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AAmphibians are the third-most threatened creatures on earth and, as bio-indicators, they provide us with valuable information about the health of our environment. Going on a frogging safari helps save them. 

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. 

JJock 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. 

Further south, in St Francis Bay, Dune Ridge Country House also offers frogging safaris to identify little hoppers. It’s a great adventure that kids will love. 

Did You Know?

TTravel tips & planning  info 

Who to contact 

Jock Safari Lodge 

Tel: + 27 (0)13 010 0019 

Frog Night in Chrissiesmeer 

Cell: +27 (0)82 378 9488 

Email: chrissiesmeer.events@gmail.com 

Frogging at Florence Guest Farm 

Tel: +27 (0)81 769 4994 

Cell: +27 (0)82 824 3585 

Email: jean.justcountry@gmail.com 

Dune Ridge Country House 

Tel: +27 (0)66 262 8074 

Tel: +27 (0)42 294 1560 

Email: reservations@duneridgefrancis.co.za 

Best time to visit 

Generally November through March/April in the wet season in summer rainfall areas. 

Get around 

Splish-splosh through the mud sporting gumboots. 

What will it cost? 

Enquire with the respective lodges. 

Length of stay 

A frogging safari is a 1-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 

Most frogging safaris take place at established lodges with accommodation. 

 

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