South Africa is a popular travel destination located in the southernmost tip of the African continent. The extremely diverse landmass accommodates many different terrains, from the sandy Kalahari, iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, to the gigantic Kruger National Park. Travellers can explore the rich biodiversity and wildlife of this land with a South Africa tour. Besides the famous Kruger National Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Boulders Beach, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi are among the best places to visit in the country.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protecting five distinct ecosystems. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean and series of lakes on both sides, it is home to a plethora of species in its offshore reefs, beaches, wetlands, lakes, woodlands and coastal forests. Nature lovers can enjoy the beauty of the African landscapes in the company of loggerhead turtles, whales and dolphins. The area is also inhabited by numerous animals like antelopes, zebras and hippos. Many visitors are drawn to its ocean beaches for water activities like swimming and diving. Tourists can avail South Africa tour packages to spend their vacations in this wetland park, which also provides accommodation to visitors.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Positioned in Botswana, Kgalagadi is the first transfrontier park of Africa, and the last unspoilt ecosystem. It is a land of extreme harsh climate, covered in red and white sands, thorn trees and dry riverbeds, frequently hit by droughts. Yet, the land is home to a large number of animals, from black-maned lions to spotted hyenas. The area serves as one of the best locations for tourists to spot various predators, as the land is known to provide shelter to more than 1700 species of predators. Big cats, especially cheetahs are often spotted by travellers exploring the park. The beautiful sunset and dark night skies add to the wonderful spectacles this park offers. Many South Africa vacation packages are available that conduct tours and safari rides in the region.
Boulders Beach, located in the Cape Peninsula, is one of the rare beaches where one can see African penguins in their natural settings. It forms a part of the Table Mountain and due to its close proximity to the penguin colony, it attract many tourists. The penguins found here are also called black-footed or jackass penguins, and are small black and white birds, coloured to camouflage themselves from predators. Although it is forbidden to touch or feed the penguins, visitors can get a good view from a distance of a few feet. The refreshing waters of the ocean also offer travellers to swim with these creatures.
One of the best-known and oldest game reserves in South Africa, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is inhabited by numerous species of animals like lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, giraffes, buffalos and wild dogs. These wild animals can be seen by guided jungle safaris available for tourists. Travellers can visit the Centenary Centre, a wildlife-holding centre in the park, established to enable visitors to see animals in movement to their homes. The animals roam in the lush vegetation, which makes them difficult to be seen. Tourists can explore this wildlife reserve with the numerous South Africa holidays packages that are available online.