The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience second to none. At nearly two million hectares, it is the largest game reserve in South Africa, stretching 350km along the Mozambican border and is, on average, 60km wide. It is unrivalled in its diversity of species and is a recognised leader in environmental management techniques and policies.
Rhino Walking Safaris and Rhino Post Safari Lodge, lie within a private wilderness concession just north of Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, offering exclusive walking trails and game drive safaris. The park is home to an impressive number of species, has an amazing 16 different ecosystems, and ranks as a prime Big Five game viewing area.
The Limpopo is the park’s northern-most river and the Crocodile forms it southern boundary, while the Sabie, Letaba, Olifants and Luvuvhu rivers provide the park’s interior with water. There are some seasonal rivers like the Shisa and Timbavati, which are usually dry during winter.
The park tends to be mostly grasslands, known in South Africa as bushveld, and woodlands (savannah), with occasional rocky outcrops. The Kruger National Park falls within a malaria area and all necessary precautions should be taken. Consult your general practitioner on medication before planning a visit.
|Aardvark||Aardwolf||Antelope Roan||Antelope Sable|
|Baboon Chacma||Badger Honey||Bat Epauletted, Peter’s||Bat Epauletted, Wahlberg’s|
|Bat Free-tailed, Angolan||Bat Free-tailed, Little||Bat Tomb, Mauritian||Buffalo|
|Bushbaby Lesser||Bushbaby Thick-tailed||Bushbuck||Bushpig|
|Cane-rat Greater||Caracal||Cat Wild, African||Cheetah|
|Civet||Dassie Rock||Dassie Rock Yellow-spotted||Dog Wild|
|Duiker Common||Duiker Red||Eland||Elephant African|
|Fox Bat-eared||Genet Large-spotted||Genet Small-spotted||Giraffe|
|Grysbok Sharpe’s||Hare Cape||Hare Scrub||Hare Red, Natal|
|Hartebeest Lichtenstein’s||Hyena Spotted||Hippopotamus||Jackal Black-backed|
|Kudu||Mongoose Banded||Lion||Mongoose Grey, Large|
|Mongoose Dwarf||Mongoose Selous’s||Mongoose Meller’s||Mongoose Water|
|Mongoose Slender||Monkey Samango||Mongoose White-tailed||Mouse Multimammate, Natal|
|Otter Clawless||Porcupine||Polecat Striped||Reedbuck Mountain|
|Reedbuck Common||Rhinoceros Black||Rhebok Grey||Serval|
|Rhinoceros White||Squirrel Tree||Springhare||Suni|
The number of different animals varies from year to year depending on climatic conditions.
|Black rhino||250||Blue wildebeest||14 000||Buffalo||21 000|
|Burchell’s zebra||30 000||Cheetah||200||Eland||300|
|Elephant||9 152||Giraffe||5 000||Hippo||2 963|
|Hyaena||2 000||Impala||100 000||Kudu||3 500|
|Sable antelope||300||Tsessebe||200||Waterbuck||1 500|
|White rhino||2 500||Wild dog||350|
Kruger has a list of more than 500 birds, some of which are not found anywhere else in South Africa. Tailor-made birding safaris are available from both Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Plains Camp. Birders can look forward to pursuing the Big Six: Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, Lappet-faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and the Saddle-bill Stork.
In addition, Hornbills, Starlings, Vultures, Rollers, Bee-eaters and Shrikes make this a prime birdwatching area. Raptor viewing is extremely rewarding with Bateleur, Martial, Black-breasted Snake, Brown Snake, African Hawk, African Fish and Tawny Eagles seen regularly. In summer birders can spot the Wahlberg, Steppe and Lesser Spotted.
The Kruger National Park boasts 16 macro ecozones and, due to its vastness, it naturally has a tremendous botanic diversity. The northern half of the park, north of the Olifants River is predominantly mopane veld, while south of the Olifants, the ecozones are thornveld.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge, located slightly north of Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, consists of mixed Bushwillow and Acacia veld with numerous riverbeds running through it. An interesting feature of this area is the sodic open plains. These open areas with short grass attract high concentrations of wildlife. They are caused by sodium leaching out of the soil and accumulating in these areas.
Enthusiastic ecotourists can identify a variety of plant species in the park. Varying climatic conditions impact on the type of vegetation within an ecosystem and this, in turn, affects the distribution and population densities of various animals. The park has over 1,986 plant species, of which 336 are trees, including the Big Five: Baobab, Fever Tree, Knobthorn, Marula, and Mopane.
|Baobab||Red Bushwillow||Common Cluster Fig||Common Coral Tree|
|Delagoa Thorn||Fever Tree||Lowveld Fig||Jackalberry|
|Knob Thorn||Leadwood||Natal Mahogany||Marula|
|Monkey Orange||Mopane||Transvaal Mustard Tree||Lala Palm|
|Raisin Bush||Sausage Tree||Tamboti||Round-leafed Teak|