The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Renosterpan, Kruger National Park

Afrikaans name: Renosterpan

A herd of Elephants drinking at Renosterpan

Renosterpan

Photo © Steven Herbert

Mpumalanga

Renosterpan is a small waterhole situated a few kilometres west of the H3 tar road between Malelane Gate and Afsaal Picnic Site in Kruger National Park. It is 18 km north of Malelane Gate and 7 km south of Afsaal. It The waterhole normally has water in it as it is supplied from a nearby reservoir.

The 2 km drive along the dirt road to get to Renosterpan goes through thick bush but as you approach the waterhole it opens up and the chances are you will start seeing some animals. Later afternoon tends to be the best time to visit.

"Renoster" is the Afrikaans name for Rhino and there is a good chance of seeing one in the area. The word "pan" means waterhole.

A herd of Elephants drinking at Renosterpan

Photo © Steven Herbert

The surrounding habitat is a mix of mixed bushwillow woodlands and Malelane mountain bushveld. The area is frequented by a variety of animals including Elephant, White Rhino, Burchell's Zebra, Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest, Impala and, if you are lucky, you may see predators such as Lion, Spotted Hyena and Wild Dog. It is fascinating to watch herds of Elephant come down to drink. While some drink at the waterhole others choose to try and drink out of the high-walled reservoir. Often the Elephant herds include lots of youngsters which always makes for interesting viewing.

Renosterpan also offers opportunities for birders and bird photographers.

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