Quick Facts: Kruger National Park
- The Central Kruger Park region is home to the best game viewing in Africa
- No fence exists between the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park
- The 'Big Five" roam free in Kruger Park
- Many luxury lodges can be found in and around Kruger Park
Introducing Kruger National Park
The famous Kruger National Park in South Africa is a vast wilderness area covering 2 million hectares or 20 000 000 000 yes twenty thousand million square meters. This figure excludes the two Game Reserves in Zimbabwe and Mozambique which lies on its northern and western border.
The Kruger National Park is home to 48 fish species, 35 different species of amphibians, 115 various reptiles, 508 bird species and 146 mammal species. Apart from the fish, the wildlife in the Kruger National Park has 336 different types of trees to sit under. The Kruger National Park has also been home to man for a very long time with 310 Stone Age site workings being discovered in the park.
The Kruger National Park is managed with as little human impact as possible and a vast section of this game park has restricted access. The Kruger National Park was the vision of the former President of the Transvaal, Paul Kruger, who placed restrictions on hunting in the area. The Kruger National Park was proclaimed in 1898 with its first warden being James Stevenson Hamilton who took up the post on 1st July 1902.
In 1926, the first member of the public was charged a grand total of 1 British Pound to to enter the park. A British Pound offered great value for money as the Kruger National Park is home to Africa's "Big Five":
- 1500 Lions
- 12 000 Elephants
- 2500 Buffalo
- 1000 Leopard
- 5 000 Rhino ( Black & White)
However, please dont forget about the equally impressive animals such as Hippo, Giraffe, Kudu, Zebra, wild dogs, cheetah are also found in Kruger.
The magnificent Kruger National Park, is a combination of the following vegetation types: savanna, thorn-veld and woodlands which fall into 17 different Eco-zones. The Kruger Park is home to 510 species of birds including the Saddle-billed Stork, Kori Bustard, Martial Eagle, Lappet-faced Vulture, Pel's Fishing-Owl and Ground Hornbill.
Rules of the Kruger National Park:
- Visitors must stay in their cars unless notified.
- Remember that you may protrude from a window or sunroof.
- Stick to the speed limit of 50 km on tar and 40 km on gravel roads.
- Be aware of gate times as their is no traveling before or after these times are allowed
- You are not allowed to drive “off-road” and you must stay on the roads at all times.
- The feeding or disturbing of animals is not allowed.
- Overnight visitors are only allowed to stay at a booked and recognized overnight facility.
- All accommodation and camping sites may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure.
- Vehicles of a carrying capacity exceeding 4 000kg, buses or any vehicles with more than 25 seats, are restricted to the tar roads.
- A stringent noise restriction is enforced between 21:30 and 06:00. The use of cell phones is permitted only in camps, gates and in cases of emergency.
- The Kruger National Park is a malaria zone - we advise that all visitors adhere to their doctor’s instructions.
- Roadside assistance, toll free number 0800 030 666 (Vuswa).
- Rules and regulations are enforced under the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act no. 57 of 2003) and transgression can result in a fine.
- To ensure that you see all the animals you want, have a look at the spotting board in the various receptions to track the latest game spotting.
24- Hour Emergency Call Center No: (013) 735 4325.
The Central Kruger Park region of South Africa is home to some of the best game viewing on the African continent. This vast wilderness area is home to the pristine Sabi Sand Game Reserve which consists of amongst others, the Ulusaba Game Reserve, the Singita Game Reserve, the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, the MalaMala Game Reserve as well as the Londolozi Game Reserve.