South Africa National Parks
Addo Elephant Park
The Addo Elephant Park is located in the Eastern Cape Province approximately
70km north of Park Elizabeth near the Zuurberg Range in the Sundays River valley.
Addo Elephant park is small and was established to protect the huge herds of
elephants that once roamed the area, you would be unlucky not to see one during
a visit. Tours to the park can be arranged in Port Elizabeth.
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. The main falls drop 56mtrs and is quite impressive particular during
the raining season.
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.
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.
Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
This park, although not as well known as some other parks in South Africa is
worth a visit. It is located in the Northern Cape Province and borders with
Namibia to the north west and Botswana to the north east and covers an area
of approximately 9591 sq km on the South African side and a further 1.8 million
hectares in Botswana which makes it one of the largest protected areas in Africa.
Karoo National Park
Located in the Western Cape Province near Beaufort West covering an area of
330 sq kms. The Karoo landscape and scenery is spectacular and the park home
to 60 species of mammal, the most common being the dassie and bat-eared fox.
Kruger National Park
The world famous Kruger National Park was established in 1898 by Paul Kruger,
and borders with Mozambique. It is located to the eastern side of Northern Province
running southwards into the Eastern Lowveld of Mpumalanga, covering an area
of two million hectares. Home to a wealth of wildlife, including 147 species
of mammals, 500 types of bird and 33 types of amphibian. The flora is equally
diverse with 300 difference types of trees. All the big game can be found here
including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hippo, giraffe, rhino and buffalo.
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.
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.
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.
South Africa National Parks