Welcome to the Kruger National Park in South Africa - the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
The National Park is the largest nature and wildlife reserve in Africa. It is located in the northeast, located about four hours from Johannesburg. The area is known by South Africans and Lowveld. The park is located in the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo and on the outskirts of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and the Kingdom of Swaziland.
The nature reserve came into existance mainly because of the efforts of a son of a German immigrant - Paul Kruger. Paul Krüger was the president of South Africa and declared the Sabie Game Reserve as a protected area for wild animals on the 26.03.1898. It was only during the year of 1926 that the government declared this area as a national park. The Kruger Park offers protection to 147 mammals while also offering you the chance to admire the famous Big 5 - elephants, leopards, rhinos, buffalos and lions.
The Krüger National Park, along with Cape Town, has to be the highlight of every holiday in Africa. Most tourists who are coming to this beautiful country often book tours to witness all that the Kruger Park has to offer. While on a safari, you will have the chance to observe approximately 8.000 elephants, 2.000 rhinos, 1.800 lions and many other wild animals living in their natural habitat.The best time to book a tour at the game reserve is during the South African winter when trees and shrubs have lost their leaves. The following images depict the famous Big 5 which you will be able to observe at the Kruger Park. Clicking on each picture opens a new window where you will be able to view it in a higher resolution.
The Future of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
Since opening the borders to Mozambique in the east and the north to Zimbabwe, it has expanded the habitat of the wild animals to over 16,000 sq km. Overall , the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park along with the Kruger Park make up a wildlife conservation area of over 36,000 sq km. Thus, the game reserve is almost as large as the Netherlands or Switzerland!