Crocodiles are fascinating creatures that thrive in tropical conditions. These ancient predators can be found in four continents worldwide: The American continent, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
They are massive in size and can grow to lengths of about 20 feet. It is challenging to spot crocodiles because they tend to shy away from human beings. In this post, we shall talk about some of the natural wonders of South Africa, where you can spot crocodiles.
Kruger National Park
At the extreme eastern entry point to Kruger National Park from N4 road is the Crocodile Bridge Gate. It is the hottest area, over 104 degrees F (40 degrees) in the summer. The N4 road is quite close to the South African and Mozambique border.
Crocodile Bridge Gate gets its name from the Crocodile River. It is the direct way to head to the south-eastern part of the park. This area is highly populated with game, and the opportunity to view other wildlife is relatively high and exciting. Not too far from the gate, you’ll spot Crocodile Bridge Camp, equipped with food, essentials, and a gas station.
Popularly known as Rhino territory, you’ll spot white rhinos in mixed woodland at Crocodile Bridge and black rhinos in the thorn thickets. Some predators you could spot in this area are lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and wild dogs.
St. Lucia –
You will see plenty of Nile crocodiles at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park around the small town of St. Lucia. The place boasts more than 1200 crocodiles that form an integral part of the ecosystem and food chain in the region. They feed on fish, birds, buck, monkeys, and hippos. In some cases, they also kill other crocodiles.
The estuarine system at St Lucia takes care of the protection and conservation of these magnificent beasts. They have a research center dedicated to breeding crocodiles, and they also educate the locals on how to deal with them. Crocodiles usually like to come to the open areas during the colder seasons.
If you wish to see the African penguins, you must visit Boulders Beach. It is a lovely beach at the Table Mountain National Park. However, you can also get to see small numbers of crocodiles at this beach. Those beautiful creatures will be swimming lazily at the beach or soaking in the sun on the rocks. However, it is also a great place to see crocodiles. The panoramic view of the bay along with huge boulders will leave you spellbound.
Cango Wildlife Ranch
This private game reserve and conservation park is another great place to visit if you are keen on seeing crocodiles. What’s more, you can get up close and check them in the very water where they swim. You will be enclosed in a crocodile cage and suspended in the waters where they swim. It is the kind of thrilling experience that you will never forget in your life.
The best time to visit South Africa to spot crocodiles is in the winter months. It is also the best time to head out to the deserts to enjoy the cool winter breeze.