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Top 3 Must Watch National Parks
in South Africa

Must-see wildlife places in South Africa

When planning a vacation to a foreign country it is often the local amenities that help organizers to decide where and when to book their holiday. Your spending money is a precious commodity, but not as much as your time. It’s absolutely essential that every cent and every second is spent wisely, having fun and an unforgettable experience.

South Africa – A Haven for Wildlife and Flora

South Africa is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, and it’s the country’s incredibly diverse wildlife and rich vegetation that attracts so many visitors.

South Africa's national parks
South Africa's flag-image of many natural attractions that you will encounter in this popular tourist destination
National parks and animal reserves are by far the best way to fully experience everything that South Africa has to offer, and many of these protected locations provide accommodation, from safari lodges to earth camps.

SANParks (South African National Parks) is an organization that manages 19 parks, which consist of more than 3.5 million hectares, approximately 3% of the total area of South Africa.

In this article we’ll take a detailed look at the top 3 South African must-see national parks. Of course, we’ll also mention a handful of other smaller parks and reserves. You can visit Wikipedia for a full list of all SANParks.

Meet South Africa’s Big Five

Before we examine South Africa’s must-see national parks, we should first familiarize ourselves with South Africa’s big five must-see species.

African elephants
African elephants are one of South Africa's big five must-see species that you are likely to encounter in South Africa's National Parks
These are:
  • Lions
  • African Elephants
  • Cape Buffalo
  • Leopard
  • Rhinoceros

No trip to South Africa is complete without a close encounter with South Africa’s big five species!

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is South Africa’s biggest national reserve, and you can expect to see five of the big guys in this national park. Kruger Park has safari trips and rest camps to suit all budgets and tastes, giving you a fantastic and unforgettable safari experience no matter what your budget.

African leopard
African leopard is one of many species that you will encounter in Kruger National Park
Whether you want to go for an exhilarating game drive or whether you want to take a stroll and have a walking safari there are plenty of options available for you to choose from.

Kruger National Park also has specific safari trips for honeymooners and families, so no matter what kind of holiday you are planning you can be sure that you and your party will have a phenomenal time at this national park.

West Coast National Park

The West Coast National Park may not be as vast as Kruger National Park, but it’s just as varied and diverse. The West Coast National Park is home to a rich of migratory birds and it’s the perfect place to capture a few snapshots of our feathered friends.

The West Coast National Park
The West Coast National Park in South Africa is rich in colourful wild flowers and vegatation
If you want to hone your macro photography skills then be sure to check out the park’s flora and fauna.

If the animals in the air don’t quite grab your attention then perhaps the marine life will be more to your liking. The West Coast National Park surrounds the Langebaan Lagoon, and from the park you can often catch glimpses of whales.

There are also plenty of ways to experience the park, and you can walk, hike or even take a mountain bike around the park.

Garden Route

The Garden Route National Park attracts an incredible amount of visitors, and it’s easy to see why. The Garden Route has numerous and diverse ecosystems that are the product of the lush landscapes that are both incredibly beautiful and impressive.

The Garden Route National Park
An incredibly beautiful scenery will meet you when you visit The Garden Route National Park
The Garden Route is an incredibly scenic 150km stretch of beautiful beach towns and fantastic fairytale like forests. The vegetation and wildlife in this region is extraordinary, and no matter what you are looking for from a holiday you are sure to find it along the Garden Route.

There’s plenty for the family to see and do. Like the other two national reserves, this park provides plenty of accommodation options.

If these three must-see national parks don’t tickle your fancy, then you may want to try one or more of these South African National Parks:

  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • Table Mountain National Park
  • Agulhas National Park
  • Augrabies Falls National Park
  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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