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South Africa’s top tourist attractions

Black-maned lion in the Kalahari

If there was a checklist for the perfect travel destination, South Africa would tick most of the boxes. Famed for its amazing wildlife and landscapes, superb local cuisine, warm hospitality and great weather, (plus the added bonus that its affordable) it’s easy to understand why tourism is so big in South Africa.

Decoding Kruger’s ‘Elephant Management Plan’

The Kruger National Park is vast, at about 2 million hectares, and requires a thorough management strategy in order to ensure long term sustainability. Part of that strategy, The Elephant Management Plan – compiled by Kruger management and Scientific Service – is currently in force, and covers the period 2013 to 2022.

Video: Leopard vs hyena for warthog meal – gruesome content

Extremely gruesome footage as a leopard and hyena battle it out for a warthog meal in a once-in-a-lifetime sighting.

49 Vultures poisoned near Kruger National Park

The poisoned bodies of nearly 50 vultures have been found by rangers in Mozambique‚ just a short distance from the boundary of the flagship Kruger National Park.

Kruger should cull 88% of its elephants, says hunter Ron Thomson

Herd of elephants with sight targets

Celebrated hunter Ron Thomson believes that 88% of Kruger National Park’s elephants should be culled.

Kruger: Is this the technological future?

leopard peering into the camera with technology icon overlay

Presently, we are able to instantly globally share everything we see and hear in Kruger and just about every other destination on earth. Animal sightings and locations are given in real time and we are able to send photos and videos across a host of social media platforms.

Special sighting: Ground-hornbill versus snake

Southern ground-hornbill with twig snake in Kruger National Park © Samuel Cox

It was a weekend trip through the south of Kruger with friends and we had been lucky to see Big 5 on both days, but there’s always a rush of excitement when something crosses our path – like a southern ground-hornbill taking on a snake.

Getting to the trunk of It

One of the most peculiar, yet fascinating appendages, on an elephant is its trunk. Rather like a combination of a nose and an upper lip, an elephant’s trunk is its lifeline. It would find it very difficult to survive without one.

Kruger elephant killed by lightning

Kruger elephant killed by lightning

Tourists early to hit the roads outside Satara rest camp in the Kruger this morning were greeted by the rather macabre scene of a large elephant carcass in the road – presumably killed by a lightning strike.

Kruger: Impact of social media and mobile phones – good or bad?

Vehicles joust for a good view of a leopard in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Technology and social media have shaped the Kruger experience into something radically different from what it was ten years ago.

News wrap: Rhino horns smuggled as trinkets plus elephants tragically killed

The past few days have seen a report revealing how rhino horns are now being processed into trinkets for smuggling, the nine elephants that tragically died in a freak electrocution accident, the chaotic scenes of congestion on Kruger roads, and the announcement of the passing of an old bull elephant.

Celebrating big cats with our 2017 Photographer of the Year

Djuma, Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa © John Vosloo

John Vosloo shares with us his experience on a photographic safari – his prize for winning our 2017 Photographer of the Year competition.

News wrap: Elephants saved plus confiscated rhino horn investigation

The three bull elephants relocated on flatbed trucks out of the farmlands in Limpopo Province, South Africa

The latest news surrounding wildlife in Africa, from three bull elephant being saved, to the ongoing investigation into the recently confiscated rhino horns.

Spring safari in South Africa

Flowering namaqua daisies, Goegap Nature Reserve, Namaqualand, South Africa

September marks the beginning of spring, and the end of the country’s short-lived winter. While the dry, winter months may have the reputation of being the best time to go on safari, spring is also a wonderful time to be out in the wild.

South Africa holiday with a side of Victoria Falls

game drive, wildlife, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Heading to South Africa? Why not add Victoria Falls too?

Weavers, babblers, starlings and storks: Birding in Sabi Sand

Weavers, babblers, starlings and storks: these are but a couple of the feathers you’ll see on your visit to the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.

Video: Close up encounter with Kruger elephant

Close elephant encounter, Kruger NP, South Africa

A video showing an up close and personal account of an elephant who got a little too close for comfort in the Kruger National Park in South Africa

Decisions and disasters: Materials for your Art Safari

Disasters involving art materials are nothing new to me after years of travelling and sketching in southern Africa.

Kruger lions shot dead

The three lions that escaped from Kruger National Park in South Africa have been shot dead.

Search continues for escaped lions from Kruger NP

SANParks, Kruger National Park

SANParks, together with Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) officials, made every effort yesterday and overnight to lure and catch the four lions that were first sighted wandering near the N4/Crocodile River gorge area which is managed by MTPA.

Escaped lions spotted outside Kruger National Park

SANParks, Kruger National Park

South African National Parks (SANParks) has received information that four male lions believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) last night, 9 July 2017 were spotted at Matsulu, a village outside the Park and would like to urge the residents to exercise extra caution.

Video: Three-week-old wild dog pups

Guests at Makanyi Lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa, had front row seats to an unforgettable sighting of these adorable wild dog pups that were just three weeks old when they made their first appearance out of the den.

Kruger guest captures striking shot of Singita’s white lion

Singita in the Kruger National Park has shared a captivating pic of its Shangaan pride, which includes its striking white male lion, now almost two-years old.

10 things I learned while becoming a safari guide

If the internet had been around when I left school I’d have found out how easy it was to become a safari guide. But alas it was not the case. Instead I waited some 20 years for my mid-life crisis to take hold.

Digital detoxing – it’s good for you!

Escape to the bush for a digital detox and let the natural world ease your stresses away.

Bush harmony – a classical concert in the Kruger

The Sunset Serenade concert, held at Kruger’s Mopani camp and surrounds, is a three day cultural and wildlife experience in support of anti-poaching

Titanic battle between squirrel and parrot

On the morning of the 30th May, I witnessed a tussle between one of the current occupants of the nest, a brown-headed parrot pair, and a tree squirrel which dared to venture too close to the nest.

Malaria prevention advice for Kruger National Park

SANParks, Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park (KNP) Management would like to caution visitors to the Park to take precautionary measures against malaria before visiting the Park, although classified as a low risk area but is situated in a malaria area.

Kruger invites public opinions at city meetings

SANParks, Kruger National Park

To broaden the consultation process for the Management Plan review, the Kruger National Park (KNP) will hold structured meetings at major cities in the country from 17 to 27 May 2017 and would like to invite interested members of the public to come and give input.

Giraffe facts: The long and tall of it

Giraffes are the tallest animals on the planet. They’re also one of the most iconic animals in Africa. They’re a photographer’s dream, especially when silhouetted against the dramatic colours of an African dawn, or sunset. But did you know these 15 fascinating facts about Giraffa camelopardalis?

One lion still on the loose after five escape Kruger Park

According to South African National Parks (SANParks), one of the five lions that escaped the Kruger National Park is still on the loose after the others were successfully captured and returned safely to the park.

No golden bullet to eliminate poaching in the Kruger National Park

Defense Web, anti-poaching

In spite of a drop in rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park, South African National Parks (SANParks) officials have cautioned that there is no single solution to eliminate wildlife poaching and a wide variety of tools are needed to address the problem.

Rhino Tears – the flagship wine brand making a difference for rhinos

Rhino Tears, the South African wine brand, has become a flagship brand in the war against rhino poaching. They are pioneering and pushing a fresh kind of fundraising effort for the brave and dedicated people involved on the ground.

Photoseries: EPIC battle between honey badger and python

A photo series depicts an epic battle between a honey badger and a rock python takes place in Kruger National Park.

Kruger elephant kills female staff member

A SANPARKs announcement yesterday stated that a female employee was killed by an elephant in the Kruger National Park

Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region ranked 11th in the world!

The 2,5 million Ha Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Biosphere Region became a UNESCO Biosphere in 2001 and was recently ranked 11th best biosphere in the world.

EcoTraining wildlife photography course with Etienne Oosthuizen

elephant-Makuleke

If you want to enhance your photographic capabilities, then join EcoTraining on a wildlife photography course from 6 May to 2 June in Kruger National Park.

18% crash in Kruger white rhino population

Drought & poaching have reduced estimated white rhino numbers in South Africa’s Kruger National Park by 18% during the past year

Fun facts about the spotted hyena

spotted-hyenas

Here are some fun facts we bet you didn’t know about the spotted hyena – the most prolific hunter in Kruger National Park.

Elevated luxury in the Sabi Sands at Leopard Hills

This intimate lodge consists of eight thatched suites offering spacious luxury and stunning vistas from glass-fronted rooms, it is bush romance at its best!

Finding Africa’s rarest parrot – Cape Parrots in Magoebaskloof

A birding trip into the Magoesbaskloof in Limpopo, South Africa to find Africa’s rarest parrot

Rhino poaching: poacher to spend 33 years in jail

Nelspruit magistrate's court

Simon Ngubane will effectively serve 33 years for rhino poaching and related activities committed in the Kruger National Park in 2011. This was confirmed in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Wednesday.

Video: South Africa – A world in one country

Jeroen Schrage is an upcoming cinematographer from the Netherlands. During his recent road trip in South Africa he used his skill set to capture beautiful shots for his portfolio and turn them into a video presenting South Africa as a land capturing an entire world in itself.

Rhino Poaching: Kruger Park confirms arrests of 11 suspected poachers

white-rhino

South African National Parks (SANParks) today, 16 January 2017, confirmed the arrest of 11 suspects in anti-poaching operations inside and outside the Kruger National Park on Friday the 13 January 2017.

The perfect bush and beach break

Fly with Airlink to Nelspruit or to Skukuza, in the heart of Kruger National Park. Then connect onwards to magical Mozambique – creating the perfect Bush and Beach break!

Video: rhinos charge tourists on walking safari

Watch this video of rhinos charging tourists on a walking safari in the Kruger National Park.

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