The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) aims to bring together some of the richest and most established wildlife areas in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe, including South Africa’s world-famous Kruger, Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou and Mozambique’s Limpopo national parks. Eventually this transfrontier park, which currently spans around 35 000km², will reach a size of almost 100 000km².
South Africa, Mozambique & Zimbabwe: 99,800 km sq
GLTP comprises a huge area of the lowland savanna bisected by the Lebombo Mountains and includes five major African river systems. All of this terrain is home to an incredible 500 bird species, as well as at least 147 mammals, 116 reptiles, 49 species of fish, and 34 species of frogs and toads, and makes for one of the world’s premier safari destinations.
One of the main attraction areas of the GLTP is the Kruger National Park in South Africa. It is roughly the same size as Israel or Wales, and covers some 20,000 square kilometres. This National Park is a flagship of the South African National Parks, impressive in the diversity of its lifeforms and a leader in environmental adaptive management techniques and policies.
The Kruger National Park, where sightings of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) are a regular occurrence, has a well-established tourism infrastructure. The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa.
Kruger National Park was established in 1898 and attracts more than 1.5 million visitors annually!
Kruger is one of the premier game-watching destinations in the world. Approximately 147 mammal species occur in the park. It is possible to see all the classical African big game, including elephant, black and white rhino, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, warthog and many antelope species. Large carnivores include lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena. Sighting the "Big Five" has become very popular when on safari, and the Kruger National Park has more 1,500 lions, 17,000 elephants, 48,000 buffalo and 1,000 leopards. Kruger National Park being one of the last strongholds of black and white rhinoceros species, poaching remains an alarming threat to the survival of the two species.
Source: sanparks.org, southafrica.net, tfcaportal.org, krugerpark.co.za
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