Maliba Lodge is excited to report that an African Wildcat was recently caught on camera within the Ts’ehlanyane National Park in Lesotho. This is an incredibly rare sighting and was made possible by the motion triggered camera that is sighted at our Vulture restaurant.
The African Wildcat (Felis silvestris libyca) is also known as the Desert Cat, African Desert Cat or simply Wildcat. In Afrikaans (South Africa) vaalboskat means grey bush cat.
As a species, the wildcat is divided into many regional subspecies and their number and classification varies depending on which school of thought is followed. The distribution in its various coloured forms extends across most parts of the African continent with the exclusion of the true desert areas around the Sahara and the central African rain forests belt. The species also extends up to the Arabian Peninsula, where it can be found in most coastal regions away from the dessert heartland. They are native to Southern Africa, in countries such as Botswana, but can be found to the east and the west as well. Read more