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National Parks & Game Reserves in South Africa

South Africa National Parks Game Reserves Map Bontebok NP Addo Elephant NP Karoo NP Augrabies Falls NP Pilanesberg NP Madikwe GR Kalahari Gemsbok Kruger NP


Addo Elephant Park
Augrabies Falls N P
Bontebok N P
Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Karoo N P
Kruger N P
Mountain Zebra N P
Madikwe G R
Pilanesberg N P

Most visitors to South Africa will want to visit at least one of the country's protected wilderness areas, so they can experience, first-hand, the wonder of nature in an untamed environment.

Wildlife viewing is highly enjoyable throughout the year, but the ideal time to visit is from April to September, during the South African winter. In the wildlife areas most rain falls during the South African summer, encouraging lush vegetation and making wild animals more difficult to spot. In the winter the bush is more sparse, forcing the game to drink at rivers and waterholes, where it can be more easily viewed. Best time of the day for seeing the game is in the early morning or late afternoon through to dusk. This is when the animals are at their most active. In the heat of the day they will retreat to the shadows so look for them sheltering under trees or bushes.

Nevertheless, the wildlife in South Africa's parks and reserves is so prolific that an unforgettable experience is more or less guaranteed and many visitors will get the chance to see at least some of the "big five" - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo, as well as cheetah, giraffe, hippo, a numerous variety of antelopes and an abundance of bird species.

South Africa's wildlife sanctuaries fall into three main categories: nature parks, private and national game reserves.

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Addo National Park ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK
Addo Elephant National Park was originally established in 1931 to protect the huge herds of elephants that once roamed the area. Over the years that park region has been extended and it is now the third largest national park in South Africa.
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Addo National Park AUGRABIES FALLS NATIONAL PARK
This park is located in the Northern Cape Province approx 120kms west of Upington, featuring the Augrabies Falls, where the Orange River drops into a solid granite ravine.
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Bontebok National Park BONTEBOK NATIONAL PARK

Bontebok is located in the Western Cape Province six km south of Swellendam, and is a small plot that was specifically set aside to protect the almost extinct Bontebok antelope, that is found nowhere else. Birdlife in the park is abundant and it is home to numerous antelope. The park also has large variety grasses and other plant species..
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GOLDEN GATE HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK

Situated in north-eastern Free State, Gate Gate Highlands National Park is a small park covering an area of about 116 sq km. The park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park's sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock, keeping vigil over the main rest camp.
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HLUHLUWE INFOLOZI PARK

The oldest game reserve in South Africa, which was formed for the sole purpose of saving the Rhino, situated approximated 270 kms north of Durban in central Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal.
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Kgalagadi KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was formed by the merging of Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and Gemsbok National Park in Botswana making it a huge wildlife conservation area
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Karoo National Park KAROO NATIONAL PARK

Located in the Western Cape Province approximately 12 miles from Beaufort West the Karoo National Park covers an area of 750 sq kms. The Karoo landscape and scenery is spectacular and the park home to 60 species of mammal
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Kruger National Park KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
The world famous Kruger National Park was established in 1898 by Paul Kruger. It offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Home to a wealth of animals, including 147 species of mammals, including the BIG5, 500 species of bird and 33 types of amphibian.
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PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK

Located in the North-West province, the park adjoins Sun City and protects an area of more than 500 sq. km. It is situated on the site of an ancient volcanic crater and boasts a large diversity of plant and animal life, including the white and black rhino, elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, zebra, leopard, jackal, hyena and wide variety of antelope and although rare, you could even be fortunate to spot a cheetah.

Accommodation
There are various types of accommodation available in the park: two restcamps with chalets, three restcamps with safari tents and some luxurious lodges and hotels.


MADIKWE GAME RESERVE

Located 360 km from Johannesburg, an easy 3 ½ hour drive on National roads. It is situated in the North West Province and is bordered by Botswana in the north, the spectacular Dwarsberg Mountains to the south, the Marico river to the east. The diverse habitat in the Madikwe Reserve, from acacia savannah to riverine, ensures a unique combination of species such as springbok, gemsbok, sable and impala. The birdlife is spectacular and it is also one of the few reserves in South Africa that is malaria free.

In 1992, Madikwe Game Reserve, created from 750 sq km of farmland, which had been extensively degraded by overgrazing, was chosen as the site of Operation Phoenix. The government-sponsored, biggest-ever game- relocation programme in Africa involved re-stocking and conserving flora and wildlife, which had long since disappeared from the region. Ten thousand animals of 27 major species, including wild dog, cheetah, lion, white and black rhino, buffalo and elephant, have been re-introduced to the Reserve over a six year period with animals coming from various reserves and breeding centres and game viewing is now at its prime. Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the country’s fourth largest game reserve.


MOUNTAIN ZEBRA NATIONAL PARK

Located approximately 30kms from Cradock on the northern slopes of the Bankberg Mountain Range offering magnificent view over the Karoo. This small park protects on of the rarest animals in the word - the mountain zebra, but it is also home to many antelope species. There are few roads and you can choose to go on a three day Mountain Zebra Trail or two short day walks.

Accommodation
is available at The Doornhoek, which is a restored farmhouse dating back to 1836 and located in a secluded valley. There are also camp sites and cottages available which can be booked through the South African National Parks .


 
 
   
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