Places to Visit in South Africa

South Africa has a long coastline with idyllic seaside holiday towns and huge deep-sea harbours, an arid and mountainous interior with tiny farming villages and sprawling cities. We have world-famous game parks, nature reserves and protected areas as well as suburbs, cityscapes and townships.

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Explore South Africa

South Africa offers an incredible diversity of landscapes, scenery, wildlife and natural attractions. Here are a few inspiractional places, showcasing South Africa's most spectacular nature destinations. Escape from the crowds and experience nature at its best.

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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape, is the third largest national park in South Africa. This malaria-free safari destination is home to the Big Five and an abundance of Elephants....more

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

The San people roamed the high reaches of the southern Cederberg over 6 000 years ago and one still gets a sense of their earthy spirituality encapsulated within the rocks and upon the fynbos plains of the Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve....more

Knysna Elephant Park

Established in 1994, the Knysna Elephant Park was the first facility to rehabilitate and care for orphaned elephants in South Africa. The elephants at the Knysna Elephant Park consist of rescued calves and adults...more

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park (KNP, or simply ‘Kruger’, for short) is the premier game reserve in South Africa. Offering excellent Big Five game viewing and a variety of accommodation to suit all. Self-drive or guided safaris....more

Madikwe Game Reserve

Little known and off the beaten track, Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province is utterly beautiful. On the cusp of the Kalahari, it has a plethora of general game species as well as the Big Five. Malaria-free and great for families....more

Pilanesberg National Park

Adjacent to Sun City’s gaming halls is a reserve that can restore sanity to even the most diamond-eyed card shark. Pilanesberg is the North-West Province’s most popular park, and rightly so....more

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a prestigious private reserve located adjacent to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga. Its placement and vast, unfenced terrain allows wildlife to freely roam from the Kruger to Sabi Sands....more

Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, is about 75 km from Port Elizabeth. It prides itself on being one of the most successful private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. Responsible tourism and a lavish malaria-free safari experience....more

Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve

Covering an area of over 114 000 hectares, Tswalu, near Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, is the biggest privately owned game reserve in Africa. It spreads over endless Kalahari dunes and...more