This afternoon on game drive we had a beautiful sighting of a very rare and seldom-seen animal called a serval. We were able to observe the serval as it was scanning the long grass looking for some of its favorite food which includes small rodents like field mice and small mammals. It was a very relaxed individual that didn’t mind us being in the area which made it a very enjoyable sighting.

The serval forms part of a very elusive group of animals known as the secret seven, these animals are mostly all nocturnal and spend much of their days in hiding and many tourists visiting the African bush would most likely never even have heard of any of these animals.

Some of the other individuals in the secret seven include:

African wild cat
White tailed mongoose
Spotted genet

So be sure to ask about these interesting animals on your next trip to South Africa.

Wayne – Kapama River Lodge

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