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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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There are many private game lodges to choose from in Limpopo, all offering visitors excellent game viewing and wilderness experiences. Accommodation options include 5-star camps, a Fair Trade Tourism lodge and even a tree house.
Against the rust-red sands of the Kalahari desert in the Northern Cape, the 'roaring' white sand dunes of Witsand Nature Reserve are a mysterious natural phenomenon that emit a deep reverberating hum.
Birding in South Africa necessitates a trip to the Nylsvley Nature Reserve, which protects a significant portion of the country’s largest inland floodplain. The floodplain totals 16 000 hectares when water levels are at their highest during summer. Up to 80 000 birds can be found at Nylsvley at the same time.
The birdlife in Rustenburg will delight any birder – from beginner to expert twitcher. Tick off hundreds of birds, including raptors, water birds, bushveld birds and LBJs (little brown jobs) in a superb variety of habitats.
Amandelboom, the so-called coloured township of Williston, an isolated Northern Cape village in the Upper Karoo, has a brass band, traditional Nama Riel dancing, great Karoo hospitality, and corbelled houses nearby.
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.