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The Best of Kruger Park’s Wildlife

The Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves, boasting a plethora of wildlife, with well over 150 species of mammals, 520 bird species, over 2000 plant species, including 456 tree and shrub species, 112 reptile species, 34 species of Amphibians and over 49 species of fish – the Kruger Park is by far the destination spot should you be wanting to spend some time with our animal brothers and sisters.

We at Drive South Africa have decided to compile a list of the Top 7 best of wildlife in the Kruger Park, setting aside 7 different categories, complete with 5 nominations in each category; ultimately ending in the number one best of animal within the game reserve.

The nominations in each Top 7 category are as follows:

1. The largest animal in the Kruger National Park

Nominees:

  • Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Katherine

  • Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Joel Metlen

  • Giraffe

Giraffe at the Kruger National Park
Photo By Stephan Curtis

  • African Elephant

African Elephant Herd at Kruger National Park
Photo By mrpepper27

  • Baboon

Family of Baboon at the Kruger National Park
Photo By Kristien

And the winner is...

The African Elephant, weighing in at approximately 5455kg, this is by far the largest land animal in the world.

The Largest Mammal in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Stuart Bassil

2. The smallest animal in the Kruger National Park

Nominees:

  • Antlion

Antlion in the Kruger National Park
Photo By growandtell.files.wordpres

  • Rhino Beetle

Rhino Beetle in the Kruger National Park
Photo by Jonathan Lee

  • Red-billed Buffalo Weaver

Red-billed Buffalo Weaver in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Nydia Fernandes

  • Rock Elephant Shrew

Rock Elephant Shrew in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Jon

  • Leopard Tortoise

Leopard Tortoise in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Cameron Ewart-Smith

And the winner is...

The Rock Elephant Shrew, which is the size of a human fingertip, resembling a mouse. This mammal tends to feed on insects. One can identify an Elephant shrew from its distinctive long nose, which resembles a mini elephant trunk – hence its namesake.

The smallest animal in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Layzeboy Photography Nature & Wildlife

3. The fastest animal in the Kruger National Park

Nominees:

  • Wildebeest

Wildebeest in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Manuele Zunelli

  • Lion

Lion in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Venkatraman Pasupathinarayanan

  • Thompson’s Gazelle

Thompson's Gazelle in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Charlie Summers

  • Cheetah

Cheetah in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Anthony Ponzo

  • Leopard

Leopard in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Beth Wold

And the winner is...

The Cheetah is the fastest land animal around the world. Reaching speeds of up to 80-100km per hour, the Cheetah will be able to outrun any other predator. Bear in mind though, these top speeds can only be reached at short intervals at a time. (They are NOT distance runners...)

The fastest mammal in the Kruger National Park
Photo By World Resources Institute

4. The most secretive animal in the Kruger National Park

Nominees:

  • Serval

Serval in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Josey8

  • Pangolin

Pangolin in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Anthony Ponzo

  • Large spotted Genet

Large Spotted Genet in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Yolande Oelsen

  • Civet

Civet in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Robert Howard

  • Porcupine

Porcupine in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Cody Sehl

And the winner is...

The Serval is the most secretive animal to be found in the Kruger. Being a nocturnal animal, this small spotted cat tends to spend its days’ lazing in the thickets of bushes, situated along the rivers of the Kruger National Park.

The most secretive and shy animal in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Andries

5. The strangest looking animal in the Kruger National Park

Nominees:

  • Meerkat

Meerkats in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Werner Smit

  • Ground Hornbill

Ground Hornbill in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Peet van Schalkwyk

  • Pangolin

Pangolin in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Anthony Ponzo

  • Giraffe

Giraffe in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Anne-Marie Kalus

  • Elephant Shrew

Elephant Shrew
Photo By DeAnna Shanks

And the winner is...

The Pangolin is by far the strangest animal in the Kruger National Park. Descendent from dinosaur days, this scaly anteater is a mammal from the order of Pholidota. Marked by hardened, plate-like scales, which are made up of keratin, the Pangolin curls itself up into a ball when threatened, its overlapping scales acting as armour for the creature.

The strangest looking animal in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Owen Elias

6. The most aggressive animal in the Kruger National Park

Nominees:

  • Crocodile

Crocodile in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Peet van Schalkwyk

  • Lion

Lion in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Aaron Cacali

  • Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Corrie Du Plessis

  • Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Jeremy Hughes

  • White Rhinoceros

White Rhinoceros in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Aaron Cacali

And the winner is...

The Hippopotamus is indeed the most aggressive animal. Showing aggressive tendencies towards human beings, without any provocation is somewhat of the norm when it comes to Hippos. They are extremely territorial, and will stop at nothing to ensure possible threats are aware of this.

The most aggressive animal in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Lou Guilette

7. The most endangered animal in the Kruger National Park

Nominees:

  • African Wild Dog

African Wild Dogs in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Karen Desjardin

  • Black Rhinoceros

Black Rhinoceros in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Anne Makaske

  • Bats

Bats in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Katja Soehngen

  • Honey Badger

Honey Badger in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Robert Brookes

  • Ground Hornbill

Ground Hornbill in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Peter Hall

And the winner is...

The African Wild Dog is the most endangered animal at the Kruger National Park. The only viable population of African Wild Dog around the world can be found in the Kruger National Park, with dwindling numbers of only 350 Wild Dogs at the Park, radical steps need to be put into place to ensure this fascinating species does not become extinct.

The most endangered species in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Thomas Retterath

Be sure to get yourself to the Kruger National Park, where you will be able to spend time exploring and discovering wildlife of all shapes, sizes and spheres. Should you wish to book a space in the Kruger National Park, feel free to contact us, we will be able to assist you with car hiring as well as accommodation.


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