17 October 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

Game reserves in South Africa

South Africa is full of great game reserves just waiting to be visited. Here’s an overview of some of them.

Photo courtesy of Marc Crowther

The Love South Africa group on Flickr is constantly updated with fantastic images taken all over the country. Why not share your pictures, too?

Each week we choose photos from this group to showcase on our blog. This week we are celebrating South Africa's great game reserves.

People may have heard of Madikwe and the Pilanesberg, two of South Africa's great game reserves located in the North West province, and the Kruger National Park. But the rest of the country also has some fantastic game reserves, many of them malaria free, waiting to be explored. 

On the scenic Garden Route you'll find the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, which claims to be the biggest in the southern Cape. It is child-friendly and you are guaranteed some fantastic African sunsets and equally wonderful wildlife sightings, like these giraffe. 

Photo courtesy of Lena Volckaerts Photo courtesy of Lena Volckaerts

Also on the Garden Route, and situated between the majestic Outeniqua mountains, is Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. From Big Five game viewing and elephant-back riding to horseback safaris and spa treatments, it has all the elements required for a fantastic South African experience. 

Photo courtesy of Robin Denton Photo courtesy of Robin Denton

In the Eastern Cape is the ever-popular Addo Elephant National Park. This place is a sanctuary for more than 500 magnificent African elephants, making it one of the densest elephant populations in the world. Hard to believe that there were once only 16 of these magnificent animals left here. A sunset game drive here is not to be missed.

Photo courtesy of Dion Cragg Photo courtesy of Dion Cragg

In KwaZulu-Natal you'll find the Phinda Private Game Reserve, Thanda Private Game Reserve and the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, one of South Africa's largest and oldest reserves and home to the Big Five. It's also a great place for birdwatching, and this crested guineafowl (pictured below) is one of its specials.

Photo courtesy of Derek Keats Photo courtesy of Derek Keats

The Sabi Sand Reserve borders the Kruger National Park in the province of Mpumalanga. It is a great luxury experience and specialises in bush weddings and family-tailored holidays. On a trip through the Sabi Sand Reserve, keep your camera at the ready because you stand an excellent chance of seeing leopard (below).

Photo courtesy of Cameron B, aka Celtics24 Photo courtesy of Cameron B, aka Celtics24

In Limpopo's Waterberg region is the Entabeni, home to a diversity of wildlife, flora and fauna, and birdlife. Visitors can view members of the Big Five, such as the white rhino (pictured below) and enjoy guided walks, horseback safaris and game drives.

Photo courtesy of s11_8 Photo courtesy of s11_8

Springbok derive their name from their ability to spring up into the air, a behaviour also called pronking. They do this to as a warning to the rest of the herd, or sometimes just in play. South Africa's national rugby team and a town in the Northern Cape both take their name from this charismatic little antelope.

Photo courtesy of James Price, aka hilong2 Photo courtesy of James Price, aka hilong2

Come to South Africa to see wildlife, stunning sunsets and sunrises, and for the adventure. South Africa offers experiences that you will cherish for many years to come. Be sure to take many photographs and then share them with the Love South Africa group on Flickr.

Category: Attractions, Wildlife

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