Going on a safari is one of the best things to do in South Africa. The country is rich in natural wonders and awesome animals, after all. It's practically a sin not to explore them when you're there! There are only very few countries that offer such amazing safaris as those in South Africa. Most notably, the Kruger National Park, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Park, Mapungubwe National Park, and the Lion Sands Game Reserve are all must-sees! You'd have quite the adventure if you decide to visit any or even all of these places. And more importantly, you'll learn to appreciate Mother Earth and all her glory too!
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Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Park
The Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Park is perhaps the most famous South African safari on this list. Why? Because it's the oldest reserve in the entire continent. It's claimed that the area was the royal hunting ground of the Zulu kingdom during the reign of Shaka Zulu, from 1816 to 1828. And on 1895, the park was established to be what it is today. Other than its rich history, this reserve is also known for its “Big Five” residents—lions, leopards, elephants rhinoceros, and buffalos. Not to mention other incredible species like the Nile crocodile, giraffes, waterbucks, spotted hyenas, and blue wildebeests.
The Kruger National Park
Without a doubt, The Kruger National Park is the most popular safari spot in South Africa. Firstly, with an area of 19,623 km2 (7,576 sq mi), it's the largest reserve in the country. Possibly even in all of Africa. Spanning the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of northeastern South Africa, a day isn't enough for you to see even 1/3 of what's in store here. Notably, this is also the first national park in the country, having been established in 1926. And yes, the Kruger National Park houses many different animals. They include the “big five” and even a few exotic species you might not even know about.
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Mapungubwe National Park
Also in the Limpopo province is Mapungubwe National Park, a safari so precious and well-acclaimed that it's even become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Though, a big reason why the park has such an honor is the fact that this area was home to the first South African kingdom that truly thrived. And since its many kingdoms and tribes are part of what's so unique about South Africa
, it makes sense to treasure this part of the country. History aside, the Mapungubwe National Park is also home to so many fascinating florae. Not the least of which is the large baobab tree, a magnificent species that boast a circumference of 31 meters (1,220 feet).
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Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Though the Sabi Sands Game Reserve only spans 65,000 hectares, it's still one of the best safaris in South Africa. For one thing, it's the most exclusive private game reserve in the country. Though it borders the Kruger National Park, it's a lot more controlled than the latter. Moreover, the accommodations here are pretty luxurious too. From magnificent treehouses to glamping tents, the place practically rivals the luxury homes in South Africa
. As for the wildlife, they roam freely here just like in the Kruger National Park. You'll have no trouble spotting a few majestic creatures as you explore the reserve.
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Located in the Northern Cape of South Africa, the safari at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is truly a must-see! Whether you book a morning or sunset safari, it makes no difference. this largely untouched patch of land is home to such extraordinary creatures. One of which is the tall giraffe. Though you've probably already seen one in zoos and such, those that roam freely here are truly majestic. As are the black-made lions, the largest of which live here. When you spot one, you'd swear you saw Scar from the famous Disney film
, “Lion King.”
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Lion Sands Game Reserve
Speaking of lions, you'd surely see a lot of them in the Lion Sands Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park. Situated between the border of the national park and the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, this is arguably the best safari to go on when you want to see the biggest wild animals in the area. As the name suggests, you'd get to see a lot of lions by the prideful, each more captivating yet intimidating than the next. There are also hyenas here too, creeping ever so sinisterly on the unsuspecting antelopes and meerkats.
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Addo Elephant Park
If you're into elephants instead, look no further than the Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape. Home to 600 African elephants, you're guaranteed to see at least one of these huge mammals when you go on a safari here. What's also great about it is that it's a malaria-free park, making it safe for you to even forget the insect repellant (though you shouldn't!) when you start your adventure. And apart from the elephants, you'd also get to see antelopes, black rhinos, and Cape buffalos roaming about here. What's not to love?
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Want to go on a wild adventure? Consider going on these amazing safaris in South Africa. From exotic wildlife to magnificent natural wonders, these are places you won't ever forget! They're some of the best that Mother Nature has to offer.