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.
  • Lioness with prey  Graham Cooke

    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

  • Sable Antelope  Graham Cooke

    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

  • Buffalo spotted on game drive.

    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

  • Pink Backed Pelican  Nigel Dennis

    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

  • Parfuri. Albert Froneman

    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

  • Carp species found in the Kruger National Park.

    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

  • Cheetah family on the look-out

    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

  • Buffalo at sunset

    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

  • Cheetah with a fresh kill

    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

  • Female rhino with calf

    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

  • Waterbuck  Nigel Dennis

    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

  • Leopard on the Prowl  Nigel Dennis

    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)

  • Leopard eating it prey in a tree.

    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.

  • Bat-earred fox  Nigel Dennis

    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

  • Cheetah pair chasing each other  Heinrich van den Berg

    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

  • Zebra.

    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

  • Hyenas at play. Nigel Dennis

    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

  • leopard in the dark  Heirich van den Berg

    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

  • Lions at dusk  Heinrich van den Berg

    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

  • Banded Mongoose  Nigel Dennis

    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

  • The most ancient denizen of Kruger... the crocodile

    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

  • Chacma baboons  Graham Cooke

    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

  • Porcupine  Nigel Dennis

    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

  • Kruger Park snakes  Graham Cooke

    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

  • African Wild Dog  Albert Froneman

    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

  • Horned Baboon Spider  Nigel Dennis

    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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