Did you know?
One reason why frogs are great bio-indicators is their permeable skin, which is sensitive to pollution.
Fancy gumboot dancing with a difference? A choir of frogs will serenade you (well, potential mates actually), while you muck about in the mud, trying to catch, identify and release them on a frogging safari.
Strictly an after-dark affair, you'll be armed with a net, bag and headlamp, ready to do your bit for conservation, while setting off on an adventure and finding out why frogs are important for our own existence, their biodiversity and their precarious existence in our increasingly developed world.
Frogging safaris put amphibians, which are often overlooked, and their plight in the spotlight. In South Africa there are 84 described amphibian species of which 56% are endemic to South Africa, of these an estimated 10% are threatened by human interference.
Jock Safari Lodge, situated on the first private concession in the famous Kruger National Park, is an ideal place to go on a frogging safari. With an estimated 34 different species of amphibians in the Kruger, recent 'catches' have included Banded Rubber Frogs, Bubbling Kassinas, Sand Frogs and Painted Reed Frogs.
In Chrissiesmeer (or Matotoland, 'frog land' in Siswati) in Mpumalanga, you can take part in an annual frogging festival, simply called Frog Night, which draws frog fanatics from all over to a 'ribbiting' evening of fun and facts around frogs. This event usually takes place on the first weekend in December.
If you visit the town in summer, your guest house can also help you arrange your own private frogging outing with a local guide.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Jock Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park
Tel: + 27 (0)13 735 5200
Frog night in Chrissiesmeer (contact Marietjie Blignaut)
Cell: +27 (0)82 929 1219
Florence Guest Farm
Cell: +27 (0)82 804 1771
Best time to visit
Generally November through March/April in the wet season in summer rainfall areas.
Splish-splosh through the mud sporting gumboots
What will it cost
Frog Night at Chrissiesmeer costs around R180 p/p including dinner, slide show and a talk by a frog expert.
Length of stay
A frogging safari is a one-night affair, usually offered by a game lodge or guesthouse as part of on-site activities
What to pack
For Frog Night: Wellingtons/Crocs/old sneakers, warm clothes, raincoat/umbrella, good torch/head lamp, clear plastic bag to put frogs in before releasing them, wine/beer for dinner.
Where to stay
The most well-known frogging outings include safaris at Jock Safari Lodge (in Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga and the annual Chrissiesmeer Frog Night in December.
For frogging fanatics, don't miss the annual Chrissiesmeer Frog Night in early December every year.