Finding Mopani’s rare antelope

The Kruger National Park‘s Satara Rest Camp is known for its abundance of predators, but when you visit the Mopani area, you should keep your eyes peeled for some of South Africa’s rarest antelope species, which are regularly seen here. Along the roads to the east of the camp, past Mooiplaas and Tinhongonyeni waterholes and along the Nshawu marshes, there’s always an excellent chance of encountering Tsessebe, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Southern Reedbuck, Eland and Roan Antelope, while Sable Antelope is regularly reported from the Shongololo Loop and H1-6 tar road to the west and north of camp.


31 thoughts on “Finding Mopani’s rare antelope

  1. Amdrew Martin

    Thanks for the excellent advice. We are travelling to SA next year. I have stayed in the Kruger Park before but this time in Mopani and very keen to target Roan Antelope. Is the Tinhongonyeni Waterhole a good place to look? Many thanks


    1. DeWetsWild Post author

      Andrew, I am sure that if you are hoping to see Kruger’s rare antelope Mopani will not disappoint you. Tinhongonyeni, the entire stretch of the S50 south of its junction with the S143 all the way to the H1-6 junction (the stretch that goes past the Nshawu marshes), and the Mooiplaas waterhole regularly delivers the rare antelope for us, especially during the months of winter and spring when the veld is driest and the game concentrate around the waterholes more. At Tinhongonyeni we once saw tsessebe, eland and lichtenstein hartebeest together! For roan specifically the S50 and Mooiplaas waterhole have generally been our best bet. Best of luck to you, and enjoy your visit!


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