Kruger National Park
Premier Game Reserve in South Africa

©Robert Hofmeyr
Lion (Panthera leo) in Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
©Roger de la Harpe
Elephant herd at a watering hole in Kruger National Park.
©Shem Compion
Giraffe with calf in Kruger National Park.

The Kruger National Park is the premier game reserve in South Africa. Even though the subcontinent is blessed with hundreds of beautiful and biologically diverse conservation areas, you still find that many people have a peculiar connection to Kruger as the greatest of them all, as well as being the biggest national park in South Africa.

The primacy of the Kruger National Park in our national consciousness is so strong that it even manifests itself in the subliminal vernacular of the local tourist. Thus, when a South African says that they are going to a game reserve for a holiday, they could be referring to any one of our fine national, provincial or private game parks. However, if they say that they are going to 'THE' Game Reserve, odds are they are referring to Kruger National Park.

The international treasure that is the Kruger National Park had very humble beginnings. Its birth was exceedingly difficult and its origins were fraught with conflict. Most modern visitors simply aren’t aware that the Kruger was ever anything but the popular and much-loved national treasure it is today. Nevertheless, in the first few decades of the park’s existence, it came perilously close to being destroyed – several times.

Today’s Kruger National Park is a very different proposition. It boasts rest camps of every description, picnic spots, game drives, walking trails, an extensive public road network, a staff of thousands and over 1.5 million visitors annually. It is a vital economic driver in the region and a keystone of South Africa’s tourism industry.

By David Fleminger

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South Africa's Premier Game Reserve

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Kruger Beginnings

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Kruger's Pioneers

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Kruger Conservation Methods

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Things to Know About Kruger

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Kruger's Evolution

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Great Kruger Heritage

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The Kruger Park Human Connection

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The Kruger Then and Now

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