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South Africa boasts deep pockets of wildlife areas and game parks encircling every possible landscape from deserts to forests, mountains to coast, teeming with wildlife species. South Africa’s savannah areas are still home to large numbers of the mammals universally associated with Africa – including Africas Big 5: Leopard, Lion, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhinoceros. Also Read - Coronavirus Slams Russia, Africa, India as Global Cases Reach 5 Lakh
South Africa is also the only place in the world where wildlife-lovers can see not just the Big 5 but also the Big 7 that include the Southern Right Whale and Great White Shark (in Port Elizabeth / Nelson Mandela Bay). ALSO SEE Kruger National Park Photos: Stunning Pictures of Animals in South African Game Reserve will Tempt Every Wildlife Lover Also Read - This Day, That Year: When Rain Robbed South Africa of a World Cup Final
Nestled in the rustic and unhampered settings are wildlife reserves and national parks that cater to wildlife enthusiasts across age groups. The game reserves at these parks offer guests a feel of the wilderness and the fauna of the subcontinent. Tourists can go on a game drive, a bush walk, or even a horse-ride for an authentic wildlife experience. From gritty experiences in the bush to opulent luxury in a private lodge, the experiences are unique with memories to last a lifetime.
A safari through the wilderness in South Africa is a life-changing experience for travelers across age groups be it kids, parents or even grandparents! Not only are safaris adventurous, they help families bond and make for an interesting educational experience for the little ones. South Africa is amongst the few countries that are very inclusive when it comes to children and safety is given top priority.
Travellers can choose from a number of family-friendly safari options available across national parks and game reserves such as Pilanesberg National Park, Shamwari Game Reserve, Addo Elephant National Park, Kruger National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve amongst others.
A majority of game lodges have found ways to cater to children in fun and interesting ways with a variety of programmes like junior ranger training, butterfly/fish/insect catch and release and more.
Here are the must-visit wildlife attractions in South Africa!
Kruger National Park
South Africa is home to numerous game reserves, each offering its own distinctive brand of game viewing. However, the world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. It is South Africa’s most exciting African safari destination and offers a variety of experiences such as wilderness trails, self-drive adventures and safaris. Whether it is driving, biking, hiking or walking, Kruger has a lot in store for all kinds of travelers.
The complete selection of private safari lodges in Kruger Park, ranges from absolutely extravagant to romantically intimate to classic family retreats, and also caters to every budget range. CHECK OUT Tourist Has A Jurassic Park Moment When Elephant Confronts Safari Jeep in South Africas Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park, situated at the North-Eastern tip of South Africa, is surrounded by excellent activities and attractions which when combined with the iconic Kruger safari helps maximize the holiday experience
– Hot Air Ballooning
– Horseback riding
– Mountain- Bike Trails
– Caving near the Kruger National Park
Not very far away from Kruger National Park lies the famous Panorama Route, offering countrys most scenic self-drive leading to the magnificent Blyde River Canyon worlds largest Green Canyon.
Addo National Park
South Africa’s third largest national reserve, Addo National Park is abode to hundreds of African elephants that roam around freely making it a great safari experience. Addo National Park also has a thriving marine life and rich flora.
Spectacular bird species like Cape robins, bokmakierie, southern boubou, southern tchagra, Cape bunting, and brown-hooded kingfisher amongst others make Addo a hotspot for birding enthusiasts.
There are a range of self-drive and organized game drive options to choose from. Other activities in the area include horse riding, 4WD trails, picnics and canoeing. Alexandria Hiking Trail a 32 kilometers long trail in The Woody Cape area of the Addo Elephant National Park is especially popular amongst adventure enthusiasts.
Adrenalin Addo, an adventure center, just outside of Port Elizabeth in Nelson Mandela Bay, is also a visually stunning adventure spot that offers ziplining, giant swing and canoeing.
Pilanesberg National Park
Perhaps the most accessible and ecologically rich of all national parks, Pilanesberg National Park promises a thrilling Big Five safari. As a result of dedicated conservation efforts, there are over 7000 animals and 300 bird species in the park today.
Popular activities in Pilanesberg National Park are hot air ballooning, hiking, birding safaris and archery. Cultural dinners, tribal dancing and interactive drumming further provide excellent opportunities to understand and experience the rich local culture.
A wide variety of accommodation is available that ranges from camping sites and caravaning to luxury private lodges to suite everyones needs and budget. DO SEE Adventure Activities in South Africa that Ranked Highest Among Indian Travelers in 2017
Pilanesberg National Park is situated in close proximity to Sun City, a thrilling getaway for travelers. Surrounded by a rich forest cover, the resort with its numerous gaming, entertainment and accommodation options oozes luxury from every corner.
Table Mountain National Park
Situated in the Mother City, Table Mountain Park is one of the most iconic National Parks in South Africa. It is specially known for housing 2 legendary landmarks Table Mountain and Cape of Good Hope. Touted as a haven of magnificent mountains, Table Mountain National Park is also a natural world heritage site and a Natural New 7 Wonder of the World.
The Cape Floral region of the national park is one of the richest floral regions in the world. Over 70% of the flowers are endemic to the Table Mountain.
Popular attractions in and around include:
– Boulders Beach: A 32-min drive from Cape Town will take travelers to Boulders Beach where countless African penguins wait to greet them. This penguin colony is no less than a star attraction and welcomes close to 60,000 visitors a year.
– Table Mountain: The countrys most photographed attraction is famous for its cable car ride that takes tourists to the top of the mountain for a remarkable view of Cape Town. Scenic drives can be taken along Boyes Drive, Chapmans Peak Drive, Victoria Road, the Ou KaapseWeg, from Simon’s Town to Smitswinkel Bay, from Kommetjie to Scarborough and to Cape Point.
After a daylong visit to Table Mountain National Park, travelers can dance the night off at some of the trendiest party places in Cape Town. From old school bars and beerhouses to new cool sports bars and comedy clubs, Cape Town has it all.
Tsitsikamma National Park
The Tsitsikamma National Park is a protected area on the Garden Route, Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa. Popularly known as a hiking and water sports paradise, this region forms the top section of the magnificent Garden Route National Park. DON’T MISS Hardik Pandya Posts Adorable Pic with Beautiful Friend in South Africa!
The park is brimming with adventure activities like diving, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, swimming, climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, sailing, and bungee jumping. One of the most sought-after adventure activity amongst Indians bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge is only 24 minutes from Tsitsikamma National Park. The growing popularity is evident by the fact that 5000 Indians attempted the Bloukrans bungee in 2016.