Although the modern day Kruger National Park boasts a wonderfully rich and long history from the time it was first proclaimed, the lands history goes further back than that.
Not only is the Kruger National Park a spectacular place for observing some of South Africa’s most vibrant wildlife, but it is also the place to go exploring the ancient secrets of the past tribes and people who once lived here. Over the last 100 years since the park was first proclaimed, numerous discoveries pointing out old kingdoms and settlements have been discovered dotted all over the park, making the Kruger an important historical place.
While the southern Kruger is a little more modern, those who travel around the park will find traces of the past wherever they go, especially as they travel further north. In the northern sections the landscape is drier, with giant baobab trees see all over. On top of hills it is easy to see the remains of ancient settlements and easier still to understand why the early inhabitants chose to settle here.
The Legacy of African Kingdoms
Some of Southern Africa’s most powerful kingdoms have been linked to this part of the Kruger National Park. From ancient trade routes to gold mining, there are more than a few reasons why those kingdoms thrived here. It is even believed that the tales of the Queen of Sheba come from here.
The ancient times live on here, and when travelling through this part of the Kruger, you will feel transported to this era, as the stories of the past still play a big role in the character of the park today.
A Wild Place
Once you enter the Kruger National Park, you will feel in touch with the past. Although the park sees thousands of visitors each year, the same ancient vibe remains and a quick visit to the monuments, museums, and remains of ancient settlements are a reminder of a past that has not died.
While you are exploring the wilderness, you should take the time to learn more about the history of the park, before it was proclaimed. Learn about the ancient cultures and see the remains of their lives. You could also visit any one of the numerous rock painting sites, many of which are carefully hidden away beneath rock overhangs.