Johannesburg - A military helicopter has been donated to the Kruger National Park to boost the battle against poaching, SANParks said on Wednesday.
It said the Gazelle helicopter - previously in service in the French and British militaries - would widen the area that could be protected in South Africa's largest game reserve.
It would be based in Phalaborwa and be used in SANParks anti-poaching operations in the north of the park.
The Gazelle had a maximum airspeed of 310km/h, a range of 670km, and a service ceiling of 5000 metres.
It was donated by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation in association with Paramount, a leading African aerospace and defence group.