Article – Kruger
The Kruger National Park
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW…
Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometers, nearly two million hectares, in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in Eastern South Africa, The Game Reserve extends 380 kilometers from north to south and 65km from east to west. It started off as Sabi Wilderness Park which was first protected by the Government of the South African Republic in 1898. Land was added north of The Sabi River and was proclaimed Kruger National Park in 1926.
To the west and south of the Kruger National Park are the two South African provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. In the north is Zimbabwe, and to the east is Mozambique. It is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Together adding up to almost three million hectares.
The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve.
The park has nine main gates that allow entrance to the 26 different camps, bush camps, overnight hides and camp sites.
Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park’s natural assets