Wildlife in Kimberley
Kimberley is a town filled with diamond mines, haunted corners, home of Anglo-Boer monuments and gentleman’s clubs where the rich and famous all convened. Visiting Kimberley is like taking a tour of big parts of our country’s rich history. Aside from getting an education and looking into the past, you can enjoy the wide open spaces of a national park close to town.
Located in a transitional zone where by Karoo, grassland and Kalahari thornveld savannah meet, species diversity at Benfontein is a big attraction. The 11 000 hectare property is famous for its nocturnal animals including aardwolf, black-footed cat, Cape fox, caracal, aardvark and various species of nocturnal birds and rodents. Benfontein, which encompasses a large open pan, also supports herds of springbok, ostrich, red hartebeest, black wildebeest and gemsbok.
Dronfield is home to a breeding colony of White-backed Vultures, which has been extensively researched for over 20 years. A vulture restaurant has been established on the reserve to enable visitors to watch these large birds at close range. The reserve is stocked with herds of eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, zebra and kudu, along with springbok, impala, duiker and steenbok. Roan and sable antelope populations have been reintroduced of buffalo is in the pipeline.
Kamfers Dam is a privately owned dam that has seen periods of being a completely dry pan. However, the water level has risen in considerably recent years due to the runoff from the ever-growing city of Kimberley, making it a veritable wetland. Kamfers Dam is particularly significant for its being one of the very few breeding sites for the Lesser Flamingo, which is smaller and paler than its contemporaries. These beautiful birds can be seen in their tens of thousands...