Kruger National Park: Home to Africa’s Big 5

Kruger National Park: Home to Africa’s Big 5

A trip to South Africa isn’t complete without getting up close and personal with Africa’s famous ‘big 5’.  If you’re looking for a beautiful location where you can enjoy Africa’s stunning natural scenery and have a great chance of spotting the big five as well then Kruger National Park is the place to go.  More mammal species can be found in Kruger Park than in any other African reserve making it a hugely popular and exciting safari location.

The park covers nearly 2 million hectares of land and offers an authentic and memorable experience for those wishing to see the flora and fauna that Africa has to offer.  If you’re looking for a place to see Africa’s big five then Kruger National Park is home to all five of the impressive creatures – the rhino, buffalo, lion, elephant and leopard.

Rhino – The Kruger National Park is home to the world’s largest population of white rhino as well as a significant number of black rhino.  You’re more likely to spot white rhino in the southern region of the park where rainfall is highest as this is where 85% of the white rhino population lives.

Buffalo – The Cape buffalo move in herds of up to a couple of hundred animals.  Although singularly the buffalo is not the most impressive creature, seeing a whole herd of buffalo moving together is an extremely memorable experience and for many people it is the highlight of their trip.  There are about 38,000 Cape Buffalo living in Kruger National Park making them the most commonly sighted of the big five.

Lion – Many people visiting Kruger National Park will name the lion as the animal that they would most like to see in the wild.  When you spot a lion in the wild you will marvel at its strength and agility, hearing lions roaring in the wild is a chilling but beautiful experience that you’ll never forget.  There are about 2,000 lions living in Kruger National Park, this number has increased over the years as the population of their prey has also increased.

Elephant – Kruger National Park is home to a large population of about 13,700 elephants.  You’ll be enchanted watching groups of elephants gently interacting with each other and playing together in their natural surroundings.  These gentle giants are some of the park’s most charming creatures and some of the most popular amongst visitors.

Leopard – Leopards are probably the most difficult of the big five to spot in the wild as they’re primarily nocturnal and tend to keep themselves well hidden away.  It is estimated that there are about 1000 leopards living within Kruger Park, you are most likely to spot one in areas of dense vegetation bordering rivers within Kruger Park such as the Sabie and the Shingwedzi.

If you’re looking for Kruger Park transfers, a sight-seeing tour, or safari, then at Rhino Shuttles we offer a competitively priced trip that includes accommodation, entrance to the park, airport transfers, and two meals a day.