Wildlife & Animals – Kruger NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Kruger Park has an amazing variety of wildlife with all big safari animals present. All the big cats are found in Kruger and lion, in particular, are frequently seen in the south of the park. White rhino are under threat from a dramatic increase in poaching in recent years, although you still have a reasonable chance of spotting one. Buffalo and elephant are easily seen throughout. Wildlife is more difficult to spot in the Wet season due to thick vegetation.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraAbundant
White RhinoOccasional
Black RhinoVery Rare
LionOccasional
HyenaCommon
Wild DogVery Rare

Wildlife Highlights

Graceful antelope are a highlight of Kruger, and two rare species to look out for are the roan and sable. Kruger is a stronghold for black and white rhino, although a sharp increase in poaching means they are becoming less plentiful. Black rhino, in particular, are very rare. The highly endangered wild dog (or painted dog) lives in large groups that range far and wide, although it is rarely spotted.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time for wildlife viewing in Kruger Park is during the dry months of June to September when the vegetation is less thick. August to September is a recommended time as temperatures are higher than in mid-winter and the animals are concentrated around water sources making for excellent wildlife watching.

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