|Sighting the "Big
Five" has become something of a quest for many people when
on safari, and the greater Kruger National Park area has more than
its fair share of these, with an estimated 1,700 lion, 14,000 elephant,
3,500 buffalo, 1,400 leopards and 5,000 rhino (black and white).
It should certainly not be a pre-requisite of a safari to see these
or even a priority, as there are plenty of other fascinating animals
and birds in the African bush.
is one of the premier game-watching destinations in the world.
Approximately 145 mammal species occur in the park. It is possible
to see all the classical African big game, including elephant,
black and white rhino, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, buffalo,
warthog and many antelope species. Large carnivores include lion,
leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena. There are also many
smaller mammals which are an equally enticing find. A checklist
of some of the most visual species follows:
Lesser & Thick-tailed Bushbaby
African Wild Cat.
Common & Red Duiker
Large & Small-spotted Genet
Cape, Red, Natal & Scrub Hare
| Black-backed & Side-striped Jackal
Samango & Vervet Monkey
Mountain & Common Reedbuck
Black & White Rhinoceros