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CComing this close to nature is a sense-tingling reminder of why we have always been inspired by the untouched wild. With world-renowned nature reserves and preservation areas in every province, there’s no shortage of places to explore.
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The KwaZulu-Natal Elephant Coast offers tourists a range of eco-orientated activities in its two main national parks, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Within these parks, there are several nature reserves, some offering extensive game viewing and water-related activities.
Many of Limpopo’s rivers have their source in the mountains of the Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve, which is also dense in indigenous forest and offers accommodation.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park combines the former Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana to create a large wildlife preserve and conservation area with an abundance of wildlife.
The critically endangered and rare, giant quiver trees are one of the most spectacular aloe species found in South Africa. They grow in northern Namaqualand and the Richtersveld.
The Olifants River flows through South Africa and Mozambique. It is a tributary of the Limpopo River. Visit the Kruger National Park to see the elephants that visit the river regularly. Because of the wildlife it attracts, the river is considered one of South Africa’s most interesting watercourses.
South Africa is an enormously rewarding country for visitors with a camera. The country’s varied scenery entices photo opportunities around every corner. One of the best times to practice photography is on safari in the bush, as South African wildlife makes for captivating subject matter.
Ostriches aren’t only found on farms. They can be found in game reserves around South Africa, and you’ll probably spot one on a dusty drive through the hauntingly beautiful Karoo. Ostriches have some interesting habits, and it’s well worth learning more about these peculiar birds.
The Jock of the Bushveld Trail is a circular day-walk through lush and wild scenery. It retraces the routes that Jock of the Bushveld – South Africa's most beloved pooch – once frequented with his master Sir James Percy FitzPatrick.
KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu kingdom, is a coastal province known for its mild climate, beaches, mountains and big game savannah. Home to two World Heritage Sites, its capital, Durban is a harbour city popular with surfers.
The Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is a must-see for travellers interested in wildlife and birds, as well as archaeology. Mapungubwe Hill was home to one of southern Africa’s first kingdom’s 1 000 years ago.
Handy tips for improving your wildlife photography skills while game-viewing in South Africa.
If you fancy a new career as a game ranger or field guide, or just want to add another string to your bow, you can take a course and qualify in South Africa.