Ever since Hal got a camera trap (also knows as a trail camera) for Christmas, we knew we had to take it with us on our next trip to South Africa. We’ve had a great result with it on our own yard. Last time we traveled in Southern Africa we had many types of animals visiting our campsite: owls, jackals, foxes, elephants, hippos, rhinos, and once we even caught a leopard hanging around our site while we were having dinner.
We saw all these animals with our own eyes, but we wondered how many were coming to visit while we were asleep in our tent? Who visits our campsites at night? We wanted to find out, so when packing for our Kruger Park vacation we made room in our luggage for our camera trap.
This was my first time in the Kruger Park but Hal had visited twice before and had already told me about all the animals that run around the camps. Hyenas by the fence? During daylight?
Camera Trap Photos at Kruger Park
We weren’t disappointed. After a few nights in Kruger we began to catch images of some of our mysterious night visitors. When we checked our camera trap we were excited to discover that both Genet and African Wild Cat had walked right past our tent in the middle of the night. Both of these animals are rarely seen during daylight (we’ve only seen them on guided night drives) so it was pretty exciting to know they were entering camp and walking right by our heads!
These guys are so silent that we had no idea they were walking right by us in the night.
But my favorite photos are of the hyenas. In two different camps hyenas patrol the fence every evening. Even though I got used to seeing them around it was still kind of creepy to know they were lurking right on the other side of the fence as we slept.
A camera trap is a great gadget to take on your safari in Kruger Park. There are many other animals walking around the camps that could end up on your camera including warthogs, black-backed jackals, bushbabies, vervet monkeys, baboons, and civets. And outside the fence you could end up seeing any animal in the park. Perhaps a lion is staring at you while you sleep.
Next time you go on a Kruger Park wildlife safari, get your hands on one of these cameras!
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Zoologist and wildlife photographer. She has worked in the field with jackals, wolves, cheetahs, & leopards. She serves on the Board of Directors of SEE Turtles, a non-profit sea turtle conservation organization.