In 1995, under the Restitution of Land Rights Act, the Makuleke community demanded their rights to what was known as the Pafuri area. The issue was a complex one, with consideration having to be given to whether the alternative land the community had been given was adequate compensation for the land lost. There was also the question of the biodiversity value of the area.
After intensive negotiations, a settlement was reached – one that has been described as a world class agreement and a breakthrough for conservation in South Africa – in which:
There are currently a number of other land claims against the Kruger National Park.
Note: The Greater Kruger Park refers to the combined conservation area of the Kruger National Park managed by SANParks and the adjacent privately owned game reserves – some of these share unfenced boundaries with the Kruger National Park to allow for the free movement of wildlife between them. The Kruger National Park also forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park Initiative and shares an unfenced boundary with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.
Written by Wessel de Kock