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Kruger National Park Safari Pictures

Male lion, head and shoulder view, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Male lion, head and shoulder view, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Hippo and crocodiles, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Hippopotamus making its way from the water, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Baby impala antelope, Kruger Park, South Africa
Baby impalas nuzzling each other, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Masked weaver building nest, Kruger Park, South Africa
Masked Weaver building its nest, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Giraffe feeding from top of tree
Giraffe feeding from top of tree, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Impala ram with oxpecker perched on its head
Impala Ram with redbilled-oxpecker on forehead, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Waterbuck and goliath heron, Kruger Park, South Africa
Waterbuck male and goliath heron, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Giraffe against setting sun, Kruger Park, South Africa
Giraffe silhouette against setting sun, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Bull elephant heading for waterhole, Kruger Park, South Africa
Elephant bull heading towards waterhole, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Oxpecker on impala
Redbilled Oxpecker on back of imapala, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Young impala fawn, Kruger Park, South Africa
Young impala fawn in winter grass, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Zebra pair from behind, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Zebra pair, view from the rear, Kruger National Park, South Africa

See also: Kruger National Park Photos Summer 2012, Kruger National Park Photos Winter 2012 or return to Safari Pictures Home

About Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park, South Africa's premier wildlife reserve, offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Founded in 1898 by Paul Kruger, who at that time was president of the Transvaal Republic, the park covers an area of 18,989 square km (7,332 sq miles).

Approximately 80km (50 miles) wide and 320k (200 miles) long, the area is divided into 16 macro ecozones, each supporting a great variety of plants, birds and animals, including 507 different birds and 147 types of mammal. The density of permanent game is unrivalled and Kruger boasts the greatest wildlife species diversity of any park in Africa.

In addition to the "Big Five" - elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino - there are also large numbers of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, antelope, warthog, and hyena. Less common, but also seen by visitors on safari to Kruger, are cheetah and wild dog. The south of the park, particularly the Satara area, is renowned for its concentration of game, which in turn attracts predators, particularly lions.

The Kruger Park is primarily a self-drive destination with a good infrastructure of roads, waterholes, picnic sites, and rest camps, which makes it more affordable than many of the parks in Botswana, Kenya, and Tanzania, where park fees are higher and accommodation more expensive. For those who prefer not to drive themselves, there are other options, including private safari companies who take visitors into the park on day trips in open game drive vehicles and mini buses.

In Kruger, accommodation options include chalets, cottages, bungalows, tents, caravan and camp sites, plus bush lodges and luxurious private safari lodges such as Singita Lobombo.

The best time to capture Kruger Park Safari Pictures is in winter (from May to September) when the vegetation is more sparse making it easier to spot and photograph the wildlife. In summer the park is lush and green, with many young and baby animals, but it is hot at this time and more difficult to see the wildlife. This is also school holiday time in South Africa, so it can get crowded, as is the case during the winter holidays in July.

Camera Gear: Our safari photos were taken using entry-level Canon digital SLR cameras (EOS 300D to 450D), plus a variety of Canon telephoto lenses, including the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM telephoto zoom, Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM telephoto zoom, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM tele zoom, the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L USM telephoto lens with a 2x converter and Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM with 1.4x converter.

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