Unusual Delta Mammals

In the northeast corner of the delta, watch out for rare sitatungas – splay-hoofed swamp antelope that are particularly adept at manoeuvring over soft, saturated mud and soggy, mashed vegetation. When frightened, they submerge like hippos, leaving only their tiny nostrils above the surface.

Red lechwes, of which there are estimated to be between 30,000 and 60,000 in the delta, are easily distinguished by their large rumps. In the shallow and still pools of the palm islands, reedbucks wade and graze on water plants, and the islands are also inhabited by large herds of impala.