National Parks & Game Reserves South Africa

South Africa's Wonderful Array Of National Parks & Reserves

South Africa boasts a huge selection of national parks and game reserves, covering every type of landscape and terrain – from deserts to forests and mountains to coasts.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is Africa’s first national park and – at 19,485 square kilometres – one of its largest. Home to the Big Five, keep your eyes peeled to spot lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros among the abundant wildlife and diverse vegetation. 

Madikwe Game Reserve

This 165,000 acre reserve on the Botswana border offers ample opportunity to see the Big Five as well as over 340 species of bird. Day and night game drives and bush walks give you the chance to see South Africa's beautiful wildlife up close and in action, as well as marvel at the stunning plains and landscapes of Madikwe Game Reserve.

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Park

The oldest game park in Africa, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is home to the Big Five as well as elusive leopard, African wild dogs, and the rare white rhino which the park helped to save from extinction when its numbers shrank years ago. With both day and night safaris to choose from, as well as boat tours, see more of this proclaimed park and marvel at South Africa's rugged wilderness and rolling hills.

Tsitsikamma National Park

Located along the Garden Route, picturesque Tsitsikamma is known for its abundant forests and dramatic rugged coastline. Bordered by the impressive Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean, the national park offers access to a wealth of marine and birdlife as well as leopards, baboons, vervets monkeys and genets. 

Pilanesberg National Park

Set near to the crater of an ancient volcano – in a zone of exceptional biodiversity, between the Kalahari and the Lowveld – Pilanesberg is possibly the most accessible national park in South Africa. Providing a broad range of vegetation and habitats for a wealth of wildife – from impala and zebra to elephants and cheetah – this area offers exciting game viewing with the benefit of being malaria-free.