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African Animals

, which used to roam freely in former times, are being reintroduced to Sanbona. The

Big Five

– Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhinoceros as well as other species such as Gemsbok, Springbok, Hartebeest, Eland, Kudu, Wildebeest, Zebra and Giraffe. The natural small game such as Jackal, Caracal, Aardwolf, Ant bear, brown Hyena, Grey Reedbuck, Steenbok, Klipspringer, Grysbok, Duiker can also be observed.

White Lions

A variety of these species have adopted to the diversity of habitat types found in the Karoo. Eland, Hartebeest, Springbok, Duiker, Steenbok are Karoo generalists. Other species prefer more specific habitat conditions. The Cape Mountain Zebra, Mountain reedbuck, grey rheebok and Klipspringer occur in mountainous and broken habitats. The specialists of the grassy plains are the Black wildebeest, Gemsbok. The network of wooded kloofs, valleys and river channels that dissects much of the


provides habitat for specialist woodland browsers such as Black rhinoceros and Kudu. Permanent water and rivers support the Hippopotamus, Elephant and Buffalo.

The White Lion project at Sanbona returned an integrated lion pride including two white adult males and two juvenile white females back to the wild. This makes Sanbona home to free roaming White Lions.
The Riverine rabbit, which can be seen on night drives is endemic to parts of the Klein Karoo and is one of the most endangered terrestrial mammals in South Africa. With an estimation of a few hundred animals being left in the wild, today the species is facing an extremely high risk of extinction.

Big Five Safari | only a short drive from Cape Town