Expectations, game drives, all at Linksfontein Safari Lodge
Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude. –Louie Schwartzberg
Game Drives is a sure way to experience more of Africa and it’s animal beauty. It provides the chance to see first hand how different animals behave, whether in day time or night time.
In preparation of going on a game drive, you should start by packing in a positive attitude and an open mind. The words game drive says it all – it is the viewing of wild game animals in their natural habitat. So keep in mind that these animals are still wild, of behaviours of their own, and a unpredictability to stray from the ordinary or expected.
Linksfontein is home to 36 different animal species. With the farm spreading about 10 000 hectares.
Keep the following in mind:
The temperatures in the Northern Cape can differ from cold, chilly and dry weather in the winter, to extreme hot and dry temperatures in the summer.
When going on a morning game drive, be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and enough to drink. This is in order to protect against the sun and to keep hydrated.
A camera, binoculars and open ears is a must.
The majority of the animals at Linksfontein are visible during day time. Early mornings up until around 11;00 is a perfect time to spot animals.
Evening game drives can become chilly and taking a light jacket for summertime to a nice warm one in winter time is of the essence.
Animals to spot:
Early mornings is a favourite time for Springbuck, Eland, Impala, Gemsbuck, Blesbuck, Sable, Roan, Letchwe and the infamous European Wild Boars.
Late afternoons / evenings, produces the skittish Fallow Deer, Duiker, Porcupine, Aardvark, Jackall, Caracal, Owls and more.
Porcupine, Jackall, Aardvark, Owl, Duiker and Batted Eared Fox, are more often seen with a night lamp (spotlight).
At dusk, the majority of animals come to the waterholes to fill up on water resources in preparation of the night ahead.
But there are birds to be seen as well
Crows are a common sight at Linksfontein. Weaver bird colonies are enormous and the Rock Pigeon’s are keeping a close watch. Sand – Grouse and Egyptian Geese are always present at the waterholes and the little falcons is never far away.
We are home to one breeding pair of Verreaux’s Eagles and they are one of Linksfontein most precious flying friends.
This is home, this is us, this is nature at it’s finest.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein