Gallery: South Africa’s wildlife

Photographed by Luke Harwood

South Africa is renowned for its magnificent wildlife. From the Big Five – elephant, lion, rhinoceros, buffalo and leopard – to the Little Five – elephant shrew, ant lion, rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise – the country’s plains, seas and skies are natural treasure troves for the animal and bird lover.

Other animals such as hippo, giraffe, cheetah, kudu, wild dog, baboon, wildebeest and zebra are all closely associated with Africa and are often seen in South Africa’s conservation areas.

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Hippo

A hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)
herd wallows in their favourite cool spot.

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Leopard

The elusive leopard (Panthera pardus).

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Lion

A pride of lions (Panthera leo), keeping
themselves cool during the heat of the day.

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Lion

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Giraffe

The stately giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is
the tallest land-living mammal.

Wildebeest

The blue wildebeest or brindled gnu
(Connochaetes taurinus).

Tortoise

The Leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) is
found in eastern and southern Africa.

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Buffalo

A member of the Big Five, the African or
Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer).

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Buffalo

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Kudu

Young female Greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros).

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Impala

A herd of impala (Aepyceros melampus)
resting in the shade.

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 Buck

The hartebeest, a kind of antelope.

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Impala

Mother and baby impala.

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Zebra

Plains zebra (Equus quagga).

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Mongoose

The Dwarf mongoose (Helogale parvula) ranges
all across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Mongoose

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Crocodile

The stealthy Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus).

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Crocodile

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Warthog

The warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) is
always a popular sight.

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Baboons

A gang of Cape or Chacma baboons
(Papio ursinus) hogs the road.

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Rhino family

A mother white rhino (Ceratotherium simum)
and her calf.

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Rhino

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Rhino

A young white rhino.

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Elephant

The African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana).

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Elephants

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Elephants

Elephants

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Baby elephant

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Elephant

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Elephant

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Elephant

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Elephant herd

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Elephant

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