From amazing shots of animals battle to haunting mage that highlight the importance of conservation, these photos will make you want to book a trip to the Kruger National Park right now.
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“Observing a troop of baboons near Phalaborwa, Kruger National Park, I noticed a very tiny baby, probably born in the past 12 hours,” says Lisl Moolman. “The interaction between mother and baby was fascinating.” Image: Lisl Moolman
“On a walking safari in the Pafuri region, Kruger National Park, we came across this old elephant carcass,” says Chris Renshaw. “Apparently a poachers’ snare had ended this unfortunate elephant’s life.” Image: Chris Renshaw
“This male lion and his three brothers came rushing in once they heard their pride had made a kill,” says Chris Renshaw. This photo was taken at Sabi Sands Game Reserve, greater Kruger National Park. Image: Chris Renshaw
“This cub was finally given a chance to feed on the kill and stared at me through the almost completely eaten animal’s rib cage,” says Nick Rabjohn. This photo was taken in the Kruger National Park. Image: Nick Rabjohn
“An elephant investigates an old elephant bone at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park. Elephants are known to mourn the death of other elephants around their bone sites,” says Pravir Patel. Image: Pravir Patel
A martial eagle, the largest African eagle, feasts on a hadeda near Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park. The species’ status is vulnerable. Image: Craig Morrison
Willem Kruger was lucky to get close to one of South Africa’s rarest animals, the pangolin, while it was foraging after sunset in Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park. Image: Willem Kruger
An African goshawk with an unlikely and unlucky prey item – a black crake. This photograph was taken at Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park. Image: Chris Renshaw
A majestic elephant bull on the banks of the Levuvhu River, nestled in a magical part of the Kruger National Park – Pafuri. Image: Mike Sutherland