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About Kruger National Park



Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa, and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west. Its Administrative headquaters are in Skukuza, a name given by the the local Tsonga Shangaan people as a nickname to James Stevenson Hamilton, who was appointed the first warden of Kruger National Park in 1902. Skukuza... meaning ‘the man who has turned everything upside down’ or ‘the man who swept clean’ or a 'new broom' in the local Tsonga Shangaan language. This was after Stevenson Hamilton swept the area clean of poachers and outlaws. Skukuza was also used as an expression of anger by the Shangaan towards Stevenson Hamilton as evicted them from Skukuza in order to establish the park.

To the west and south of the Kruger National Park are the two South African provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. In the north is Zimbabwe, and to the east is Mozambique. It is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.

The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve (the "Biosphere").UNESCO - Biosphere Reserve Information

The park has 9 main gates that allow entrance to the different camps.

The park is the site of the popular eyewitness viral video Battle at Kruger