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NATURE AND WILDLIFE

Spending time at the soul-soothing game lodge is addictive, but tear yourself away and you’ll start to uncover some spectacular wildlife.

 
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Animals outnumber visitors at Sandfontein by more than 400 to one...

It’s easy to fall in love with the peaceful bungalows at Sandfontein, which are so cool, natural and inviting.

 

But as soon as the morning sun throws light over the rippling Namibian mountains, birds begin to sing, butterflies flutter into life, and the reserve’s big game animals gradually start to awaken – giving visitors a very good reason to get up and go exploring.

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A Wild Expanse

Sandfontein reserve is bigger than the island of Singapore and the animals who make this area their home are free to roam across the wild terrain. 

 

Sandfontein’s experienced trackers have an in-depth knowledge of how the different animals behave, and they can take visitors straight to the habitats where sightings are most likely.  They also understand the desert’s unique plant life, which includes hardy milk bush shrubs and the rare but beautiful quiver tree.

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Elusive & Impressive

Of all the animals at Sandfontein, most impressive are the elusive leopards, which stalk the land in search of prey. 

 

Antelope species seen on the reserve include eland and kudu, a solitary creature that spends most of its time in the mountains (the male, with its helter-skelter-shaped horns, is easy to recognise).

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From Oryx to Ostriches

There’s always a good chance of glimpsing the spindly horns of an oryx, a true desert animal that’s perfectly adapted for survival in vast, open landscapes. 

 

Ostriches are also easy to pick out against the yellowy-orange backdrop of the mountains, and dainty klipspringers can often be seen hopping around the dusty rocks.

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FLORA AND FAUNA

The area has long been home to an incredible range of fauna that are cared for by Sandfontein’s staff,

 
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Plant species found on Sandfontein

Very rare plants such as the leaf-succulent Portulacaria armiana, which is restricted to the Orange River valley, may occur.

 

Other plants that may be still be found, many of which are protected species in Namibia, are listed below.

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