The Kruger National Park located in South Africa is the oldest Park in the African continent. It spans across 19,633 square kilometers which makes it one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It was proclaimed in 1898 initially as the Sabie Game Reserve by Paul Kruger.
It is home to a number of different habitats including mountain bushveld, open savanna grassland, mopane woodlands, wooded savannah etc. The first warden of this national park was James Stevenson-Hamilton who was appointed in 1902.
Quick Facts: –
- In 1898, the Kruger National Park was proclaimed a no hunting zone by the Transvaal Republic government.
- The park’s borders are marked by two rivers, Crocodile River in the south and Limpopo River in the north. The largest crocodile in Africa, the Nile crocodile can be found here.
- Several other rivers run through the park including the Sabie, Olifants, Letaba, Luvuvhu etc.
- This National Park Is home to over 12,000 Elephants, 27,000 African Buffalo, 1,000 Leopards along with Lions and Rhino.
- At its widest point, this national park is 350 kilometers long and 60 kilometers wide.
- The Park falls within a malaria zone and visitors are advised to take anti-malaria tablets to protect against mosquito.
- The first motorist entered the park in 1927 and the entrance fee was £1.
- A total of 49 different fish species can be found in the waters of the national park.
- The park lies in a subtropical zone where summer days are hot and humid, with temperatures often reaching 40°C.