History of the Kruger National Park

The precursor to the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Game reserve was established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld by the visionary leader of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Repuliek, Paul Kruger, after whom the park was eventually to be named.

The Shingwedzi Game reserve was proclaimed in 1903, and 23 years later, joined to the Sabi Game reserve to form the Kruger National Park. It was to be many years of troubles of various proportions before the park reached its current status. Politicians, farmers and hunters wrangled over the need for its existence and almost succeeded in scuttling the parks future many times!

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Skukuza Restcamp in the Kruger National Park
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An elephant crossing a road in the Kruger National Park
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Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.


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