day, as well as birds of all sorts – ostriches, vultures, the weavers, the singers, the runners and the cleaners and of course the picturesque tokos or hornbills. Termites, dragonflies, butterflies, praying mantises, scorpions and spiders are abundant residents. However, no dangerous wildlife are present, giving visitors the opportunity to roam about freely on bikes or on foot over the denoted 50km² road network.

Furthermore, we will of course join you in seeking out lions, elephants, rhinos and the like on our trips to Etosha National Park, only some two hours’ drive away...

Kambaku's vegetation

The Kambaku Wildlife Reserve is territory of wild bush and tree savannah that lies north of the Waterberg Plateau Park. Strolling in this wonderful diversity is an experience to write home about. The typologically correct title of what we lovingly call "bushveld" is thornbush savannah in transition of an arid to tropical climate zone. During the rainy season when it is winter in Europe, intense precipitation can take place leaving Kambaku blossomed and green. This is an important time for the game as it is the only time of the year when the savannah provides sufficient food and cover for the offspring. In the Namibian winter, when it gets warm in Europe, it is generally dry and Kambaku's vegetation returns to its typical yellowish-red colouring.

As a result of the drought and heat at our latitudes, fires do occur. Most bush fires can be managed and are no risk for Kambaku. In fact, some fires are allowed to burn for a while. The controlled burning is an essential part for the sensitive ecosystem: trees and shrubs die off, dead plant material combusts and the soil gains back fundamental nutrients. This process favours the growth of grass, the primary food source for many species in this habitat. We carry out brushwood clearance very carefully to prevent and lower the risk of dangerous bush fires, especially near our accommodation and farming areas.