Pangolins are considered one of the world’s most heavily trafficked mammal and as a group, pangolins are among the most critically endangered animals in the world.
Pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, are covered in hard, plate-like scales. They feed on insects and are mainly nocturnal. Their name, ‘pangolin, comes from the Malay word ‘pengguling’, which loosely translates to ‘something that rolls up’. When they feel threatened, they curl up into a tight ball protecting their more delicate under bodies.
When the pangolin’s tongue is fully extended, it can be over 40 centimeters longer than its entire body length! Their long tongue is sticky and helps them to catch insects.
Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa’s largest private game reserve, is home to the pangolin and a stunning setting in which to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to view the pangolin.
The word ‘Tswalu’ means ‘a new beginning’ and Tswalu Kalahari is driven by two ambitions: to create an inspirational experience for its guests; and a conservation vision, to restore the Kalahari to itself. These two goals sit in perfect equilibrium with each guest contributing directly to the sustainability of the reserve in a true model of eco-tourism.
Tswalu offers superlative game and sightings of some of South Africa’s rarest and most extraordinary wildlife, including black-maned Kalahari lions, desert black rhino, cheetah, meerkats, pangolin, aardvark, aardwolf and African wild dogs.
Guests receive a complimentary private game vehicle, guide and tracker so that you can enjoy a completely flexible itinerary, and a variety of interactive safari experiences are offered to explore the 100 000 ha malaria-free wilderness. Enjoy an early evening safari and the opportunity to spot some of Tswalu’s nocturnal animals. Spend a night under the stars at The Malori sleep-out deck to really appreciate the vastness of the Kalahari, the brilliant night skies and the spectacular sunsets.
“I can say with confidence that Tswalu is probably the best place on earth to view aardvark and pangolin. Both these unusual animals are rarely seen elsewhere but the open grasslands on Tswalu make the animals easier to find, particularly during winter when they emerge in daylight to search for ants and termites.”
For more information or to book, contact a Thompsons Africa consultant.
Tel: +27 31 275 3655