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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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Sweet silence, solitude and space – Tankwa Karoo National Park

Sweet silence, solitude and space – Tankwa Karoo National Park

The Tankwa Karoo National Park in the Great Karoo is in a remote area that is perfect for birdwatching, star gazing and spotting semi-desert flora.

In the footsteps of forefathers – Taung Heritage Route, North West

In the footsteps of forefathers – Taung Heritage Route, North West

Taung Heritage Route is part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and includes the site where a 2.5-million-year-old fossilised skull of a hominid child was found.

Belly safari in the Kgalagadi – tracking with the Khomani San

Belly safari in the Kgalagadi – tracking with the Khomani San

Tracking with the Khomani San in the southern Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park means quietly concentrating on the world of small things.

Mighty, medicinal, marvellous – great trees of South Africa

Mighty, medicinal, marvellous – great trees of South Africa

The great trees of South Africa range from the mighty baobab, the medicinal marula and quirky sausage tree, to giant leadwoods and the green-trunked fever tree.

Turtle-tracking safaris, KwaZulu-Natal

Turtle-tracking safaris, KwaZulu-Natal

A turtle-tracking safari along Maputaland’s beaches in KwaZulu-Natal involves searching for marine leatherback and loggerhead turtles laying their eggs, or emerging hatchlings.

Faces only mothers could love – the Ugly 5

Faces only mothers could love – the Ugly 5

The Ugly 5 is a listing of animals that includes the hyena, marabou stork, vulture, warthog and wildebeest – a fun alternative when the Big 5 are proving difficult to see.

Walking trails in the Kruger National Park

Walking trails in the Kruger National Park

From rustic routes to 5-star luxury camps, there are a number of ways to experience the guided walking trails in the Greater Kruger National Park.

Desert footsteps – a Kalahari San guided trail

Desert footsteps – a Kalahari San guided trail

Visitors can experience the traditional Kalahari San way of life by going on a guided trail where San trackers share their stories, knowledge and skills.

Water bird wonderland – Mpumalanga’s water birds

Water bird wonderland – Mpumalanga’s water birds

Mpumalanga boasts several water bird destinations where birders can view Pel’s fishing owl, saddle-billed storks, white-winged flufftails, Cape wagtails and more along dams, rivers and streams.

The Waterberg Meander, Limpopo

The Waterberg Meander, Limpopo

The Waterberg Meander in Limpopo is a celebration of culture in an area that includes national parks, wilderness areas, private game reserves and tribal areas.

Gemsbok antelope: spirit of the Kalahari Desert

Gemsbok antelope: spirit of the Kalahari Desert

The South African oryx – universally called gemsbok by the locals – embodies the spirit of the Kalahari Desert: magnificent to look at, adapted to the heat and aridity, and hard to conquer.

Franklin Game Reserve, Bloemfontein: nature and wildlife in the heart of the Free State capital

Franklin Game Reserve, Bloemfontein: nature and wildlife in the heart of the Free State capital

Franklin Game Reserve lies completely within the city of Bloemfontein in Free State province – a haven of natural beauty and wildlife in the heart of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality.

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