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EVIDENCE OF PREHISTORIC MAN There is ample evidence that prehistoric man – Homo erectus – roamed the area between 500 000 and 100 000 years ago.
There are almost 254 known cultural heritage sites in the Kruger Park, including nearly 130 recorded rock art sites.
Rest huts and facilities needed for the guides and game rangers started popping up throughout the Park.
In exchange for use of these facilities for their paying tourists, SAR undertook to provide all transport, by rail and road, and launched an advertising campaign, set up catering services and paid the board a percentage of the income received.
More than 300 archaeological sites of Stone Age man have been found from the period dating back 100 000 to 30 000 years ago.
Evidence of Bushman tribes (San people) and Iron Age inhabitants dating back to 1 500 years ago have been found, aswell as the presence of Nguni people and European explorers.
The Park falls within a malaria zone and visitors are advised to take anti-malaria tablets.
The southern regions are not a high risk malaria area but tourists visiting the Park in the wet summer months and those travelling to the northern parts of the Park are advised to be vigilant and take precautions against this life-threatening disease.
EARLY TOURISM The value of tourism from game reserves as a source of revenue was already cemented by the time the area was officially proclaimed a national Park in 1926.Conservation projects and a commitment to protecting the abundance of game have created a wildlife sanctuary of world-class standards.The Kruger National Park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve by the then President of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger.There was still a problem with the lack of accommodation facilities and, in 1927; the South African Railways (SAR) approached the board with a request to erect quarters that the Park could rent to visitors.A joint venture between the Park and SAR led to the development of much-needed infrastructure and roads.