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Kruger National Park is the largest conservation area in South Africa, and is home to over 147 species of mammals and 508 species of birds.

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I have travelled around Tanzania a lot and love the wilderness of the safari areas. The animals roam freely across huge swathes of land.

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If you’re planning a safari to Kruger then you’ll have an opportunity to see many diverse animals in their natural habitat.

Here’s a look at just five of the animals, most commonly known as the big five, that you can see at Kruger National Park.

1. LION

These regal creatures are truly magnificent and are often the number one animal visitors to the park want to see. Lions are more active and tend to hunt at night. During the day you’ll most likely see them lazing in the thorny thickets around a waterhole. On average they sleep up to 18 hours a day!

In Kruger, lions are spoilt for choice when it comes to prey; around 37 species provide them with sustenance, although they have a preference for buffalo, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest.

2. LEOPARD

Shy, secretive and solitary, the elegant and mysterious leopard is a master of camouflage and notoriously difficult to spot. However, if you are going to see one, it will most likely be at Kruger.

The National Park has the largest density of leopards in Africa, and the area surrounding the Sand River is their ideal habitat.

3. RHINOCEROS

The white and the rarer black rhinos can be found in the park. The larger white rhino with its two distinctive horns is a grazer, preferring the shorter grasses of the plains. There are around 7,000 white rhino in Kruger, and most can be found in the southern half of the park.

The rarer black rhino is more elusive and their numbers a lot lower, around 400. Although poaching is still a major concern, numbers are slowly rising due to the work of conservationists intent on saving the critically endangered species from extinction. It is very rare to see a black rhino. They are very shy and prefer to hide in the thickets and bushy areas where they can graze in peace.

4. ELEPHANT

The world’s largest mammal is magnificent to see in the wild, and their sheer size, up to seven tonnes in weight and up to three metres high, is an awe-inspiring sight to behold.

Herds of elephants in Kruger are plentiful, and can be easily found throughout the park. They usually congregate around the larger waterholes, and can often be seen crossing the roads right in front of the safari game drive vehicles.

5. AFRICAN BUFFALO

The last of the big five is the African buffalo; massive curved horned beasts whose grazing abilities have a major ecological impact on the region’s ecosystem. The voracious grazers enjoy munching the longer grasses, leaving the shorter grasses for the zebras and impalas.

Large herds of buffalo can be found around the woodland savannahs of the park, while lions won’t be far away either; buffalo are their preferred prey.

For more information on our tailor-made luxury safaris at Kruger National Park, contact our travel experts at True Luxury Travel today.

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