Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is a reserve of 19,485 sq kilometers (7.523 sq mil) in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces in South Africa, which has 360 kilometers (220 miles) long from north to south and 65 kilometers (40 miles) wide from east to west. The protected area was first declared by the government of the Republic of South Africa in 1898 and became the first national park in South Africa in 1926.

Kruger National Park is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park which consists of Kruger National Park in South Africa, Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Kruger has an administrative center in Skukuza and nine main gateways that allow entry into camps.

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The Republic of South Africa proclaimed the area inhabited by the Tsonga people as a refuge for its wildlife. President Paul Kruger on March 26, 1898 designated the "Government Wildlife Park" known as the Sabi Game Reserve to control the hunt and protect the number of animals that are reduced in the park. Kruger National Park was proclaimed in 1926.

The park is located in northeast South Africa where Limpopo River and Crocodile River as natural borders. The Lebombo Mountains to the east borders Mozambique. Kruger has a height of between 200 meters (660 feet) to the east and 840 meters (2,760 ft) to the southwest where the highest point is a Khandzalive Hill. Some rivers include Sabie, Olifants, Crocodile, Letaba, Luvuvhu and Limpopo.


Plants in the park include red bush-willow (Combretum apiculatum), marula trees (Sclerocarya caffra), red grass (Themeda triandra), buffalo grass (Panicum maximum), knob-thorn (Acacia nigrescens), leadwood (Combretum imberbe), marula (Sclerocarya caffra), mopane tree (Colophospermum mopane), and silver cluster-leaf (Terminalia sericea).


More than 517 species of birds include lappet-faced vulture or Nubian vulture (Torgos tracheliotos), martial eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus), saddle-billed stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis), kori bustard (Ardeotis kori), southern ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri; formerly known as Bucorvus cafer) and Pel's fishing owl (Scotopelia peli).


Mammals include south-central black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis minor), blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), Burchell's zebra (Equus quagga burchellii), imbabala (Tragelaphus sylvaticus), Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), common eland (Taurotragus oryx), African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana), Cape giraffe (Giraffa giraffa giraffa).

Greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), impala (Aepyceros melampus), Lichtenstein's hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus lichtensteinii), mountain reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula), lowland nyala (Tragelaphus angasii), roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus), sable antelope (Hippotragus niger).

Common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus), waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum), cape wild dog (Lycaon pictus pictus), South African cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus jubatus), African leopard (Panthera pardus pardus), Southern African lion (Panthera leo melanochaita) and spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta).

Reptiles and amphibians

Reptiles and amphibians in the park include black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), African rock python (Python sebae), Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus), Zambesi shark (Carcharhinus leucas) and bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas). Kruger National Park is the most popular reserve in South Africa

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Location: Limpopo Province and Mpumalanga Province in South Africa.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Skukuza Airport in Skukuza (inside the park) and Hendrik Van Eck Airport in Phalaborwa (around the park). Another alternative is the flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit (outside the park).

Skukuza is the administrative center of Kruger National Park. The gates entering the park are the Crocodile Bridge Gate (from Komatipoort), Malelane Gate (near Malelane), Numbi Gate (from Hazyview), Phabeni Gate (from Hazyview), Paul Kruger Gate (from Hazyview), Orpen Gate (from Klaserie), Phalaborwa Gate (from Phalaborwa), Punda Maria Gate (from Thohoyandou) and Pafuri Gate (from Musina)

The tourist roads in the park are asphalt, gravel and dirt. Speed limit of 50 km/h for asphalt, 40 km/h for gravel and 20 km/h for land. Motorcycles and vehicles with loads exceeding 8000 kg are not allowed. Caravans and trailers on the asphalt road. Open vehicles are allowed only if you have permission.

Advice: Kruger National Park has rest camps, private lodges, and bushveld camps. Camping in the park has become popular among tourists and backpackers because it is much cheaper, open to anyone and does not require special permission.

Rest camps include Bateleur Bushveld Camp, Berg-en-Dal Camp, Biyamiti Bushveld Camp, Boulders Bush Camp, Balule Camp, Crocodile Bridge Camp, Letaba Camp, Lower Sabie Camp, Malelane Camp, Maroela Camp, Mopani Camp, Olifants Camp, Orpen Camp , Pretoriuskop Camp, Punda Maria Camp, Roodewal Bush Lodge, Satara Camp, Shimuwini Bushveld Camp, Shingwedzi Camp, Sirheni Bushveld Camp, Skukuza Camp, Talamati Bushveld Camp, Tamboti Tented Camp and Tsendze Rustic Camp

Private lodges include Camp Shawu, Camp Shonga, Hamiltons Tented Camp, Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge, Imbali Safari Lodge, Jocks Safari Lodge & Spa, Lukimbi Safari Lodge, Pafuri Camp, Plains Camp, Rhino Post Camp, Shishangeni Lodge, Singita Lebombo Lodge, Singita Sweni Lodge, The Outpost Lodge and Tinga Game Lodges.

Bushveld camps include Bateleur Bushveld Camp, Biyamiti Bushveld Camp, Shimuwini Bushveld Camp, Sirheni Bushveld Camp and Talamati Bushveld Camp.