Kruger National Park Wildlife


This comprehensive Kruger Park wildlife guide provides a detailed compendium of the animals, birds and reptiles that form the basis for the continued interest of nature-lovers in this fantastic African safari destination.
  • Anatomy of a Lion Kill

    Kruger National Park Lion Kill - Lions hunt either alone or in prides. In collaborative hunts, it is usually the lioness who initiates the kill. Lions...

  • Antelope in Kruger

    The Kruger National Park is home to many different species of animals, from Eland to small antelope such as Duiker and Steenbok. Impala are the most...

  • Big Five in Kruger

    By 1896 white rhino were extinct in the Lowveld, while elsewhere a relic 50 animals survived between the White and Black Umfolozi rivers in Zululand...

  • Birdlife in Kruger

    Bird life in Kruger Park is many and varied. The Park is home to the majority of South African raptors, while vultures occur most in central grasslands...

  • Ecology of Kruger

    The bed of the Mphongolo River in northern Kruger is framed by a tall apple-leaf, while flowering knobthorns add a colourful backdrop. Many African...

  • Fish Species in Kruger Park

    The seven rivers that cross Kruger support an extremely rich aquatic life. Forty-nine fish species are found in Kruger's rivers, including two of the...

  • Predators in Kruger

    Many animals, especially predators like the small spotted genet and even antelope such as bushbuck and grey duiker, are active mainly at night...

  • Seasons of Kruger Park

    In August the mornings and evenings are cool, but temperatures and humidity rise during the day, more moisture; winds indicate spring is on its way...

  • Forget Usain Bolt, Meet the Fastest Creature on Land - the Cheetah

    Beautiful, majestic, agile and incredibly fast; a sighting of a Cheetah while on an African safari is an achievement seldom succeeded in and often longed...

  • Trees of Kruger Park

    These are just some of the many types of trees found in Kruger Park. The baobab is southern Africa's most distinctive

  • The Wildlife and Natural Beauty of Kruger Park

    The South African National Park; Kruger National Park is the largest safari park in South Africa and is home to the Big Five as well as all of the...

  • Wildlife Facts - Antelope

    Most of Africa's herbivores can be classified as either grazers of grass or browsers of leaves off trees. Some animals, like the elephant and impala, do...

  • Wildlife Facts - Big Predators

    Kruger is probably most famous for its large carnivores, the big flesh-eating cats (lion, leopard and cheetah) and dogs (hyaena and wild dogs)...

  • Wildlife Facts - Carnivores - Cats

    Of all the carnivores in Kruger Park, none fires the imagination more than the Cats. Their eyes, for a start are definitely the eyes of a killer....

  • Wildlife Facts - Carnivores - Dogs

    It's interesting to note that where lions represent honest power and authority in the human consciousness, the hyaena is a universal symbol...

  • Wildlife Facts - Cheetahs

    The Cheetah's body is built for speed. It's legs are relatively long compared to its greyhound-like body; it has a big heart and lungs and wide nasal...

  • Wildlife Facts - Grazers and Browsers

    The distribution of animals in Kruger depends largely on the time of year and the quality of grazing in each area. Migration patterns have been...

  • Wildlife Facts - Hyenas

    The hyaena is a shaggy, untidy and opportunistic carnivore with a distinctive, sloping back. It is a member of the dog family, weighing around 60kg...

  • Wildlife Facts - Leopards

    Leopards are the least social and perhaps the most beautiful of the African big cats. They usually keep to themselves, lurking in dense riverine...

  • Wildlife Facts - Lions

    One of Africa's most unforgettable experiences is hearing the roar of a lion at night. When Ingonyama (Swazi) or Nghala (Shangaan) announces his presence...

  • Wildlife Facts - Mongooses

    The Dwarf Mongoose is the smallest of the African mongooses; very social, diurnal animals living in groups of between 8 and 20 individuals; very curious...

  • Wildlife Facts - Prehistoric Animals

    Over 3 million years Africa's fauna underwent a complete change. Forest-dependent species either died out or adapted to the more open landscape...

  • Wildlife Facts - Primates

    The baboon, is a truculent, cunning and intelligent animal that will eat almost anything, including small mammals and birds. Baboons have even been known...

  • Wildlife Facts - Small Creatures

    Porcupines are the largest African rodents, weighing up to 27kg. Although they are common in Kruger, they are rarely seen because of their nocturnal...

  • Wildlife Facts - Snakes

    The king of the reptiles in Kruger is the crocodile. There are believed to be several thousand crocodiles in Kruger. They are social animals, found in...

  • Wildlife Facts - Wild Dog

    The African wild dog is an endangered species, with only four remaining populations in Africa, one of which is Kruger. Their survival is dependent on the...

  • Wildlife in Kruger

    Young vervet monkeys are born mainly from October to January after a gestation period of 140 days. Vervets emit distinct alarm barks for different...


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