Things to do in South Africa

» Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in News

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n Durban, the fashionable resort town, famous for its bazaars, golden beaches and the nearby seaside Indian Ocean – the best vacation spots, skin diving, surfing and other active forms of recreation in all Africa.

Cape Town (founded 1652) – one of the world's finest botanical gardens, the Avenue, George, filled with artists and artisans, mansions starogollandskoy architecture, magnificent Victorian buildings, numerous monuments and museums, a symbol of the city – Mesa, safari booking "Kaggi -Kham. " From Cape Town begins the famous "Garden Route" – "Garden Path" – one of the most beautiful in the world of tour itineraries.

Johannesburg: diamond factory where you can buy diamonds directly after cutting, the largest in Africa, a multi-storey shopping center – Sandton, "Market-skvea" – one of the largest markets in Africa.

Kimberly: in the heart of the city-museum is a "great hole" – the world's largest man-made steep well, which launched the "diamond fever" in the beginning of the century, for a small fee you can try to find a diamond on their own. Learn more about ak part just now!

Mosselbay and Richards Bay – the major port and resort city on the coast between them stretches a chain of first class hotels and beaches.

Kruger National Park, Kalahari Gemsbok-, Kaggi-Kham and numerous other parks and reserves, guarantee a meeting with elephants, rhinoceroses, buffaloes, lions and leopards, are arranged outside of the hunting preserves of large ungulates. At the same time you can admire the number of penguins and sea lions. Unique Drakensberg Mountains and the Veld, and are a natural monument and winter resort, winter sports center in Africa.

Top 10 National Parks of South Africa

Shushluvi-Umfolozi (Maputalend, KwaZulu-Natal)

One of the largest parks in South Africa, consists of three reserves – Shushluvi, Umfolozi and the corridor, total area 96 000 hectares. The first two were established in 1895, and the corridor in 1989. It is in this park in the 60s was launched world-famous "Operation Rhino" to save this species from poachers. Today the park is home to over one-fifth of the world population of black and white rhinos. Prior to the founding of the park, this area was part of the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings. The landscape is represented by thick Shushluvi green trees and mountains, while the Umfolozi – an open, relatively dry bush (savanna). One of the best points for observing the animals is Mfafa Hyde (Mphafa hide) in the Umfolozi.

Eddo (Eastern Cape)

The park is located 70 km from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The history of this park made headlines around the world. In 1931, when Eddo was established on its territory remained a total of 11 elephants. Today there are more than 200. The park is also a haven for the last Cape buffalo and 21 black rhino (which are all over the world just over 2500). Here lived a great number of antelopes, reptiles and more than 185 species of birds.

Tsitsikamma (Gardens Road / Western and Eastern Cape)

The first national marine park in Africa – it's 80 miles of rocky coastline with quiet coves, deep gorges, green forest and sandy beaches. The park is issued for five miles into the ocean. The name Tsitsikamma derives from the word Huguenot tsetsa (meaning "pure") and gami ("water"), and apparently relates to the clear waters of the River Tsitsikamma. The park is located halfway between George and Port Elizabeth. There are a lot of small forest animals and birds. A huge number of hiking trails of varying length and complexity, the most famous and beautiful of which Otter Trail (Otter trail). The offshore part of the reserve, overlooking the ocean, provides a great opportunity for diving.

Pillansberg (North West)

Pillansberg National Park, established in 1979, has an area of ​​55,000 hectares and is located in the crater of an extinct volcano. Many animals were brought here from different parts of South Africa and neighboring countries. In addition to the 'big five' and many other animals, the park is a paradise for bird lovers, they are more than 340 species. Visitors can spend 2 or 3-hour game drive (safari) on jeeps or buses with an open top, which are held two times a day (morning and evening), when most likely see a large number of animals.

Kruger Park (Mpumalanga / Limpopo) The world-famous park, established in 1898 by the Transvaal President Paul Kruger, a role model for many parks in the world. In addition to the most innovative management system Kruger Park is the most profitable national park in the world. Stretching for 350 km in 2 provinces (Mpumalanga and Limpopo) park now occupies almost two million hectares. It is home to more than 250,000 animals of 147 species, including representatives of the 'Big Five' (300 black rhinos, white rhinos in 2500, 8,000 elephants, 900 leopards, buffalo, 15 000 and 2000 Lions), in addition, is home to 507 species of birds, 49 species of fish and 148 reptiles, 336 species of trees grow.

Santa Lucia (Maputulend, KwaZulu-Natal)

Santa Lucia Preserve, which extends for 70 miles along the shore of the lake of the same name, is under UNESCO protection. Within the reserve the highest coastal sand dunes in the world, tropical plants, a variety of animals in the wild live about 7,000 hippos and crocodiles.

Tembi (Maputulend, KwaZulu-Natal)

Elephant Park is situated on the border with Mozambique. His area of ​​29,000 hectares. Tembi was established in 1983 to maintain the population of elephants, which are crossing the border, often fell into the hands of poachers. Today is home to over 100 elephants and their number is gradually increasing. In the park are only allowed three groups of visitors a day.

Kalahari Gemsbok, (Northern Cape)

The first trans-national park in Africa. Its area is 960,000 hectares, and the park is located on the territory of two countries (South Africa and Botswana), between which there exists the boundaries and the animals roam freely in search of water. The characteristic landscape is huge dunes of red sand. Here, visitors have the unique opportunity to observe hundreds of antelope, birds of prey, Kalaharskimi lions, leopards, cheetahs.

Golden Gate (Free State, Free Staten)

Located in the 12,000 hectares of this park is famous for its magnificent views of mountain landscapes, and even more than the population of animals, though animals are sufficient. The name Golden Gate (Golden Gate) was given to him because of the glare of gold, which reflects the sun on the sandy cliffs. Many hiking trails runs through the park, where visitors can see zebras, antelopes and different 140 species of birds.

West Coast (Western Cape)

At 122 km north of Cape Town is the West Coast National Park, established in 1985 to preserve the flora and fauna of the area. The total area of ​​the park – 20,000 hectares, and its inhabitants – especially birds, of which there are more than 55,000 including pelicans, flamingos, seagulls. Here you can find many small antelope. In the park there are many gnezdovischa waterfowl from other parts of the world. In the period from August to October, the whole area hundreds of thousands of blooming wildflowers. Due to the overwhelming flow of the Benguela marine life park is equally diverse, contains many species of fish and lobsters.