KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Kruger National Park is arguably the best, the largest and the diverse wildlife park in the world. It is flanked by Mozambique on the east, Zimbambwe on the north and the picturesque Mpumalanga & Limpopo provinces on the west. Kruger Park is situated in the north east part of South Africa. Many travel long distances from across continents to see and enjoy this spectacle called Kruger National Park.

Kruger Park covers an area of 19,500 square kilometres, the size of many countries such as Cyprus, Swaziland, Kuwait and Qatar. From south to north, Kruger park is about 360 kms and from west to east about 65kms. The administrative headquarters is in Skukuza. Starting in the year 1898, certain areas of the park were protected by the government of the South Africa, and eventually became South Africa’s first national park in 1926. Kruger Park is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere an area designated by UNESCO as a International ‘Biosphere’ Reserve. Paul Kruger, President of the Transvaal Republic (South African Republic), on 26 March 1898, declared the reserve as a “Government Wildlife Park.” This park would later be known as the Sabi Game Reserve. Kruger National Park was officially declared in 1926.

In the late 1990s, the fences between the Kruger Park and Klaserie Game Reserve, Olifants Game Reserve and Balule Game Reserve were dropped and incorporated into the Greater Kruger Park with 400 000 hectares added to the Reserve. In 2002, Kruger National Park, Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and Limpopo National Park in Mozambique were incorporated into a peace park, the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. To the north and south of the park two rivers, the Limpopo and the Crocodile respectively, act as its natural boundaries. To the east, the Lebombo Mountains separate it from Mozambique. Several rivers run through the park from west to east, including the Sabie, Olifants, Crocodile, Letaba, Luvuvhu and Limpopo Rivers

Kruger National Park has 9 Entry Gates…

Name Road From Town Coordinates
Crocodile Bridge Gate on the extension of Rissikstreet from Komatipoort 25°21′30″S 31°53′37″E
Malelane Gate on the R570 off the N4 near Malelane 25°27′43″S 31°31′59″E
Numbi Gate on the R569 road from Hazyview 25°9′19″S 31°11′51″E
Phabeni Gate on the road off the R536 from Hazyview 25°01′30″S 31°14′29″E
Paul Kruger Gate on the R536 road from Hazyview 24°58′53″S 31°29′7″E
Orpen Gate on the R531 road from Klaserie 24°28′33″S 31°23′27″E
Phalaborwa Gate on the R71 road from Phalaborwa 23°56′44″S 31°9′54″E
Punda Maria Gate on the R524 road from Thohoyandou 22°44′18″S 31°0′33″E
Pafuri Gate on the R525 road from Musina 22°24′1″S 31°2′29″E
© The above table is taken from Wikipedia under Creative Commons

Kruger Weather

The climate of the Kruger National Park and Lowveld is subtropical. Summer days are humid and hot. The rainy season is from September until May. The Kruger National Park website lists September and October as the driest periods, culminating in rains late in October.

Kruger National Park (Skukuza)
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Source: SAWS
Source: SAWS
© 
The above table is taken from Wikipedia under Creative Commons

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