It has black or silver gray fur with flanks and underside in light yellow. The tip of its tail is always black.
It inhabits mainly open country, from open grassland plains with scattered thickets to arid to semi desert scrub.
Cape foxes are omnivorous and will eat plants or animals. Although they prefer invertebrates and small mammals such as rodents, they are opportunists and known to hunt and eat reptiles, rabbits, spiders, birds, and young hares.