The Kruger Park is situated in the 'lowveld' (the lower lying parts) of the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Some quick facts:
- The Park covers 7,580 square miles (for comparison, Wales covers 8,006).
- It is an area of extraordinary biodiversity with 16 'macro ecozones'.
- 147 mammal species.
- Over 500 bird species.
- 336 tree species.
The south of the park has more predators and more big game, so your chances of seeing the Big 5 and other exciting mammals are higher.
The north is wilder, there are fewer people around and it is exceptional for birds of all sorts, and raptors in particular.
There is a very wide range of accommodation, including self catering park accommodation and many private lodges, and remote bush camps.
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
In the far north west of South Africa, in the Kalahari Desert, is the second biggest National Park. It is less easily accessible, with unsurfaced roads and smaller camp-sites, which in turn mean fewer visitors! There is less diversity of plants and animals, but the landscapes along the two dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob are extraordinary. Also it is one of the world's first game parks that is jointly managed by two neighbouring governments, Botswana and South Africa. It is exceptionally good for birding.
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Addo Elephant Park
In a completely different micro-climate and with different landscape and vegetation, the Addo Elephant Park is close to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, and a visit to it is easily combined with the Gaden Route. Although the park was established to protect Elephants, it has a wide range of mammals and birds. No malaria prophylaxis is required in Addo.
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Pilanesberg National Park
Just 3 hours outside Johannesburg and adjacent to the internationally renowned golf resort, Sun City, is the Pilanesberg National Park. This is an absolute gem. It is extraordinarily diverse and offers the Big 5 and other treats like Roan and Sable Antelope and Tsessebe, as well as great birding. Because it is quite small but has a high density of game, the likelihood of seeing exciting sights is very good. Also there is a fantastic range of accommodation available.
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Smaller National Parks
As well as the major national parks mentioned above there are several others that should not be forgotten or ignored:
- The Marakele National Park to the west of Johannesburg and Pretoria offers great game viewing close to the main centres.
- The Mapungubwe National Park in Limpopo Province is a nature reserve and World Heritage Site established on the site of a third century kingdom.
- The Golden Gate National Park in the Eastern Free State, at the top of the Drakensberg has spectacular scenery, lovely walks, unusual game and great birding.
- The Karoo National Park near Beaufort West in the middle of the Great Karoo is an excellent place to get a glimpse of the wonderful semi-arid Karoo flora and fauna, especially the birds.
- The Mokala National Park, outside Kimberley is a good window on the natural world of the Northern Cape.
- The Mountain Zebra National Park showcases the habitat and wildlife of the interior of the Eastern Cape.
- The Namaqua National Park is fantastic during the spring for the most glorious wild flower display and is good for birding at all times.
- The West Coast National Park is a RMSAR wetland of international importance and is a very special blace for birding as well as for wild flowers in spring.
- The Ai-Ais Richtersveld National Park is an amazing, extremely remote wilderness area on the border with Namibia.
And there are others.
If you are drawn to any one of these parks, perhaps for wild flowers, or birding or for any other reason, we can help you plan a holiday there.
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Cape Nature Reserves
Cape Nature is the organisation responsible for wildlife conservation in the Western Cape. They run more than 20, mainly small reserves in beautiful, tucked away places within the Western Cape, close to Cape Town and the Garden Route. Though most of them have fewer big mammals than the major national parks, they have fantastic bird life. Some of the most beautiful are:
De Hoop near Cape Aughulus, the southern tip of Africa, is arguably the best place from which to watch whales, and one of the best for birding.
Kogelberg, between Cape Town and Hermanus is considered by many to have the most beautiful combination of landscape and wild flowers in the Western cape.
- Goukamma, just outside Knysna is a little gem tucked away on a beautiful river and very close to Buffalo Bay, which has one of the best bathing beaches.
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