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South African Nature Reserves and Game Parks

Updated on October 21, 2016

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African Wildlife with Great Adventures

  • The visit to the Pretoria zoo showed me great interest in such unique animals.

I saw many beautiful animals including the Bengal Tiger.

The animals are not neglected and well-taken care of by the handlers, and helpers.

  • Addo Elephant National Park

Situated in Eastern Cape

The park has one hundred elephants of the same species as of the African elephant, and are more reddish in color, the females rarely having tusks; also fifty mammal species, including the Balk rhino.

  • Etosha National Park

The National Park is situated in Northern Namibia, a vast saline desert plain surrounded by open grassland with belts of deciduous trees and bushes. Where a wide variety of mammals and birds gather around water holes in large numbers.

There are the elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, black rhinoceros, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, eland, blue wildebeest, kudu, the Burchell's zebra, and the rare black-faced impala. Three hundred and twenty bird species, ranging from ostrich to s the sun-bird.

  • Chobe National Park

In Northern Botswana, predominantly the domain of large herds of elephant and buffalo; also lion leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, warthog, white rhinoceros, giraffe, hippopotamus, crocodile and over three hundred and fifty species of bird species.

  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park

A Park in Free State

Mainly a scenic park, with hiking trails through foothills and spectacular orange-yellow sand-stone cliffs of the Maluti mountains; black wildebeest, eland, red hartebeest, blesbok and Burchells' zebra; bird life, including the black eagle and bearded vulture.

  • Hwange National Park

A Park situated in Zimbabwe and contains the widest variety and greatest density of wildlife in the world with up to twenty six thousand elephant in winter, black and white rhinoceros and twenty five predator species this includes lion, leopard, and spotted hyena.

Sixteen antelope species; and more than four hundred bird species.

  • Kalahari Gemsbok National Park

In the Northern Cape

The large nomadic antelope herds includes the eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and springbok, lion leopard, cheetah, jackal, and hyena also two hundred and fifteen bird species.

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is situated in Mpumalanga and Northern Province.

One of the world's largest national parks, covering at least nineteen thousand four hundred and fifty five kilometers. A stretch of three hundred and fifty kilometers with an average width of sixty kilometers.

There are several major rivers which flow across it.

There are five main botanical divisions, with the environment and natural foods of each division determining the variety of wildlife within it.

A home to one hundred and thirty eight mammal species or more, including elephant, lion rhinoceros, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, hyena and a wide variety of antelope, and one hundred and fifteen reptile species.

There are four hundred and eighty bird species, waterbirds, owls, raptors, louries, cuckoos, parrots and horn-hills. Also two hundred tree species.

Matoba National Park

A Park In Zimbabwe, an area of scenic beauty and unique flora in the Matoba Hills. It has the world's greatest concentration of rock art and among three hundred bird species.

The world's largest number and variety of raptors, this includes more than thirty per cent of the world's eagle species, also rhino and southern Africa's largest number of leopard.

  • Mountain Zebra National Park

Situated in Eastern Cape

Here some of the last remaining protected concentrations of Cape mountain zebra, numbering about two hundred, also eland, hartebeest, wildebeest, blesbok, springbok, and mountain reedbuck.

There are two hundred bird species including martial, black, and booted eagle, blue crane and the pale-winged starling.

Royal Natal National Park

Kwazulu-Natal

A scenic park in the Drakensburg Mountains with extensive network of foot paths, climbs and horse trails and trout fishing also a variety of buck and two hundred bird species.

  • Tsitsikamma Forest National Park

Situated In the Eastern Cape

A coastal park of indigenous forest and fynbos, with cliffs falling to the sea, and deep, narrow valleys cut by rivers flowing from the Tsitsikamma mountains. There are bushbuck, duiker, baboon, the vervet monkey, mongoose and otter together with two hundred and eighty bird species also twenty five of seabird species.

The nature reserves are a spectacular experience only if you choose to let your hair down and enjoy the scenic views and wildlife.

It is not safe to be without a tourist guide.

Someone who knows where to walk freely and who will be of help to you, if ever in danger.

A few years ago my friend and I went to the Lion's Park about thirty kilometers away from my hometown and we remained in the car our safest and best decision. While caught up in conversation we did not realize the Park had already been closed.

On that note we drove out quickly hoping the guard would still be around we were lucky he was at the gate he must have noticed our still inside and waited on us.

The lions were sitting around not far off from our car that was our lucky moment to get out as fast as we did.

My life in South Africa has been a happy one and while on my visit to the many destinations I enjoyed the new experiences and in seeing more of my country. The wildlife is such a thrill for many people from around, locally from other many different places.

I plan to visit Kruger National Park on my next visit.

The Queen Elizabeth Park was my last travel destination.

I visited the Queen Elizabeth park with friends also close to where I previously lived. A small nature reserve and is situated on the northern slopes of Pietermaritzburg. Impalas, zebra, blesbok, bushbuck, grey and the blue duiker, the rock hyrax, also the crowned eagle are homed in this park.

I enjoyed the short visits to the small educational environment. It shows me how much more I need to explore and would like to learn more about all reserves.

  • What interests you most about wildlife?

Africa has a variety of bird spec ices, and animal species.

To enjoy visiting the main National parks or reserves don’t get close to any animal always try to look from a far.

Avoid feeding animals usually that is how animals become aggressive toward people.

Don’t tease the animals and also avoid touching the animals.

I have seen ostriches and up closely but was a bit scared.

My closest encounter with all animals’ species was at my visit to the Pretoria zoo and had a wonderful time with family.

Always stand away from the fence something can trigger the animal to attack you.

They are sensitive and are better left alone.

I have noticed a person trying to pat chimpanzees that is not a good idea they can become very active and not always friendly.

I prefer observing such animals without touching or feeding them.

Wildlife can be fascinating and very interesting to many individuals. It requires time and patience to walk through reserves with comfortable shoes you can do so with ease.

The Safari life has improved and wildlife adventures can be most enjoyable if you put your mind to it. Travel with a trustworthy vehicle to avoid accidents with lions, or tigers.

Cheetahs and leopards are very quick to attack and are territorial so be careful when going on such adventures.

When trying to capture your perfect photo do so with patience because even the click of your camera can disturb the peaceful animal environment.

Be quiet when around wildlife elephants can also become angry try not to get too close this can spoil your good moment.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Devika, thank you for taking us along on your trip to the Pretoria zoo! I love your photos. I enjoy watching the animals' behavior. Up and more and sharing. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Faith so glad you came by the nature reserves in South Africa are very adventurous and most interesting to observe the wildlife. Thank you for All votes and shared.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Faith so glad you came by the nature reserves in South Africa are very adventurous and most interesting to observe the wildlife. Thank you for All votes and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love game preserves; I hate zoos. Big difference. Game preserves preserve the species and are vital in today's world. Nice job on this one.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Beautiful job, Devika. I enjoyed both your DES riot on and your photos. How lucky you are to have been able to go!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool, I wanta go I wanta go!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Ericdierker be adventurous in another part of world thank you

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi FlourishAnyway thank you for commenting.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc thank you for for stopping by always appreciated

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wow! What an interesting hub. I always find watching wild animals very exciting. Wonderful pictures and video.

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan so glad you shared your thoughts here thank you very much

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      South African Nature Reserves and Game Parks---As a naturalist I have loved this fantastic hub. The pictures you have chosen enhanced your work and are brilliant. You have also added to my education of the natural world, I particularly like the way animals that are endangered in the wild being brought back from the brink of extinction by such places, and the dedication of the people that give their time to such work. Voted up, beautiful, interesting and useful. The video was a lovely bonus.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub DDE and good images. There can never be enough game reserves as so many animals are now becoming endangered due to poaching etc. These animal species need to be protected and saved from extinction. This was very interesting to hear of how many heir are and what animals they protect.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi D.A.L. wildlife in most of Africa is spectacular and the people are dedicated to saving the endangered species so kind of you to stop by I appreciate your kindness thank you for vote up, beautiful, interesting and useful.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi D.A.L. wildlife in most of Africa is spectacular and the people are dedicated to saving the endangered species so kind of you to stop by I appreciate your kindness thank you for vote up, beautiful, interesting and useful

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jodah, thank you for very much for sharing your thoughts on my hubs I appreciate your kindness.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub, Devika!

      National Parks are so important to preserve different species! I have movies from when I was quite young traveling from Cape Town to Bujumbura (Burundi) and we went through some National Parks. I was too young to remember those special moments but at least I have those home movies :-)

      Great choice of pictures, Devika! The wildlife of Africa is quite beautiful and unique! Thank you for sharing! Definitely voted up, useful, interesting, beautiful and awesome!

      Have a beautiful day!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      It's good that these parks are preserved for us and for future generations, as well as for the animals.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      DDE

      I have some lovely memories of the animals, birds and fauna which I grew up when I lived in South Africa.

      Personally I prefer to see animals in their natural habitat but I do understand the need to have these places. Unfortunately animals like the rhino and elephant are no longer safe even in the National Parks - especially the elephants and the rhino!

      Nevertheless, South Africa still has a wealth of amazing things to see - it is definitely a place to visit.

      Thanks for sharing

      Sally

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi kidscraft so kind of you to share your comment and to vote up, interesting, beautiful, awesome and useful. Your words are always encouraging. Have a pleasant weekend.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ologsinquito thank you for sharing your mind here.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      sallybea thank you for sharing your comment SA is surely a beautiful place to visit. I appreciate your time and effort.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      DDE, I love the fact that these zoos are eco friendly and that the animals are well cared for. I used to have a bad impression of zoos in Africa because of a documentary by Louis Theroux about a zoo where you can kill the animals. It was like a hunting zoo. The ones you listed down are so much better.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      grand old lady Thank you for sharing your thoughts here

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I would love to visit South Africa and see the animals that you've named! What a fascinating trip that would be. Thank you very much for sharing the information, Devika.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC thank you for sharing your thoughts I appreciate your time and effort.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow... Very interesting hub. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Susan thank you for the kind comment

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have always wanted to visit South Africa. I would love to stay there for about 6 months and visit many reserves and take all the pictures I can! :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      sgbrown I hope you fulfill that thought it would be a once in a lifetime experience so kind of you to stop by thank oyu

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      passionate77 3 years ago

      so interesting and informative post with lot of lovely details regarding South African wildlife. enjoyed the read. thanks for sharing. blessings!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      Good one DDE. The pictures are absolutely stunning. Africa is abundantly blessed with wildlife in its beauty. good write!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      passionate77 thank you kindly

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ubanichijioke thank you

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