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Kruger National Park Animals
South Africa


3 giraffes in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Giraffe triplets.

What to look for in Kruger National Park

Compared to some neighbours such as Botswana and especially Namibia the number and variety of animals in Kruger National Park is a bit limited, though the ease, cost and convenience of seeing them is far better.

Visitors to Kruger are usually in search of the Big Five: Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino, but there's also the Little Five: Buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant-lion and rhino beetle.

And for birds there are the Big Six: Ground hornbill, kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Pel's fishing owl and saddle bill stork.

Finally for tree huggers there are Five Trees: baobab, fever tree, knob thorn, marula and mopane.


3 hippos in Kruger National Park, South Africa

A hippo family not finding much to eat beside the Olifants River.


3 cheetahs in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Cheetahs at Sabi Sands Game Reserve.


Lukimbi Game Reserve trackers in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Lukimbi safari trackers, Kruger National Park.


A leopard waiting for tourist lunch to pass by, Kruger National Park, South Africa

A leopard waiting for tourist lunch jeep to pass beneath; near Lower Sabie Rest Camp. Photo by Wegmann.

William Allen, a researcher at the University of Bristol investigated the markings of 35 species of wild cats and found their beautiful and intriguing pattern variation is down to evolution.

"Rudyard Kipling was wrong by suggesting how leopard got their spots as the fingerprints of a man. But he was right about the reason because they provide the perfect camouflage in a forest habitat with dappled light. The spotted pattern also allows them to have camouflage in a wider variety of habitats unlike, say, the black leopards who stand out in any environment other than dense rainforest and darkness."

Unlike cheetahs, leopards live in a wide range of habitats and have varied behavioural patterns. His team linked the markings to patterns generated to a mathematical model that showed how each is perfect for their habitat.


A herd of elephants in Luvuvhu River, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Elephants crossing the Luvuvhu River. Photo by Profberger.


a lion pride on the road, linking to pictures of birds in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Lions on the road near Skukuza Rest Camp. The Battle at Kruger Animals Video is an exceptional lions vs buffalo vs crocodiles event.


Lilac-breasted roller birds in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Lilac-breasted rollers in Kruger.


ostriches crossing a road in Kruger National Park, South Africa

An ostrich couple out for a stroll. Trivia: Ostrich eyes are bigger than their brains.


a Green African Pigeon in Kruger National Park, South Africa

OK, so it's only an African Green Pigeon, but clean and fashionably draped, unlike its 'flying rat' city cousins. Photo Johann du Preez.


4 Ground Hornbills in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Ground Hornbills playing the Mating Game. Spooky. Photo by Jeppestown.


a hoopoe in Kruger National Park, South Africa

A hoopoe. Photo by Alan Manson.


a Yellow Hornbill in Kruger National Park, linking to  South Africa Pictures

A Southern Yellow Hornbill. Photo by Gossipguy



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