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Kruger National Park - South Africa

Kruger Park Game Reserve

The Kruger Park is the largest wildlife sanctuary in South Africa and one of the largest controlled nature reserves in the world. Situated in Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces and bordered on the eastern side by Mozambique. The first tourist that visited the Park was in 1923 when the South African Railways began their roundabout through what was know at the time as the Eastern and Northern Transvaal and named the tour "Round in 9 days'. These train journeys started from Johannesburg station with stops at all the bigger towns including "Lourenco Marks" (Maputo) and return to Johannesburg 9 days later. The highlight of the tour was the section through the "Kruger Park" with a campfire concert near Huhla station at Skukuza. Vehicles were specially brought in from "Nelspruit" to take passengers on game drives.

In 1927 only three cars entered the Park, today there are about one million people a year visiting the Kruger National Park.

The Kruger National Park - was the brainchild of Paul Kruger President of the old ZAR, the area between the Crocodile and Sabie Rivers was set aside in 1898. After the Anglo-Boer war in 1902 James Stevenson-Hamilton was appointed as warden of what was known as the "Sabie Game Reserve". One of his missions was to evict all hunters and poachers other than those required for service in the maintenance of the reserve. For this reason he earned the name of "Skukuza" which means "He who sweeps clean". In 1904 the area between Shingwedzi to the Limpopo River was incorporated giving a total area of 2 million ha. In 1918 the Sabie Reserve was given National status.

On the 31 May 1926 the park was re-named in honour of the man whose concept and vision started what as become one of the most famous Game Reserves in the world.

Today the Kruger Park as an exceptionally rich mix of wildlife, with some 490 species of birds, 147 mammal species including the BIG 5, 94 different reptile species, 33 types of amphibians and over 200 different kinds of trees. The Park has 17 main rest camps with a choice of facilities and accommodation, most of the camps have shops and restaurants.

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Luxury Safari Camps - Hamilton's Luxury Tented Safari Camp is located in the Limpopo province within the borders of the Kruger National Park. The six luxury tents that make up the camp are nestled between Jackalberry trees with spectacular views over the Dam.
This luxury bush camp consists of six double rooms that can accommodate a total of 12 people, each room with outdoor shower, all in privacy. It's ideal for honeymooners and couples wanting that romantic getaway......

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