South Africa: From Cape Town to the Kruger

South Africa is one of the most biodiverse countries in Africa and it has an incredible amount to offer when it comes to safaris and tourism. There are 9 different biomes contained within South Africa, dividing the land up into numerous ecological zones sustaining completely different populations of wildlife, landscapes, terrain, and climate. This makes South Africa a destination of variety, with a huge number of ‘beach and bush’ bucket-list attractions waiting to be explored.

Timbavati Nature Reserve

The Timbavati is the famous home of the incredibly rare, wild, white lions. This large conservation area is one of the handful of privately owned nature reserves that have become part of the Kruger National Park. Lying on the western border of the Kruger, near the town of Hoedspruit, the Timbavati dropped its fences with the Kruger in 1993, becoming part of the Greater Kruger.

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Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

The Klaserie is one of the largest private nature reserves in South Africa, and forms part of the Greater Kruger Park as it shares unfenced boundaries with the Kruger National Park and enjoys the benefit of the free-roaming wildlife presence. It occupies an impressive 60 000 hectares of wilderness along the western border of the Kruger National Park, and borders the Timbavati in the south.

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Sabi Sand Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand has perhaps the biggest reputation for leopard sightings in South Africa. It is the oldest private nature reserve in the country, and thus, holds a lot of history as a neighbour to the Kruger National Park, and since 1993, has been a prestigious member of the Greater Kruger.

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Lion Sands Kruger Park

Lion Sands occupies the prestigious territory on the banks of the Sabie River, which is one of the Kruger Park’s major water systems. The Lion Sands experience is at the height of luxury and conservation, owned and run by the famous More family. We can find the Lion Sands private concessions in both the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and in the Kruger National Park itself, where South Africa’s most sublime game viewing takes place.

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Singita Kruger Park

Singita has its own private concession within the Kruger National Park – an honour bestowed upon this renowned safari company in 2001. The aim of Singita Kruger National Park is to focus on conservation in the form of wildlife and environmental preservation, community involvement and upliftment, and endangered species research and education. With 33 000 acres of pristine, private land in the Kruger Park, Singita is an experience like no other.

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Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe is a testament to conservation in that what is now a thriving ecological area sustaining a broad variety of wildlife, used to be overutilised farmland. Rehabilitating the land and transforming into a much needed conservation area has offered a home to endangered African wild dogs, among other celebrated wildlife species.

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Shamwari Game Reserve

The prestigious Shamwari Game Reserve is an award-winning, luxury safari destination, as well as a highly praised conservation practice, education facility, and sanctuary for rescued wild animals. This private reserve in South Africa’s pristine Eastern Cape region offers the best in 5 Star accommodation, while its dedication to protecting endangered species, such as the rhino, make it more than just a safari lodge.

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Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve

The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is Africa’s oldest nature reserve, now over 120 years old. It is one of South Africa’s most famously visited wildlife parks, located in the heart of Zululand on the country’s east coast. It is home to the world’s largest population of white rhino: an honour and a responsibility. Three reserves joined to create the one we know today, and its terrain is incredibly diverse, hosting a wide variety of fauna and flora.

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Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda is an &Beyond wildlife area, giving it an exclusive edge and a luxuriously private safari experience in the highly revered northern Kwazulu Natal. The &Beyond product is world-renowned for supreme quality, professional expertise, and conservation-minded operation. Visiting Phinda is entering the ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder’ – a phrase coined to describe the varied habitats and biomes thriving within Phinda’s borders.

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Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Nambiti occupies a unique inland location on the coastal province of the Eastern Cape where a part of South African history is immortalised in the famous Battlefields. In addition to being a prime safari destination, Nambiti provides insight into the cultural and colonial history of the country, as well as offering adventure-based activities such as mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, horse riding and fly fishing.

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