Stories Of The Kruger – Kruger National Park Adventures

Kruger National Park Stories From Personal Experiences

Stories Of The Kruger: “What more can be said about the Kruger National Park? If you have been to the Kruger you will know what I am talking about, if you haven’t, you are missing out on one of the most amazing places on Earth!”

Who Are We?

Before we talk more about the Kruger National Park, I would just like to introduce ourselves. My name is Gareth Roocroft. I have been visiting the Kruger National Park since 1996. We will both be contributing to the Stories Of The Kruger website in terms of stories and articles, photo’s and videos and updates and reports. We recently partnered up with my best friend Adrian Pearce. He does all the social media and image editing. He will also be compiling reports and stories for this website.

Kruger National Park Wildlife

Back to the Kruger National Park, my favourite place in the World. For us, it is not about driving the speed limit of 50km/h looking for big cats or the Big Five. We take advantage of every second we are in the Park, which means we stop for absolutely everything, even Impala! A lot of people miss the beauty of nature, whether it is an animal track, a beautiful bird or trees and insects; these kind of things, we feel, are not appreciated as they should be. You will see some amazing photographs and videos of, yes the Big Five and other big Game, but also the interesting parts of the park and the strange things that people often miss.

  • There are around 150 species of Mammals in the Kruger National Park, including everything from the Striped Mouse to the African Elephant.
  • There have been more than 500 bird species recorded in the Kruger, but there are probably quite a few more than that.
  • There are 400 Tree species in the Kruger National Park.
  • There are around 120 species of reptiles found in the Kruger that include some beautiful, yet deadly snakes.
  • There are 50 species of fish that frequents the rivers and dams, including a Zambezi Shark caught in 1950 in the confluence of the Luvuvhu and Limpopo rivers.
  • There are more than 30 species of amphibians found in the Park.

We have searched for other statistics such as insects and arachnids, but we can’t find any accurate numbers… So you will just have to read some of our articles about insects we have seen!

Our Inspiration

Tony Roocroft - The Kruger

My Father – Tony Roocroft

My Father played a very influential part in awakening my love for the Kruger Park, by instilling in me a huge appreciation for Nature, and the magnificence of everything the Park has to offer. In addition to the very many times he visited Kruger, he also spent a period of 30 days GPS Mapping every Road, and then wrote a Book called “Far More than the Big 5“, which was based on his personal experiences in the Kruger Park, and beautifully illustrated with Photographs both he and myself have taken over the years.

I also helped him with his Website, is enthusiasm and incredible knowledge inspired us and we started to see things in a different light.

The inspiration for this Project came from my fathers book and his Website, so we thoroughly hope that you enjoy the articles, photos and videos on here much as we loved writing and taking photographs for this website! We are always on hand to answer emails, so please drop us a mail if you have any questions or want to learn more.

Enjoy The Park!
Gareth & Adrian
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What Inspires My Kruger Park Adventures?

The endless expectations, opportunities and imagination simply drives me to keep on going back to the Kruger National Park, and documenting these amazing journeys with camera in hand, whether it is video or just photography. This also inspires me to write about my trips, and provide information on all the animal species, camps, flora and everything the magical best place on Earth has to offer.

Stories Of The Kruger is a great excuse to visit the Park, and this hobby of mine will hopefully turn into something full time. I want this website to be somewhere you can live Kruger through my eyes. A lot of work has been put into this website, and I hope you enjoy the content as much as I did gathering it and creating it.

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The Kruger National Park is just one of those places that cannot be explained unless you have taken in the early morning air, watched a sunset and listened to the Nocturnal noises.

I personally have turned into a birder who loves mammals, and all aspects of the Kruger National Park. The sounds, smells, vegetation, views, roads and camps inspire me and make my imagination run wild. You never know what you will come across or see in the Kruger, it is that surprise element that draws me and millions of others, to the Kruger.

One day, I hope to visit the Kruger National Park every two months or so, but currently as this is a hobby and I live in Gauteng, the time is quite not right. Who knows? In a few years I might be editing this page and telling you all that I live in Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa… The mind can only wonder and imagine! Enjoy this website and the whole of the Kruger National Park lovely people!

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