According to CBS News, an initial search party was unable to locate the poacher's body, but remains were found a couple of days later. His fellow alleged poachers claim to have carried his body to a nearby road "so that passers-by could find it in the morning", but when rangers returned to the area to recover the man's remains, his body could not be found.
According to SANPARKS spokesman Ike Phaahla, the family of the deceased were called by his accomplices, who notified them that their relative had been killed by an elephant while they were in the KNP to poach rhino on Tuesday evening.
Hlathi said the group of men left the park and informed a family member of the deceased what had happened, who contacted police.
His body was later recovered near the Crocodile bridge section of the park, but only his skull and a pair of trousers were found.
Glenn Phillips, managing executive of the park, warned of the dangers of entering the park illegally.
Mr Phillips said the man's four accomplices were arrested and will appear in court in due course.
A search began on foot and also with the help of the Kruger National Park Air Wing.
A Vietnamese woman grinds rhino horn with water in her apartment in Hanoi, Vietnam, March 13, 2012.
The majority of the world's rhino population (around 80%) is based in South Africa, though there have been recent efforts to create sanctuaries for the animals overseas, including a breeding program in Texas.
The illegal wildlife trade has been described by wildlife trade specialists TRAFFIC as "the conservation crisis of our time" and is allegedly worth up to $US 23 billion annually, according to a United Nations estimate. It also houses a considerable chunk of Rhino population.
Poachers killed 769 rhinos in South Africa in 2018, according to the country's environmental affairs ministry. Three men who were convicted of dozens of counts of poaching this week received sentences that will see them each spend 25 years in prison.