ON FOOT BUSH EXPERIENCES

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In true African style, we offer a guided, on-foot, bush experience, through the acacia thickets, riverine edges or open plains in search of wildlife – the big and the small.

On the guided walking trails, our focus is to try and find either the brown or spotted hyaena, perhaps a pangolin or a rhino.

… Imagine yourself treading carefully through the nature reserve, with the same perspective as the wildlife you are hoping to catch a glimpse of. Looking at the plant life, protection from sun and predators, listening to sounds that the natural world emits, aware of nearby movements and horizons.

It all combines to a wonderful adventure in this natural environment that the animals call home… and now YOU have the privilege of exploring along with our experienced and knowledgeable guides.

At Okonjima, we are always wanting to deepen our knowledge of the natural world, the habitats of our species, and the impact living in this environment has on each species, and between species. Here are a couple of studies with which we are involved, and which study the very animals that YOU may see on your walking adventure!”

Guests staying at any of the Okonjima Lodges can partake in a guided, nature-hike, in search of wildlife, like the hyaena and rhino – or the pangolin after dark.

Pangolin sightings not guaranteed as they are very shy animals. Check availability as tracking is based on an exclusive experience with the AfriCat pangolin researcher and the ‘research schedule’.

Please visit our Rates page for the Activity fees.

OUR RESEARCH PROJECTS

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The Okonijma AfriCat Brown Hyaena Study:

This research project is investigating the inter- and intraspecific relationship between different carnivore species in the 200 km2 Okonjima Nature Reserve, an enclosed conservation area.  Study animals include cheetah Acinonyx jubatus , leopard Panthera pardus, and brown hyaena  (Parahyaena brunnea).  Interactions between predators, both within and between species are studied with the aid of VHF-telemetry, GPS-collars and camera traps. The study will assess the extent of intraguild predation and determine the size of home ranges and territories for individual animals within the reserve and how they relate to those of other predators. In addition the study will provide valuable information on the success of carnivore rehabilitation in the reserve.

 

The Okonijma AfriCat Pangolin Study:

Okonjima Nature Reserve is also home for a wide range of interesting species, one little known resident is a scaly anteater known as the Temminck’s ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) or ground pangolin.  They are one of eight pangolin species worldwide and one of four pangolin species which occur on the African continent, all of which are classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).   These animals are predominantly nocturnal which makes studying them difficult, especially in areas with high concentrations of predators, this is why African pangolin species are highly under researched.