Other Mammals in Kruger National Park

You may be familiar with the famous Big Five, beautiful herbivores and cunning carnivores, not many know of Other Mammals in Kruger National Park.

There are various smaller animals and unusually rare sightings that await safari-goers - your trained game ranger will happily point out the fascinating small creatures of the park on a game drive or safari walk. Rare sightings include the elusive aardvark, and pangolin, which will add interesting moments to your safari experience.

Guests will be pleasantly surprised to find that the park offers amazing opportunities to see animals that were not on their checklist, but are gorgeous to view in their natural habitat. 


Aardvark [Orycteropus afer]. They have a body length of 110 cm and a shoulder height of 60 cm, and the tail is 60-70 cm long. The skin is pinkish-gray or...more


The name Aardwolf means 'earth wolf' in Afrikaans and stems from its supposed dog-like features and its dietary habits of eating termites which it digs...more

African Giant Pouched Rat

The African Giant Pouched Rat is generally considered to be the Gambian Pouched Rat [Cricetomys gambianu] which has been separated as a species from the...more

African Weasel

Head and body length is 300mm, and the tail measures 175mm. The African Weasel weighs about 250-350 gr. They have long slender bodies with short legs...more

Ansorges Free Tailed Bat

Ansorge's Free-Tailed Bat (Tadarida ansorgei) Like all so-called 'free-tailed' bats, the distal portion of the tail of the Ansorgi's Free-Tailed Bat is...more


Honey Badgers are about 250 mm high at the shoulders and weighs 12 Kg. The coats have a broad and course saddle of grey hair running from above the eyes...more

Banana Bat

Banana Bat (Neoromicia nanus). The Banana Bat is a tiny bat which is 77 mm long and weighs 4.0 grams. The dense fur on the back can be various shades of...more


Bushpigs are nocturnal and can be very dangerous, as they use their sharp tusks when threatened. Their numbers have increased in areas where predators...more

Cape Ground Squirrel

The Cape Ground Squirrel is a rodent endemic to South Africa. It measures 450 mm in length and weighs up to 1 kg. Upper parts are cinnamon coloured with...more

Cape Hare

There are twelve sub-species of the Cape Hare found throughout Africa. The female Cape Hare is slightly larger than the male. Their mass varies from...more

Cape Otter

The Cape Clawless Otter measures 1,3 m in length and weighs about 13 kg. Except for the belly, throat, cheeks and upper lip, which are all white...more

Eastern Rock Elephant Shrew

The total body of the Eastern Rock Elephant Shrew measures 260 mm and the tail is longer than the head and body length and it weighs about 60 grams...more

Greater Cane Rat

This rodent is closer related to the porcupine than to veld rats. The spiny fur on the back and rounded nose distinguish this animal from true rats. A...more


Hedgehogs are small insectivores, characterised by their pointed faces and short, sharp spines covering the flanks and back as protection against...more

Honey Badger

One of Africa's most ferocious animals, Honey Badgers have been known to attack Lions and Buffalo when threatened. They will also attack humans when...more

Jamesons Red Rock Rabbit

This species has a fine, silky fur which is grizzled rufous-brown on the upper parts of the body. It has a whitish chin and slightly lighter fur on the...more

Lesser Yellow House Bat

Lesser Yellow House Bat (Scotophilus borbonicus) As implied by the popular name, this bat is similar in general appearance than it's sister species...more

Long-tailed Forest Shrew

Forest Shrew is a mottled, medium-sized shrew. Colouration is grey-brown to dark grey-brown. Head and body length is about 83 mm, with a relative short...more


Cape Golden Mole (Chrysochloris asiatica). These are small, blind, insectivorous mammals, and not remotely related to rodent moles. The minute eyes are...more

Mountain Ground Squirrel

The Mountain Ground Squirrel has previously been considered as a subspecies of the Cape Ground Squirrel, but has since been recognised as a species in...more


Pangolin, Ground Pangolin (Manis temminckii), also known as Temminck's Pangolin or the Cape Pangolin. The body is protected by armour of imbricated brown...more


Both the male and female African Porcupines weigh from 18 to 30 kg (about 40 to 60 pounds) and are about two feet long. The African Porcupine is a type...more

Rock Dassie

Rock Dassie – now known as Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis). This small, plump and tail-less guinea-pig-like animal is about as large as a big rabbit...more

Scrub Hare

The Scrub Hare is larger in the south-western parts of the range (2.7-4.5 kg) than further north (1.5-3.2 kg). The upper parts are a grizzled-grey and...more

Spring Hare

The vernacular name of this creature is misleading, since the Spring Hare is in fact a rodent, and not a hare. Springhares are to some degree used as...more

Striped Polecat

Polecats are close relatives of the African weasel, but differs in that it is larger, the coat hairs are longer, and that it has three characteristic...more

Tree Squirrel

Tree Squirrel or Smith's Bush Squirrel [Paraxerus cepapi] The total length is 350 mm, half of which is tail. This species only weighs 200 gram. The coat...more

White-Tailed Rat

The White-Tailed Rat is a thickset, mouse-like rodent with soft wooly fur. The body is coated with a buffy-grey coloured fur. Interspersed amongst the...more

Yellow House Bat

Yellow House Bat or African Yellow Bat (Scotophilus dinganii) Larger than the lesser yellow house bat, but smaller than the giant yellow house bat...more
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