The Most Fascinating Game Reserves to Visit in South Africa


From the Bushveld to majestic snow-covered mountains, and from the non ending Kalahari desert to the sub-tropical coastlines, South Africa is an amazingly different country. It not just displays the best of its dramatic landscapes but also gives options in national parks and game reserves where you can have a fascinating experience of African wildlife and its true wilderness.

Just like the destinations and activities in South Africa, game reserves all across the country can also meet your fascination. With their breathtaking natural surrounding and excellent outdoor activities including hiking, bird viewing, game drive, fishing, canoeing, swimming and more, you can live a fascinating experience of lifetime. Let’s find out some of the most fascinating game reserves you can visit in South Africa for getting close to the nature and enjoying exceptional game viewing.

Kruger National Park (Game Reserve for Big 5 Game) –

The world famous Kruger National Park is spread over 2 million hectares of area of great wilderness in the Northeast of South Africa. It shows high concentration of wildlife including Big Five: leopards, lions, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants. A large variety of other mammals also live here as well as different bird species like eagles, vultures, and storks. Tropical rain forests, mountains and bush plains come together to make a scenic landscape in this game reserve.


In Kruger National Park you don’t just have luxury safari lodges but also an excellent Big Five game experience which is rated the highest in Africa.
Visitor in the Kruger National Park can enjoy Morning Game Drive or Sun Set Game Drive with a professional qualified ranger.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve (Protected area for big 5 and other wildlife species – Malaria Free Game Reserve) –

It is not just the 4th largest game reserve in South Africa but also one of the most easily accessible one of all the fascinating nature reserves in the country. It covers around 55000 hectares area in the ecologically prosperous transition region between the wet Lowveld and the dry Kalahari. With a great assortment of birds, mammals and vegetation, Pilanesberg Game Reserve ensures excitement of game watching in a malaria free atmosphere. A wide range of accommodation from luxury lodges, bush lodges to Chalet and self-catering resorts is available here matching your needs.


Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Northern Cape Nature Reserve) –

The Northern Cape is an arid region of South Africa having many nature reserves with magnificent scenery and variable topographies. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a huge wildlife reserve situated in the Kalahari Desert area of the Northern Cape. It is best recognized by dry river beds and red dunes. Wildlife ranges from migrating springboks and wildebeest to predators like black-maned lions and raptors. There are different camps and lodges available in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for guided walks with forest rangers and game drives.


Mapungubwe National Park (Limpopo Nature Reserve) –

Mapungubwe National Park is a transfrontier park situated at the convergence of the potent Limpopo and Shashi Rivers, meeting on borders of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana and giving rich fossil deposit and other artifacts to prove the existence of South African civilization that prospered here earlier. It is a protected area of 28,000 hectares covering the Mapungubwe hill, which has great historical importance and the riverside forests as well as wildlife congregating at the Limpopo River.

Mapungubwe National Park is well known for its great landscape. Distinctive sandstone formations, riverside forest, woodlands, baobab trees and exceptional wildlife combine together to make a fascinating game reserve.


Sabi Sands Game Reserve (Mpumalanga Nature Reserve) –

It is a private game reserve covering 65,000 hectares area and sharing a border with the world-famous Kruger National Park and offering great wildlife safari experience not found anywhere else in the world. Sabi Sands Game Reserve is the place where wildlife can be seen roaming freely. It assures to give you exceptionally close wildlife encounter and plentiful leopard sightings. Both the Sand and Sabi rivers flow through this reserve, adding more value to its bio-diversity.


Madikwe Game Reserve (North West Province of South Africa) –

Madikwe is a major wildlife preserve and South African safari spot with a wide variety of exceptional luxury accommodation sites. It is a large game reserve hosting an unequaled diversity of wildlife species offering the best moments of African safari experience.


Besides a malaria free area, the Madikwe Game Reserve is home to Big 5 and many other rare to find wildlife species such as Cheetahs, Brown Hyena and Aardwolf that would let you enjoy safari at its best.


If you feel interested to explore the great biodiversity and natural beauty of South Africa with a visit to the above fascinating Game Reserves, Mount Zion Tours and Travels can be contacted immediately at +27 (11) 492 1740. It has the best South Africa tour options and packages to make your dream come true.

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