Greater Kruger National Park, is joint venture between the Kruger National Park and the Associated Private Nature Reserves. Together they have an area of more than 20.000.000 Ha (or more than 20.000 Km²), under their joint conservation.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, has almost 2,000 km of roads and 6 permanent rivers that cross the savannah within the Park. It is home to a vast number of different animals and countless species of all kinds and tourists here, will have the ideal opportunity to observe at close quarters the "5 Big Beasts of Africa" - the Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhinoceros, not to mention 336 types of tree, 49 species of fish, 114 types of reptiles and 507 species of birds, 147 mammals, including innumerable giraffe, monkeys, zebras and antelopes. It is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
On the western borders of the magnificent Kruger National Park, are the private game reserves of the Sabi Sands, Timbavati and Manyeleti. Choose from spectacular tented camps, luxurious lodges or romantic suites. Within the Park, certain large sections of land have become private concessions and are leased to private operators.
Kruger Park history begins in 1898 when the Sabie Game Reserve was established. It was founded by Paul Kruger after he became aware of the damage being done to wildlife caused by hunting. Sabie Game Reserve’s development was put on hold during the Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) but continued under the leadership of warden James Stevenson-Hamilton.
The park was expanded to nearly 2 million hectares (4.9 million acres) in 1926 when Sabie Game Reserve was joined up with Shingwetzi Game Reserve and various farms. The new enlarged park was named Kruger National Park and was opened to the public in 1927.