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"You are to be thanked and congratulated for putting together a magnificent itinerary. It is hard to identify any one single highlight although I am sure some will eventually rise slightly above the others and probably will serve as the core for our return trip to South Africa someday.

We will keep you posted. In the interim, we will certainly point friends in your direction as we preach the virtues of a trip to SA".

Peter Carnes - USA - part of group of friends. Feb. 2005

South Africa Wildlife
Wildlife is South Africa’s greatest natural asset. While the Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, and leopard) receive a lot of attention, they stand among a wealth of animal species that populate South Africa’s game reserves and national parks. From abundant herds of impala to the elusive aardvark, each of South Africa’s animals has an equally enchanting effect on every traveller. Accessing South Africa’s wildlife regions can take a variety of forms. One can choose a comfortable self-catering option, a mobile safari, or a remote and luxurious game lodge.

South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, is flanked by provinces with significant wildlife populations. The North West Province to the west of Johannesburg offers accessible wildlife areas to city dwellers. Not merely the location of the casino and golf resort Sun City, the province is home to the fabulous Pilansberg Nature Reserve and Madikwe, which stretches to the Botswana border. It is, however, the Limpopo Province that has become synonymous with South African wildlife. The province has a number of interesting private game reserves in the Waterberg region and is the gateway to the Kruger National Park.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK: One of the oldest wildlife reserves in Africa, the Kruger National Park has a tremendous variety of fauna and flora. Made public in 1927, the expansive park comprises a number of different habitats that include dense vegetation dotted with clumps of boulders in the south and extensive grassy plains and riverine vegetation in the centre. The park’s remote northern region offers some of the best birding in Southern Africa while the savannah to the west of Kruger offers alternative wildlife destinations in the form of the Royal Malewane, Thorneybush, and Makalali game reserves.

SABI SANDS PRIVATE RESERVE: No fences restrict the coming and going of animals between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Private Reserve. It is a reserve that offers incredible wildlife encounters while providing luxury and comfort in the form of tented camps and lodges. Activities include thrilling game drives while nights are spent beside roaring fires or contemplating the stars of the African sky.

TIMBAVATI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE: A 68 000 hectare haven that was established in 1956, the Timbavati Private Game Reserve also adjoins the Kruger National Park without restriction. Part of the Kruger’s lowveld ecosystem, the reserve’s grasslands are visited by migrating herds. Wildlife viewing is great and camps and lodges in the reserve provide accommodation with style.

KAROO NATIONAL PARK: Albeit desolate, South Africa’s interior is certainly not barren. Located near the historic town of Beaufort West on the highway between Johannesburg and Cape Town, the Karoo National Park provides a convenient stopover between the Cape and the highveld. Less frequent animal sightings are made up for by incredible sunsets and scenery. The park is celebrated for it its black rhino population.

NORTHERN CAPE: While the gushing waterfall of the predominantly scenic Augrabies National Park attracts many visitors, the Kgalagadi Trans-Frontier Park is the Northern Cape’s pride and joy. The park straddles the border with Botswana and offers fabulous game viewing. In contrast with the Kruger’s impala, the Kgalagadi Trans-Frontier Park’s ubiquitous antelope is the springbok. Gemsbok are also unique to this part of South Africa and the lions here have distinctive dark manes.

EASTERN CAPE: Easily accessible from the Garden Route, the Eastern Cape has a number of excellent reserves and parks. The Greater Addo Elephant National Park provides travellers with unique and moving interactive encounters with African elephants. Further north, the Mountain Zebra National Park showcases its beautiful namesake. These zebras are more striking than the variety that live on the plains.

Africa is the home of incredible creatures both great and small.
Come and share South Africa’s abundant wealth with us!

 
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