Kruger crocodiles love catching the sun as they lie on the riverbanks. The crocodiles are also the biggest predator of the national park’s waterways.
Sunset Dam, just near Lower Sabie Rest Camp, is an ideal place to watch these prehistoric animals. There’s a good chance of seeing some big crocodiles basking in the sun here. Scan the dam with your binoculars. A slight disturbance in the water may be a crocodile’s eyes. If it’s not a crocodile it might be a hippo, fish or another creature swimming underwater.
Crocodiles can look a lot like logs. If you’re passing a lifeless looking dam, stop your car and look again. At first glance you may think you’ve only seen a log. Take a closer look. The logs might turn out to be crocodiles! If you have binoculars, be sure to use them to help you make the right identification.
The Nile crocodile found in Kruger National Park is the largest species of crocodile in Africa and the second-largest species in the world. Only the salt water crocodile is bigger.
You’re likely to see some giant crocodiles in the park if you’re observant. Males can grow to around 5m (16ft) in length.
Crocodiles generally aren’t active animals, but you might see one going in or out of the water. Crocodiles live in the park rivers, lakes and dams. If you’re just in the right place at the right time, you may see one attacking an unsuspecting antelope drinking at the water’s edge.
Crocodiles can live up to 70-100 years! It’s one of only a few animals that can outlive humans. Keep this in mind as you admire the crocodiles basking in the African sun!