The Mammals of Matobo
💯 The Matobo Hills are an area of diverse fauna, inhabited by 👉88 mammal species.
Mammals are a warm-blooded vertebrate animal of a class that is distinguished by the possession of hair or fur, females that secrete milk for the nourishment of the young, and (typically) the birth of live young.
Two of the Big 5 game animals, the rhino and leopard can be found in Matobo, 🏹 together with several antelope species including 🦓Kudu, Sable and Klipspringer. It only takes a game drive to see these animals in their natural habitat.
Believe it or not, the Matobo Hills have the world’s highest concentration of the 🐆 leopard, due to the abundance of rock dassies, which make up 50 % of their diet.
The rock dassie, elephant shrew and banded mongoose are among the smaller species of mammals that live in rocky hills and valleys of Matobo also known as the Matopos 🏹. A hike up any of the magnificent granite landforms is likely to lead to a sighting of these smaller mammals.
The best time to visit the Matobo Hills is during The dry season from June to October. Wildlife is easier to spot at that time because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around predictable water sources.
The Matobo Hills cover an area of about 3100 km², of which 424 km² is National Park, 🦓 the remainder being largely communal land and a small proportion of commercial farmland. The game park is 100 km² of beautiful scenery including some amazing balancing rocks and impressive views 💥.