Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park, Limpopo

Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park, a private wildlife collection set amidst lush landscaped gardens just 45 minutes north of Pretoria, is home to rare primates, exotic birds, tiger cubs and white lions. With over 38 species, this is the largest private primate collection in the country. more

Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden, Mpumalanga

The Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden, set in a forested reserve between Nelspruit and Barberton, has brought hope, peace and some degree of normality to dozens of traumatised chimpanzees from all over Africa. Visiting the sanctuary is a moving and uplifting experience. more

Wolhuterskop Game & Nature Reserve, Free State

There are few wild places close to towns where you can view animals and birds and explore the landscape by hiking, on horse trails or on mountain bikes. The 1 200-hectare Wolhuterskop Game and Nature Reserve offers this in the eastern Free State's grasslands. more

Blue duikers

Blue duikers, with their otherworldly little Javanese faces and secretive ways, are among the smallest antelope in the world. Hardly larger than a scrub hare, they live a secretive life in forests and thickets. But there is a place where you’re practically assured of a sighting. more

Samara Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

Samara Private Game Reserve is in the Great Karoo, not far from the lovely, historic town of Graaff-Reinet. Set among the high, jagged-edged Sneeuberg mountains, this remarkable reserve combines luxury with extraordinary game sightings and splendid views. Plus you'll enjoy the feel-good factor of being on rehabilitated land. more

Caracals

Caracals, which are very similar to the lynx cats found in the Northern Hemisphere, live secretive lives, mostly emerging in the early dusk to hunt. They are fearless and athletic, their well-developed hindquarters aiding their jumping and climbing abilities. These cats think nothing of bringing down prey far larger than themselves. more

Bushbabies

Bushbabies, also known as galagos, are sweet, furry prosimians that are more closely related to Madagascan lemurs than normal monkeys. With their oversized eyes they hunt for food at night – mostly insects, leaves and tree gum. But it’s by their eerie wails at night that resemble a ghostly crying baby that you’ll first encounter them. more

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was declared in 2000, formalising an ecological entity that was already there. Tourists loved it, but this inspiring wilderness has given rise to something more. Now there are ideas of linking this gigantic conservation areas to others nearby. Desert ecology and tourism will be the winners. more

West Coast National Park

The West Coast National Park is much loved by bikers, hikers, birders, whale-watchers, plant-lovers, kite-boarders, kayakers and anglers. But if you’re not into all that action, just spend a little time following a tortoise around. Or sit and gaze at the antelope picking their way through spring flowers. more

Private game reserves

Every year South Africa's private game reserves win awards for service excellence. Thousands of visitors enjoy the finest game-viewing that the country has to offer from these exclusive reserves located in some of the most beautiful corners of the country. more

Cape vultures

The Cape griffon, also known as the Cape vulture, is among the most majestic raptors you’ll see in South African skies. Intelligent, far-sighted, blessed with a sense of humour and (mostly) not too smelly, griffons are often the first vultures you’ll see arrive at a kill or a ‘vulture restaurant’. more

African black oystercatchers

African black oystercatchers are threatened, but are relatively easy to see along many of South Africa’s beaches, particularly rocky shores. This coastal bird has a particular knack for harvesting tit-bits in the intertidal zone. Specialising in stubborn limpets, it is skilled at living life on the edge. more

Cape gannets

Cape gannets are consummate fishers. These coastal birds can dive deep under water, plummeting down from 30 metres above the sea. They are masters of the air, but on the ground, as you’ll see at Bird Island, they are comically clumsy, forever making up for ungainly crash landings. more

Umnini Craft Village

At the Umnini Craft Village in KwaZulu-Natal you'll find beautifully designed traditional Zulu beadwork necklaces, bracelets and headbands along with wire sculptures, woven grass mats, baskets and other locally made arts and crafts that are sold to sustain the local community. more

Animal sanctuaries

South Africa’s animal sanctuaries take in large numbers of injured or vulnerable animals in order to nurse them back to health and, if possible, release them back into their natural habitat. These sanctuaries provide a vital service and are interesting and educational places to visit. more