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Wildlife & Wilderness

The wildlife estate is home to a variety of different species and the following can be spotted in the estate: giraffe, zebra, nyala, genets, kudu, impala, steenbok, civets, warthog, bush baby, duiker, wildebeest, porcupine, honey badger, monkeys, baboons, mongoose, and even the occasional wild dog pack and leopard.

Bird baths attract a variety of species to the Safari Moon gardens and early mornings and evenings are the best time for bird-viewing and bird-song. Keep an eye out for glossy starlings, grey go-away birds, crested barbets, Natal spurfowls, sunbirds, wood hoopoes, hornbills and owls, just to name a few.

Take a trip to one of the dams or raised hides in the estate and explore the estates game-drive routes where you can tick off a few species sightings before even heading into the Kruger!

The Kruger National Park is home to everything species you associate with Africa and more. This iconic reserve is home to the big-five; Leopard, Lion, Buffalo, Elephant & Rhino. Exceptional game-viewing is almost guaranteed in the KNP, but like any wilderness area it’s all about being in the right place at the right time and every day is different. Patience is key and waterholes are ideal to stake out, especially in the driest winter months.

Take a wildlife tick-list and see how many species you can find during the course of the day.

The Kruger

Did you know the Kruger has over 500 different bird species, 148 mammals, 118 Reptiles, 35 Amphibians, 53 fish and 1,990 differing trees, grasses, shrubs, sedges and succulents.

Some of the most common and sought after wildlife sightings to be had in the park include: elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, spotted hyena, white rhino, black rhino, hippo, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, kudu, waterbuck, sable, nyala, impala, blue wildebeest, crocodile, warthog, caracal, vervet monkey, baboon, serval, aardvark, pangolin, mongoose, honey-badger, civic, black-backed jackal, side-striped jackal, steenbok, bushbuck, klipspringer, aardwolf, African wild cat and genets to name but a few.

The Kruger is a bird-lovers paradise and being home to over 500 species throughout the year, you’re bound to tick off a few top species or two. Keep an eye out for: martial eagles, kori bustards, ostrich, lilac-breasted rollers, brown-headed kingfishers, giant eagle owls, red-billed quelea, oxpeckers, grey herons, African fish-eagles, white-bellied sunbirds, bee-eaters and barbets. A pair of quality binoculars and zoom lens is always a good idea if birding is high on your list.

Remember to adhere to the official KNP timings for entering and exiting the park. Get to know the Kruger, it’s different routes, waterholes, rest stops and wildlife hotspots. We can recommend roads to take that will take up the full day and also the closest gates and quickest routes in and out of this famed National Park.

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