Interesting And Fun Facts About Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is a national park in South Africa that is one of the largest national parks in the world. It has passed through a lot of challenges such as drought and poaching which led to the population of the animals in the park reducing. Do you know there was an attempt by the Kruger National Park to make use of contraception on elephants in 1995? Keep reading to discover more detailed and interesting facts about this fascinating park.
1. The Kruger National Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions and is the oldest Park in Africa.
2. The nickname of this national park is the people’s park, and it has several 5-star hotels inside.
3. Before its current name, the Kruger National Park was known as the Sabie Game Reserve in 1898.
4. As of 1927, motorists and wildlife enthusiasts that wanted to visit the park paid one pound to gain access.
5. The Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in the African continent, covering a distance of 7500 sq miles.
6. There are a lot of plant species in the Kruger National Park, it has about 2000 plant species.
7. The size of Kruger National Park is almost the same as the size of Israel and just a little smaller than Belgium.
8. For so many times as seen in 1980, 1993, 1997, and 2016, this national park experienced a lot of droughts.
9. There are a lot of birds at the Kruger National Park, with as many as 500 species of birds in the park.
10. The borders of this national park are covered by two rivers which are the Limpopo River in the North and the Crocodile River in the South.
11. Those who are visiting the park are advised to take anti-malaria tabs as it falls into the malaria zone.
12. There is evidence that the prehistoric man, the homo Erectus lived and roamed around the Kruger National Park.
13. With temperatures often reaching 40°C, the Kruger National Park lies in the subtropical zone.
14. The best time of the year to have a view of the Kruger National Park is from September to October when the grasses thin for a better view of the animals.
15. Four bushveld regions that have their distinctive appeal are what characterizes the Kruger National Park.
16. Each year in Kruger National Park, about 117 non-breeding migrant species of birds are in the park.
17. There are a lot of rhinoceros in the Kruger National Park, with about 12000 rhinos in the park.
18. Visitors making use of drones inside Kruger National Park is a highly prohibited act.
19. Some of the rare birds to see such as the African fish eagle are found once in a while in the park.
20. The Kruger National Park hosts a lot of elephants in the park, and there was a time that elephants were culled due to its increasing population.
21. In the Kruger National Park, one can see the big five (lion, leopard, rhino Buffalo, and elephant) at once.
22. There are five major trees that define the landscape of Kruger National Park and they include baobab, fever tree, knob thorn, Marula, and Mopane tree.
23. The Kruger to Canyon biosphere was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
24. There are so many cultural heritage sites at Kruger, with about 254 heritage sites.
25. A lot of people visit the Kruger National Park every year with about 1.4 million visitors per year.
26. The first official tourist car that entered the Kruger National Park was in 1927.
27. The current name of the park was named after the man that spearheaded the creation of no hunting zone for animals, Paul Kruger.
28. In order to achieve the dream of creating the Kruger Park, some people were displaced such as the Tsonga people.
29. In the Kruger National Park, the mammal’s park, consists of about 147 species.
30. Because of mismanagement during the first World War, the Kruger National Park was almost turned into an agricultural hub.
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31. A Scotsman was the first warden of the national park and he was named James Stevenson.
32. The first wilderness trails in the national park were developed by Dr. Player in 1957.
33. There is an elephant museum in the park known as the Letaba Elephant museum.
34. The African wild dog was introduced to the park, because it was greatly endangered, with a small number of 120.
35. The remnants of the 19th-century trading post of the Portuguese from now Maputo Mozambique are found in the park.
36. Reptiles are not left out in the Kruger National Park, as there are about 114 species of reptiles in the park.
37. The best location for having a perfect view of the Kruger National Park in the southern part of the park.
38. Although it wasn’t how it was in the past, today in Kruger National Park, wildlife can now move into and out of neighboring game reserves.
39. To keep drivers in check the speeding limit of vehicles in Kruger National Park is 50km per hour.
40. Kruger National Park has about 17 rest camps for its visitors, with shops on site.
41. The longest drive between camps in the park is under 17 hours and is between Berg-en-Dal and Punda Maria.
42. There are so many entries and exits in the Kruger National Park, with about 11 entry and exit points.
43. Except for a stop at an accommodation camp, it is illegal to stop and come out of your car while driving.
44. The anti-poaching units of the park make use of two drones that were borrowed from them and two helicopters to fight poachers at night.
45. There are a lot of crocodiles in the Kruger National Park, with about 3,000 Nile crocodiles in the park.
46. Fuel is not available everywhere at the Kruger National Park, it is available at only strategic locations.
47. The time allowance for accommodation in the Kruger National Park is from 12 pm to 9 am.
48. At Kruger National Park, driving off the road is illegal and one can get arrested for it.
49. Cars or vans are allowed into Kruger National Park, but motorbikes are not allowed into the park.
50. Pets such as dive and other domestic animals are not allowed into Kruger National Park.
51. Located southwest of the park, the Kruger Mpumalanga airport is located halfway between the Malelane and Numbi entrance gates of the park.
52. At the widest point of the Kruger National Park, it is 90 km (56 mi) wide from east to west.
53. The altitude of the Kruger National Park varies from 200 m (660 ft) in the east and 840 m (2,760 ft) in the southwest near Berg-en-Dal.
54. The highest point of the Kruger National Park is a hill that is called Khandzalive.
55. There was an attempt by the Kruger National Park to make use of contraception on elephants in 1995.
56. There are a lot of African Buffalo in Kruger Park, with a huge number of 37,130.
57. The impalas are the largest number of animals in Kruger National Park, with a number of 132,300–176,400.
58. Cheetahs see one of the most endangered animals that live in this park, with a meager number of 120.
59. The anti-poaching units of Kruger National Park are made up of 650 personnel.
60. A lot of poaching is done at the Kruger National Park, and as of 2012, 200 poachers have been arrested.
61. The roan antelope is an endangered species of antelope that lives in this park, with only 90 roan antelopes available.
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