ANTILOPE, ZEBRA AND GIRAFFE
On your forays into the reserve, you will encounter numerous antelopes of various species. Impala and blue wildebeest are often sighted. Kudus with their impressively twisted horns, hartebeest and mighty eland are also native here. Oryx graze along the wayside as well as duikers and steenbok.
While the zebras are drawn to the large grassy areas, giraffes like to keep to the bush. Here the elegant long-necks pluck the leaves from the crowns of the acacia/vachellia trees. Warthogs dart through the undergrowth with their tails raised high, often with a few piglets in tow.
KAMBAKU’S birdlife delights with a blaze of colour and variety that inspires. So far, we have been able to identify over 200 different bird species that nest with us permanently or seasonally. You can find winged creatures to keep you happy for hours: from imposing ostriches to wildly fluttering suicide birds (korhaan), from Kori and red-crested bustards to bee-eaters, rollers and glossy starlings, from sociable weavers to hornbills and louries (go-away birds), as well as the birds of prey such as hawks, eagles and vultures.
The savannah with its rich population of insects and rodents also offers reptiles and amphibians a varied habitat. Especially in the summer months you will be able to listen to the concerts of the bullfrogs on KAMBAKU. The leopard tortoise, one of the largest tortoises in the world, also wanders through the undergrowth. Rock monitors (iguana) prey on bird eggs and small mammals in the reserve, while small lizards and camouflaged chameleons can often be seen in the lodge's garden.
Those interested may marvel at the graceful beauty of praying mantises, the diligence of tiny ants and marvel at the delicate colours of butterflies and beetles. Impressive termite mounds become distinctive landmarks in unknown terrain. And the ultimate sound of vacation in Africa: the tireless screeching of the cicadas on mild summer evenings is sure to lull you into a sense of well-being.