South Africa Geographic Regions

Learn more about some of the most beautiful natural areas in South Africa. From the Drakensburg to the scenic beauty of the Western Cape.

Ai Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park Landscapes

Stretching across the border from South Africa to Namibia, with the Orange River lazily winding through its centre, the Ai Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park...more

Bushveld, South Africa

Bushveld is a rather loose term and refers to the areas of mixed woodland between 1 000m and 1 500m above sea level. It is the main vegetation type...more

Camdeboo National Park - Orientating Yourself

South Africa's Camdeboo National Park is located in the Eastern Cape Province with the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet at its centre. Visitors to the reserve can enjoy panoramic views...more

Cape Town Game Reserves

The Western Cape and Cape Town is home to an abundance of wildlife sanctuaries, nature reserves and national parks....more

Cederberg, South Africa

The Cederberg is a wonderfully rugged mountain range about 200km north of Cape Town. Largely unspoiled, this designated wilderness area is characterised by high altitude fynbos...more

Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

The Zulu name for the Drakensberg is 'uKahlamba' - the barrier of spears. It's an appropriate name as this huge wall of basalt just rises up out of the peaceful green Midlands – forbidding...more

Entering through the Free States Golden Gates

Known for its awe-inspiring scenery, Golden Gate Highlands National Park is located in the Free State Province just east of Clarens. Hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders...more

Exploring iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Learn about the different areas of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park One of South Africa's World Heritage Sites, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park stretches over 200km (136 miles) up the coastline...more

Fields of Gold - Namaqua National Park

Located in the Northern Cape near to the boundary of South Africa and Namibia on the N7, the Namaqua National Park is magnificent - each year the landscape explodes in a plethora of wild flowers...more

Garden Route National Park - Wildflower Wonder

The Garden Route National Park is one of South Africa's most popular tourist destinations and is known for its magnificent coastal and mountainous scenery. Lush green forests...more

Great Birding and Game Viewing at Ithala

With soaring mountain cliffs and deep twisting valleys, Ithala Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal is a must-visit safari park for avid bird watchers. Home to four of the Big Five...more

Highveld, South Africa

Much of the interior of South Africa is on a high-lying plateau of over 1 500 metres (5 000ft) above sea level. The predominant vegetation is grassland, interspersed with thorn...more

Karoo, South Africa

The Karoo is a broad, mostly sandy expanse of plains divided between the Little Karoo, nearer the coast and the Great Karoo, which seems to stretch into the interior forever. The...more

Lowveld, South Africa

Restricted to broad valleys below 1 000 metres above sea level, the Lowveld is what many people consider to be the 'real' Africa. In this low-lying subtropical climate, broad-leaved trees...more

Maputaland, South Africa

Maputaland in northern KwaZulu-Natal stretches from iSimangaliso Wetland Park in St Lucia to the diving sites of Sodwana Bay and Kosi Bay and the Mozambique border...more

Marakele National Park – Land of Imposing Mountain Landscapes

Marakele National Park is home to an impressive array of African wildlife including the Big 5 of the animal kingdom as well as Wild dog, Spotted hyena and Giraffe...more

uMkhuze Game Reserve - Top Birding Destination in South Africa

uMkhuze Game Reserve has a rich and diverse landscape which offers astounding bird-watching opportunities...more

Mountainous Landscapes - The Drakensberg National Park

KwaZulu Natal's most famous landmark, the uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park is a must-see location when visiting South Africa. Bird-watchers, hikers and mountain bikers...more

Namaqualand during the Flower Season

The area stretching north and west from Cape Town is an austere landscape with its own, rather minimalist, aesthetic – and it's not much appreciated outside of flower season...more

Place of the Roaring Waters - The Augrabies Falls National Park

Home to one of the world's most spectacular waterfalls, Augrabies Falls National Park is known for its spectacular scenery, and large number of colourful Lizards that are commonly seen...more

Regions of the Drakensberg

Come and explore the highest mountain range in Southern Africa –the Drakensberg Mountain Range. The range stretches over 300km and has many different areas, with spectacular scenery...more

Richtersveld, South Africa

The far north-west of the country is very remote and incredibly hot and dry. Classified as succulent Karoo, neatly ranked mountains look pretty barren from a distance. But...more

Route 62, South Africa

Where it begins and ends depends on just how literal you want to be. The actual R62 runs from Montage to Humansdorp, but the marketing R62 starts a bit closer to Cape Town in Worcester, or even...more

Table Mountain National Park – A Biological Hotspot

Discover the beauty and splendour of the Table Mountain National Park with its magnificent floral displays, rugged mountainous countryside and awe-inspiring views out to the ocean below...more

The Beautiful Landscapes of the Royal Natal Park

Home to one of the highest waterfalls in the world, KwaZulu Natal's Royal Natal Park is one of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg's best known features and is renowned...more

The Landscape of the Great Fish River

Located in the Eastern Cape, the Great Fish River Nature Reserve takes its name from the Great Fish River that winds its way slowly through the landscape gouging deep gorges...more

Waterberg, South Africa

The Waterberg is a wild and wonderful area about 3 to 4 hours drive north of Johannesburg. Situated on a high lying plateau, it has rather unique flora and a wide variety of game. One of the major...more

Where the Whales are Spotted – De Hoop Nature Reserve

The Magnificent De Hoop Nature Reserve is known for its spectacular Whale watching opportunities between May and October when large numbers of Southern Right Whales are seen just off the coast...more

Wilderness. Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa

This attractive town on the banks of the Touws River Lagoon is an excellent base for a general Garden Route holiday. The Wilderness National Park offers lovely walks and gentle canoeing in...more
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