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Explore Kruger Park

Feel the Roar

Five things to look out for

Big Five

Buffalo

Elephant

Leopard

Lion

Rhino

Little Five

Buffalo Weaver

Elephant Shrew

Leopard Tortoise,

Ant Lion

Rhino Beetle

Birding Big Six

Ground Hornbill

Kori Bustard

Lappet- faced

Vulture

Martial Eagle

Pel’s Fishing Owl

Saddle-bill Stork

Big Five Trees

Baobab

Fever Tree

Knob Thorn

Marula

Mopane

Natural Featured

Letaba Elephant

Museum

Jock of the Bushveld

Route

Albasini Ruins

Masorini Ruins

Stevenson Hamilton

Memorial Library

Thulamela

Geographical Information

The Park is 19,633 km² (7,580 miles²). large That’s bigger than a whole lot of little countries, from the smallest country in the world, Vatican City, up to New Caledonia. The first country bigger than the game reserve is Slovenia.

The Kruger Park is approximately 360 kilometers long, has an average width of 65 kilometers and, at its widest point, it is 90 kilometers from east to west. There is a network of some 1800 kilometers of well maintained roads and the Reserve has 21 rest camps, 2 private lodge concessions, and 15 private safari lodges!

The History

The park was proclaimed in 1898 initially as the Sabie Game Reserve by Paul Kruger the then president of the Transvaal Republic He first proposed the need to protect the animals of the Lowveld in 1884, but it took another 12 years to be proclaimed when the area between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers was set aside for restricted hunting.

James Stevenson-Hamilton was the park’s first warden and was appointed on 1 July 1902.

There are some 254 known cultural heritage sites in the Kruger National Park, including about 125 recorded rock art sites.

Bushman (San) and Iron Age people from about 1500 years ago were also present here.

The National Parks Act was proclaimed on 31 May 1926 and with it the combining of the Sabie and Shingwedzi Game Reserves the Kruger National Park was born.

The first motorists entered the park in 1927. The cost? One pound.

James Stevenson-Hamilton was the park’s first warden and was appointed on 1 July 1902.

There is ample evidence that Homo erectus (prehistoric man) lived in the area between 500 000 and 100 000 years ago.

There are important archaeological ruins at Thulamela and Masorini.

Climate & Weather

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    June 19, 2021, 1:36 pm

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The southern hemisphere experiences summer from December to February and winter from July to August; the Kruger Park’s lowveld has a hot, rainy summer starting in October (our spring) and ending in autumn in March. The winter months of the park are dry and the vegetation takes on a golden barren sheen, a sight to behold in even the coldest climates while summers are rainy and warm bringing out a lush green in the Parks vegetation. Summer and winter months both have polar beauties and each season offers a new and exciting feel and look to the Kruger’s wildlife and atmosphere.

Malaria

Worries of Malaria are often expressed by those visiting the Kruger Park, Malaria is a disease that is very possible to pick up while in the park and the park has been noted as one of the two South African Parks situated in Malaria risk areas. Malaria is, however, not a common occurrence even in the summer months of visiting the park. Malaria risk is mainly found near the borders of Mozambique and that the contraction of said disease is a highly unlikely outcome of your visit to our park.

Malaria is a mosquito borne disease transmitted exclusively through the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito. The highest risk period is between November and April – the end of the summer rainy season. Following the bite of an infected mosquito, an individual may remain asymptomatic for 12 – 35 days, depending on the species of malaria. This is known as the incubation period.

Park Rules

Your safety and enjoyment of the Kruger National Park is of paramount importance to us. To ensure a pleasant and successful Safari, it is essential that you adhere strictly to the regulations which are intended for your protection and enjoyment. Kindly click on the link below for a comprehensive set of Park rules.