The wildlife in South Africa’s savannah, mountain and coastal regions is as diverse as it is spectacular, making South Africa a perfect destination for a safari. Most wildlife areas boast modern infrastructure set amidst pristine wilderness areas, including national parks, private game reserves and animal sanctuaries.
South Africa is one of only 17 countries in the world that is considered to be mega-diverse. So if it’s animals your clients are looking for, South Africa’s wildlife will not disappoint. Its astonishing array of wildlife is protected in a range of private game reserves, national parks, transfrontier parks and animal sanctuaries, located in the most diverse and beautiful landscapes imaginable.
From lunar-like deserts, to mountains, estuaries, beaches and bushveld, there are a number of places to view animals interacting in their natural habitats. Whether it’s penguins at Boulders Beach or crocodiles at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, or perhaps the big cats that roam our private game reserves, clients won’t be disappointed by South Africa’s wildlife.
For the “Big 5”—leopards, elephants, rhinoceros, cape buffalo and lions—safari experience, your clients can go to almost any province in South Africa, but Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces remains an iconic tourism drawcard. Accommodation for Big 5 safaris in Mpumalanga are either within the Kruger National Park or on the neighboring private reserves such as Sabi Sand (which has the highest density of leopards in the world), Timbavati and Klaserie.
Besides viewing the Big 5, other common bushveld mammals include blue wildebeest, kudu, impala, hyena, hippopotamus and giraffe, not to mention smaller mammals like the fruit bat and the bush baby. There are also thousands of amphibians, reptiles, fish, butterflies, bugs and beetles that form part of South Africa’s animal kingdom.
There are also more than 850 bird species recorded in South Africa and 50 of these are endemic or near endemic and can only be seen in this country. South Africa also teems with more than 20,000 plant species, which form 10 percent of all the known species of plants in the world.
Enjoy South Africa’s biodiversity in a number of ways—on foot with specially trained guides, on guided game drives, from a hot air balloon or river raft while enjoying a wide range of accommodations to suit any budget.
For more information, visit southafrica.net.