South African Wildlife

South Africa’s animal wildlife is the most amazing wildlife in the whole world. Enjoy more and more animals here as we feature them in our promotions to help create awareness. We love South Africa and its wildlife.

Scrub Hare Rabbit

The Scrub Hare is endemic to southern Africa and it can be found pretty much everywhere, except for the Namib Desert. As you'd expect, their preferred habitat is scrub, tall grasslands and savanna woodlands. You will recognise them by grey fur with small black spots which is covering their backs, and white bellies. They’ve got small, black and white, stubby tails and patches of red-brown fur behind the long ears. Same as with Cape Hare, females are normally larger than the males.

Riverine Rabbit

The Riverine Rabbit, also known as Bushman’s hare, is endemic to the central Karoo Desert of the Northern and Western Cape.  Sadly, it’s also one of the most endangered mammals in the world, with only a few hundred living adults around today.

Red Rock Hare

If you see big balls of fur with fluffy tails hopping among the rocks and boulders, you’re probably in the company of a Red Rock Hare. Reddish brown in colour, with thick and wooly coat and bushy tail, it belongs to one of species variations which are very similar to each other. Smith's Red Rock Hare is the smallest of them, populating hills in the Free State, southern KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern and Western Cape. Jameson’s Red Rock Hares occur in the north-east of South Africa, while Hewitt's Red Rock Hare is a widely distributed species found in the southern and eastern regions of South Africa, as well as Lesotho and western Swaziland. Natal Red Rock Hare appears to be endemic to the Eastern Cape Province, Natal, eastern Lesotho, Swaziland and southern Mozambique.

The Cape Hare Rabbit

Let’s start our story with a wide-spread and abundant species, the Cape Hare. While today it’s widely distributed in the western and central regions of South Africa, the original specimen actually came from the Cape of Good Hope. Cape Hare is a picture-perfect representative of the bunny every kid will recognise, with the long ears and large eyes, long back legs and a small fluffy tail, light brown to reddish in colour. As is the case with many of its relatives, female hares are larger and heavier than their male companions.