Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It is situated across the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa, and its borders stretch up to Zimbabwe in the north and Mozambique in the east. Back in 1898 it was known as the Government Wildlife Park. It later became the Sabi Game Reserve, and then the Kruger National Park in 1926.
The southern border of the Kruger National Park lies close to the Kingdom of Swaziland, while in the north it borders Zimbabwe and in the east, Mozambique. Nearly 2 million hectares of land that stretch for 352 kilometres (20 000 square kilometres) from north to south along the Mozambique border. Game viewing is exceptional, with an abundance of elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, waterbuck and warthog, together with their attendant predators: lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.
A number of private game reserves were incorporated into the Kruger National Park in 1993. These reserves added an additional 200 000 hectares to, what is now know as, the Greater Kruger National Park. These reserves include The Sabi Sand, The Timbavati, The Klasserie, The Umbabat, The Balule and The Manyeleti reserves. Added to are the Thornybush and Kapama Reserves. These areas are home to a number of private safari lodges, ranging from comfortable to exclusive.
The Greater Kruger National Park is a five to six-hour drive from Johannesburg. Although many visitors do drive to the park, there are also daily flights to several airports near Kruger and direct scheduled flights directly into the Private Reserves. Bus shuttles and coaches, as well as packaged tours, are also available.