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Best National Parks In South Africa – Part 2

Not all of the game parks in South Africa are Big Five destinations. Many of them feature secluded spots to enjoy and smaller creatures that are every bit as fascinating as better-known species.

These are some of South Africa’s lesser-known wildlife destinations, although they’re every bit as interesting as their more famous counterparts.

Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park 

The Ai-Ais Richtersveld Park forms part of the Southern African Peace Parks initiative and is jointly run by SANParks and The Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

It’s a large park occupying 6 045 square kilometers of land which straddles the border of South Africa and Namibia. The park was set up in 2003 when the Ai-Ais and Fish River Canyon Park in Namibia was merged with South Africa’s Richtersveld National Park.

This vast tract of land is best known for its beautiful barren landscapes, unique plants and the huge canyon which slices through it. It’s also home to some fascinating species which you can discover on walks and drives through this rugged terrain. Hartmann’s mountain zebra and the halfmens boom are the stars of the show here, and rare augur buzzards make up one of the 200 bird species in residence.

There are no dangerous predators in the park, apart from a few elusive leopards and some hyenas. You can look forward to seeing klipspringer, steenbok and grey duiker while out and about as well as bat-eared foxes, jackals and porcupines if you’re lucky.

The Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is for higher-grade explorers with rugged accommodations and few amenities. The biggest attraction here is healthy doses of solitude and stillness.  

Those who prefer home-away-from-home luxuries will prefer the plush lodges located on the outskirts of the park.

Your accommodation options in this park include:

  • Wilderness camps with canvas and reed cabins and communal facilities
  • Campsites where you need to bring everything with you
  • A rest camp offering rustic camping with shared ablutions or chalets with private facilities
  • The De Hoop Camp Site for overnight hikers

It’s important to call ahead to make sure that you pack everything you need for a stay in these rustic accommodations.

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Mountain Zebra National Park

You’ll find this interesting little park close to Cradock in the Eastern Cape.

Dedicated to conserving the dwindling numbers of Cape Mountain Zebra, this 284 square kilometer park is also filled with fascinating archaeological sites and is home to a thriving cheetah conservation project. The park started out with just 6 zebras, but today boasts a population of over 1 000 animals. Lions were introduced into the park in 2013.

You can enjoy Mountain Zebra National Park on guided walks and drives to see these attractions or go it alone on self-drive excursions into the park and hikes within the camp confines. A novel attraction here is the chance to track cheetah on foot while accompanied by armed game guards.

Other creature features include the Drakensberg rock jumper, ground woodpecker and several species of raptor. Chacma baboons and vervet monkeys are regularly sighted, and you could also catch a glimpse of bat-eared foxes, caracals, aardwolves, genets and polecats.

The park is an excellent destination for a day trip but also offers overnight accommodation in the form of mountain chalets, cottages and camping in the rest camp. There are spacious grassy picnic areas allocated for day-trippers.

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Agulhas National Park 

Located at the southernmost tip of Africa, about 200 kilometers from Cape Town, Agulhas National Park is dedicated to preserving the unique species of plants found here. There are approximately 2 000 species of indigenous plants occurring within this 20 000 hectare park, including 100 which are endemic and 110 which are severely threatened.

Along with rich floral diversity, you’ll also find archaeological attractions, shipwrecks and historic sites within the confines of the park and it’s common to see whales passing by during the springtime. You can enjoy these diversions on self-guided walks along well-marked trails.

While ambling through the fynbos you’re likely to come across Denham’s bustards, secretary birds and blue cranes while the wetland areas reveal sighting of flamingos, plovers, Eurasian curlews and swamp hens. Keep a lookout for martial eagles, booted eagles and jackal buzzards in the skies above. Mammals to look out for include dolphins, whales, Cape fur seals and Cape grysbok.

There are two rest camps within Agulhas National Park which feature eco-friendly chalets, a guest house and family cottages.

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Augrabies Falls National Park

Centered on a 56m waterfall along the Orange River, the Augrabies Falls National Park incorporates ‎820 square kilometers of diverse Orange River Broken Veld. You can explore this unique biome on self-guided walks and drives as well as a 3-day hike into the wilderness.

The park is a hit with day-trippers wanting to see the waterfall, and there are picnic sites and a restaurant onsite. Overnight accommodation takes the form of grassed campsites, family cottages and chalets.

Resident bird species include Verreaux’s eagle, Ludwig’s bustard and Karoo long-billed lark, and you can look forward to seeing unusual light-colored giraffe, steenbok, gemsbok, kudu and eland. Creatures of the night include leopards, African wild cats, bat-eared foxes, aardwolves and small spotted genets.

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Camdeboo National Park

This lesser-known park showcases the beautiful and diverse landscapes of the Karoo biome and is one of the most scenic places to spend time around Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape. The park encompasses 194 square kilometers of fragile Karoo grassland and thickets as well as wetland areas.

Hikes, walks and drives to scenic outlook points are the main attractions here, while the Nqweba Dam is a pleasant destination for indulging in windsurfing, boating, canoeing and fishing. Birdwatchers enjoy the chance to spot some of the 250 resident species including black-shouldered kites, blue cranes and golden-breasted buntings. Buffalo, gemsbok, eland, red hartebeest and springbok are also present in the park.

There are several picnic spots dotted around Camdeboo National Park, and overnight accommodation is available in permanent tents and a campsite alongside the dam.

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Cape Point National Park

Cape Point National Park is part of the Table Mountain National Park and is a bastion of rich biodiversity and stunning views. Here cliffs tower hundreds of meters above the raging Atlantic currents and paths lead through beautiful landscapes filled with fynbos vegetation.

The towering cliffs are attractive to nesting seabirds, and you can expect to see gulls, oystercatchers and terns along the coast while sugarbirds, robin-chats, kestrels and falcons are often seen inland. Bontebok, mountain zebra and eland are some of the larger creatures that you could encounter while walking here.

A highlight of any visit to Cape Point National Park is climbing up (or taking the funicular) to the top of the Cape Point lighthouse to gaze over the ocean, while a meal at the onsite restaurant with its jaw-dropping views will not disappoint.

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Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park is the only state-run park in Kwa-Zulu Natal that features the Big Five. It’s located in Zululand, close to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and is a popular choice as an add-on for travels to this World Heritage site.

The park includes 96 000 hectares of pristine coastal scarp forests and valley bushveld, and is home to a host of wildlife and bird species. Apart from the Famous Five, the park is also home to Nile crocodiles, cheetahs, hippos, spotted hyenas, nyalas, kudus and abundant plains game species. There are about 30 wild dogs in the park.

Hluhluwe Imfolozi is famous for bringing the black rhino back from the brink of extinction and still hosts successful breeding projects for both black and white rhino.

Apart from excellent game viewing opportunities, the park abounds with evidence of stone age settlements left over from its past as the royal hunting grounds of the Zulu Kingdom.

Hilltop Camp offers basic accommodation in the form of huts, chalets and camping sites while Mpila Lodge is a more luxurious option. Rhino Ridge is the only privately run option within the park and features luxury lodge accommodation and fully-inclusive stays.

The best way to explore the park is on guided game drives under the auspices of an experienced game ranger, but you can also enjoy self-drives as you desire. Guided night drives, game walks and overnight walking trails are also available.

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Mapungubwe National Park

Located near Musina in Limpopo Province, Mapungubwe National Park is a World Heritage Site filled with ancient treasures dating back to 1290 AD. It’s the site where the famous golden rhino was unearthed in 1932 and is the first example of a class-based civilization living in southern Africa. It’s also the site of several examples of fossilized plants, dinosaur footprints and termite mounds.

History takes center stage at this game park, where you can find out more about these ancient civilizations at the Mapungubwe Museum or on walks to the ancient gravesite where these artefacts were discovered. The park is also home to elephant, lion, white rhino and leopard as well as a host of plains game and smaller mammals. African rock pythons are a common sighting here too.   

There are four camps in the park with accommodation options as follows:

  • Leokwe Main Camp featuring cottages and guest cottages
  • Limpopo Forest Tented Camp with permanent tents on offer
  • The Luxury Tshugulu Lodge which sleeps 12
  • Vhembe Wilderness Camp with 4 rustic cabins
  • Mazhou Camping Site
  • Maloutswa Bird Hide

Mapungubwe National Park consists of two sections separated by private farmlands. The Maloutswa Bird Hide, Tshugulu Lodge, Limpopo Forest Tented Camp and Mazhou Camping Site can only be accessed via the gate in the Western section of the park.

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Namaqua National Park

Namaqua National Park incorporates 700 square kilometers of the unique Karoo Biome and rugged shoreline, which is a world diversity hotspot containing the largest concentration of succulent plants on Earth. It’s best known for its incredible flower displays during the springtime but is a fantastic destination to embrace nature in solitude year-round.

Apart from its unique flora, Namaqua National Park is an excellent destination to see oryx, klipspringer, black-backed jackal, duiker and the occasional leopard. Birds are abundant, and you could get to see Karoo larks, black-headed canaries and black harriers among the 92 resident species.

The park is located close to Springbok in the Northern Cape Province, about 5-hours drive from Cape Town and offers rustic accommodation options for overnight travelers. The Skilpad Rest Camp has just 4 chalets available, the Luiperdskloof guest cottage sleeps 6 people, and there are also beach campsites available for those who really want to rough it.

From 23 August to 23 September every year, the park hosts privately-run flower camps featuring a luxury glamping experience for floral enthusiasts.

The main activity at Namaqua National Park is always going to be rest and relaxation, with the chance to capture some remarkable photographs during your stay. There are also 3 official walking trails within the parks confines and a challenging 4×4 trail. Mountain bikers have free reign along the roads and tracks.

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Best National Parks In South Africa – Part 1

There are millions of acres of land dedicated to conservation in South Africa. Big and small, each of these pockets of pristine wilderness have something to add to your African experience. Many offer exceptional game viewing experiences, while others provide an intimate return to nature and tranquility at its best.

In no particular order, here’s a heads up about some of the best game parks in South Africa.

Kruger National Park

Rightfully, ‘Kruger’ is the word on everybody’s lips when it comes to safaris in South Africa. This iconic wilderness destination spans 3 521 square kilometers along the country’s eastern inland border. The park incorporates 5 ecozones and is home to a huge range of living creatures. There are 147 mammal species found in the park, including the Big Five, over 507 types of birds have been identified, and there are 336 different types of trees to admire.

You can explore your surroundings self-drive style on over 1 800 kilometers of well-maintained roads or embark on guided game drives and walks from the major camps. Your accommodation alternatives are spread across 21 rest camps, 2 private concessions and 15 private establishments, with a variety of camping and caravanning, permanent tents, chalets, rondavels, guest houses and luxury lodge options.  

Most of the camps have swimming pools and restaurants, but there are also private bush lodges with limited facilities for those who like to rough it. When you visit the Kruger National Park, it’s up to you how much luxury you want on your South African safari.

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Table Mountain National Park

One of South Africa’s most iconic destinations, Table Mountain dominates the skyline above the Mother City, but the National Park associated with this inselberg expands far further afield. Table Mountain National Park incorporates several conservation hotspots extending from Green Point in the North to Cape Point in the south.

The park is lauded for containing the largest diversity of flowering plants in the world (2 200 different species) and is a world heritage site. In fact, the Cape Floral Kingdom is so unique that it is recognized on its own as one of the 6 major floral kingdoms on earth.

It’s not all about the flora though; the park boasts healthy populations of animals like Cape hyrax, eland, Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, grysbok, duiker, grey rhebok and steenbok among others.

The most notable avian residents of the park are the penguins of Boulders Bay, but bird lovers will find over 300 species to check off their list while wandering the many trails which crisscross this 3 300 hectare chunk of protected land adjacent to Cape Town.

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West Coast National Park

Along the western shore of the Western Cape Province, the West Coast National Park is most famous for the abundance of blooms which erupt in the Postberg section of the park during the springtime. Whales are a common seasonal visitor to the area and can be seen from the beach or from elevated rocky outcrops along the shore.

The Langebaan Lagoon is one of the main features of this park and is acknowledged as a birding hotspot of international significance. Over 250 species of birds can be spotted here during the summer months.

Inland, you could come across eland, ostrich, kudu, mountain zebra, gemsbok, bontebok and steenbok, as well as bat-eared foxes, caracal and Cape grey mongooses. Driving and walking are the most popular ways to explore this park.

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Garden Route National Park

Another coastal treasure, the Garden Route National Park incorporates 121 000 hectares of coast and forest across both the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces.

The park includes a number of important conservation areas like the Tsitsikamma Forest, Knysna Estuary, and Wilderness lakes. Some 371 species of birds flock to these lush environments, and there are 15 different species of marine mammals found in the park’s offshore protected areas.

Bushbuck, blue duikers, baboons, vervet monkeys, and rock hyrax are some of the more common land-dwelling animals found here. Multi-day hiking trails with rustic overnight accommodation are a popular way to get to grips with this gorgeous national park, while boating trips will take you out onto the oceans in search of whales and dolphins.

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Addo Elephant National Park

There’s no better place to see elephants en masse in South Africa than this nature reserve, Addo Elephant National Park, which is dedicated to their preservation. Here you won’t be looking out for the Big Five. This is Big Seven country, with the great white shark and southern right whale added to the usual mix.

After a recent expansion, Addo is now the third-largest national park in South Africa and boasts the greatest density of elephants on earth. The reserve currently extends from the semi-arid Karoo, across the Zuurberg Range all the way to St Croix, which is home to the largest African penguin colony in the world.

You can take in all this excess on self-drive and guided game drives while staying in regular camps and lodges, as well as a few plush private establishments dotted all over the park.  

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Karoo National Park

The Karoo National Park is a unique environment and a great place to see raptors in South Africa. There are 20 breeding pairs of black eagles in the park, along with jackal buzzards, rock kestrels, booted eagles and pale chanting goshawks.

On land, you can expect to come across Cape mountain zebra, black rhino, buffalo, and lion. Uniquely, the park boasts a herd of Burchell’s zebra that have been selectively bred to resemble the extinct Cape quagga.

The park offers a range of activities including mountain bike trails, 4×4 trails and un-guided walks in predator-free areas, as well as the usual guided walks and game drives.

Accommodation options include camping, chalets and cottages, as well as the isolated Afsaal Cottage, which was once a shepherd’s hut.

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Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Located in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the northern Free State Province, this nature reserve is a scenic wonderland of rolling hills and towering sandstone cliffs. It’s no surprise that walking is the big attraction here with several routes on offer.

Guided tours are offered along the Herbal Trail to see the San Rock Art where you will learn about the local bushcraft. The tours continue on to the onsite Basotho Cultural Village and along the ancient paths of QwaQwa.

Accommodation is offered in a luxurious hotel, at campsites and in lodges, dormitories, huts and chalets contained within the park’s 5 main camps. You can even spend a night Basotho-style, in a recreated village.

There are no dangerous predators in the park, and the most commonly seen animals include springbok, blesbok, black wildebeest, eland and oribi. Birdlife is prolific, and the park is home to numerous vulture which you can see from the recently-built vulture hide.

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iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Another World Heritage site, this incredible destination stretches along the Kwa-Zulu Natal coastline and for over 350 hectares and incorporates numerous important landmarks. These are:

  • Three major lake systems
  • Most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests
  • Africa’s biggest estuarine system
  • 25 000 year-old coastal dunes which are also among the highest in the world.

There are over 530 bird species that spend time here throughout the year, and it’s one of the few places on earth where you can see hippos and whales in one panorama. The park is an excellent destination for whale watching, as well as hippo and croc tours on the waters of St Lucia Estuary.

Most of the accommodation in this area is privately run, some offering extremely luxurious lodge options. There are also campsites, huts, backpackers, chalets and permanent tents available within St Lucia as well as operations that fall under the auspices of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife on offer at Cape Vidal, Kosi Bay and Sodwana Bay, which is one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations.

Seaside and safari adventures are offered all over this vast park and you can enjoy unique activities such as tours to watch the turtle eggs hatch on the beach, horseback safaris, fishing, and boating.

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

This 38 000 square kilometer reserve is one of South Africa’s Transfrontier Parks. These vast protected areas are created when the fences are taken down between protected areas in neighboring countries to further the interests of conservation. In this case, Botswana and South Africa have joined forces to protect the unique species which thrive in this semi-arid habitat.

Many hardy desert-adapted lifeforms are found in these parts. Gemsbok, tsamma melons, camel-thorn trees and black-maned lions are some of these, while more ordinary animals like blue wildebeest, eland and giraffe are common.

This park is well known for predator sightings, and visitors are often rewarded with sightings of cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyenas as well as the iconic black-maned lions.

Smaller animals like ground squirrel and suricate provide light relief from the carnivorous action, while pangolins, honey badgers and bat-eared foxes may be spotted on guided sunset and sunrise drives and walks.

Accommodation is provided in traditional rest camps with a variety of options ranging from camping to family guest houses, 1 tented camp and 2 unfenced, exclusive use camps, one of which is a tented camp. There are also 3 off-the-grid wilderness camps and a 24-bed luxury safari lodge, owned by the local San community.

Kgalagadi National Park offers exceptionally comfortable experiences and spectacular scenery as well as outstanding opportunities to see around 280 species of birds including raptors, owls, larks and sparrow larks.

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Bontebok National Park

The Bontebok National Park is the smallest national park in South Africa, including 2 786 hectares of Renosterveld near Swellendam in the Western Cape. The park is ideally suited to day visits and picnics but does offer the option to stay overnight in self-catering chalets and campsites located alongside the Breede River. It’s a popular overnight stay while travelling the Garden Route from Cape Town.

While the park is dedicated to the bontebok, you’ll also see hartebeest, grey rhebok, steenbok, grysbok and Cape mountain zebra. If you’re lucky, you could also get to see Cape clawless otters, bat-eared foxes, caracals, Cape foxes or aardwolves.

Birding is exceptional, and it’s one of the best places to see Denham’s Bustard as well as South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane among the 650 plant species found within this park.

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Elephants in Africa

Elephants in Africa

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You’re heading off on a game drive and have drawn up a checklist of the wildlife you would most like to view – but right on top is the world’s largest mammal*, the African Elephant. Read on to get clued up on facts and figures related to this characterful favourite from the Jungle Bush, as well as how not to miss seeing it on your exciting safari trip.

Chobe National Park, Botswana; Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa; Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe; Etosha National Park, Namibia; and the Kruger National Park, South Africa. These are the top five parks in which elephants are prolific. In fact, did you know that in combination these countries – Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia – house two-thirds of Africa’s elephants?

Elephant numbers

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), as many as 10 million wild elephants roamed the African continent in the 1930s. However, decades of poaching and conflict with rural farmers have seen populations drop to the just 415 000 herd members that are known to roam across Africa today.

Habitat and behaviour

The African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) is found in dense forest, on open and closed savanna grassland, and in arid desert regions. The smaller African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta Cyclotis) is mainly found in the rainforests of Central Africa. Contrary to popular belief, elephants mainly flap their ears to cool themselves and chase off insects; not when they feel under threat. When this is the case, mock charging includes bush-bashing, dust-throwing, trumpeting and other vocalisations, where the ears will be spread. In the case of a serious charge, which usually only happens after all attempts to intimidate a potential threat have failed, the elephant will pin back its ears and lower its trunk. Beware!

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Feeding and memory

It’s heavy work on the consumption front for an elephant – they consume up to 280kg of grass, shoots and bark per day and drink up to 200l of water. In fact, drinking all that water plus wading in it and going for mud baths are favourite pastimes of the elephant. Its sensitive trunk, with those finger-like appendages at the tip, is of great value to the elephant as it can pick the smallest twig or shoot; even remove a thorn from its foot. The tusks, which help them to obtain food, are also used for fighting – mainly among males.

The extreme intelligence of these creatures, each with their own unique characters, has brought about the saying “an elephant never forgets”. In fact, their incredible memories serve as a critical survival mechanism, according to a recent GPS tracking study undertaken in Etosha National Park. The study reveals that in this challenging environment, elephants are consistently able to pinpoint the closest waterhole and begin moving purposely towards it – over distances as vast as 50km – when the urge to drink sets in.

Breeding

Female family groups are often visited by mature males, from a bachelor herd, seeking females in oestrus. Cows are attentive parents who produce one offspring every three to four years, following a 22-month gestation period. Calves are born weighing a hefty 100kg and remain in the maternal herd for mainy years after suckling for up to 24 months; these herds are normally lead by an old female and include cows, calves and young offspring.

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Threats and conservation

Key threats to elephant numbers, identified by the WWF, include being poached for ivory; habitat loss and fragmentation due to human population expansion and land conversion; and human-elephant conflict.

A recent article in Science Mag reports that elephant poaching has fortunately declined in great measure from the peak it reached in 2011. While we are not out of the risk zone yet, the percentage of elephants falling victim to poaching has declined over the past eight years from 10% to 4% – in large part due to declining demand for ivory in China and active conservation measures by African governments aiming to protect the species.

Interestingly, the best way in which to ensure the long-term sustainability of conservation initiatives has been to ensure that the communities living in close proximity to the elephant herds derive a benefit from their presence – such as employment within tourism or game ranging, where the animals are both highly valued and serve to boost the rural economy.

What To Expect

Game viewing in the Kruger National Park is best during the dry winter months but, if you find yourself in the vicinity during the wet summer season, you’re sure to experience brimming waterholes, lush bushveld, newborn calves and migrant birds. When it comes to Namibia’s Etosha National Park, the dry winter months of May to October are also best for game sightings; but in the rainy season from November to April, the Park is transformed from a terrain that’s dry and dusty-white into a verdant paradise where wetland birds and flamingos are rife.

Of course, there’s more to your game-viewing experience than simply the season in which you happen to visit. When it comes to safety, only closed vehicles are permitted in most areas of the Kruger National Park – you’ll have to be staying within a high-end Private Game reserve to be able to travel in an open vehicle, to track game on foot or view game from horse-back. The difference is that in the private reserves, expert drivers and trackers will accompany you on each and every excursion – meaning you are both more likely to see the game that appeals to you and that your safety will be assured in this more open setting.

Your accommodation options range, of course, from high-end luxury in a fully-catered five-star private lodge to self-catering for the budget conscious. Be sure to make any queries re diet and children before you book! And do your research about the park in which you’re going to be based, because each has its own unique perks and special features.

We wish you a fabulous game-viewing experience.

*Fast fact about Elephants in Africa:
Elephants can weigh as much as seven tonnes and reach heights at the shoulder of up to 3.3m.

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Cheetah in Africa

Cheetah are often confused with leopard due to their similar coat pattern but that is where the similarity ends.

They are much smaller than leopard, they cannot climb trees, the spots on their coats are not arranged in rosettes and they have two tear-drop like black stripes on either side of their noses which leopard do not have.

Being the fastest animal on four legs, the cheetah is designed for hunting on the open plains, and one of the best places for spotting them in Africa is Etosha National Park in Namibia.

In Etosha National Park, Cheetah can often be seen near the Leeubron and Gemsbokvlakte waterholes, or on the Charitsaub Plain or east and west of the Halali plains.

Cheetah prefer to hunt in the early morning and late evening. Their prey of choice is springbok but they will also attack red hartebeest and kudu calves.

Many of the signposts in the Charitsab area in Etosha National Park in Namibia bear the black scat marks of the male cheetah’s territorial markings.

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