‘Rainbow Nation’ South Africa boasts the finest wildlife on the planet along with mile-long beaches, deserts and vineyards. People from all over the world visit South Africa to discover the many thrills, apparent and hidden, in its hundreds of national parks! We’ve listed five of the largest national parts in the country. Take a look!
Kruger National Park
One of the largest game reserves in Africa and the largest national park in South Africa, Kruger National Park is where visitors can experience the best of the continent’s natural riches. With around two million hectares of land, the park boasts of different environments, each with a
unique blend of flora and fauna. It is home to the Big Five as well as a plenty of smaller animals. You can even enjoy the night safari here, promising you more excitement!
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
A vast wildlife reserve between South Africa and Botswana, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a beautiful region characterised by dry rivers, red dunes, thorn trees and pink and orange sunsets. Covering an area of around 38,000 square kilometres, the park presents spectacular South African wildlife. Spot predators like lions, cheetahs and leopards, and also get a chance to spot springbok and wildebeest seasonally. Besides, the park houses some big rest camps, with plenty of amenities and services for the guests. One can indulge in many recreational activities around the camps here.
Addo Elephant National Park
Home to more than 500 African elephants, Addo Elephant National Park, in terms of size, ranks behind Kruger National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Visitors can have a true African wildlife experience here while spotting rhinos, zebras, lions and buffaloes along with the elephants.
Also, the park is home to the largest ground of African penguins in the country. The accommodation, ranging from luxury lodges to basic camps, caters to the requirements of all sorts of travellers.
Garden Route National Park
Lying along the south coast of South Africa, Garden Route National Park is a national park with a dramatic coastline, indigenous forests and the Otter Trail, one of the most famous hiking trails in South Africa. From boating and birding to mountain biking and kayaking, you can enjoy the best of adventures here. Visitors can choose from camps to a self-catering chalet for their accommodation needs. The wildlife includes the Knysna seahorse, pied kingsher, pansy shell, grey heron, Knysna lourie, and little egret, and draws a large number of wildlife enthusiasts from far and wide.
Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park
A peace park straddling the border between South Africa and Namibia, Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park is known for its spectacular scenery. While a number of mountain bike trails here makes the park a true haven for hikers, the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, appeals to nature lovers. Home to more than 200 species of birds, it is a popular place for bird-watchers as well. There are a number of accommodation options here, including rustic camping sites and chalets, catering to all sorts of visitors.