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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Site updated on 23. September 2021