Situated in the upper north-east of South Africa the Kruger National Park is considered South Africa’s most popular destination for both local and international tourists. Current figures show that every year more than half a million visitors visit the Kruger National Park.
The National Park was originally established and officially opened in 1898 at the instigation of then-president Paul Kruger. Hunters had considerably decimated the rich game stock and all land between the Sabie and the Crocodile Rivers was placed under the protection of Nature Conservation to ensure survival of the remaining wildlife. It was only in 1961 that the extended Kruger Park was fenced in.
The South African Kruger National Park stretches from the Crocodile River in the south up to the Limpopo River, which forms the northern international border. The Park is 350Km long, 65Km wide and boasts a wildlife area of approximately 20,000 Km².
The Kruger Park is home to an impressive number of species, including: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammal species, which habitat the nature reserve.
A road network totalling 1863 kilometres winds through the National Park, of which 697 km is tarred. Visitors are a priority and well cared for in the numerous differently equipped rest camps, most of them scenically positioned. Travel is only allowed within the park boundaries between sunrise and sunset. After dark, visitors are requested to stay within the provided fenced rest camps.
Generally, the most opportune time for observing animals is considered the dry winter season. The dry landscape results in lower grass, bushes and trees with no leaves, which provides an unobstructed view. In addition, rainfall during the winter months is scarce and the animals then come to the waterholes each morning and evening, giving visitors good opportunity to observe natural wildlife from a vehicle.
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