‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa is home to numerous birds and animals including the famous Big Five (elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo). Not surprisingly, the country is a perfect holiday destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Read on to know more about the wild riches of South Africa.
Kruger National Park
Located in the north-eastern end, Kruger National Park is one of the largest national parks in the country. Formally launched in 1926, the park is known for featuring over 500 species of birds, around 150 animal species and over 100 species of reptiles including black mamba and African rock pythons. Numerous safari tours, regular camps and excursions allow tourists to enjoy wildlife in the park.
Addo Elephant National Park
Located close to Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest National Park in South Africa. Founded in 1931, the park is home to around 600 species of elephants and over 400 species of Cape Buffalos. It is believed that in the near future, the park will be the only place in the world to house the ‘Big 7’, including elephant, rhinoceros, lion, buffalo, leopard, whale and great white shark. Regular wildlife tours and excursions to the park can be enjoyed by visitors to experience the country’s rich flora and fauna.
Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Located in the North West Province, Pilanesberg Game Reserve is a famous wildlife reserve in South Africa. Established in 1979, the site is home to a variety of birds, animals, mammals and reptiles. Lions, elephants, cheetahs, white and black rhinoceros, zebras, kudus and giraffe are among the animals found here. Over 360 species of birds have been recorded at the reserve.
Mountain Zebra National Park
Situated in the Eastern Cape, Mountain Zebra National Park is a famous attraction among the wildlife enthusiasts. Established in 1937, the park was built to provide a natural protection area for the endangered species of Cape Mountain Zebra. Today, the park is known for being home to a variety of mammals including caracal, Cape buffalo, gemsbok and grey rhebok. Cape vulture, blue crane, Secretary bird and Ludwig’s bustard are among the bird species found here. For a unique wildlife experience, family friendly cottages and overnight huts are available for tourists around the park.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Situated in the Kgalagadi district, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a famous wildlife protection zone. It is home to a variety of mammalian predators including Namibian cheetah, leopards and hyenas. Springbok and eland are among the herbivores found here. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is home to more than 200 species of birds.
West Coast National Park
Located in Cape Town, West Coast National Park is another prominent national park in South Africa. Formally established in 1985, the Park is home to a wide variety of antelopes including eland, mountain zebra, steenbok, and duiker. Migratory birds and the variety of flowers found in and around the park are the popular attractions here. Regular tours and excursions are organised by the authorities for the visitors to enjoy the wildlife.