The Kruger National Park. Welcome to the Kruger National Park , South Africa’s premier wildlife destination. The 2.2 million hectare Kruger National Park is one of the last truly unspoilt wilderness areas in Africa, where you will encounter lions, elephants, giraffe, zebra and an abundance of other wild animals in their natural habitat, as they have lived for thousands of years.
Kruger monument in front of the Paul Kruger Gate.
The Kruger National Park is a place of supreme beauty, a place of tranquillity, a place of adventure, and a place of unforgettable safari experiences. It is wild and remote, yet safe and accessible for travellers. The Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s greatest conservation success stories, and South Africa’s top destination for the nature lover.
Interesting Facts In 1869, a ‘gold rush’ exploded in the region causing the number of game to decrease dramatically due to hunting and trading of animal horns and skins. In 1884, President Paul Kruger proposed that boundaries in the region be defined as game reserves to protect the flora and fauna, but his revolutionary vision was met with much resistance.
The park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve and the area between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers was set aside as official reserves. The Scottish-born James Stevenson-Hamilton was appointed the park’s first warden in 1902. Many accounts of the park’s early days can be found in the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Library. In 1926 the National Parks Act was proclaimed and with it the merging of the Sabie and Shingwedzi Games Reserves into the Kruger National Park.