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Top 10

National Parks

1Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape

Home to over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, black rhino and a variety of antelope species. The possibility of seeing the Big 7 (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant, whales and Great White sharks) here makes this park unique.

2Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape

The mighty Gariep (Orange) River, lunar landscapes and the 56m Augrabies Falls, called the ‘place of great noise’ by the San, are the highlights of this unusual park.

3Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State

A spectacle of towering ochre-coloured sandstone cliffs, shady valleys and sun-dappled grasslands, BaSotho caves and dinosaur traces in this golden landscape of abundant antelope and raptors.

4Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape

An adventure through 3, 6 million hectares of unspoilt wilderness. Photogenic landscapes and wildlife like cheetah, black-maned Kalahari lions, gemsbok, springbuck and desert-adapted elephants bring this salt pan to life.

5Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga and Limpopo

This world-renowned game park covers nearly 2-million hectares. Part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, it features 16 ecosystems and provides sanctuary to 147 mammal, 507 bird, 114 reptile, 49 fish, 336 tree and 34 amphibian species.

6Mountain Zebra National Park, Eastern Cape

See over 350 of the Cape Mountain Zebra, a subspecies saved from extinction, now thriving in this through this craggy-peaked wilderness, where Cape buffalo, endangered black rhino, eland, endemic black wildebeest roam.

7Namaqua National Park, Western Cape

One of 25 global biodiversity hot spots in the world, the park conserves rare plant and animal species; and in Spring it’s semi-desert plains erupt in carpets of colourful wildflowers – a photographers paradise.

8Table Mountain National Park, Western Cape

South Africa’s only urban national park encompasses the Table Mountain chain, the Cape Peninsula and False Bay. It contains 7 nature reserves and safeguards the Cape Floral Kingdom – a World Heritage Site.

9Garden Route National Park.

Including Tsitsikamma’s lush forests, rugged coastline, and abundant fauna, this serial park combines the best of the Garden Routes natural treasures.

10Marakele National Park, North West

Situated between the dry west and moist east of South Africa in the heart of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, Marakele offers an unusual mix of bird and animal life, including red data species and world's largest breeding colony of endangered Cape vultures.