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kruger national park & surrounds

As the biggest wildlife reserve in South Africa, the Kruger National Park covers vast expanses of both Mpumalanga and the Limpopo provinces in the northern parts of South Africa. The park spans some 2-million hectares stretching to the Mozambique border in the east and shares unfenced borders with many private and provincial parks in the west. Along the park boundaries large areas of the fence have been removed to allow for a free flow of wildlife between the park and the numerous adjoining private game reserves such as Timbavati and Sabi-Sand, and provincial game reserves such as Manyaleti and Letaba Ranch.

Here the Big Five roam freely and wildlife from virtually all of southern Africas antelope species to giraffe, hippo, cheetah, hyena, wild dog, warthog, monkeys and almost 500 type of birds can be seen and appreciated in their natural habitat. All in all the entire park is home to 147 mammals including predators and prey.

Nine rivers flow through the park and riverbanks and watering holes are prime game viewing spots. The subtropical climate of the Kruger National Park with its varied terrain of grasslands, dense bush and wooded areas is home to a diversity of wildlife and birdlife that is unrivalled in any other park in South Africa.

Proclaimed in 1926, the Kruger National Park was the first national park in South Africa and was named after Paul Kruger, once president of the Transvaal Republic. Although only officially proclaimed in 1926, the concept of the park was first initiated by Kruger - who as early as 1884 was a pioneer in wildlife conservation in an attempt to protect the vastly dwindling numbers of animals due to hunting and poaching.

The Kruger National Park offers visitors excellent facilities from accommodation and rest areas to shops and restaurants and a network of roads traversing the park.

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