Crook’s Corner

Kruger National Park

Hardly any tourists visit this spot as they mostly gather in the southern part of the Kruger Park for its higher concentration of wildlife. But there’s huge geographical and historical importance about Crook’s Corner as it’s where South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique meet. During the early part of the 20th century, this is where ‘crooks’ would hang out. Why was this chosen as the place for anyone wanted by the law? Well, if the police from South Africa were after you, you would simply move your campfire a few metres over and you would be in Zimbabwe or Mozambique. 

A huge plaque stands at Crook’s Corner dedicated to Cecil Barnard who was a legendary ivory hunter and one of the most famous crooks of all (ironically he later became a game ranger). Not only does the place hold the secrets of many dark tales, it’s also the place where the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers converge – so it’s always bound to attract some wonderful wildlife. Overnight visitors can check into the closest park, which is 45 kilometres away and for day-trippers, there is a picnic spot about ten kilometres from Crook’s Corner.

The place where three countries meet