The Greater Kruger National Park is a pristine wilderness area larger than the land area of the Netherlands, supporting an incredibly rich biodiversity of fauna and flora unsurpassed anywhere else in Africa. Wildlife is free to roam unfenced over 33,948 km² (13,107 sq. miles), encompassing the 19,485 km² Kruger National Park (7,523 sq. miles), the 3,230 km² Timbavati, Makuya, Letaba, Balule, Klaserie, Umbabat, Manyeleti and Sabi Sand Game Reserves (1,247 sq. miles) along its western boundary, and the 11,233 km² Limpopo Trans Frontier Park (4,337 sq. miles) in Mozambique along its north-eastern boundary.
When Zimbabwe’s 5,053 km² Gonarezhou National Park (1951 sq. miles) is eventually added to the Greater Kruger, this vast wilderness will total some 39,000 km² (15,058 sq. miles) – about the size of Switzerland – and will be known as the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTFP). This is just the first phase in the establishment of a bigger trans frontier conservation area measuring almost 100,000 km² by expanding to include the Zinave and Banhine National Parks in Mozambique to form the world’s greatest animal kingdom.
The Greater Kruger National Park is a joint venture between Associated Private Nature Reserves and the Kruger National Park. Between them, the two reserves cover approximately 20 000 000 hectares. Declared as an UNESCO ‘International Man and the Biosphere Reserve’, the 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. Associated Private Nature Reserves is a conglomerate of privately owned nature reserves. It has over 20 members in its ranks including the Timbavati Reserve. In 1993, fences between Associated Private Nature Reserves and the Kruger National Park were removed to encourage wildlife migration, and the Greater Kruger National Park was born.