Benfontein Nature Reserve is famous for its nocturnal animals that include Black-Footed Cat, Cape Fox, Bat-Eared Fox Aardwolf and Aardvark. The wide-open pan at its centre and the surrounding grasslands with camel-thorn acacias attract over 260 bird species and make it one of South Africa’s Important Bird Areas.
Benfontein Nature Reserve comprises 11 000 hectares and was originally bought by De Beers in 1891 for its diamond reserves. Today, it is dedicated to conservation and there are a number of important research projects being undertaken on the reserve. It supports large herds of Gemsbok, Black Wildebeest, Springbok and Red Hartebeest and there are over 40 Sociable Weaver colonies that have built their massive nests in the camel-thorn acacias. White-Backed Vultures, Secretarybirds and Verreaux’s Eagle Owl are also regularly sighted.
1 of 7: Sociable Weaver.
2 of 7: Juvenile Ground Squirrel.
3 of 7: Camel-Thorn Acacia.
4 of 7: Secretarybird feeding on a Cape Hare.
5 of 7: Red Hartebeest at dawn.
6 of 7: Rock Monitor Lizard on the hunt.
7 of 7: Open grasslands of Benfontein Nature Reserve.