South Africa, the diamond of the African continent, is gifted with many treasures that are waiting to be discovered, particularly its majestic landscapes and memorable wildlife. The game reserves and protected reserves are known breathtaking sceneries, endangered fauna and endemic flora. It is a destination that is host to magnificent safaris and terrific outdoor activities. No less than 19 national parks and true wildlife sanctuaries, where you can spend your entire vacation exploring and experiencing the uniqueness of South Africa.
The most famous game reserve in South Africa is the Kruger National Park, and it covers roughly two million hectares of wild territory. Kruger National Park is the heart of the kingdom of the big five game animals – African elephant, African lion, black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo and the African leopard – plus numerous unique bird populations: martial eagle, saddle-billed stork, lappet-faced vulture, ground hornbill, Pel’s fishing-owl and Kori bustard. To provide you a glimpse of South Africa’s bird population there are about 800 bird species, as many as found in the North American continent put together.
Addo Elephant Park is the third largest South African Park. Within the shadows of the bushveld valley of the Sundays River, Addo Elephant Park is the sanctuary of over 600 elephants, more than 400 cape buffaloes, endangered black rhinos, Transvaal lion, various species of antelopes, spotted hyena or the unique dung beetle, endemic to Addo.
The Garden Route National Park stretches for 2000 kilometers along the southern coast of South Africa and offers some dramatic coastal scenery that is surrounded by the beautiful mountain ranges of Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma. There are many activities available. Bird watching where you will see a rich collection of 371 bird species including such rarities as African (black) Oystercatcher. Whale and dolphine watching – 15 species of dolphins and whales can be found in the coastal waters. As a mountain paradise that includes areas of the coast; the Garden Route contains plenty of opportunities for adventures like mountain biking, forest excursions, hiking, or water sports.
And of course, there is much more, another rare pearl is the Augrabies Falls National Park, host of the Augrabies Waterfalls, a real goddess of the thunders. Even the meaning of the name in the local language is ‘Place of Great Noise’. The river Orange is the genial constructor of a 90m high thundering waterfall, one of the largest in the world. The falls and water course, with its grid of channels, next to the fascinating geology of Augrabies displaying large, ancient granite cliffs and rocks, compose a unique and picturesque environment inviting to relaxation and reverie. A true African experience, wilderness and nature greatness in pure estate.
Table Mountain, is thought to be 600 million years old and forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. Tourists are drawn to the mountain for numerous reasons; the scenery and the unique biodiversity. They can enjoy a delightful ride up the side of the mountain via the cable cars. And it is a popular hiking area because it contains one of the richest natural botanical gardens on earth. There are at least 2200 species of plants and about 1470 flowers, most of them indigene to this region. You can also spot penguins (the one and only opportunity in Africa) or baboons here. Table Mountain National Park a place of mind blowing panoramas, sumptuous valleys, magnificent beaches and bays, the royal Table Mountain and the mythical Cape of Good Hope.