As Skukuza is the biggest and busiest camp in the Kruger National Park, the animals around the camp have become more accustom to cars. This means that animal sightings are often closer to the road and offer better and closer viewing of the abundant wildlife seen in the area. The Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant and Cape Buffalo) are regularly spotted around Skukuza. Other predators found in the area include Wild Dogs and the Spotted Hyena, while common grazers and browsers foundnear Skukuza include Impala, Greater Kudu, Black Rhino, Hippo and Klipspringer.
If birding is your fancy the Kruger National Park offers an incredible variety. Some lists from the Kruger National Park include as many as 477 -517 species of bird which make up the Kruger National Parks avifauna.
The Lake Panic Bird Hide is located about 5km from Skukuza rest camp on the S42 road and is a great place to spot birds. This beautiful hide stands on stilts overlooking the calm waters of the lake and offers a large assortment of water birds throughoutthe day. Resident Hippos and Crocodiles are often seen whileLeopard are often spotted on theirway to get a drink. It should be noted that there are no ablution facilities at any of the hides but most are located close to rest camps and picnic spots where such facilities are available.
When taking your drives around Skukuza rest camp don'tignore the dirt roads. Ageneral favorite is the looparound the Sabie and Sand Rivers (H1-2, H12 and H4-1). There is usually heavy traffic on these roads but there is a reason for that.
It is one of the best areas to see Lions and a variety of other game as they make their ways to and from the rivers to drink. Mostpredators come out at night. Consider booking a Morning, Sunset or Night drive. Experienced guides will take groups off the beaten path to seekout the more secretive wildlife of the Kruger National Park. Bookings can be made at the reservations office or at your rest camp