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Department: People and Conservation - Projects

People and Conservation Department has managed to established various projects jointly with the adjacent communities such as:

1. Sales outlet structures:

  • Kruger Gate sales outlet
  • Numbi Gate sales outlet
  • Hlanganani Phalaborwa sales outlet

These projects are facilitated through Economic Empowerment and are owned and managed by the community art and crafters.

2. Contractors Development Programme:

In the following fields:

  • Construction and Fence Maintenance: Theses projects are done in a joint effort with Technical Services of the Kruger National Park sponsored by DEAT through Poverty Alleviation.
  • Invasive Species Control: Also a joint effort project between Invasive Species Control Unit funded by DWAF and DOL.

3. Community Outreach Programme:

Information about the Kruger National Park, Conservation messages, Tourism activities, Access opportunities and Importance of Conservation is shared with communities.
Tree planting in schools and community centres: Trees are donated on request by the community centres and schools. Some planted during Arbor Day celebration events.

4. Reconstruction of Thulamela Heritage Site:

This project aims at the promotion of the Cultural Heritage Management by the Kruger National Park as a means of addressing cultural tolerance by the conservation areas and its neighbouring communities.

5. Skills and Learnership Development Programme:

This programme is facilitated in order to up-skill the community members to be employable in the work environment.

This is funded by the Department of Labour through INTAC- THETA Projects.


Community Capacity Building through Conservation related projects.

Future Plans

Sustain all existing programmes and projects with the aim of maximisng the Kruger National Park's contribution towards community development through opportunities presented by the Kruger National Park and thus building constituencies for conservation.

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Emergency Hotline

Report rule breakers and other incidents to KNP's Emergency Call Centre on 013 735 4325

Did You Know?

  • The park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve by the then president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger. He first proposed the need to protect the animals of the Lowveld in 1884, but his revolutionary vision took another 12 years to be realised when the area between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers was set aside for restricted hunting.