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Kruger National Park, A Wondrous Treasure for All

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Kruger National Park, A Wondrous Treasure for All

Our world of cam watching revolves around three waterholes, Nkorho Pan, Elephant Plains, and Tembe. They provide us with amazing views inside the lives of many African animals.  But whats outside those small areas that we are privy to from the cameras? Lets take a look at one specifically.  Nkorho Pan, one of our favorite waterholes is just a stones throw away from the Nkorho Bush Lodge,  located in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and sits just outside the unfenced border of Kruger National Park. National Park? Yes, and a very large one indeed.

Kruger National Park covers an area the size of the country of Israel, 19,633 km² (7,580 miles²). This world-renowned national park is now the largest game preserve in South Africa. In 2003, the park surpassed the one million mark for annual visitors, a goal that has been met every year since then.

Aside from its size, Kruger National Park is more than just a place for tourists to get a glimpse of the African wildlife. Major Stevenson-Hamilton was the first warden of the park and retired in 1946, after serving as warden for 44 years. He is commemorated in the name of parks main rest camp, Skukuza, which is a Xitsonga word that means “he who sweeps clean”, referring to Stevenson-Hamilton's tireless efforts to control poaching. The warden worked very hard to gain official status for the park. In 1926 the government passed the National Parks Act, and proclaimed it Kruger National Park, named after the man who was president at the time, Paul Kruger.

If you plan a visit to the park, be sure and stop by the Stevenson-Hamilton Museum.  Not only are there remarkable pieces of history and artifacts, but you will find a unique pocketknife that was used by Stevenson-Hamilton's assistant, Harry Wolhuter, to kill one of two lions that were attacking. His dog kept the other one away until help could arrive. The lions skin is also at the museum.

Years later, the park is still protected, as are the animals for the most part. There are still poachers that kill hundreds of animals a year, but the park employees and those dedicated folks from all over the world do their best to make everyone aware of the beauty of Africa and how it needs to be preserved.

While we watch our little piece of Africa through the eyes of a remarkable camera, Kruger National Park is stretching far and wide to encompass and protect as much of the wildlife as possible. Perhaps being able to watch an occasional giraffe or a troupe of baboons go by, we have been able to see a tiny bit of the big picture. Nkorho Pan is not inside the park, but the animals don't know the boundaries that man has marked. We see them as they wander from place to place, and we hope that they will stay within the safety that the park and neighboring preserves provide.

Enjoy the cams, and remember that we are watching just a tiny area of what Africa is made of. And a big thank you to Stevenson-Hamilton for his years and years of devotion to the belief that national protection would be the one thing that could help save this part of South Africa.

 

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I had a question, and I hope

I had a question, and I hope this is the proper venue.

 

First of all, THANK YOU to all who are associated with this magnificent website.  Africam has been a part of my morning ritual since 1998, and before.  I've learned so much, and found so much enjoyment, excitement and peace!

 

Today I was watching the beautiful sunset, and as the camera looked across the water hole to the merula tree, I saw off in the distance, to the right of the tree, what appeared to be multi-story buildings.  I thought I saw 3 of them.

 

Am I right?

 

I hope the answer is "no", that I was misinterpreting what I saw.  Because over the years, one can't help but notice that animals at the waterhole pay less and less attention to human intrusion.  The passing of the safari vehicle, with all the noise, is basically ignored.  That makes me sad, as the truly free, wild space is shrinking and shrinking.

 

And if there are tall buildings within sight, then it's even worse than I thought!

 

It's great that Kruger is a national park; and I have turned many friends (and strangers, if opportunity arises) on to Africam!  Still I can't help lamenting the long arc of human history that always has us taking more and more of anything that will bring $$, no matter what else we're losing.

 

Thanks again for all you do to share Africam with the rest of us!

With Love,

Debby Randolph,

Super-Africam-Fan!

New York City

Safari Jules's picture

It is indeed a wondrous

It is indeed a wondrous treasure!  Thank you Ranger for making me feel so proud of the KNP, as a many times over visitor to that great park, there is so much to learn from the experiences you will have there - as they say in SA, 'The bush grips you and calms the soul' It's so true!

 

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It was my pleasure to be in

It was my pleasure to be in Kruger at Pafuri camp in 2007. Absolutely wonderful! Ann

Stephanie03's picture

Kruger National Park is so

Kruger National Park is so great!! Stretching far and wide to encompass and protect as much of the wildlife is not easy but still, they are doing their best to protect the wildlife.. Stevenson-Hamilton Museum at the park is also a nice one.. How I wish I could visit.

--Stephanie03

 

Evan.P's picture

This is a great review of

This is a great review of this wonderful park. I am sure that many people who have never heard of it are going to want to now go and check it out for themselves. Thanks you for all the wonderful information.

Regards- Evan.
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jacpotjax's picture

I have been going to the KNP

I have been going to the KNP for the last 30+ years and I will never tire of it, it is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places in the world. When you are there, there are no tv's, radios and no way of knowing what is going on in the outside world - this is a blessing and I pray that I will be able to keep going to the Park for at least the next 30 years?!!

Ryan10's picture

Thank you for this

Thank you for this interesting post. beurette

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Nice.

Nice.

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Great Blog. Thanks for all

Great Blog. Thanks for all the info!!

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