Kruger Park Facts

To know more about a place is to have a deeper and richer understanding of it, which enhances the overall experience of that destination. The Kruger National Park has an astonishing and colourful history which marks the beginning of a plethora of Kruger Park facts that will amaze and astound.

History:
• There is enough evidence to prove that prehistoric man lived in the region somewhere between 500 000 and 100 000 years ago.
• Stone Age man also roamed the plains, hunting and looking for game. There are cultural artefacts from around 100 000 to 30 000 years ago giving testimony to this Kruger Park fact and more than 300 archaeological Stone Age sites have been discovered.
• San people, more commonly called Bushmen, as well as Iron Age people from over 1000 years ago have also been cited as wandering these lands.
• The first three motorists entered the park in 1927 at the mere cost of one pound. 180 cars visited the park in 1928 and this figure jumped to 850 cars in 1929. Today over 700 000 visit the park each year.

Kruger National Park Facts

Current Kruger Park Facts:
• Massive is a great word to describe the Kruger National Park. It is around the same size as the entire state of Israel. It’s a little smaller than Belgium and roughly a third of the size of Ireland.
• Kruger boasts a network of some 1 800km of well-maintained roads.
• The reserve is home to over 30 types of amphibian, nearly 50 species of fish, 114 different reptile species, close to 150 different mammals, over 330 tree, and roughly 500 bird species.
• There are some 12 000 elephants residing in the park, and Kruger is said to hold over 48 tons of ivory in storage.
• Impala are the most plentiful of all the mammals with roughly 90 000 of them in the reserve.

Of all the Kruger Park facts, perhaps the most pertinent is that the reserve is a living memorial to President Paul Kruger, who persuaded the then Transvaal parliament to establish a protected area for the diminishing numbers of wildlife in the region. It is through his vision that we will forever be reminded of that which came dangerously close to disappearing.

Kruger National Park borders with Timbavati Game Reserve, for information on Timbavati Game Reserve please click HERE

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