• About Kruger National Park
    The surface area of Kruger National Park is 7,580 miles² (19,633 km²)
  • About Kruger National Park
    Kruger Park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve.
  • About Kruger National Park
    Paul Kruger first proposed the need to protect animals of the Lowveld in 1884.
  • About Kruger National Park
    James Stevenson-Hamilton was appointed the park’s first warden in 1902.

About Kruger National Park | Game Reserves

The surface area of Kruger National Park is 7,580 miles² (19,633 km²) The park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve by the then president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger. He first proposed the need to protect the animals of the Lowveld in 1884, but his revolutionary vision took another 12 years to be realised when the area between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers was set aside for restricted hunting. James Stevenson-Hamilton (born in 1867) was appointed the park’s first warden on 1 July 1902. On 31 May 1926 the National Parks Act was proclaimed and with it the merging of the Sabie and Shingwedzi Game Reserves into the Kruger National Park.

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