Samara is proud to be home of many Aardvark and is one of very few places in South Africa where you can spot the elusive Aardvark. Samara will whisk you off just after dark or after dinner and include Aardvark viewing together with your evening game drives.
Aardvarks are nocturnal, usually waiting until dark before they emerge from their burrows. Their night-time travels average one to three miles but can range up to eighteen miles a night.
Scientific Name: Orycteropus afer
Size: 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 88 to 143 pounds
Lifespan: 23 years in captivity
Habitat: Dry savanna to rain forest
Gestation: 7 months
Predators: Humans, lions, hyenas, leopards, pythons
The name Aardvark comes from a word meaning "earth pig." Although the Aardvark, endemic to Africa, shares some similarities with the South American anteater, the two are not related. The last survivor of a group of primitive ungulates, the Aardvark could more accurately be called a near-ungulate that has developed powerful claws.
The Aardvark has a short neck connected to a massive, almost hairless body with a strongly arched back. The legs are short, the hind legs longer than the front ones. The head is elongated, with a long, narrow snout and nostrils that can be sealed. The long, tubular ears are normally held upright but can be folded and closed. The short but muscular tail is cone-shaped and tapers to a point. The thick claws on the forefeet are well adapted for digging.
Read more on our Aardvark Blog to see some amazing pictures of these creatures
Watch this short Aardvark video:
Samara Private Game Reserve, Petersburg Road, off the R63 to Pearston, near Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, 6280
Photos courtesy of Etienne Ooshuizen, Marolien Marais, Dook, Joy Bromilow as well as Samara Private Game Reserve Guests and Staff. Copyright Applies.