• Fathala Tented Lodge in Senegal

    TENTED LODGE

    The Fathala Wildlife Reserve offers a romantic getaway with the open-air Mahogany Restaurant & Lounge, and a swimming pool with breath-taking views over the Senegalese Bush.

  • Fathala Mosquito Netted Bed in Senegal

    LUXURY SUITES

    Fathala's Luxury Tented Accommodation is decorated in a romantic African Colonial Theme with mosquito nets, air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms with free standing baths and outdoor showers.

  • Zebras in Senegal Game Reserve

    BURCHELL'S ZEBRA

    The Zebra's black and white stripes are a form of camouflage called disruptive coloration that breaks up the outline of the body. They inhabit savannas, from treeless grasslands to open woodlands.

  • Giraffe in Fathala West Africa

    GIRAFFES

    Giraffes use their height to good advantage by browsing leaves and buds in treetops. The 21–inch (53 cm) tougue helps them pluck tasty morsels from branches. Giraffes eat most of the time, and like cows they regurgitate food and chew it as cud.

  • Fathala Baby Warthog in Senegal

    WARTHOG

    Warthogs are widespread all over Africa. The males can be distinguished by the 4 warts on the side of its face where females only have 2 warts. They are omnivorous and not scared of chasing lions away to get a chance for a drink of water.

Fauna & Flora, Senegal

Osprey at Fathala

Osprey

The osprey is a common sight in the Saloum Delta. It is most widely distributed large raptor in the world, occurring on all continents besides Antarctica. It feeds on a diet consisting mostly of small fish and has specially adapted nostrils that can be closed when diving into the water.



Western Reef Herron at Fathala

Western Reef Herron

The Western Reef Herron is a medium sized Herron that hunts in the shallow is a medium sized Herron that hunts in the shallow waters. It will hunt almost anything that will fit in its mouth, from fish, crustaceans, crabs, rodents and mollusks. They nest communally, where they all gather in the evenings, called a Heronry.


Roan Antelope at Fathala

Roan Antelope

They form harem groups of five to 15 animals with a dominant male. Roan antelope commonly fight among themselves for dominance of their herd, brandishing their horns while both animals are on their knees. Named koba in Senegal.


Pink Backed Pelican at Fathala

Pink-Backed Pelican

The Pink-Backed Pelican is the smaller of the two Pelican species that can be seen at Fathala, the bigger Great White pelican can also be seen in the Saloum Delta. The pink backed pelican can have a wingspan of almost 3 meters and weigh 7kg and they feed on fish especially tilapia. Here they like to roost in big baobab trees that grows alongside the river.


Little Bee Eater at Fathala

Little Bee Eater

The Little Bee Eater, is a common resident at Fathala. Feeding mainly on bees, hornets and wasps. One can see them rubbing hornets agonized branches to remove the sting before they are swallowed.


Warthog Family at Fathala

Warthog

Warthogs like to wallow in mud. It’s a multipurpose habit as it helps to cool them down and protects them from the sun. Wallowing in the mud also gets rid of parasites and is a barrier that protects them from the bites of the ever present tsetse fly.


Western Giant Lord Derby Eland at Fathala

Western Giant Lord Derby Eland

This sub species of the Giant Eland is only found in Senegal and Mali. Fathala is one of 3 places in the world where healthy wild populations exist.


West African Forest Buffalo at Fathala

West African Forest Buffalo

Although a different species to the Cape buffalo it is also part of the African Big 5. This terminology does not refer to size but to species that were grouped together by the old colonial hunter, that were the most dangerous animals to hunt. They may slightly resemble domestic cattle, however are very dangerous and will not tolerate an intrusion into their personal space.


Red Patas Monkey at Fathala

Red Patas Monkey

The Red Patas Monkey is the fastest runner among the primates. The adult females in the group initiate movement of the group with the male following their lead.


Fathala Hooded Vulture

Hooded Vulture

It has a lack of feathers on its neck for hygiene reasons, so it’s easier to clean after feeding on dead rotting animals.


West African Crocodile at Fathala

West African Crocodile

West African Crocodile, also known as the Dessert Crocodile in Mauritania. Until recently thought to be a synonym for the Nile crocodile, however recent studies showed that they are in fact a different species.


Fathala Dusty Zebra

Burchell’s Zebra

The Zebra’s black and white stripes are a form of camouflage called Disruptive Coloration that breaks up the outline of the body. They inhabit savannas, from treeless grasslands to open woodlands.


White Rhinoceros at Fathala

White Rhinoceros

The White Rhinoceros or Square-lipped Rhinoceros is the largest extant species of Rhinoceros. It has a wide mouth used for grazing and is the most social of all Rhino species.


Fathala Giraffes

Giraffes

Giraffes use their height to good advantage by browsing leaves and buds in treetops. The 21–inch (53 cm) tougue helps them pluck tasty morsels from branches. Giraffes eat most of the time, and like cows they regurgitate food and chew it as cud.