Kruger Park has changed quite a bit throughout the years and these photos give us a glimpse into the rich history of the park.
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Even back in the day you could see visitors with a camera ready. Today it’s rare to see a car inside the Kruger Park without at least one camera sticking out of a window.
In the early 1900s, the number of predators in Kruger Park were very high in relation to the number of herbivores. This led to many predators being shot to restore balance.
Travelling without air conditioning and modern suspension could only have been something of a nightmare. In these days, park regulations were less stringent than today and visitors could get out from their vehicles to stretch their legs and cool off.
To give tourists access to the park pontoons were made available across the Crocodile River, the Sabie River and the Olifants River.
Office at Satara Camp in October 1934
Beautiful animals and beautiful cars! Can you imagine driving around inside the Kruger National Park in one of these!
As the animals became accustomed to tourists they allowed the vehicle to approach them – and they were attracted even closer by being offered goodies to eat. A bad habit that led to risks both for tourists and animals.
In the early years of the Kruger National Park there was limited accommodation in the form of rondavels and camping played a major role. Many tourists also pitched their own tents and the congenial atmosphere created by campers and open fires provided a very special experience for early visitors.
Punda Maria Camp in October 1954