Wildlife of South African Nature Reserves

© Nigel Dennis

Read about the varied wildlife that calls the national parks of South Africa their home. Find out which species reside in which area.

Visitors can marvel at these beautiful animals in their natural habitat at any of South Africa's numerous wildlife reserves.

Whether you prefer to get up close and personal with wildlife on a walking safari or see animals from a distance on a game drive, South Africa's well-managed parks offer an outstanding wildlife experience.

Game Viewing in Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Just a short drive from Gauteng's two major cities; Johannesburg and Pretoria, travellers will be able to enjoy a Big Five safari experience...more

Wildlife of Mapungubwe

Mapungubwe National Park is a bird-watcher's paradise and is home to over 456 species of birds as well as the Big Five of the African bush...more

The Wildlife of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi - The Game Reserve that Saved the White Rhino

Famed as the wildlife park that saved the White Rhino from extinction, today Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal is home to a la...more

Mountain Zebra National Park Wildlife

Known for providing excellent viewing of Buffalo and Black Rhino as well as being the nature reserve that saved the Cape Mountain Zebra, the...more

Wildlife of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Proclaimed South Africa's first World Heritage Site, the exceptionally beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland Park is renowned for its diverse wildl...more

The Wildlife of Addo Elephant National Park

he landscape and wildlife of Addo Elephant National Park is an abundant and flourishing environment where over 417 species of birds, 95 diff...more

Wonderful Wildlife of the Garden Route National Park

A popular tourist, the Garden Route National Park is home to a profuse array of mammals, birds, reptiles and marine animals and is a magical...more

Wildlife of Mokala National Park

Home to a number of rare and endangered African game species including Black and White Rhino, Tsessebe and Savanna Buffalo, the Mokala Natio...more

Cape Agulhas National Park Wildlife

Located on the southernmost tip of Africa where the Atlantic and the Indian oceans meet, the Cape Agulhas National Park has jagged landscape...more

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Wildlife - A Top Safari Destination

Known to offer some of the best African wildlife sightings and bird-watching in South Africa, the Kgalagadi is an arid-area game reserve tha...more

Wildlife of Tankwa National Park

The vast expanse of the semi-arid Tankwa Karoo National Park is located in the Northern Cape Province. A typical Karoo environment, the hars...more

Wildlife of the Bontebok National Park

Bontebok National Park is South Africa's smallest national park, an attractive nature reserve ideal for a short stopover while travelling up...more

Wildlife of the West Coast National Park

The West Coast National Park is famous for its many spring flowers and excellent pelagic birding. However, it is home to many marine species...more

Wildlife of the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area

The Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area is South Africa's third largest nature reserve and spans an area of 288 087 hectares...more

Exploring Karoo National Park Wildlife

Karoo National Park is home to an interesting variety of birds and mammals, including Black Rhino and Buffalo. The Karoo National Park is lo...more

Wildlife of Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a 22 000 hectare luxury safari park located in the Eastern Cape Province. The reserve is home to Lion, Leopa...more

Rhino of South Africa

Rhinos are one of South Africa's biggest draw cards as the country is home to the largest remaining population of these ancient animals. Lea...more
South Africa Nature Reserves : Game Reserves and National Parks