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Warthog avoids attack by leaping leopard

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What a scaredy-cat! This is the moment a leopard jumps into the air after being startled by a warthog.

How do you like your rhino, canned or wild?

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Are South African conservation authorities intent on shipping some of our wild rhinos to live out their lives “safely” on hunting and horn cropping farms?

Rhino poachers each get 15 years in prison

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Four Mpumalanga men convicted of trespassing and illegal hunting in the Kruger National Park were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment each.

New head for Kruger National Park

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SANParks former managing executive of tourism development and marketing, Mr Glenn Phillips, is to take over as the head of Kruger National Park.

How to sketch lions in watercolour

Artist Alison Nicholls demonstrates how she adds watercolour to a pencil field sketch.

World’s first blue-eyed Cape buffalo discovered

Meet Franky, the first known Cape buffalo to have blue eyes!

A lion bites off more than it can chew

A young lion attempts to take on a pod of hippo at Kruger’s Sunset Dam.

Stuck between 2 elephants in musth

This scary video shows what it’s like to be stuck and helpless between two elephants in musth.

New white lions in the Kruger

There’s been quite a stir in game-viewing circles in Kruger National Park lately. And a little white lion cub is at the thick of it all.

Baby impala befriends leopard

Most impalas run for their lives at the sight of a leopard – but this plucky youngster seems determined to befriend one.

Looking at zebras in a different light

A casual sundowner in the Kruger turns into an outstanding photographic opportunity as some zebras kick up the dust.

Natural ruses rule out culling for elephants

There will be no further culling of elephants in Kruger National park for population control because the new, “natural”, methods of managing them have severely curtailed the population growth rate.

R2 million worth of equipment donated to Kruger’s Ranger Corps

Survival equipment to the value of R2 million was handed over to Kruger’s Ranger Corps by Unitrans Volkswagen’s Unite against Poaching Trust.

Birds, wild dogs, leopards and Scott in the Kruger

Scott learns to appreciate the smaller creatures and more stationary objects in the Kruger, when he can’t find a leopard.

Kruger catch-up – Lower Sabie, Satara and Talamati

Scott soaks up the natural wonders of Kruger: lions, bull elephants, happy hippo herds and hidden leopards.

Learning how to track animals

There is always something happening in the bush, even if you don’t get to see it. Erik Brits recently learnt how to unlock all of these secrets during “track and sign” week with Bushwise Field Guides.

Savvy SA citizens save Rhino in Kruger

Three heroic women save a black rhino by reporting poachers to Kruger authorities.

Rhino orphan seeks solace from humans in the Kruger

Exhausted orphaned rhino looks for comfort with cars in the Kruger.

Third week in Kruger: pretty lady on a rock

Scott mulls over conservation issues in South Africa, while at a fantastic leopard sighting in the Kruger.

Kruger from the air

Scott Ramsay spends the day flying with the anti-poaching team over the Kruger.

How to do Kruger right

Janine gives some tips and tricks on how to make the most out of a visit to Kruger National Park.

Kruger – lions, kingfishers and on foot with ellies

Scott Ramsay’s travels take him to the Kruger National Park, a landmark area in the history of wildlife conservation.

Elephant poachers penetrate South African borders again

Breaking news: in what seems to be a recurring trend, another elephant has been poached in the Northern Kruger, close to the Zimbabwe and Mozambican borders.

Home stretch

Jeff and Kerryn finally arrive back in South Africa after 145 days and 20 805 kilometers of travel. The biggest inevitability of the entire trip has arrived: The End.

Sanparks employee kills hippo

SANParks employee hits a hippo in the Kruger National Park as he rushes to see his sick mother.

A photographic competition of ‘elephantine’ proportions

In order to create awareness about World Elephant Day on the 12th of August Africa Geographic has set up a photographic competition with excellent prizes to be won. May the best Elephant photograph win!

White-backed vultures mating in the Klaserie

Chloe, recalls her uniques experience: seeing the endangered white-backed vultures mating in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.

Close encounters with a puff adder

Carolynne Higgins tells us about puff adders in Klaserie Private Game reserve – from a strike rate faster than that of a camera shutter to the hypnotic patterns of their scales.

First elephant poached in Kruger in 10 years

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on 15 May 2014 the first confirmed elephant poaching incident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in well over ten years.

R255 million donation for anti-rhino poaching

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Nature Conservation Trust and South African National Parks announced an historic R255 million, three-year initiative to combat rhino poaching in Kruger National Park and test anti-poaching tactics that can be applied in other regions of Africa.

Visitor spots a rhino with its horn hacked off in the Kruger

South African National Parks has confirmed that visitors to the Kruger National Park have spotted a rhino with its horn hacked off.

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 21

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 21. This episode of 50 | 50 will be broadcast on SABC 3 at 9pm on 20 January 2014. Spend a couple of days in the life of a vet at Kruger National Park, follow up with the hyena that was found wondering the streets of Johannesburg and take a trip to see what sustainable farming is all about.

Elephant rolls car – Shock footage of latest Kruger incident

Shock footage has emerged of the most recent elephant attack in the Kruger National Park, which shows that two foreign tourists took unnecessary risk while on a self-drive safari.

Kruger elephant shot after attack

An elephant bull has been put down after it attacked a couple in the Kruger National Park on Monday, trampling their blue Volkswagen car.

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 18

Here is the New Year’s episode line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 18 on 30 December 2013: Continue to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta, take a trip to Kleinsee to discover how this once thriving mining town is now a pearl for oyster production and find out how tourists are ruining Kruger National Park.

Southern ground hornbill conservation

Southern Ground Hornbill conservation efforts in the Kruger National Park at Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.

Elephant smashes into car

Original Source: The Guardian A female African elephant charges into a vehicle in the Kruger national park in South Africa. Johann Lombard, who has 23 years of experience as a professional safari guide, filmed the incident and says neither the

Impala leaps to freedom… into a car

Original source: iol.co.za  Scrambling through the low grass with two cheetahs on its tail, an impala makes a leap to safety… through an open window into the front seat of a Toyota Prado full of tourists. Samantha Pittendrigh and three

In Mozambique, the Meager Opulence of Rhino Poaching

Original source: internationalboulevard.com In the poacher towns of Mozambique that border South Africa’s enormous Kruger National Park, young men hand-thread the barrels of old rifles to fit them with silencers, then slip barefoot across the border into South Africa to

Elephant smashes car window

Video Source: Africam.com “This video was taken by tourists in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. They thought the elephants were tame and would not harm them so they tried to get as close as possible. They were lucky

Eco-Friendly Camp in the Greater Kruger

There are numerous lodges scattered throughout South Africa that label themselves ‘eco-friendly’ or ‘green’. But what do these terms mean? Eco-friendly is a broad term that is bandied about quite freely, but it is often misunderstood to mean ‘sustainable’. Lodges

The Cliffhanging Leopard

During my four years as a guide at Singita Kruger National Park I would always scan the cliffs of the Lebombo Mountain range. I  imagined how amazing it would be to see a leopard scale these steep, craggy cliffs. Leopards

12 Safari Highlights from the Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s greatest attractions. It covers an area about the size of Israel, and is consequently the biggest national park in South Africa. Living in South Africa and not having been to the Kruger

The 7 Magnificent Elephants of Kruger

Information for this post courtesy of SANParks Over thirty years ago seven impressive elephant bulls, all with tusks weighing more than 50 kg each, could be found in Kruger National Park. Dr. U de V Pienaar – the Chief Warden

Elephant overturns a car in Kruger National Park

It seems that sometimes nature does fight back! The latest news from the Kruger National Park is that a a bull elephant has charged a car, flipping it over in the process. A couple was inside, but neither of them

My first time in Kruger National Park

I have fulfilled a childhood dream. On the 5th October, 2012, Callum and I were handed the keys of our new old Land Rover TDI Defender. We met the landy, now named Layla, in a parking lot in Maun, and

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