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Park Focus Description and highlights
1. Agulhas NP Marine and coastal Rugged southernmost tip of Africa with rich plant biodiversity and significant archeological sites
2. Bontebok NP Endangered species At the foot of rugged mountains, the park provides refuge to bontebok and Cape mountain zebra
3. De Hoop Nature Reserve Marine and coastal, endangered species, and coastal vegetation One of the world’s top spots for land-based whale watching with epic coastline and fynbos grazed by rare mountain zebras
4. Garden Route National Park Marine and coastal/endangered species Focused on three sections: Wetlands and coast around Wilderness; Knysna’s forests and lagoon; and Tsitsikamma’s cliffs, gorges and ancient forests
5. Karoo NP Desert reserve Arid mountainous landscape with fossils, herbivores and wild flowers in spring
6. Table Mountain NP The natural areas of the peninsula Extraordinarily rich and diverse flora and fauna that thrives in the wilderness that is Cape Town’s back yard
7. West Coast NP Marine and coastal Wetland wilderness with birding and watersports
8. Addo Elephant NP Game reserve The only Big Five national park in the southern half of the country
9. Camdeboo NP Desert reserve Karoo semi-desert landscape in the foothills of the Sneeuberg range with 120m-high dolerite pillars plus 43 species of herbivore
10. Mountain Zebra NP Endangered species Dramatic hilly landscape in otherwise flat country with rare mountain zebras and other herbivores
11. Augrabies Falls NP Desert reserve Notable for the dramatic landmark from which the park takes its name, where the Orange River plummets down a deep ravine; also great for desert scenery, antelope and prolific birdlife
12. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Desert/game reserve Remote desert with rust-red dunes, desert lions, shy leopards and thousands of antelope
13. Namaqua NP Marine and coastal Mountainous and coastal region renowned for its estimated 3500 plant varieties, among them beautiful spring wildflowers
14. Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park Mountain and desert Craggy kloofs, high mountains and dramatic landscapes, sweeping inland from the Orange River, which sustain a remarkable range of reptiles, birds, mammals and plant life.
15. Golden Gate Highlands NP Mountain enclave Resort at the foot of rich sandstone formations in the heart of the Maluti Mountains
16. Pilanesberg NP Game reserve Mountain-encircled grassland trampled by the Big Five, accessible from Johannesburg
17. Kruger NP Game reserve The largest, best-stocked and most popular game reserve in the subcontinent
18. Mapungubwe NP Archeology/game reserve World Heritage Site listed for its significance as the location of a highly developed Iron Age culture. Also noted for its landscape and biodiversity, which supports a large variety of mammals
19. Marakele NP Game reserve Striking landscape of peaks, plateaus and cliffs, home to lions, elephants, rhinos and a variety of other mammals
20. Isimangaliso Coastal wetland Vast patchwork of wetlands, wilderness, coast and game reserves
21. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi GR Game reserve KwaZulu-Natal’s hillier, smaller answer to Kruger is among the top African spots for rhinos
22. Ithala GR Game reserve Lesser-known small gem of a game reserve in mountainous country
23. Mkhuze GR Game/bird reserve Top birding venue and excellent for rhinos and other herbivores; walks in wild fig forest
24. Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park Mountain reserve A series of parks covering the highest, most stirring and most dramatic peaks in South Africa
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