What animals do we see from our house at Malelane Gate

What Animals do we see around our House at Malelane Gate?

Tomorrow is the last day of 2019. This year has flown by at such speed; I still cannot believe we are at the end of December. This time last year I wrote a blog about my own little private year-end function I do to review the year gone past. This year I wanted to change it up a little and do my year in review of all the animals we have seen around our house at Malelane Gate.


I have been keeping a list of all the mammals we have seen from the house this year. Also read about the animals we had around the Letaba Staff Village here. When we moved from Letaba I had no idea we were going to see such a variety of animals from the comfort of our own home and garden. The list kept growing and growing throughout the year with the passing of the seasons. Have a look! No need for us to climb in our car to go look at animals… they come to us!


  • The whole of the Big Five!!! (Please don’t ask me for any specifics… We don’t want any of our precious wildlife targeted. But how AWESOME is that!)
  • Hippo
  • Crocodile
  • Hyena
  • Giraffe
  • Zebra
  • Kudu
  • Grey Duiker
  • Bushbuck
  • Impala
  • Vervet Monkey (lol, no surprise there if you have been following my blog;-)
  • Baboon
  • Tree squirrel
  • Scrubhare
  • Civet
  • Small Spotted Genet
  • Porcupine
  • Lesser Bushbaby
  • Slender Mongoose
  • Warthog


We have had quite a few snakes come and visit us as well: Black Mamba, Pofadder, Brown Housesnake, Spotted Bushsnake, Yellow Bellied Sandsnake and a Stiletto Snake. And then of course the scorpions and Spiders we have no choice but to share our home and garden with.


So I think it is safe to say we have had an amazing and interesting year with all the animals we see from our house! And with the upcoming Marula Season I am sure we are going to have a hysterical start of the new year! Our two Marula trees are heavy with fruit. It won’t be long before the elephants will be all over our garden again! We might just leave the gate open for them this time;-)


We are getting ready to spend a few days in Kruger’s Wilderness. I wish you all an amazing last two days of the year and a lovely new year’s eve with family and friends.


Happy New Year from Steven, Alex, Jack and me!

21 thoughts on “What Animals do we see around our House at Malelane Gate?

  1. I hope you all have an amazing 2020! And a new challenge – how many bird species doe you see from your house?

    1. Hi Erika! We see lóts! I was just saying to Steven the other day that the birdlife in our garden is amazing! I will start a list of that too! X

  2. Thank you so much for the year’s very interesting stories that I have so enjoyed. Have a good rest and a wonderful New Year in the Park with your family. Looking forward to your stories next year. Bless you all xxx

  3. What an idollic life u lead. The entire KNP in your garden. Enjoy the Wilderness and the tipsy Elephants. Yip. I would resort to leaving the gate open. I wish u a healthy and fulfilled 2020. Regards from Bev Geldenhuys i

  4. You are one lucky family to be able to enjoy nature as it is every day. May you see many more in the new year.

    I really enjoy your Life in Kruger.

  5. Dank je wel dat we weer een jaar mee mochten genieten van jullie leven in KNP.
    Heel veel geluk en gezondheid in 2020 met mooie avonturen in jullie deel van het paradijs.
    Keep safe out there????????????????????????????

  6. Wow you are so lucky to have this kind of life!
    Enjoy it! I can’t wait to hear about the marula season!?
    Greatings from Germany and from someone longing to come back!

  7. What a fabulous year.
    So pleased that you don’t overlook the smaller animals too. I would be interested to see what birdlife you get around your house too with the Maroela fruit.
    I love Kruger and following your blogs…can’t wait for the next one.
    Wishing you and your family a very happy and peaceful new year and blessings in 2020.

  8. All the best for 2020 to all of you! Thanks for writing these blogs so we can feel a little bit in the bush every time we read them.

  9. Geweldig weer te lezen over al je belevenissen. Fijn je het afgelopen jaar te hebben teruggevonden en je blogs te kunnen volgen. Geniet van de jaarwisseling met je mannen in de bush. Happy 2020!
    Xxx Marilou

  10. Thanks Linda for your interesting year of updates. We are stationed in Melbourne & no longer are able to continue our annual visits to the park & your notes are very special to us. We wish you and the gang a great upcoming year. Warm wishes
    George & Annie

  11. Thank you for your lovely blog, Linda. I so enjoy reading all your stories. What a wonderful list of large and small animals come visiting you. And what a beautiful way to raise your boys. I hope that 2020 will bring you joy, peace and good health. And I hope your New Years Eve in the bush will be a memorable event.
    Lots of love,

  12. Great list – what a wonderful year of sightings. I’m glad you are going to do a bird list in 2020. Enjoy your wilderness experience and I wish you a very happy, healthy and productive year to come.

  13. Wishing you a year filled with more animals and excitement.
    So enjoy reading your blog and sharing in your experiences.
    Steven’s hikes and the night camera have been an interesting addition this year.


  14. Hi love your blogs read them every time they come out, very happy New Year to you and your family,from the UK. Looking forward to our usual February trip to Hoedspruit.

  15. Linda, thank you for keeping us up to date on your family and Kruger. I was excited when you started your blog, and have not been disappointed. It has been great to keep up of Steve’s activities, since we got to know him while staying at the Oliphant’s River wilderness camp.
    Thanks again, wishing you all a wonderful and safe new year!

  16. Baie dankie vir jou stories die afgelope jaar. Sommer jaloers gewees op party. Geniet die vakansie in die bos en alles van die beste vir julle vir die jaar wat voorlê. Groetnis.

  17. Hello. I always wondered what animals you see. Not quite the ones I imagined. Have a happy few days away. Best wishes for 2020 xxx love Rozzie

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