Animals of the Kruger Park – 2013 trip

Following hard on the heels of a fantastic Mana Pools trip, I found myself driving in darkness towards the Kruger National Park. There are few better things in life than watching the golden glow of sunrise slowly light up the African bush. Stopping for the occasional roadside coffee and toasted sandwich only heightened the anticipation of the days to come.

I arrived at the Kruger Gate at about 7am and checked-in for the 9 days that I was due to photograph there. As I drove through the gate and heard the rattle of the cattle grate beneath the wheels, the excitement got the better of me and I let out a ‘whoop’ in the privacy of the car. As per superstition and tradition, I pulled over about a 100 meters into the Park and went about setting up the car for photography (see my – tips for setting yourself up in a car ).

I have visited many of the great parks of Africa and still believe Kruger to be the one with the most abundant and readily visible diversity. Nothing comes close to the amount of animal, bird and reptile species you can see from the comfort of your own vehicle. We are blessed to have some great parks in Africa, that is for sure, and if you want to specialise is seeing just one or two species, then there are probably easier places to game spot than Kruger. But just think of it this way – you can fly into Johannesburg, rent a small car, drive for 5 hours and arrive in a place to photograph 31 species of animals (mammals +reptiles) and 149 species of bird in a single visit – by yourself, with no guides or fellow guests and with no set itineraries.

PS. I actually recorded 210 species of birds – but sadly not all stayed to get their photo taken…

Kruger should be on your bucket list if you have not already been.


"African Male Lion - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Male Lion

"Elephant Bull - Kruger National Park"

Bull Elephant

"African Wild Cat - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

African Wild Cat

"Klipspringer family - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Klipspringer family

"Leopard - Kruger Park"


"Hippo - Letaba Bridge"

Hippo from a bridge

"Giraffe and Oxpeckers -Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Giraffe and Oxpeckers

"elephant smelling the air - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Smelling the air

"steenbok - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"


"African crocodile hunting - Kruger National Park"

Cruising croc

"African buffalo"

African buffalo

"Cheetah scent marking - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Cheetah scent marking

"Tsessebe in Mopane trees - Kruger"


"Burchell's Zebra - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Burchell’s Zebra

"Male Kudu - Kruger National Park"

Male Kudu tussling with some branches

"Giraffe  silhouette"

Giraffe silhouette

"Elephant silhouette - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Heavy traffic

"Male waterbuck - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Male Waterbuck

"Dusty elephant dawn - Kruger Park"

Dusty elephant dawn

"Chacma Baboon portrait - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Its all in the eyes – Chacma Baboon

"Young water monitor - Kruger National Park"

Young water monitor

"Warthog - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Warthog tusker

"Female greater Kudu - Kruger Park"

Female greater Kudu

"Lion cub  on a buffalo kill"

Lion cub standing on a buffalo kill

"Curious hyena pup"

Curious hyena pup

"Chacma baboons - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Chacma baboons watching some lions

"Nyala male - Kruger National Park"

Nyala male

"Banded Mongoose - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Banded Mongoose

"Southern White Rhino - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Southern White Rhino

"LIT - Leopard in a tree - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

LIT – Leopard in tree

"Common Duiker"

Common Duiker

"Slender Mongoose couple courting - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Slender Mongoose couple courting

"Hippo rising - Kruger National Park"

Golden hippo

"Male Bushbuck - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Male Bushbuck

"Dwarf Mongoose - Kruger National Park"

Dwarf Mongoose

"young hippo and Hamerkop - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Young hippo and Hamerkop


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