Ugly Five: Wildebeest, Warthog, Marabou Stork, Vulture, Hyena
Moody Seven: Cape Hippopotamus- most dangerous mammal in Africa, short tempered, big teeth, runs fast, it is dangerous to get between a hippo and water, feeds on vegetation at night; Southern Giraffe- tall, can kick viciously; Plains Zebra- can not be ridden, runs away as a group, Nile Crocodile-lots of teeth, ambushes animals (including people) in the water; Vervet Monkey- monkey rule is that possession is the law, will steal any fruit available, do not try toget it back, can get through open car windows; Chacma Baboon-bigger than the monkey, do not feed, opens unlocked car doors, takes all food around, if they come...retreat; Dassie(Rock Hyrax)- looks like a rat, can bite, more related to an elephant
Bird Eight: African Penguin, Cormorant, Ostrich, Yellow Weaver, Hornbill, Tawny Eagle, Lilac-breasted Roller, Saddle-billed Stork; there are lots of these in the right habitat
Bok Nine: Impala, Kudu, Waterbok, Bushbok, Eland, Nyala, Sable, Springbok, Gemsbok; members of the antelope family
When I mention a trip to South Africa, the usual question is "Did you go on a safari?". The assumption behind this question appears to be that the only way to see animals in the wild is on a guided safari in something like a four-wheel drive truck with other tourists while staying in a tent or expensive resort. We visited several parks in South Africa, and especially Kruger National Park, in our ordinary Toyota Corolla rental car. There is a paved road running the length of Kruger, and there are many easily passable dirt roads throughout the park. Economical accommodations are available in permanent buildings within several fenced camps that can be booked with little notice except during high season. The organized tours also tend to start before dawn for best viewing and return to the originating location. This is inefficient and sleep depriving. My choice was to start at Phalaborwa in the north of Kruger and drive through the park to Crocodile Bridge in the south. We saw interesting animals at any time of the day including close views of all of the "Big Five".