Top 5 Sightings On Our Kruger Camping Safaris
It’s also why dinner with Kruger Wildlife Safaris is such a memorable affair – guests get to share the days happenings, what their favourite moment of the sighting was etc. The truth is, we really do appreciate it when guests come hungry (figuratively, of course) for an adventure, eager and ready to learn and willing to try something new, even if it scares them. In our experience, those kinds of memories make for the best stories later on in life.
Memories made! Some of our guests smiling for the camera. Photo Credit: Kruger Wildlife Safaris
Tip: While you’re on the lookout for wildlife, it’s important to remember that even in South Africa’s colder seasons, the sun can be brutal. That’s why we always remind our guests to pack a pair of sunglasses, sunblock and a hat. Having said that, if you do forget one of these items, you can purchase them at the camp shop.
1. They See Me Rollin…
So… how interesting can a zebra sighting really be? Well let’s just say that these striped creatures are really underrated.
On one of our recent Kruger Park game drives, we got to sit at a sighting and truly appreciate watching them as they grazed and flicked their tails from left to right, swatting away the flies in the heat. Not only did this zeal of zebras look completely at peace, one of them spotted us, stared us down for a few minutes and then decided to show us an example of dust bathing, whereby he rolled around in the dirt for a few minutes.
It was enthralling, just watching them behave so naturally and playfully, not to mention funny – he almost looked like he was playing dead when he was fully on his back with all four legs in the air.
This zebra sighting occurred on a camping safari in the Kruger National Park… an awesome and unique experience. Photo Credit: Kruger Wildlife Safaris
2. Kruger’s Next Top Model
One of our guides used to tell us that buffalo always look at you like you owe them money, which we found to be hilariously true. They definitely know how to glare at you with the coldest of expressions.
However, at this sighting, one buffalo decided that she was going to be the centre of attention. While filming the herd on one of our Kruger camping safaris, the buffalo walked into view of the camera and actually looked like she was striking a pose, moving her head from centre, to left and back to the centre again.
It got even funnier when we panned the camera to get a shot of the rest of the herd, and she walked forward, placing herself (again!) at the centre of the shot. By the end of it, one thing was for sure, this buffalo definitely knew how to draw the attention of HER audience!
3. The Herd That Plays Together, Stays Together…
Elephants are a treat to spot on a safari in South Africa! Better still, how does spotting a whole herd of them sound? Sitting at a watering hole in the Kruger National Park recently, we got to watch an entire herd approach the water source, replenish themselves, and play around in the water.
With nothing but the sounds of the Kruger Park’s birdlife in the background and the splashing of trunks hitting the water, it was mesmerising just watching the elephants interact with each other, completely free to be themselves.
One of our guests on the Kruger safari even exclaimed, “This is what I came to Africa for!”
A big and beautiful ellie family! Photo Credit: Kruger Wildlife Safaris
4. Tsakani Take 1
Leopard sightings are really special, so it can be disappointing when you feel like you’ve just missed one. While out on a game drive on a Kruger camping safari, we’d heard that there was a leopard walking about, and not too far from where we were at the time.
As you can imagine, both Kruger Wildlife Safaris’ guests and guides were eager to try and spot the leopard. By the time we’d gotten there though, it seemed like our chance had come and gone, as the vehicles started leaving the place where the initial sighting occurred.
Hopeful, we sat there for a little while, waiting to see if she’d come back. Believe it or not, she did! The leopard did one more walk around the area before disappearing into the bush. We would later discover that the leopard was in fact, Tsakani. Her mother, Kwatile was an established leopard in the Sabi Sands area. A special sighting indeed!
Tip: Leopards are elusive but definitely one of the most prized sightings on our Kruger safaris. Like most cats, they’re usually active in the early morning and late afternoon. While there are no set rules when it comes to a sighting, always be sure to check riverbeds and the dense areas around it while on a game drive – it’s common to spot leopards there.
5. On The Catwalk
No matter how many times you embark on a game drive, the moment you leave the camp gates, your heart is already aflutter as you await your first sighting.
For our guests, the moment they left Pretoriuskop on a game drive a few months ago, they came across a gorgeous lioness, strolling down the road. She was as clear to see (and photograph!) as day – a genuinely memorable sighting for our guests on our Kruger camping safari.
And that’s our list – our memorable sightings list anyway.
Tip: Binoculars are a must on safari! They’re a big help when trying to spot the Kruger’s birdlife too. Oh, and don’t forget to consciously make an effort to savour each moment on your safari experience. It’s usually those unexpected moments that make your safari an amazing and memorable one.
Unforgettable moments and sightings on safari! Photo Credit: Kruger Wildlife Safaris