23 April 2014 by Kate Turkington

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Kruger National Park in one helpful book

Over a million visitors go to the Kruger National Park every year (but don’t worry about crowds as the Kruger is the size of a small country like Israel or Wales, and there are strict limitations on visitor numbers). There’s a really helpful, user-friendly book, Kruger National Park – Questions & Answers, that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about the park.

Published by Random Struik, author PF Fourie’s original text has now been updated by Chris van der Linde, both men specialists on the park.

How do deer and antelope differ from each other? Will hyenas attack humans? What should I do if there’s an elephant herd in the middle of the road in front of my vehicle? Can lions swim? What happens if I break down in the middle of the park? Can I prepare my own meals? Where can I book accommodation?

All these questions, and scores more, are answered in an easy, laid-back but useful way.

Kruger National Park – Questions & Answers

In his foreword to the book, Dr SC Joubert, one of South Africa’s most experienced environmentalists, talks about how 'Knowledge creates awareness, appreciation and respect’, and believes that this book plays a major role towards the core goal of ‘spiritual, scientific, educational and recreational enrichment’ that you’ll experience while in this international wildlife icon.

If you encounter some or any of Africa’s large carnivores like lion and leopard; or the 18 species of antelope, herds of African elephant, black and white rhinoceros, giraffe and hippo; or any of the 119 species of reptiles (don’t worry, they’re more scared of you than you of them and will slither away speedily) and 35 amphibians (look out for those big crocs sunning themselves on river sandbanks); or the more than 500 birds, you’ll be well armed to find out about them in the pages of this guide. As well as where, when and how to find them.

All these questions, and scores more, are answered in an easy, laid-back but useful way.

Van den Linde, the latest updater (this is the seventh edition) of this bush bible, says he contributed to Kruger National Park – Questions & Answers because of the incredible ignorance (especially among some tour guides) that he encountered all the time.

Now you can dazzle your friends and family (and maybe your tour guide too) with a fund of facts that has been rigorously checked by experts in the field.

The gorgeous lilac-breasted roller, one of Kruger's most common birds

Would you like to know the answers to some of those questions? Here goes:

How do deer and antelope differ from each other?
Antelopes have permanent horns; deer have branched antlers that are shed annually.

Will hyenas attack humans?
As a general rule, no. But if hungry or cornered, they can become extremely dangerous. Don’t worry, however, you will be safe in your vehicle, and all the park camps are fenced so you are quite safe at night in your camp.

What should I do if there’s an elephant herd in the middle of the road in front of my vehicle?
Stay put, stay calm and let the herd pass.

Can lions swim?
Yes.

What happens if I break down in the middle of the park?
You can repair your own flat tyre, for example, after first making sure the area is safe enough to get out of the vehicle. For a more serious breakdown you’ll get roadside assistance.

Can I prepare my own meals?
Most of the park accommodation is self-catering with excellent facilities and a well-stocked shop.

Where can I book accommodation?
www.sanparks.org will give you all the necessary information.

Now, off you go...

A leopard looks for prey before the evening hunt

Category: Wildlife


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