Our Wildlife

The Kruger National Park covers almost 2 million hectares of beautiful, unspoilt terrain and boasts the world’s greatest concentration and diversity of species. An impressive 147 mammal species inhabit this remarkable reserve. In addition it features 517 bird species, 49 fish, 34 amphibian, 114 reptile and 336 tree species.

Scattered throughout the Park are ancient archaeological sites and bushman paintings, and there are numerous activities on offer.

Before the Kruger Park was declared a national reserve in 1884 by President Paul Kruger, the game had been almost  wiped out by hunters. Today the fascinating and varied Kruger Park wildlife includes everything from Aardvark to Zebra and includes intriguing and unrelated species such as baboons and baboon spiders.

Rhino Post Safari Lodge is situated in a wilderness concession. Zoned wilderness areas are very few and far between. The most important factor is that  they contain no road networks and have no off road driving – making them completely wild and unspoilt – a pristine wilderness area may not even have an aircraft fly over it; we are, however, a primitive wilderness area which allows for only very well managed and supervised recreational use and very strict conservation ethics. The animals in these areas are not habituated and there is no damage to nature. These areas are zoned in such a way either because they are fragile environments, contain rare species or simply because they are good grazing areas for game and so are the obvious choice to protect biodiversity for future generations. In our case it’s all three. It’s an excellent game grazing area, has sodic patches which make it fragile in terms of erosion, and have all of the following rare species seen intermittently:

  • Black Rhino
  • Sable Antelope (one of the biggest remaining herds in Kruger – if not the biggest, is seen drinking from time to time at our Sleep Outs waterhole)
  • Pangolin
  • Aardvark – rarely seen, but living on the eastern edge of our concession.
  • Ground Hornbill nesting site
  • Yellow Billed Ox Pecker – we are used as a research site for this bird which is very rarely found in the southern part of the Kruger Park (they were originally considered extinct in 1920) – a real gem for birders.

The Kruger National Park boasts the world’s greatest concentration and diversity of species.

At Rhino Post Safari Lodge guests have the opportunity to experience all the classic African big game including the Big Five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and black and white rhino. In addition there are also hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, warthog and many antelope species.

At Rhino Walking Safaris (also known as Plains Camp) we offer the rare opportunity of viewing game on foot, a completely different experience to the game drive.  One can submerse the senses in nature, see all the small things one misses from the vehicle, and even view big game from ground level.

Below is a checklist of the most visual species:
Rare sightings **

Aardvark **
Aardwolf
Antelope Roan
Antelope Sable
Baboon Chacma
Badger Honey
Bat Epauletted, Peter’s
Bat Epauletted, Wahlberg’s
Bat Free-tailed, Angolan
Bat Free-tailed, Little
Bat Tomb, Mauritian
Buffalo
Bushbaby Lesser
Bushbaby Thick-tailed
Bushbuck
Bushpig
Cane-rat Greater
Caracal
Cat Wild, African
Cheetah
Civet
Dassie Rock
Dassie Rock Yellow-spotted
Dog Wild
Duiker Common
Duiker Red
Eland **
Elephant African
Fox Bat-eared **
Genet Large-spotted
Genet Small-spotted
Giraffe
Grysbok Sharpe’s
Hare Cape
Hare Scrub
Hare Red, Natal
Hartebeest Lichtenstein’s
Hyena Spotted
Hippopotamus
Jackal Black-backed
Impala
Klipspringer
Jackal Side-striped
Leopard
Kudu
Mongoose Banded
Lion
Mongoose Grey, Large
Mongoose Dwarf
Mongoose Selous’s
Mongoose Meller’s
Mongoose Water
Mongoose Slender
Monkey Samango
Mongoose White-tailed
Mouse Multimammate, Natal
Monkey Vervet
Oribi
Nyala
Pangolin **
Otter Clawless **
Porcupine
Polecat Striped
Reedbuck Mountain
Reedbuck Common
Rhinoceros Black
Rhebok Grey
Serval
Rhinoceros White
Squirrel Tree
Springhare
Suni**
Steenbok
Warthog
Tsessebe**
Wildebeest Blue
Waterbuck
Zebra Burchell’s

The number of different animals varies from year to year depending on climatic conditions.

The following is an estimate based on the latest census:
** Due to rhino poaching we regret we are unable to disclose rhino figures

Black rhino | **
Blue wildebeest | 14 000 – 16 000
Buffalo | 34 000
Burchell’s zebra | 32 000 – 35 000
Cheetah | 200 – 250
Elephant | 15 870
Giraffe | 5 000 – 7 000
Hippo | 2 963
Hyaena | 2 300 – 2 600
Impala | 120 000 – 130 000
Kudu | 4 500 – 6 000
Leopard | 1500
Lion | 2 400 – 2 700
Roan antelope | 60
Sable antelope | 500
Tsessebe | 400
Waterbuck | 2 000
White rhino | **
Wild dog | ± 260

Kruger has a list of more than 500 birds, some of which are not found anywhere else in South Africa.Specialist tailor-made birding safaris for groups of 8 are available from both Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Plains Camp. Birders can look forward to pursuing the Big Six: Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, Lappet-faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and the Saddle-bill Stork.

In addition, Hornbills, Starlings, Vultures, Rollers, Bee-eaters and Shrikes make this a prime birdwatching area. Raptor viewing is extremely rewarding with Bateleur, Martial, Black-breasted Snake Eagle, Brown Snake Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, African Fish Eagle and Tawny Eagles seen regularly. In summer birders can spot the Wahlberg, Steppe and Lesser Spotted Eagles

The Kruger National Park boasts 16 macro ecozones and, due to its vastness, it naturally has a tremendous botanic diversity. The northern half of the park, north of the Olifants River, is predominantly mopane veld while south of the Olifants, the ecozones are thornveld.

The Mutlumuvi concession, home to Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Rhino Walking Safaris (Plains Camp) is located slightly north of Skukuza ,and consists of  a mixture of Bushwillow and Acacia veld with numerous riverbeds running through it. An interesting feature of this area is the sodic open plains. These open areas with short grass attract high concentrations of wildlife. They are caused by sodium leaching out of the soil and accumulating in these areas.

Enthusiastic eco-tourists can identify a variety of plant species in the park. Varying climatic conditions impact on the type of vegetation within an ecosystem and this, in turn, affects the distribution and population densities of various animals. The park has over 1,986 plant species, of which 336 are trees, including the Big Five: Baobab, Fever Tree, Knobthorn, Marula, and Mopane.

 
 
Baobab
Red Bushwillow
Common Cluster Fig
Common Coral Tree
Delagoa Thorn
Fever Tree
Lowveld Fig
Jackalberry
Knob Thorn
Leadwood
Natal Mahogany
Marula
Monkey Orange
Mopane
Transvaal Mustard Tree
Lala Palm
Raisin Bush
Sausage Tree
Tamboti
Round-leafed Teak
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