The Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is renowned not only for its diversity of wildlife, but also for its conservation record. You can see the famed Big Five, but you'll also be dazzled by hundreds of birds, ancient trees, mighty rivers and much, much more. more

Explore the Diamond Route

Owned by companies traditionally associated with diamond mining – namely De Beers, E Oppenheimer & Son and Ponahalo Holdings – the Diamond Route refers to a series of properties that have been set aside for conservation and tourism. Many have accommodation, ranging from luxurious lodges to camping, and offer a range of wildlife and outdoor activities. more

Sandgrouse

Sandgrouse are desert birds, well adapted to life in the desert. But because they eat dry seeds, they desperately need regular access to fresh water. The chicks are particularly vulnerable. However, male sandgrouse have a solution - bringing back water every day in their belly feathers. more

Kori bustards

Kori bustards are said to be the largest flying birds in the world. You’ll often see them in the Kalahari or the Karoo – they prefer semi-arid areas (though you may well see them in places like the Kruger National Park too). So large are they that smaller birds sometimes ride on their backs. more

Karoo National Park

The Karoo National Park is a convenient stopover for those heading along the N1 between Johannesburg and Cape Town. But it is addictive. The silence and the far horizons clear your head. Then you start noticing the little creatures all about you, and the eagles that soar above. more

Khamai Reptile Centre, Limpopo

The Khamai Reptile Centre is a facility that combines education, research and outreach work to help protect South Africa’s reptiles and amphibians. Visitors can tour the centre to learn more about snakes, frogs and spiders, and the passion they inspire in its dedicated team of conservationists. more

De Zeekoe Fair Trade Farmstay, Oudtshoorn

Close to Oudtshoorn you’ll find a farmstay that boasts rustic accommodation as well as luxury, that is ethically run and where you'll see plenty of birdlife. The most compelling attraction, though, is the famous habituated meerkats. Go and watch them wake up one morning. more

Mpumalanga's water birds

The water birds of Mpumalanga and their habitats are well known to birders throughout the world. It’s in Mpumalanga that you will find the rare Pel’s fishing-owl, the highly endangered saddle-billed stork, the rarely glimpsed white-winged flufftail and many of their more common – but often as fascinating – cousins. more

Bontebok and blesbok

Bontebok and blesbok are two similar but distinct antelope species that came close to extinction. These colourful beasts – especially the bontebok – owe their continued existence to a few stubborn landowners, some fences and one of the first examples of a South African conservation ethic. more

Baboons

Baboons are some of the most widespread primates in South Africa. Here you’ll mostly see the Chacma baboon. What is interesting about them is how very intelligent they are. They learn fast, and along the Cape coast, often eat seafood – or brain food. And they’re very entertaining to watch. more

Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary, North West

Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary is about an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Set within the low mountains of the Magaliesberg range, the sanctuary offers a free-roaming forested home to primates that used to be personal pets, or that used to live in zoos or other places of captivity. more

Game-viewing from a hot air balloon

Skim the treetops and fly where eagles dare to get a bird's-eye-view of Africa's animal kingdom when you go game-viewing from a hot air balloon. Up at dawn, then up, up and away on an aerial safari to search for the Big Five from the sky. more

Leopards

Leopards are usually the most coveted of the Big Five sightings, in part because their nocturnal stealthy habits make them among the most difficult big cats to see. But what a find, if you do see it. They are the quintessence of feline beauty – stealthy, strong and secretive. more

Wildlife conservation safaris

Wildlife conservation safaris offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into the life and work of wildlife veterinarians and park ecologists. Your safari helps to fund vital conservation work for individual species, and you’ll get an experience you’ll never forget. more

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Mpumalanga

The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is renowned as a haven for the Big Five and for luxury game lodges of international standing. The reserve’s lush vegetation adjoins the Kruger National Park, and fences have been dropped. The wild animals cross back and forth, following ancient migration paths parallel to the Sabie River. more