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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.