Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivaled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sites – this is real Africa.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, SANParks – Kruger National Park is unrivaled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man’s interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries – from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela – is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park’s natural assets.
Timbavati Private Game Reserve
Timbavati Private Game Reserve shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger National Park allowing animals free range and ensuring that guests have an opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that South Africa has to offer.
Accommodation at Timbavati is offered in colonial style game lodges, traditional thatched bush lodges, and luxury tented safari camps, providing a range of styles to suit your dream South African safari lodge holiday.
Timbavati also home to the white lions of the Timbavati that were discovered in the mid-1970s
One of the lodges we use here is situated on the banks of the flowing Klaserie River under a canopy of beautiful trees where birds play and where Buffalo, Elephant and Hippo are frequent visitors and offers a mix of pure nature and luxury in exclusive privacy.
Marakele National Park
The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, as its Tswana name suggests, has become a 'place of sanctuary' for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa.
Marakele is home to most of the large mammals synonymous with the African bush, including elephant and leopard. Large Predators such as brown hyena, leopard and now also lion, occur in the park. Resident antelope include, sable, kudu, eland, impala, waterbuck, tsessebe and many smaller species. Chacma baboon and vervet monkey are two species to be watched carefully for mischief, particularly around the rest camps.
Marakele hosts one of the world's largest colonies of the endangered Cape vulture. More than 800 breeding pairs nest on the mountain cliffs and groups of them may be seen in the air. Aside from vultures, Marakele is great for checking off many other raptors riding the thermals generated by the Waterberg cliffs.
Mapungubwe National Park
Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is the ideal location for anyone interested in the park’s wildlife and birds, to those in search of serenity, identity and the extraordinary history of this World Heritage Site…
Discover an ancient African Kingdom, Southern Africa’s first, established at Mapungubwe Hill between 1200 and 1290 AD. Home to a powerful tribe that flourished on trading with Eastern cultures such as China and India, Mapungubwe saw the rise and fall of this great civilisation more than 700 years ago. This is the place where archaeologists excavated the famous golden rhino and other evidence of a wealthy African kingdom.
Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is rich in biodiversity, great scenic beauty and the cultural importance of the archaeological treasures of Mapungubwe.
Come and join these diverse pilgrims and share unforgettable moments sipping sun-downers at the confluence of the legendary Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, watch the eagles soar over Botswana and Zimbabwe’s skies, hear the echo of elephant trumpets, take a tree top walk or just relax and absorb the surroundings…
Addo Elephant National Park
Discover...Experience...Explore a world of diversity in one Park.
Addo Elephant National Park has expanded to conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora.
. It is the third largest national park in South Africa and is renowned for its exceptional elephant viewing, currently the primary attraction, and reason for inclusion in most itineraries for visitors to the Garden Route or Eastern Cape. Besides other species the park includes a wide range of spectacular land and seascapes, fauna and flora and, if including its concessionaires, offers a wide variety of accommodation facilities and activities in order to access a diverse market. The park has both terrestrial and marine components and existing boat charters currently offer boat cruises around the St Croix and Bird islands if permits allow, however no boats are permitted to land on the islands, and the park currently generates no income from any such activities. The park also includes the largest coastal transgressive dune field in the southern hemisphere, which at 88 km in length offers spectacular views and activity potential, an example of which is the existing Alexandria Hiking Trail.
A unique park with unique diversity indeed!
Agulhas National Park
The Agulhas National Park is located in the Agulhas Plain in the southern Overberg region of the Western Cape,The park stretches along the coastal plain between the towns of Gansbaai and Struisbaai, and includes the southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas. Although one of the smallest national parks in South Africa it boasts 2,000 native plant species and a wetland that provides refuge to birds and amphibians.
The primary tourist attraction in the park is Cape Agulhas, the southern most tip of Africa and the official meeting-point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Nearby is the Agulhas lighthouse, the second-oldest lighthouse in South Africa, which also includes a small museum.
Hightlights to the park include;
Whale watching – November to January.
Shipwrecks: several ships, including De Zoetendal, HMS Birkenhead, and HMS Arniston. foundered on the rocks near Cape Agulhas. Relics from some of the wrecks can be seen in the Bredasdorp Shipwreck Museum.
Fynbos: hundreds of indigenous fynbos species are found here.
Geographical extremes capture the imagination. From ancient mariners to contemporary mankind, the quest has always been to reach the poles, sail around the tips of continents, conquer the highest peaks and dive to the ultimate depths. Indeed an interesting visit!
Augrabies Falls National Park
The Khoi people called it "Aukoerebis", or place of Great Noise, as this powerful flow of water is unleashed from rocky surroundings characterised by the 18km abyss of the Orange River Gorge.
Picturesque names such as Moon Rock, Ararat and Echo Corner are descriptive of this rocky region, characterised by the 18 kilometre abyss of the Orange River Gorge and craggy outcrops dominating scrub-dotted plains. Klipspringer and kokerboom (quiver trees) stand in stark silhouette against the African sky, silent sentinels in a strangely unique environment where only those that are able to adapt ultimately survive.
The 28 000 hectares on both the northern and southern sides of the Orange River provide sanctuary to a diversity of species, from the very smallest succulents, birds and reptiles to springbok, gemsbok and the endangered black rhino.
The ancestors of modern history have inhabited the area surrounding the Orange River since the Early Stone Age. During this time, there is evidence that early man had developed weapons for hunting animal like hippopotamus. They knew to establish themselves near good water sources like the Orange River. During the Middle Stone Age man had created more formal work tools and began to utilise fire. The Late Stone Age, which dates back 22 000 years, is characterised by tools that are smaller from the previous periods. The most prolific archaeological features are the stone cairns from the later Stone Age.
Bontebok National Park
Bontebok National Park is the smallest in South Africa but has the highest density of rare and endangered bird life, fynbos species and animal life.
Activities: Game viewing, birding, swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking
Highlights: Huge displays of unique plant life
This Western Cape Nature Reserve in South Africa was established at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains in order to protect the Bontebok from extinction. It also contains indigenous plant life found nowhere else in the world. Visitors in the Bontebok National Park have access to the lovely Breede River, for angling, canoeing and refreshing swims.
Thanks to the conservation efforts of Bontebok National Park, the species of antelope after which it is named, has been brought back from the brink to roam freely in sustainable numbers. Bontebok numbers have increased from a mere 17 in the park to around 3 000 world wide.
This region between the Langeberg Mountains and the Breede River is also home to around 200 bird species including Stanley's Bustard, Blue Crane and Secretary Bird. Visitors can also see Cape Mountain Zebra, Red Hartebeest and Grey Rhebok amongst other wildlife.
Bontebok National Park is a place of simplistic beauty and peaceful charm. The majestic Langeberg Mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for this Park of colorful riches.
Camdeboo National Park
Formed hundreds of millions of years ago, the Karoo of South Africa is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo, not to mention awesome scenic beauty.
An interesting feature of the 14,500 ha Camdeboo National Park is its very unique and unusual location - It practically surrounds the historical town of Graaff Reinet, about 3 hours drive from Port Elizabeth (261,5 km) via R75 in the Eastern Cape.
The greater portion of the Camdeboo National park is situated between 740 and 1480 metres above sea level on the foothills of the Sneeuberg range, while a small section of the low lying plains is included.
The Nqweba Dam lies within the park and covers about 1000 ha when full. In some places dolerites form jointed pillars, the best examples of which are found in the Valley of Desolation where erosion of the softer sedimentary beds has left dolerite pillars which rise to heights of 90 - 120 metres.
Visitors to the Camdeboo National Park can expect to see a diverse spectrum of South Africa's wildlife. The bat-eared fox is often seen hunting by the use of its large ears to locate insects while the communal behaviour of the Suricate (meerkat) can be fascinating to watch.
Wildlife regularly spotted in the Camdeboo Park include steenbok, springbok, blesbok and black wildebeest. Kudu and grey duiker are common as well as the less often seen Cape buffalo. You might even catch a glimpse of the Red hartebeest and gemsbok and Cape mountain zebra are reportedly seen from time to time.
Garden Route National Park
Along the South Coast of South Africa lies one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, home to the Garden Route National Park.
The Garden Route National Park, established by SANParks and also known as GRNP, spans an impressive 121 000 hectares and includes the existing Wilderness and Tsitsikamma national parks, the Knysna Lakes area and roughly 52 000 hectares of newly proclaimed land.
The Garden Route is regarded as a critical focus area. The Knysna estuary and Wilderness lake areas alone are rated number one and six respectively; it is home to a section of 60 500 hectares of indindigenous forest - the largest continuous complex of such forest in the country; and the fynbos of the Garden Route falls within the Cape Floristic region - a global diversity hotspot.
The Garden Route National Park is so large it falls across both the Eastern Cape and Western Cape and brings together a series of tourist facilities that include camping areas, chalets, hiking and mountain bike trails, forest trails, canoeing, diving and other local activities.
The Garden Route National Park is an example of 'conservation without boundaries' and SANParks believes that it is in essence a new conservation model for the country, particularly if you consider the over
1 000 private landowners who border the park and the need to create stewardship programmes that encourage these residents of the Garden Route to help conserve the natural heritage of the area.
Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Golden Gate Highlands National Park, lies nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north-eastern Free State.
This is true highlands habitat, home to a variety of mammals - black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell's zebra - and birds, including the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the equally rare bald ibis, which breed in the ledges of the sandstone cliff.
Golden Gate Highlands National 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.
Generaalskop, the highest point in the park, reveals a breathtaking tapestry of red, yellow and purple hues as its warm shades merge with the cool mountain shadows towards evening.
Places of interest at Golden Gate Highlands National Park include:
- the Van Reenen family graveyard
- the impressive Brandwag buttress rock formation
- a bird hide at the Langtoon Dam
- interesting lookout points and viewpoints - Zuluhoek lookout point, Generaalskop viewpoint, the third highest point in the park; Oribi basin and Drakensberg view.
Karoo National Park
Situated a few kilometres outside Beaufort West and abutting the N1 highway towards Laingsburg, the Karoo National Park is one of the most accessible national parks in South Africa.
The Park straddles the mountain slopes and high peaks of the Nuweveld Mountains which stand sentinel over the vast surrounding plains of the Koup.
Approximately 63 species of mammals and 200 species of birdlife can be seen in the park and it is an important refuge for the highly endangered riverine rabbit endemic to the dry river courses of the Great Karoo.
The Karoo National Park had its origins as far back as the 1950s when local farmer William Quinton was active in promoting the idea of a conservation area in the Beaufort West area. His enthusiasm was rooted in the fact that in centuries past the Karoo was home to millions of plains game, especially vast herds of springbok, which had almost disappeared in the preceding one hundred years.
What was once known for being a convenient, single-night stopover for weary travellers between the Cape and inland, has become a Park offering a multitude of activities enticing guests to want to stay longer. A mountain bike trail, guided and un-guided walks, a selection of 4x4 trails, guided game drives and breathtaking landscapes.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park comprises an area of over 3,6 million hectares which is one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world.
Red sand dunes, sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob show antelope and predator species off at a premium and provide excellent photographic opportunities.
Kgalagadi could be considered a haven for birders especially when interested in birds of prey.
The Kalahari is an arid region with an annual rainfall of 200 mm, mainly between January and April. In summer, day temperatures may exceed 40C. Winter days are sunny with night temperatures often below zero. Visitors should anticipate extreme heat during the day and extreme cold during winter nights.
This is the place where the red dunes and scrub fade into infinity and herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest follow the seasons, where imposing camel thorn trees provide shade for huge black-mane lions and vantage points for leopard and many raptors... this is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Mokala National Park
Mokala National Park is one of South Africa's newest National Parks, proclaimed only in 2007. It is also informally known as the park where endangered species roam, because of its breeding and re-allocation of animals for use in other national parks and game reserves.
The landscapes are a gentle mix of both Karoo and the Kalahari landscapes, whilst from the hills drain small tributaries that merge into the Riet River.
Mokala comes from 'kameeldoring' or camel thorn tree (Acacia erioloba), a tree common to this semi-desert region. You will find it throughout the Northern Cape – where it grows in a variety of guises - anything from a rather insignificant two metre shrub to a sixteen metre high tree.
Local people have used the bark and gum to treat coughs and colds, and even the seeds have been roasted and used as a coffee substitute, whilst giraffe are often seen feeding from the thorn covered branches and leaves.
There are not any predators present in the reserve and visitors report that the black and white rhino, Cape buffalo, tsessebe, roan, giraffe, eland, kudu, gemsbok and black wildebeest are a lot more relaxed as result. The odd leopard has been spotted, although they're infrequent visitors, but there are jackal, caracal, aardwolf and bateared foxes, as well as aardvark.
"Where Endangered Species Roam"...Mokala It is situated approximately 70km south-southwest of Kimberley, and west of the N12 freeway to Cape Town. Nestled in the hills, Mokala's landscape boasts a variety of koppieveld (hills) and large open plains.
Mountain Zebra National Park
Invigorating crystal clear air, beautiful scenery, tranquil ambience and an abundance of wildlife offer you a special and personal African wilderness experience at Mountain Zebra National Park.
Mountain Zebra National Park is situated on the R61 road.
The craggy heights of the Mountain Zebra National Park's Bankberg embrace rolling plains and deep valleys, and has become an entrancing preserve for the Cape mountain zebra.
The proclamation of the park in 1937 saved these animals from extinction, and currently their population stands at 350.
Mountain Zebra National Park contains a rich variety of plant species and in spring the veld is covered with flowers. Fynbos and renosterveld bush flourish in the temperate climate where the rains come mainly during early summer and winter.
Wildlife; The highlight of the Mountain Zebra National Park's mammalian fauna is obviously the Cape mountain zebra after which the park is named. These zebra differ from the plains or Burchells zebra, by having narrower stripes, absence of shadow stripes and orange facial colouration. Mountain reedbuck and grey rhebok frequent the higher areas, whilst caracal occupy the niche of primary predator.
Other noticeable species of the mountain plateau are the red hartebeest, eland and springbok. In the more wooded valleys visitors should search for kudu, and two of the parks more recent reintroductions, the African buffalo and the black rhino.
Namaqua National Park
Escape to the land of contrasts, where the rigorous climate has created a myriad of life forms superbly adapted to their specific habitat. Fields of flowers, star studded nights, quiver trees, enormous granite outcrops and the icy Atlantic are but a few wonders that await the visitor.
Situated in the heart of the Succulent Karoo, Namaqua National Park has grown enormously and stretches from the well-known Skilpad section, near Kamieskroon, on the escarpment westwards to the coast. The recently added GroenSpoeg coastal section is the only significant remaining untouched section of the Namaqualand coast.
The gradient from the escarpment to the coast is important from an upland-lowland and rainfall perspective and contributes to the richness of species within the Park. With its winter rainfall, Namaqualand is home to the richest bulb flora of any arid region in the world and more than 1 000 of its estimated 3 500 plant species are found nowhere else on earth.
Amphibians and reptiles are also well represented, with a number of endemic species. The mammals that have adapted to these harsh conditions include gemsbok, unique succulent and flower species national Park springbok, red hartebeest, klipspringer, aardvark, baboon, steenbok, duiker, porcupine, black-backed jackal and leopard.
Birds are typical of the dry arid western regions of the country.
Tankwa Karoo National Park
As luminous clouds of dust swirl through the ancient landscape, a tortoise patiently wanders in search of succulent morsels; a lizard basks in the sun while gemsbok and red hartebeest share the arid plains with mongoose, orb-web spiders, skinks and leggy toktokkies.
The Tankwa Karoo National Park is 143 600 hectares of Karoo veld in a basin between the Cederberg mountain range and the Roggeveld.
Here, you’ll find space, solitude and tranquillity: everything you need on a holiday.
It is so open and wide, you will be in solitude, even though there are other people in the park. The landscapes are one of the park’s main features: There is always something new, even if you have seen it a thousand times before.
The park straddles the Western Cape and Northern Cape boundary with most of the park lying within the Northern Cape Province. Due to recent acquisitions, around a fifth of the park’s total area now includes mountainous cliffs and higher lying areas of the Roggeveld Escarpment, thereby giving a whole other dimension to the park.
Driving in a high clearance vehicle is important as the roads can be hard to navigate, but not impossible.
Umfolozi – Hluhluwe National Park
The park is located in the province of KwaZulu-Natal on the east coast of South Africa. The park is closest to the town of Mtubatuba Hluhluwe village and Hlabisa village. The geography of the area differs from the north, or Hluhluwe area, to the south, or Umfolozi area. Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park is partly in a low-risk malaria area.
This area is situated between the two Umfolozi Rivers where they divide into the Mfolozi emnyama ('Black Umfolozi') to the north and the Mfolozi emhlophe ('White Umfolozi') to the south.This area is to the south of the park and is generally hot in summer, and mild to cool in winter, although cold spells do occur. The topography in the Umfolozi section ranges from the lowlands of the Umfolozi River beds to steep hilly country, which includes some wide and deep valleys. Habitats in this area are primarily grasslands, which extend into acacia savannah and woodlands.
The Hluhluwe region has hilly topography where altitudes range from 80 to 540 metres (260 to 1,770 ft) above sea level. The high ridges support coastal scarp forests in a well-watered region with valley bushveld at lower levels. The north of the park is more rugged and mountainous with forests and grasslands and is known as the Hluhluwe area, while the Umfolozi area is found to the south near the Black and White Umfolozi rivers where there is open savannah.
The park is home to Africa's big five
West Coast National Park
To describe the allure of the West Coast National Park is to celebrate how incredibly multifaceted it is. The cyan-coloured water of the vast lagoon meets the postcard-perfect white of the sand, rugged scrub erupts into a mosaic of colourful wild flowers every spring, and the wildlife that calls this home ranges from antelope and predators on land to the magnificent fish, mammals and sharks of the Atlantic Ocean. This is a place of contrast and magic – a place where colour, scale and variety all challenge your imagination.
The West Coast National Park is situated just inland of Saldanha Bay and its secluded harbour. The exquisite Langebaan Lagoon is, undoubtedly, the jewel of this treasure trove, thanks to its breath-taking beauty and the variety of watersports that it offers. The lagoon is only a few kilometres from the powerful ebb and flow of the Atlantic Ocean, which crashes against rocks that glitter with enormous mussel shells, or laps lazily onto the sandy shores.
The West Coast is known for the magnificent colours of its wild flowers during August and September (depending on the rains). The Postberg Flower Reserve section of the national park is the ideal place to see the vibrant colours of the blooms as they spring out of the ground in a quilt of yellows, oranges, purples, pinks, reds and whites. To explore Postberg is to immerse yourself in a wonderland of flora; where colours and textures all but overwhelm the senses and where the raw, untainted splendour of Africa cannot be ignored. To keep this area as beautiful as possible, the flower reserve is only open during this magical time, leaving it to recover for the remaining months of the year.
|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
Conjure up a desolate and forbidding landscape, seemingly devoid of life, except for some people dotting along the horizon. Make a startling discovery upon closer inspection when the mirage dissolves into the human-like half-mens (half person) and the harsh environment prove to be a treasure-chest containing the world's richest desert flora
The |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park measures 6 045 km2 and spans some of the most spectacular arid and desert mountain scenery in southern Africa. It incorporates the 4 420 km2 |Ai-|Ais Hot Springs Game Park in Namibia and the 1 625 km2 |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld National Park in South Africa. It features the world’s second largest canyon, the Fish River Canyon, which meanders for 161 km between the steep, spectacular cliffs that divide the Nama plateau. In places the canyon floor is more than 550 m below the plateau, exposing rock of up to 2 600 million years old.
The area is renowned for housing most of the richest succulent flora of the world. The Orange River is characterised by striking endangered riparian bush. At the Gariep Centre of Plant Endemism, with the transfrontier park at its core, at least 2 700 species of plants, 560 of which are endemic or near-endemic, can be found. A soft but regular and therefore effective rainfall is mainly responsible for this abundance of plant life. Many of the endemic plants are limited to small areas, mostly on mountains where the rainfall is higher and habitat diversity is greatest. The best-known endemic plants are the stem succulents known as the “halfmens”, Pachypodium namaquanum, and the giant tree aloe, Aloe pillansii.
Hlane Royal National Park
Hlane Royal National Park is a protected area in northeastern Swaziland. A flat, lowland area with grassland and shallow pans, the park is traversed by the Umbuluzana River. Roads and trails offer views of diverse wildlife such as lions, elephants, hippos, white rhinos, leopards and giraffes. White-backed vultures and other raptors nest in the ancient hardwood trees. The park also hosts a colony of marabou storks.
Held in Trust for the Nation by His Majesty King Mswati lll
Home to The Kingdom of Eswatini's (Swaziland) largest herds of game, Hlane Royal National Park conserves vast natural resources and holds deep royal and cultural significance.
Among a wealth of wildlife reintroduced to its former home, elephant, white rhino, lion and leopard all occur. The rhino and elephant often visit the waterhole at Ndlovu Camp, while lions – the emblem of royal Eswatini – occupy a separate fenced area, where you can see them on a guided game drive. Leopards are more elusive, as are spotted hyenas, whose whooping calls blend with the roars of the lions at night. Giraffe, zebra and hippos are among the other large mammals, while antelope include abundant impala, plus kudu, wildebeest and waterbuck. Highlights among more than 300 species of bird include a large breeding colony of white-backed vultures.
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Ezulwini Valley of central Swaziland, south of the city of Mbabane. Its grassy southern plains are home to animals such as antelopes and zebras, as well as many birds. Several trails and tracks suitable for horses run up Nyonyane Mountain to the craggy summit known as Execution Rock. The Nyakato viewpoint overlooks Mantenga waterfall and the Usushwana Valley below.
The Kingdom of Eswatini's (Swaziland) Outdoor Lover’s Paradise"Mlilwane offers an array of activities and adventures in the picturesque Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven), flanked by the dramatic backdrop of mountains and the huge Usuthu Forest stretching into the distance.
Allow your senses to take in the refreshing surroundings on horseback, mountain bikes, open Land Rover tours and foot trails.
For the more adventurous, our overnight horse trails offer a fantastic outdoor riding experience on beautiful Arabian ponies, through the Sanctuary and into the mountains which afford a breathtaking panoramic view of the “Valley of Heaven” know as Ezulwini.
Open your lungs by climbing to the top of a mountain and looking out at infinity or swim in the mountain springs.
All the above National Parks can also form part of a custom Safari or Tour package.