Kruger Park Animals We Have Seen & Mammal Checklist

Kruger Park Animals are what draws many people to the most beautiful place on Earth every year. There are over 150 species of mammals that are found in the Kruger. This page is dedicated to the Kruger Park Animals we have seen, heard and photographed. At this stage we have seen over 60 species of mammals in the Kruger Park!

The Big Five is what a lot of visitors seek (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino & Buffalo), those as well as Wild Dog and Cheetah. But with the amount of mammals that occur in the Kruger National Park these should not be the only Kruger Park Animals you seek.

Kruger Park Animals Common Duiker

Common Duiker

Antelope are a personal favourite of mine. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing the 7 animals mentioned above, but antelope have always interested me, especially the rare antelope. The rare antelope aspect is probably also why I fell in love with the Stories Of The Kruger logo so quickly. I would rather see a Sable than anyone of the Big 5…

Smaller mammals also interest me; everything from the Striped Mouse to the Mongoose. Nocturnal animals are also very interesting; Kruger Park animals such as Porcupine, Genet, Bushbaby, Civet and the other mammals of the night are highly sort after by all of us here at Stories Of The Kruger.

Keep on the lookout for every large and small mammal the Kruger National Park has to offer. You will enjoy your sightings so much more and have an even better overall experience in the Park.

Listed below are all the mammals we have personally seen in the Kruger National Park. Please just click the link to read about the animals, see photos of them and see their distribution maps and where you can find them.


Kruger Park Animals – What Have We Seen?

Large Animals

  • Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
  • Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
  • Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa)
  • Hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius)
  • Rhino, Black (Diceros bicornis)
  • Rhino, White (Ceratotherium simum)


  • Bushbuck (Tragelaphus Scriptus)
  • Duiker, Common (Sylvicapra grimmia)
  • Eland (Taurotragus oryx)
  • Grysbok, Sharpe’s (Raphicerus sharpei)
  • Impala (Aepyceros melampus)
  • Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus)
  • Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
  • Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii)
  • Reedbuck, Southern (Redunca arundinum)
  • Rhebok, Grey (Pelea capreolus)
  • Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger)
  • Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)
  • Tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus)
  • Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
  • Wildebeest, Blue (Connochaetes taurinus)
  • Zebra, Burchell’s (Equus quagga burchellii)


  • Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
  • Civet, African (Civettictis civetta)
  • Genet, Large-spotted (Genetta tigrina)
  • Genet, Small-spotted (Genetta genetta)
  • Honey Badger (Mellivora capensis)
  • Hyaena, Spotted (Crocuta crocuta)
  • Jackal, Black Backed (Canis mesomelas)
  • Jackal, Side Striped (Canis adustus)
  • Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus)
  • Lion (Panthera leo)
  • Mongoose, Banded (Mungos mungo)
  • Mongoose, Dwarf (Helogale parvula)
  • Mongoose, Slender (Galerella sanguinea)
  • Serval (Felis serval)
  • Wild Cat, African (Felis silvestris lybica)
  • Wild Dog, African (Lycaon pictus)


  • Baboon, Chacma (Papio ursinus)
  • Bushbaby, Southern Lesser (Galago moholi)
  • Bushbaby, Thick-tailed (Otolemur crassicaudatus)
  • Monkey, Vervet (Chlorocebus pygerythrus)


  • Canerat, Greater (Thryonomys swinderianus)
  • Gerbil, Bushveld (Gerbilliscus leucogaster)
  • Mouse, Grey Climbing (Dendromus melanotis)
  • Mouse, Striped (Lemniscomys rosalia)
  • Porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis)
  • Rat, Angoni Vlei (Otomys angoniensis)

Smaller Mammals

  • Bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus)
  • Dassie, Yellow-spotted Rock (Heterohyrax brucei)
  • Hare, Scrub (Lepus saxatilis)
  • Polecat, Striped (Ictonyx striatus)
  • Springhare (Pedetes capensis)
  • Squirrel, Southern Tree (Paraxerus cepapi)
  • Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)


  • Free-tailed Bat, Angolan (Mops condylurus)
  • Free-tailed Bat, Little (Chaerephon pumilus)
  • Fruit Bat, Egyptian (Rousettus aegyptiacus)
  • Fruit Bat, Peter’s Epaulette (Epomophorus crypturus)
  • Fruit Bat, Wahlberg’s Epaulette (Epomophorus wahlbergi)
  • House Bat, African Yellow (Scotophilus dinganii)
  • House Bat, Lesser Yellow (Scotophilus borbonicus)
  • Slit-faced Bat, Egyptian (Nycteris thebaica)
  • Tomb Bat, Mauritian (Taphozous mauritianus)

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