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 and my partner in crime, or should I say wife, is Aimee-Claire Roocroft. We have been together since 2008 and married since 2017. I have been visiting the Kruger National Park since 1996. Aimee went for the first time in 2009, and well that was that; she fell in love with the Kruger. 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!
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, www.thekruger.com is enthusiasm and incredible knowledge also inspired Aimee, and together, the both of us started to see things in a different light.
The inspiration for this Project came from my fathers book and his Website, so Aimee and I 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 & Aimee – Adrian Too!
Stories Of The Kruger
Crocodile Bridge To Malelane Gate Drive | Stories Of The Kruger Our Last Drive From Crocodile Bridge To Malelane Gate We were once again up at 5.15am, to get ready and head home. Always the saddest part of these Kruger National Park trips. At least we...read more
Crocodile Bridge To Lower Sabie, Beyond & Back | Stories Of The Kruger Crocodile Bridge To Lower Sabie Route Aimee and I woke up to a cool, very misty morning. We woke up at 5.15am, ready to get out the gate at opening time. We felt refreshed after the...read more
Malelane Gate To Crocodile Bridge Camp | Stories Of The Kruger Our Annual Anniversary Trip To The Kruger National Park Since Aimee and I were married, we have made it our mission to visit the Kruger National Park every year on our anniversary. It is our...read more
Punda Maria To Phalaborwa GateThe Sad Drive Home – Punda Maria To PhalaborwaWe were set to drive from Punda Maria to Phalaborwa gate to exit the park, with long faces and glum. It had been a fantastic trip, another trip of a lifetime for sure, how many...read more
Punda Maria To Shingwedzi DriveWhat We Saw From Punda Maria To ShingwedziThe plan was set in place, we were going to drive from Punda Maria to Shingwedzi, do some of the loop roads around Shingwedzi and then make our way back to Punda Maria Rest Camp. It...read more
Punda Maria – A Day To Relax & Admire The CampPunda Maria "Chill" DayPunda Maria is one of our favourite rest camps in the Kruger National Park, and because we were staying for four nights, it allowed us to have some “chill time” and relax around camp....read more
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