Residents in the fynbos
Having a 1300 acres (550hectares) estate in the Western Cape, especially as it is located on the slopes of the Langeberg Mountains, it is no surprise that quite a large percentage of the land is covered by native fynbos and renosterbos. Whilst we have established and maintain a number of walking trails, which prove to be very popular with our guests, there are still huge areas of undisturbed ‘bush’ that provide a natural habitat for a good selection of mammals.
As many know Walter is an avid wildlife expert who delights in spotting and monitoring anything that moves (whether walking, running, jumping, flying or crawling!) so will not be surprised to learn that he has already compiled a list of his ‘sightings’.
His ‘mammals’ list already contains Karoo Bush Rat, Four-striped Mouse, Cape Crested Porcupine, Cape Hare, Scrub Hare, Hewitt’s Red Rock Rabbit, Rock Hyrax, Aardvark, Striped Polecat, Striped Weasel, Honey Badger, Cape Gray Mongoose, Yellow Mongoose, Caracal, African Wild Cat, Leopard, Bat-eared Fox, Black-backed Jackal, Common Duiker, Klipspringer, Cape Grysbok, Grey Rhebok, Large-spotted Genet, Reddish-grey Musk Shrew, and Chacma Baboon.
Whilst all these mammals might not be able to be ‘ticked off’ in one visit – and we agree it is hardly ‘the big five’ – it does provide a significant moment of excitement for our guests walking on the estate – especially the leopard!!!! Unfortunately (or fortunately) it is usually a Leopard Tortoise.