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Top 7 Game Reserves in South Africa

South Africa is the perfect destination for those seeking to combine an African safari tour with Big Five viewing opportunities complemented with the ability to experience cosmopolitan cities, richly diverse cultures and incredible culinary experiences.

South Africa has been called “A world in one country” and for good reason – it truly offers the ideal destination for those seeking variety in their journey to Africa.

South Africa is an incredibly diverse country with an array of safaris to visit from the north to the south, luckily we have put together a list of the 5 best national parks to visit on your next trip into the "motherland".

Check out some of our unbelievable South Africa trips below.

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Top 7 Game Reserves and Parks in South Africa

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is probably the most popular safari destination in South Africa. At nearly two million hectares, it offers a diverse range of terrain from mountains and rivers to savannah and tropical forests.

Kruger’s expansive land offers guests a strong likelihood of sighting Africa's Big Five and many other famous species such as giraffes and zebras. Kruger National Park is a must see for any safari enthusiast or visitor to South Africa.

Kapama Private Game Reserve

Dubbed an African Eden, Kapama Game Reserve spans more than 37,000 acres, offering a rich South African bushveld habitat home to more than 40 different mammal species and 350 bird species. Located in the Limpopo Province, near the Greater Kruger National Park, Kapama is very conveniently accessed by the Hoedspruit Airport. From epic elephant encounters to rare species sightings, such as the African wild dog, the variety of wildlife at Kapama satisfies both first-time safari goers and seasoned safari travelers.

Featuring four magnificently luxurious lodges, Kapama is a 5-star destination offering relaxing spa and wellness options to complement your game drives and nature walks.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Sabi Sands is a world famous reserve that is situated near the world famous Kruger National Park. This is one of the most incredible safari experiences that travelers will experience, with viewing possibilities that in our travels are simply unparalleled.

The main highlight of the Sabi Sands game reserve is the ability to witness the Big 5 animals of Africa. This is a reserve that travelers will not regret visiting.

Thornybush Game Reserve

Thornybush game reserve is a private game reserve, which contains a vast mixture of rolling prickly scrub land mass, which is complimented with the incredible backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains.

This reserve allows for an incredible safari experience that truly captures the spirit of a South Africa, with ample opportunities for witnessing the "Big 5".

Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari game reserve is a beautiful reserve tucked in the Eastern Cape’s private reserves. It offers excellent wildlife viewing with a good variety of animals including all of the Big Five.

This very exclusive experience includes open-vehicle game drives with high-quality guiding and luxury accommodation with first-rate food and service.

Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve has been reported to be the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa, but is fortunately less populated than the other major sites. This makes it a gem to visit as it is commonly regarded to as one of the best conservation areas in Africa and offers Big 5 viewing opportunities. 

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Situated in a vast crater of a formerly active volcano, the Pilanesberg game reserve is one of the largest reserves in South Africa. This reserve  has an abundance plants, animals and birds located within their reserve.

Looking to explore the cities of South Africa

Cape Town is a vibrant city which offers gourmet cuisine, museums, nightlife and shopping for every type of traveler. The city has incredible sites such as the iconic Table Mountain, which is a scenic wonder. Cape Town consists of awe-inspiring drives, quaint Wineland towns and botanical gardens, making it one of the most appreciated cities in the world. So much so that in 2011 Cape Town was named by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards as the Best Destination in the World.

If it is scenery you are looking for then aside from the panoramic views and seaside cliffs of Cape Town you will find breathtaking photo opportunities in the Mpumalanga region’s Panorama Route and along the scenic drives of the Garden Route in the Eastern Cape. If an incredible winery visit sparks your fancy, do not miss the incredible Franschhoek Valley vineyard tour, you will not be disappointed.

Johannesburg known as the “City of Gold” is another must visit city for all aspiring South Africa travelers as it includes sites such as the Apartheid Museum, alternatively or you can take a tour to follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela. Johannesburg allows you to shop at world class shopping malls and dine at a gourmet restaurants.

Durban on the Indian Ocean is the gateway to the Mkuze and Hluhluwe game reserves and the beaches of St. Lucia where deep sea diving is fantastic and leatherback turtles come out to hatch.

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Temperature (ºC) – These are the average lows and highs:
  jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
jnB 15/26 14/25 13/24 11/22 8/19 5/16 9/22 12/24 13/25 12/24 13/25 14/25
dbn 21/28 21/28 20/28 17/26 13/24 10/23 10/23 12/23 15/23 17/24 18/25 20/27
cpt 16/26 15/26 14/25 12/23 10/20 8/18 7/17 7/18 8/19 10/21 13/24 15/25
Temperature (ºF) – These are the average lows and highs:
  jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
jnb 52/86 51/84 47/82 41/78 35/73 26/69 29/70 31/76 35/83 41/85 45/85 49/86
dbn 72/81 73/82 72/81 67/77 61/73 61/74 59/73 61/73 63/73 66/74 70/78 71/79
cpt 60/82 60/84 57/80 53/77 49/71 45/67 43/65 46/67 47/69 51/74 55/76 59/80


Average Rainfall (inches) – This varies according to the year and location:
  jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
jnb 5.1 3.9 3.7 2.2 0.5 0.4 0.2 0.2 1.1 0.3 0.5 4.2
dbn 5.5 4.6 5.2 3.0 2.4 1.1 1.6 2.5 3.0 0.4 0.4 4.2
cpt 0.6 0.7 0.9 1.7 2.8 3.8 3.4 3.2 1.7 0.1 0.0 0.7

JNB = Johannesburg

DBN = Durban
CPT = Cape Town

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