If adventure is in your blood and wildlife is your passion, you are at the right place! South Africa, a country with dream beaches, deserts and vineyards, is blessed with the finest places on earth to spot wildlife. With its more than 700-publicly owned reserves and around 200 private reserves, the country has made its presence as the best wildlife land in the entire world. Believe it or not, but these five wildlife parks are sure to give you goosebumps and get you closer to the most incredible animals around the world. Have a peek!
Kruger National Park
Covering an area of 19,485 square kilometres is Kruger National Park where wildlife enthusiasts can witness the best of Africa. One of the largest game reserves in Africa, this national park enjoys a convenient location in the north of South Africa and amuses visitors with a luxury break through its exclusive camping. This sprawling park is home to the ‘Big Five’ of African wildlife and several other animals.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was declared as the first peace park of Africa in 2000. Among the glorious landscape of red sand dunes, dry river beds, thorn trees and orange and pink sunsets, one get to see pig predators and witness the thrilling movements of animals such as wildebeest and springbok. Kgalagadi, which is known as the place of thirst, is meant for bird preys and wilderness camps and offers many opportunities for recreation, game viewing, learning and nature photography.
Addo Elephant National Park
Located just north of Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant National Park is the place that was proclaimed in 1931 to save 11 elephants on the brink of extinction and is now home to more than 500 wonderful African elephants. It ranks as the third largest reserve in the country and delights tourists with not just glorious elephants but with rhinos, buffaloes, lions, zebras and penguins. Visitors can have a truly wild tour in the park with a wide range of game viewing and outdoor activities such as guided walking, horse riding and hiking.
Mapungubwe National Park
Established in 1995, this is the newest national park of the country that sprawls over for about 28,000 hectares and lies in Limpopo Province, by the Kolope River. Apart from its huge bird and animal population, this national park provides shelter to the historic site of Mapungubwe Hill, the site of a community dating back to the Iron Age. While making an ideal place for the wildlife lovers, this nature reserve also impresses those in search of serenity and extraordinary history.
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park
The oldest nature reserve in Africa, this game park was set aside with the purpose of protecting white rhinos from extinction and now holds the planet’s biggest population of this animal, which is close to 2000. The park is divided into two sections – Hluhluwe, the Northern part offering scenic landscape with rolling hills and many lookout vantage points, and Imfolozi, the Southern part offering a larger area to safari in. The beautiful setting of high-quality vegetation and permanent rivers makes this reserve home to wildebeests, leopards, giraffes, elephants, impalas and lions as well.