Kruger National Park
One of the world's most iconic national parks, a must for any visitor to South Africa. This park was established in 1898. The Kruger National Park borders many communities along its 360 km boundary. The park is always striving to balance wildlife protection and community development. Supporting World Parks, World Cup is one of the many different ways the Kruger benefits local communities.
Limpopo National Park
The Parc National do Limpopo was redisignated in 2001 from a hunting reserve to a national park and formally opened in 2005. The LNP, at over 1 million hectares, is a vast wilderness area where widlife and communities still exist together, especially along the borders. One of the initatives of World Parks, World Cup is a drive to motivate communities to help protect the environment through our sports and youth initiatives.
Gonarezhou National Park, the second largest in Zimababwe, was formed in 1975. Spread over 5,000sq km and disected by three rivers (the Runde, Save and Mwenezi), Gonarezhou now forms the northern part of the GLTP. The three parks now have more than 500 species of birds, 147 species of mammals, at least 116 species of reptiles, 34 species of frogs and 49 species of fish.
Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
Being signed into existence in December 2002 by the Heads of State of South Africa, Mozambique and Zimababwe, the GLTP encompassed 37,572km² at its inception. The park now has a total conservation area almost covers a staggering 100,000km²!
The diversity of flora and funa in this transfrontier park is vast, combined with the many communities residing in the conservation area makes for a challenging balance between conservation and community development.
The GLTP shows what positive steps can happen through cooperation in the never ending tug-of-war between conservation of the world's flora and fauna and community awarness of the importance for conservation and social developement.