It’s been said that to see a pangolin is as lucky as seeing a unicorn! At Jock Safari Lodge guests have been privileged with the amount of ‘unicorn’ sightings they’ve had lately.
It’s Jock’s unique location within the Kruger National Park that allow the pangolin sightings to be more frequent by comparison to other areas. Jock sits in the original heart of the Kruger National Park. The wildlife within this region have survived undisturbed with no impact from mankind. Its an area of unbroken landscape where the wildlife have always been encouraged to thrive which gives credit as to why they are so fortunate to encounter so many other endangered species within their concession. Sightings of wild dog, cheetah and ground hornbill are not uncommon.
The pangolin has been listed as critically endangered, typically hunted and poached for their meat and their scales which are believed to have medicinal qualities. They are the only mammals wholly-covered in scales which they use to protect themselves from predators in the wild. If under threat, a pangolin will immediately curl into a tight ball and will use their sharp-scaled tails to defend themselves. The pangolin has no teeth and use their sticky tongues (which can sometimes reach lengths greater than the animal’s body) to pick up food.
This particular time of the year is ideal for game viewing. A dry season within the Kruger, Jock’s position across the Biyamiti River (Shangaan for ‘Place of many Trees’) makes it ideal for inviting a variety of wildlife into the concession to rest and take in this precious resource.
ABOUT JOCK SAFARI LODGE
Perfectly positioned in the southern area of the Kruger National Park, Jock Safari Lodge rests at the confluence of the Mitomeni and Biyamiti rivers.
Steeped in settler history, Jock Safari Lodge offers two luxury lodges reflecting the elegance of a bygone era. Activities such as daily guided game drives and walking safaris led by professional rangers offer close encounters with Africa’s wildlife.
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