Hunting is prohibited in the area that is now the Kruger National Park

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Saturday, 26 March 1898

On the 26 March 1898, a proclamation was published in the Official Gazette of the ZAR. This proclamation prohibited the hunting of game in the area between the Crocodile River in the south and the Sabie River in the north, and between the Lebombo Range in the east and the Drakensberg Range in the west.This marked the origins of the Sabie Game Reserve, the second reserve in Africa.

The Anglo-Boer War halted further development of the reserve, but the British, after winning the war, proceeded with the plan to develop the Sabie Game Reserve. This task was given to Major James Stevenson-Hamilton in 1902, in order to protect the animals against hunters, ivory poachers and cattle farmers. It was renamed Kruger National Park in 1926, and was opened to the public in 1927. Visitors were able to view animals and plant life in the protected area.

References:
• Siyabona Africa, "History of the Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park", From:Siyabona Africa,[Online] Available at:www.krugerpark.co.za,[Accessed 24 March 2014].
• Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds) (1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 6, p. 476.

Last updated : 24-Mar-2014

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011