South Africa Safari Parks
Regions to visit in South Africa
South Africa is a diverse country where you can experience impeccable coastline and diving,
world-class game viewing in a natural landscape, as well as trendy nightlife in the bars and
cafés of Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. Start your trip exploring restaurants and
culture in the big cities, then change gear and experience a family-friendly safari at any one
of South Africa’s impeccable wildlife reserves and national parks. In South Africa, you really
can experience it all.
Kruger National Park
A true South African treasure, the Kruger National Park is one of the biggest game reserves in South Africa, covering an area of close to 2,000,000 hectares. The park has a healthy rhino population despite prevalent poaching, and remains a popular adventure destination for the whole family. Although sightings of the Big Five cannot be guaranteed on any safari in Africa, the chances of spotting the entire Big Five during your Kruger safari is highly possible. The elusive African leopard and lion will be the most challenging animal to spot, while elephant, buffalo and rhinos are seen more often than not.
Madikwe Game Reserve
Rhino and elephants are what comes to mind when one thinks of the Madikwe Reserve, although there are all of the Big Five, with amazing daily sightings of everything in the North West Province, bordering on Botswana. There is also a thriving population of wild dogs, an incredible fact, as the world’s population of these magnificent creatures continues to dwindle. Being in a malaria free zone, Madikwe is easily accessible for everyone. It is a private reserve, so there are no day visitor cars in the reserve and the only people you will see are other rangers taking visitors on game drives.
Thornybush Game Reserve
Set adjacent to Kruger National Park, Thornybush Game Reserve is a popular family destination and offers everything that the bigger reserves offer, with a whole range of extras. Near Hoedspruit, in the Limpopo province of South Africa, it borders the Kapama Game Reserve and is located close to the Timbavati Game Reserve. Thornybush reserve offers game drives to visit the Big Five, as well as bush walks. The highlight is always a night drive, and the option of spotting leopard in a tree with a spotlight is always an exciting highlight. Game drives are always done with one of the trusted rangers, and the Thornybush drivers are known to be friendly and hospitable, with unexpected refreshments for everyone.
Tswalu Game Reserve
Tswalu Kalahari is a privately owned game reserve located in the Northern Cape of South Africa. The reserve is noteworthy for being the largest private game reserve in Africa at 114,000 hectares and being home to the largest population of Black Rhinos and Pangolin. Tswalu Kalahari is arguably one of the best places to see cheetah in Southern Africa. The terrain, vast open spaces and antelope herds makes the Kalahari the perfect playing field for high-speed cheetah chases. Other exciting species to discover at Tswalu are aardvark, pangolin and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra.
Timbavati Game Reserve
Situated between Hoedspruit and Acornhoek, Timbavati occupies 533 square kilometers of prisitine wilderness. Established in 1955, Timbavati shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park, allowing wildlife to roam freely between the two parks. The word Timbavati is an ancient Sangaan word translating to ‘the place where something sacred came down to the earth from the heavens’. In the reserve, this has been attributed to the wonderful white lions that roam the area.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve is a 65,000 hectare reserve bordering the world-renowned Kruger National Park. It is particularly famous for its unrivaled sightings of the elusive leopard and other widllife sightings. With two rivers running through the reserve (namely the Sabi and Sand Rivers) as well as a 50 kilometre unfenced boundary with the Kruger, the park is well habituated and further adds to the bio-diversity of the area.
Book your family safari to South Africa
Start your trip exploring restaurants and culture in the big cities, then change gear and experience a family-friendly safari at any one of South Africa’s impeccable wildlife reserves and national parks. In South Africa, you really can experience it all.