Enter Kruger National Park!

Trip Start Jan 30, 2009
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Trip End Aug 01, 2009


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Thursday, May 7, 2009

We now come to what we had been waiting for during the trip---Kruger National Park! We entered from the north and planned to drive all though the park, staying at different "camps" along the way. During each day we would get up have some coffee and a light breakfast and then drive on dirt roads though the park looking for animals, birds and look at the views.

Some facts and history of the park:
Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa. It covers 7,332 sq miles and extends 217 miles from north to south and 37 miles from east to west. In 1898 Paul Kruger, the president of the Transvaal Republic, created Sabie Game Reserve in order to control hunting and protect the diminished number of animals in the park. James Stevenson Hamilton became the first warden of the reserve in 1902. The reserve was located in the southern one-third of the modern park. Shingwedzi Reserve, now in northern Kruger National Park, was proclaimed in 1903. In 1926, Sabie Game Reserve, the adjacent Shingwedzi Game Reserve, and farms were combined to create Kruger National Park, which was opened for public visitors in 1927.

Note: I was able to upload one video (which took 24 minutes) of a baby elephant and it's Mother crossing the road!
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