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The Kruger Park – South Africa

The Kruger Park is South Africa's largest national park. It is 352 km long (219 miles), and on average 60 km (37 miles) wide. It borders Mozambique in the east.

There are a total of 147 species, 505 species of birds, 116 insects species, 34 amphibian and 1980 different plants and trees.

Impala are the most, around 100,000. Approx number of other species: Elephant 9,150, rhino 2,500, buffalo 21,000, hippopotamus 2,960, leopard, 1,000, geopard 200, hyena 2,000.

It is possible to go on safari on your own with a private car in Kruger Park. It is about five hours by car from Johannesburg. It is possible to live inexpensive inside the park. Make reservations in advance!

There is a speed limit in the park of 30 or sometimes a maximum 50 km/hour. You want to drive in a comfortable pace and look for animals. Going on safari is called to go out on a "game drive". The goal is to find "The Big Five" – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

The South Africans are pushing the envelope on "the Big 5", they're now marketing "the Big 7". That would be the original Big 5 -- Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo, plus whales and sharks. Anyone researching a safari will come across the term "the Big 5" these are the animals that we are supposed to get most excited about seeing.

Lion Leopard Elephants Rhino Buffalo

If you have a guide showing and telling you about everything you see, and shows us what we with untrained eyes can not see. It is surprising how easily we can miss even large animals. With the knowledge of the bush the guides can often track down animals that they then follow. To sit in an open Land Rover a few feet from a roaring lion is an unforgettable experience!

Facts about ”The Big Five”

  • The largest discovered elephant weighed 10 000 kg (as 10 cars!). Normal weight for a female is 2 000-3 500 kg and a male 4 000-6 000 kg
  • An elephant can run at 40km/h.
  • An Elephant produces 150 kg feces/day.
  • When the African buffalo feels threatened, the herd form a ring with bulls in the outer circle and the cows with calves protected in the middle.
  • The Buffalo's single enemy except man is the lion. More bulls than cows are killed, which is due to the bulls often live in small groups or alone.
  • A hunting a lion can run at 64 km/hr.
  • A roaring lion can be heard at a distance of 8 km (5 miles) away.
  • A lion can hear its prey 1.5 km (0.9 miles) away.
  • The Leopard can roam 25 km/night (15.5 miles). At most, it can move around 75 km (46.6 miles) in one day.
  • The Leopard sometimes lives near settlements. One day a homeowner in Nairobi, Kenya, found a wild leopard behind the sofa in the living room.
  • A white rhinoceros can weigh 3.6 tonnes, while Sharpnose-corners, only weighing up to 1.4 tonnes.
  • A rhino can not distinguish between a man and a tree trunk at 20 meters (65').
  • Rhinoceros horn is made of keratin, the same material as our hair and our fingernails.