South Africa safari highlights
National parks in South Africa
South Africa has a wealth of national parks covering around 3% of the total area of the country – over 35,000 km sq in total. Parks and all facilities within them are managed by South Africa National Parks. Most national parks in South Africa are easily accessible with good infrastructure and facilities, and can be visited in your own rented 2WD car.
Top South Africa national park picks
The centrepiece of South African national parks, Kruger National Park has a worldwide reputation as offering one of the best wildlife experiences anywhere, as well as a great chance to spot the big five. At the size of Israel you can drive for days in Kruger across multiple habitats, with fabulous wildlife sightings all but guaranteed.
West Coast National Park
Something of a hidden gem and a birders paradise, the West Coast National Park is a little-visited area home to secret beaches, hidden lagoons, blooming carpets of flowers, jaw-dropping picnic spots plus over 250 species of bird and mammal life. It’s only 120 km north of Cape Town, and even closer to the wine region, so can easily be incorporated into most South African itineraries.