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Five fascinating facts about the Kruger National Park!

For those who have visited the majestic Kruger National Park, you will know that it is undoubtedly one of the most serene and inspiring destinations in South Africa. Tourists and locals alike visit numerous game parks in South Africa including Sabi Sands Reserve and other game popular parks but the Kruger Park still remains one of the most popular and exciting holiday destinations for any South African trip. But before you grab your map and adorn your binoculars, here are five facts about the Kruger National Park that you might not know.

1. The Kruger National Park is less of a “park” and more of a “small country” in terms of the size and stature. The Kruger National Park covers 18,989 square kilometres and is one of the largest game reserves on the African continent. If you had to drive the length of the Kruger National Park safari from north to South, you would have to travel 360 kilometres and if you drove the breadth of the park, this would take you 65 kilometres from west to east

2. The Kruger National Park houses more than one species of a particular type of animal. The park holds 147 various species of mammals, 517 different species of birds and 114 different types of reptiles. Do not forget the various types of tree species which have made their home in the Kruger National Park, all 336 of them.

3. The Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five – the Lion, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Leopard and Black Rhino. For years, there has been a misconception that these five animals were chosen as the Big Five owing to their size. However, the Big Five were selected because of the difficulty in hunting them.

4. The Kruger National Park has more than one ecosystem within the park owing to the large amount of forna and floar in the area. The Kruger National Park is divided into six different ecosystems – Mixed acacia thicket, Lebombo knobthorn-marula bushveld, Baobab sandveld, riverine forest, Mopane scrub and Combretum-silver clusterleaf woodland. There has been an estimation of nearly 2 000 various types of plant species on the Kruger National Park.

5. The Kruger National Park is home to all species, big and small. The biggest of them is the African Elephant, which is bigger than the Asian Elephant and stands at an average of 3.6 m for the male species, weighing up to 5,400 kg. The Dwarf Blue Butterfly is not the smallest species, but with a wingspan of only ½”, it is the smallest butterfly in the world.

There you go, five quick facts about the Kruger National Park and the wildlife that live there! Do you know any more interesting Kruger National Park facts? Leave us a reply and let us know!

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