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Skukuza Rest Camp

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Flora and Fauna

Mammals

Sighting the "Big Five” has become something of a quest for many people when on safari, and the Kruger National Park has more than its fair share of these, with an estimated 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhino (black and white).

It should certainly not be a pre-requisite of a safari to see these or even a priority, as there are plenty of other fascinating animals and birds in the African bush.

All of the Big 5 can readily be seen in the vicinity of Skukuza. Wild Dog are another thing to look for. In the camp itself there is a population of warthog. Vervet Monkey also inhabit the camp and can wreck havoc if visitors leave unguarded possessions. At night genet, thick-tailed bush baby and fruit bat are resident in camp. The latter hang under the eaves of the shop. The river front of the camp is a great place to look for hippopotamus and buffalo, especially in early morning. See Kruger/Fauna/Mammals for full park mammal checklists.

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


Vegetation

While the camp itself is riverine, with wonderful large trees such as sycamore fig, jackalberry and Natal mahogany, the surrounding ecozone comprises of thorn thicket on granite/gneiss soils. Knob thorn and sickle bush are prominent.

(More information on park vegetation)

(For more birding information and park bird checklist, go to Information for Birders)


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