Best National Parks In South Africa
Exploring from Snow-capped Mountains to the deep forest, South Africa offers an extensive area for travellers to hunt for! South Africa is a mind-bogglingly diverse country with stunning landscapes, water bodies and parks around. It offers a great experience for wilderness and to sight famous and spectacular wildlife. Here is a list of ‘Best National Park to Visit In South Africa’.
• Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is spread over 20,000 square-Km stretches bordering Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The Park is home to several species from big five Rhinos, Elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards and Lions. It also has 145 species of mammals with world’s largest population of Rhinos.
Between June to September is the best time to visit this place, where visitors might find sparse vegetation, animal gathering, waterholes and scenic landscape around.
• Royal Natal National Park
The Drakensberg is Africa’s greatest mountain range with mystical monkers, ‘Drankensberg’ means Dragon Mountain in Afrikaans. The vast mountain range has lush green slopes, spiny ridges, and knobby rock formations which add its beauty. The Royal Natal National Park is spread over 2500 square Km Khahlamba- the Drakensberg which is packed with world’s known peaks and hence is also titled under World Heritage Site.
The Best time to visit this Park is between April to July, with the mild and pleasant weather for hiking too.
• Golden Gate Highlands National Park
The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is situated on foothills of Maluti Mountains. The Park derives its name from shades of gold of sun falling on cliffs. Capturing impressive scenery during sunset is one of a not to miss thing! The open space over the wide horizon and to spot pink flecks is definitely a beautiful sight!
The best time to visit this Park is between December to March, to escape from the extreme heat.
• Table Mountain National Park
Table Mountain National Park is Cape Town’s favourite National Park, 1000-meter on a high plateau with far-reaching views of South Africa’s oldest city. The Cape of Good Hope is oldest city of South Africa where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic Ocean. Hiking, paragliding are popular adventure sports carried at the place. The route of Platteklip Gorge is a popular route.
The best time to visit is between October and November and between March and April.
• Namaqua National Park
Namaqualand is famous land for its spring bloom; the whole area is covered by a carpet of multi-color flowers. The Namaqua is stretched to the west coast of South Africa. The Park also holds world’s richest succulent flora- the Namaqualand daisies which are watered by rains from Atlantic.
The best time to visit the park is between mid-august to mid-September.
• iSimangaliso Wetland Park
The word iSimangaliso means ‘wonder’ or ‘miracle’; it is one of the world’s popular ecotourist destinations. The World Heritage Site with eight ecosystems includes swamp forest , coral reef, lakes and Africa’s largest estuary and not to forget to mention 220km of Indian Ocean beaches. Several water sports activities are carried out like horse-riding, diving, kayaking and much more, where you can see Rhinos, whales and other wildlife.
The best time to visit this Park is between June and October with drier and cool weather.
• Mapungubwe National Park
Mapungubwe is situated on the border of Botswana and Zimbabwe. It lies in steamy Limpopo River valley, where one can find elephants, leopards, baboons and giraffes among baobab trees. The National Park holds historical significance and hence is also titled as World Heritage Site. The park was a heart of South Africa with first indigenous kingdom with more than 9000 people around in AD1300. A golden Rhino figurine and treasure was also discovered by Archaeologist in the park.
The best time to visit the Park is from June to August. Opting for guided tour with Interpretation centre is recommended.
- Addo Elephant National park
- Tsitsikamma National Park
- Marakele National Park
- Tankwa Karoo National Park
- Mountain Zebra National Park
- Camdeboo National Park
- Timbavati Game Reserve
- Tembe Elephant Park