Kruger Park Mpumalnga.docx - Kruger Park Mpumalanga The Kruger National Park is an extensive wildlife reserve in Eastern South Africa in what used to be

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Kruger Park- Mpumalanga The Kruger National Park is an extensive wildlife reserve in Eastern South Africa, in what used to be the Transvaal but now in Mpumalanga and Limpopo. It was incorporated as a National Park in 1929. It was fully fenced to prevent the animals going onto neighbouring farmland, which in bygone years would have been crops and traditional farm animals, therefore becoming a nuisance to farmers and creating problems with them shooting the animals. Much of the farming in the area has now turned into the wildlife farms we know today making money off tourism and private hunting. This is far more profitable than traditional farming of crops and domestic animals. In more recent times, however, as the subject of wildlife conservation has become popular and people are learning more about it, some fences have been taken down so that the animals can now roam freely between the reserve and neighbouring wildlife farms. This gives the animals a larger area to roam and prevents overgrazing and destruction of specific plant types. This area is characterised by a combination of open, flat to undulating rocky grasslands, some mountains along the eastern parts, deep ravines and gullies, some of which is moist Afromontane forests. Below the plateau, various woodlands are found, namely the tall alluvial forests and the dense acacia thickets along streams and below cliffs. Vegetation varies greatly and can be divided into distinct zones.

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