Top six most famous parks and sanctuaries in South Africa

Top six most famous parks and sanctuaries in South Africa

Those who want to discover the natural environment and habitats of wild animals should not miss parks and sanctuaries. South Africa is actually the ideal destination for the discoveries of wild world. Without further ado, followings are six most famous parks and sanctuaries in South Africa.

Kruger National Park

This national park covers a remarkably large area of about 20,000 square kilometers between Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Situated in the Northeast of South Africa in the Mpumalanga province, the Kruger National Park is best known as the largest wildlife and particularly wildlife reserve in Africa. Together with Cape Town, the National Park is also one of the prominent destinations for exciting festivals in Africa. As visiting this park, visitors get opportunity to discover the diversity of animals with roughly 8,000 elephants, 2,000 rhinos, nearly 1,800 lions and plenty of other wild animals who choose this land as their natural habitat.

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Animals in Kruger National Park

Furthermore, tourists are recommended to travel to this national park during the winter in South Africa to be able to contemplate the wild beauty of the trees and shrubs lost their leaves. Moreover, the animals in this park will gather at the lakes or at the vegetation in winter, therefore, they cannot prevent sightseers from discovering the whole park. In fact, few first-time visitors leave this park disappointed.

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Few first-time visitors leave this park disappointed

Royal Natal National Park

The Royal Natal National Park is famously a part of the Drakensberg where is the largest mountain range in Africa. The most impressive of this park would be the massive rock walls contributing to forming the Amphitheatre which is equivalently five kilometers in length, and about 500 meters high. Additionally, the Mont-aux-Sources on the top of the Amphitheater is where the Orange river begins its flow to the Atlantic Ocean and to the Tugela river cascades. This stunning cascades flows on the Amphitheatre wall and drop through fives falls with approximately 800 meters.

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Tugela river cascades in the Royal Natal National Park

The most popular way to appreciate this national park may be hiking. Noticeably, tourists are possible to buy the comprehensive hiking’s guides which draw a map of the Royal Natal National Park and the network of the hiking trails for hikers to have a perfect hike at the Visitor Center of this park or at the main gate of the Thendele camp office. This park offers visitors a chance to go fishing trout in a dam or in the rivers of Mahai and Thukela. Besides, a number of travelers choose picnicking or swimming as the ways to wallow into nature here.

The national park of Golden Gate Highlands

Golden Gate is regarded as the sole grassland national park in South Africa. Golden Gate National Park lies among the poetic foothills of Maluti mountain and is about 300 kilometers away from the Bloemfontein city in the Northeast. It is popularly loved for the golden aura as the sunlight illuminates the sandstone cliffs and outcrops, especially the Brandwag cliff. It is also the wonderful escape for those who want to seek a natural fresh atmosphere to calm their mind. During summer from December to February is the best time to travel there to enjoy the highland’s fresh climate.

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A corner of Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park in South Africa stretches from the Table Mountain to the 1000-meter-high highlands. It gives the panoramic view of the Cape of Good Hope. There is no shortage of entertainment activities for tourists to participate in. Parachuting above the spiky mountain, trekking, camping are the recommended activities for visitors as leaving foot in this national park in South Africa. Visitors are advised to take tour to Table Mountain National Park in Spring (from October to November) or in Autumn (from March to April).

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Picture of Table Mountain National Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

It covers a total area of about 36,000 square kilometers stretching Kalahari to the border of South Africa in Botswana. This park is formed by the fusion of the former Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in the South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has a sanctuary which is one of the largest sanctuaries in the world. Although this park is severely barren, it is the natural habitats of a number of animals consisting of lion, ostrich, panther,... The period from May to August is the recommended time for a great visit in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Particularly, a lodge is also available in this national park, which offers visitors a remote and tranquil wilderness experience and a chance to communicate with members of the Bushman community and enjoy many traditional activities with them.

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A lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park


Cederberg is about 200 kilometers from the Cape Town in the Northeast. Let’s take a look at this land to discover the unique things from it. Don’t miss a chance to contemplate the magnificent beauty of the sandstone formation, San and Fynbos art rocks and Protea – a genus of South African flowering plants. Furthermore, Sanddriff luxurious resort would be certainly the best place for visitors to gain the fascinating overview of sky thanks to the astronomical observatory and discover a wine factory on high position named Cederberg Private Cellar. From April to August will be the suitable time for visitors to plan a tour to Cederberg.

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Don't miss a chance to discover the Cederberg Private Cellar as visiting Cederberg

A number of national and international visitors love South Africa for its wild world! How about you? Let’s share our list of six most famous parks and sanctuaries in South Africa with people around the world, particularly those who love discovering natural wildlife!

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