In Zwartkloof

Season in and season out, locals and tourists flock into our country’s treasured places to take advantage of our animals. The country’s habitat makes it ideal for a variety of species to exist (whether it is the ocean, our arid deserts and the healthy nourished land).

Zwartkloof is no exception to this, our game reserve boasts with over 25 different mammal species. Not only will you enjoy our beautiful view, it will be accompanied by the sounds of beautiful animals! Fortunately enough, we do have a self-catering lion camp where you can enjoy your rest while being soothed by the lion roars (don’t worry they are not that close).

In celebration of this, we have compiled a list of the mammals you can expect to see at Zwartkloof:

Lions: What would our reserve be without the king of the jungle there? These carnivores are non-seasonal breeders and they favor living in woodlands and thick scrubs which allow them to get closer to their prey without being seen.

Giraffes: It is the longest terrestrial animal and the giraffe’s chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs. Being herbivores, they primarily eat leaves, fruits and flowers. A giraffe pregnancy can last from 400 – 460 days and a newborn giraffe is 1.7 – 2 meters.

Nyalas: They are known as shy animals that prefer water holes rather than an open space. They are herbivores and need a regular intake of water, and thus choose places with a water source nearby.

Ostrich: It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs, and can run for a long time at a speed of 55 km/h. They are the largest bird species that lays giant like eggs. Their mating season begins March and ends just before September.

Blue wildebeest: They are herbivores primarily feeding on short grasses. Their mating season begins at the end of the wet and rainy season and their gestation period lasts about 8.5 months.


With booking open throughout the whole year, come relax at our reserve. Book now by emailing

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