Greater Kruger National Park Limpopo
Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
It extends 360 kilometres from north to south and 65 kilometres from east to west. The administrative headquarters are in Skukuza. Areas of the park were first protected by the government of the South African Republic in 1898, and it became South Africa’s first national park in 1926.
The Greater Kruger National Park is a joint venture between the Kruger National Park and the Associated Private Nature Reserves. Together they have an area of more than 20.000 km² under their joint conservation.
As part of a wildlife conservation initiative, all fences separating APNR reserves – Balule, Timbavati, Klaserie, Umbabat, Grietjie Private Nature Reserve – and the Kruger National Park have been removed.
The ecological benefits of this initiative have made the region a popular ecotourism destination and conservation efforts have ensured that the wildlife population includes all of the Big Five game.
The Park is managed as an eco-tourism destination and there are a number of private commercial game lodges offering accommodation.
This area with multiple eco-zones results in a significant variety in the flora with over 336 documented tree species in the region. Baobab trees, fever trees, knobthorns, marula and mopane trees are predominant species in this wooded savannah.
The diverse flora accommodates a diverse array of fauna. More than 220 different kinds of birds inhabit the area. There are over 30 species of mammals ranging from plains game such as zebra, wildebeest and giraffe to predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs.
The rivers and other watering holes are home to large herds of hippos and crocodiles, and in the long dry seasons these areas are heavily trafficked by wildlife.
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