Animals enjoying the COVID-19 calm in the Kruger National Park

I love South Africa’s Kruger National Park. I have only been there twice – for a week each time – but it remains one of the best experiences of my life. The park is the largest game reserve in Africa – just a little bit smaller than Belgium – and is home to millions of animals living in their natural habitat. As you enter the park, you leave civilisation behind and sleep in compounds at night. They lock you in and you can hear the lion just outside the fence. We have always driven ourselves but you can go on organised drives as well.

Here am I, doing dishes in the Kruger National Park!

Just of the ‘Big Five,’ the Kruger Park (350km long and 60km wide) has approximately 1,600 lion, 17,000 elephant, 2,700 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and more than 5,000 rhino (black and white).

Animals don’t ‘see’ cars in the same way as they would see pedestrians, so they go about their day as usual in the park, walking across the roads in front of cars as though they were not there.

But now, during the COVID-19 lockdown, the animals have taken back the roads – and the golf course! And rhino poaching has decreased too which is brilliant.

These photos come from the Kruger Park Twitter account, which is well-worth a follow. There are webcams and selfie-cams all over the park.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

3 thoughts

  1. Yes thanks to Covid-19 nature is back! Which I think is one on the positive things of that dreadful virus.
    There are ducks and deers walking in the streets of Paris. Good thing we don’t have rhinos or leopards near by!

  2. Janet,

    I just made an oopsie!

    The bears at Bear Country U.S.A. are actually black bears, not grizzly bears as I had said earlier. Grizzlies are a lot fiercer and deadlier.



  3. Janet,

    It’s always such a delight to get your emails/articles on a different variety of things, such as the Kruger National Park. This park reminded me of a youtube video that I saw recently. The video was of Bear Country U.S.A. in the state of South Dakota, which featured grizzly bears in addition to other wildlife.

    Bear Country U.S.A. is a drive-thru park, which you can see in this video —->

    Thanks again,


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