A springbok duel in the Kalahari desert, South Africa 22 Aug 2016
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From the tiny shrew to the mighty African elephant, wildlife on the southern tip of the continent is simply spectacular, with endemic species found nowhere else. South Africa’s richly varied mammal fauna, comprising 230 land and 43 marine species, is linked to an ecological diversity that includes no fewer than six major terrestrial biotic zones, ranging from desert to montane forest. For those who go on safari, however, it is the classic African woodland savannah of the northeast that holds the greatest allure, harbouring a wide range of favourites including the so-called Big Five of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino. The perfect way to see South Africa's compelling wildlife is on a game drive or bush walk, all part of Insight Guides' Cape Amazing: Cape Town Explored holiday, which also takes in a visit to the South African capital.