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South Africa is a safari destination that can’t be missed. Discover top places for free-roaming wildlife that will make you exhilarated, awed and maybe even terrified…
Big 5 safaris
If you're looking for a Big 5 safari experience in South Africa, you can go to almost any province however, the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces remains an iconic tourism drawcard.
The Big 5 - teaming of lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos - move around the park and you see them by self-drive, guided drives or guided walks through the bushveld.
The Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park should be on everyone's bucket list.
Unless you've been up at dawn, driving out of camp as the morning sun illuminates thousands of glittering spider webs among the bushes, cruising slowly along the roads hoping for that overnight lion kill or a leopard draped casually over the branch of a big tree, you've missed one of the world's greatest wildlife experiences.
Shark Alley is famous for being one of the top commercial cage-diving destinations in the world. This is not surprising, given that it is home to one of the largest populations of Great White sharks.
Lying just a few kilometres south of the small fishing village of Gansbaai, Shark Alley is actually a narrow channel of water that runs between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. It's thanks to the 50 000-odd Cape Fur seals on Dyer Island that the channel is so named, for these furry mammals are favourite food for Great White sharks. As a result, the sharks trawl the alley in numbers looking for their next meal.
Addo Elephant National Park
To get a clear understanding of how awesome this place is, one has to travel back to 1931. It was then that Addo was proclaimed as a protected area for the 16 elephants that remained there – showing that South Africa has always loved her elephants. Today it’s a world-famous mega park and elephant numbers have swelled to over 600 – easily one of the most dense elephant populations in Africa.
The park is also home to land-based animals such as buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinos, as well as sea-dwelling animals like Great White sharks and Southern Right whales. This means that Addo is one of the few reserves in the world that has all of the Big Seven!
Isimangaliso Wetland Park
This wet wonderland was declared South Africa's first World Heritage Site in December and encompasses beautiful landscapes, unique ecology and diverse wildlife (which include the famous loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles).
The park's Kosi Bay region comprises four lakes linked by a network of channels, while its estuary is one of the world's best fly-fishing destinations.