Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park is the largest and most visited national park in South Africa. It has a great diversity of wild animals and plants. The park is an especially good location for viewing many species of birds (see the checklist of bird species below) and trees. Wildlife viewing is mainly done from vehicles. You are not allowed to leave the road; thus making close-up views of lion kills and leopards uncommon, as compared to private game reserves that allow off-road vehicles to approach the wildlife. However, Kruger is great for wildlife photography because of the diversity of habitats and wildlife.

Wildlife in Kruger National Park


Some of the mammals found in the Kruger National Park include: Aardvark (Antbear) Orycteropus afer, Antelope Blue Wildebeest (Brindled Gnu) Connochaetes taurinus, Bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus, Eland Tragelaphus oryx, Greater Kudu (Kudu) Tragelaphus strepsiceros, Grey Duiker (Common Duiker) Sylvicapra grimmia, Impala Aepyceros melampus melampus, Klipspringer Oreotragus oreotragus, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest Alcelaphus lichtensteinii, Mountain Reedbuck Redunca fulvorufula, Nyala Tragelaphus angasii, Oribi Ourebia ourebi, Red Duiker (Natal Duiker) Cephalophus natalensis, Reedbuck (Southern Reedbuck) Redunca arundinum, Roan Antelope (Roan) Hippotragus equinus, Sable Antelope (Sable) Hippotragus niger, Sharpe’s Grysbok Raphicerus sharpie, Steenbok Raphicerus campestris Suni, (Livingstone’s Antelope) Neotragus moschatus, Tsessebe (Sassaby) Damaliscus lunatus, Waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus, Honey Badger (Ratel) Mellivora capensis, Banana Bat Neoromicia africanus, Cape Serotine Bat Neoromicia capensis, Eqyptian Free-Tailed Bat Tadarida aegyptiaca, Egyptian Rousette Rousettus aegyptiacus, Egyptian Slit-Faced Bat Nycteris thebaica, Gambian (Peters’) Epauletted Fruit Bat Epomophorus gambianus, Little Free-Tailed Bat Chaerephon pumilus, Mauritian Tomb Bat Taphozous mauritianus, Schreibers’ Long-Fingered Bat Miniopterus schreibersii, Sundevall’s Roundleaf Bat Hipposideros caffer, Wahlberg’s Epauletted Fruit Bat Epomophorus wahlbergi, African Buffalo Syncerus caffer, Greater Canerat Thryonomys swinderianus, Aardwolf Proteles cristatus, African Wild Dog (Cape Hunting Dog, Wild Dog) Lycaon pictus, Bat-Eared Fox Otocyon megalotis, Black-Backed Jackal Canis mesomelas, Brown Hyena Parahyaena brunnea, Side-Striped Jackal Canis adustus, Spotted Hyena (Laughing Hyena) Crocuta crocuta, Cats African Civet Civettictis civetta, African Wild Cat Felis silvestris lybica, Caracal (Lynx) Caracal caracal, Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus, Leopard Panthera pardus, Lion Panthera leo, Rusty-Spotted Genet Genetta maculate, Serval Leptailurus serval, Small-Spotted Genet Genetta genetta, Rock Hyrax (Rock Dassie) Procavia capensis, Dormice Woodland Dormouse Graphiurus murinus, Eastern Rock Elephant Shrew Elephantulus myurus, African Elephant (Elephant) Loxodonta Africana, Greater Galago (Thick-Tailed Bushbaby) Otolemur crassicaudatus, South African Galago (Lesser Bushbaby) Galago moholi, Gerbils Bushveld Gerbil Tatera leucogaster, Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis, Hottentot Golden Mole Amblysomus hottentotus, Hares Cape Hare Lepus capensis, Scrub Hare Lepus saxatilis, Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibious, Mice Grey Climbing Mouse Dendromus melanotis, Pouched Mouse Saccostomus campestris, Single-Striped Grass Mouse Lemniscomys rosalia Molerat, African Molerat Cryptomys hottentotus, Mongooses Banded Mongoose Mungos mungo, Dwarf Mongoose Helogale parvula, Marsh Mongoose (Water Mongoose) Atilax paludinosus, Slender Mongoose Galerella sanguinea, White-Tailed Mongoose Ichneumia albicauda, Yellow Mongoose Cynictus penicillata, Baboon (Chacma Baboon) Papio hamadryas ursinus, Blue Monkey (or Samango Monkey) Cercopithecus mitis, Vervet Monkey Cercopithecus aethiops, African Clawless Otter (Cape Clawless Otter) Aonyx capensis, Spotted-Necked Otter Lutra maculicolis, Ground Pangolin Manis temminckii, Bushpig Potamochoerus larvatus, Common Warthog (Warthog) Phacochoerus africanus, Polecats Striped Polecat Ictonyx striatus, Cape Porcupine Hystrix africaeaustralis, Jameson’s Red Rock Rabbit Pronolagus randensis and Acacia Rat Thallomys paedulcus,

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