Parks and Reserves in South Africa
South Africa displays picturesque landscapes, nature parks and wildlife reserves. Many tourists visit the country to observe the wildlife in their natural habitat. It is a travel destination of breathtaking beauty and colourful history.
The country boasts of its abundant parks and reserves, which are as follows:
• Addo Elephant National Park
Addo Elephant National Park is adjacent to Port Elizabeth, which is Eastern Cape’s biggest city. The park gives you the chance to see elephants up close. The area was originally 2500 hectares during its proclamation, but it has grown to 180,000 hectares, encompassing the north and south coast. Hence, it ranks as the country’s third largest. The park is a natural habitat for buffalo, leopard, lion, and rhinoceros. You will also discover that its marine area is a home to great white sharks.
• Augrabies Falls National Park
It is a national park situated in the Northern Cape of South Africa. You will wonder with the various rock forms such as the Moon Rock, which is a dome from granite stones rising about 30 meters above the Augrabies Falls Park. The weather in this area is dry, but most of the wildlife has adjusted to the temperature. The park offers challenging guided games supervised by park representatives. You can also go hiking, mountain biking, and canoeing in the Orange River.
• Kruger National Park
The park is a well-known conservation site, which is ideal for witnessing wildlife. It stretches for about 20,000 square kilometres and is home to the Big Five, which are buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinoceros. There are approximately 145 species of mammals, which hunt and feed in the natural environment. You can go for a guided tour with skilled rangers. The ideal time to visit the park is from June to September. Flora is sparse during this time, which enables you to see the wild animals better. Furthermore, the risk of contracting malaria is lower during those months.
• Garden Route National Park
Forests, beaches, lakes, and oceans merge to give you a spectacular view. The Tsitsikamma National Park portion is the natural habitat for blue duiker, bush pig, genets, monkeys, otters and sometimes leopards.
You can explore the lagoons and lakes within the park via a canoe. There are dolphins and whales surfing the waves. You will surely enjoy the dense forest, sun-drenched beach and sea breezed.
• Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Golden Gate got its name from the bright gold shade radiating from the sun. You can go here at sunset to marvel at the view of the park’s vast space. You will appreciate the beauty of this park during summer, which is from December to March, when the temperature is cooler than in the low areas.
• Mountain Zebra National Park
This park is a conservation site for the endangered species of zebra in the Cape Mountain. Aside from zebra, you will find about 216 species of birds such as blue crane, Ludwig’s bustard, ostrich, secretary bird, and Verreaux martial eagles. You can also have a picnic or join an afternoon game for a unique wildlife encounter.
• Table Mountain National Park
The mountain is located in Cape Town, where you will witness the majestic view of the Cape Peninsula. It is a splendid park situated within the metropolis. You can access most of the park’s area free except for the four portions, which require entrance fees. You will see various creatures such as baboons, bontebok, eland, lizards, otters, tortoise, steenbok, and zebra. Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden within the park is an area for picnic.
• Royal Natal National Park
The park is located in the northwestern part of Durban. The perfect schedule to book your tour here is from April to July, when the mild climate is ideal for hiking activity.
These various parks offer you the opportunity to discover the biodiversity of the country. The South African tour will provide you with the exceptional and unforgettable experience.