South Africa truly is a world in one country. It’s home to some of the best private game reserves where Big 5 sightings are almost as regular as clockwork, phenomenal beaches and coastline, and award-winning wines from picture-perfect valleys. With bucketloads of natural beauty and wildlife experiences, South Africa offers some of the best wildlife adventures. Here are our favourites!
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and attracts over half a million tourists every year. Experience the thrill of being on safari, observing the big five as well as zebras, giraffe and rhinos and be inspired by an authentically African atmosphere. Kruger National Park is one of South Africa’s most sought after safari and tourist destinations and is one of the world’s most diverse and abundant nature and game reserves.
Wine and whales
Watch migrating southern right whales and sample some of South Africa’s finest tipples on a unique wine and whale watching tour with Wexas. Based in either Franschhoek or Stellenbosch, you’ll sample award-winning wines paired with gourmet dishes in some of South Africa's most notable restaurants. Designed to coincide with South Africa's whale-watching season, the tour will take you to Hermanus and Walker Bay where southern right whales congregate. It’s a treat for all the senses.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
iSimangaliso Wetland Park is located approximately 275 km north of Durban, along the east coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal. The beautiful area is known for its phenomenal diversity and boasts of being South Africa’s third largest protected area, covering an impressive distance of 280 km of coastline. Due to its transitional location, in the southern end of the Mozambique coastal plain, iSimangaliso Wetland Park supports an abundance of vegetation, including many endemic species of plants. As well as flora, the region also hosts a wealth of fauna, including one of South Africa’s largest populations of hippopotami and in excess of a thousand crocodiles.
Jozini Dam in northern KwaZulu-Natal has quite a misleading name – it’s not really a dam! Also known as Pongolapoort Dam, it was originally built as a dam for farmers, but the soil’s high salt content made growing crops difficult. Connected to the Phongolo River and part of the Elephant Coast – it’s simply massive in size! Due to the high amount of wildlife, and Big Five, the private coves are perfect for exploring the African wild from the comfort of a houseboat. Surrounded by private wildlife reserves as well as the Pongola Game Reserve, wildlife and birdlife abound. Why not spend time chilling in luxury as you meander down one of South Africa’s prettiest waterways?
South Africa is ideal for someone looking for the ultimate wildlife adventure, with plenty of private reserves and national parks that offer easy game viewing, convenient logistics and good value!
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