A Day in the Kruger Park
It is the largest protected wildlife area in South Africa. It was established on 26 March 1898, at that time much smaller and under the name Sabie Game Reserve. Today, the Kruger National Park attracts 1.3 million visitors each year – for good reason.
By Stefanie Rach
Not only tourists from overseas, not only people living in the city, but also those who stay in wildlife estates where they are surrounded by antelopes, zebras and giraffes every day, love a trip to the Kruger National Park.
The Kruger Park always unfolds its own magic: in the lush north, huge herds of elephants roam through the forests of fever and mopane trees. Further into the centre of the park, vast grassy plains are home to some of the rare white lions, and with a bit of luck you can also observe cheetahs hunting. The south awaits its visitors with thorn thickets (the preferred home of the black rhino), enchanting river landscapes full of hippos and the typical granite outcrops.
With its almost 20,000 sq km, the Kruger National Park is one of the largest protected wildlife areas in Africa. Added to this are another 3,440 sq km of all the reserves that dropped their fences to the Kruger so that the animals can move unhindered. In this respect, it is not surprising that one can easily spend a week or two in the national park without ever getting bored of observing the wildlife in its natural environment: Young hyenas curiously explore the visitors’ cars. Mongooses dash quickly across the roads. Vultures use warm air currents to drift to the heights of the sky. Oxpeckers search the skin of giraffes for their next meal of ticks. And most importantly: whatever gets in your way, whether giant elephant or small dung beetle, has the right of way!
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