National Parks in South Africa

South Africa is a popular tourist destination because of its beauty, biodiversity, infra-structure and national parks such as the Kruger Park and Pilanesberg nature reserve. Most national parks in South Africa are managed and administered by SANParks. SANParks (or South African National Parks) falls under the jurisdiction of the departments of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and is the principal conservation authority in the country.  They are also responsible for around 38 000 sq km of protected land and strive to improve conservation and promote tourism. The diverse nature of national parks in South Africa is great for tourists as there is something for everyone. Whether you interested in bush walks, BIG 5 game viewing, marine life, canoeing, fishing, hiking, mountaineering, bird watching, mountain biking, fishing, sailing, skiing, conservation, paleontology or some other adventure or discipline, there will be a national park that offers just that. The national parks in South Africa are world class and offer visitors excellent accommodation facilities as well as many activities and things to do. Tourists and gusets can visit there parks directly or make use of packages offered by tour operators. You can see a full list of national parks on the Sanparks website that include world famous reserves such as the Kruger Park and Kgalagadi. Not all parks fall directly under SANparks, for example the Pilanesberg National Park is currently administered by the North West Parks and Tourism Board. Summary of National Parks in South Africa

Park Name Highlights Activities Location Accommodation
Addo Elephant Park Elephants, dung beatles, marine life Elephant encounters, game drives, hiking, horse riding, 4×4, marine eco-tour 72 km from Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Bush camps and lodges
Augrabies Falls National Park  Orange river, rock formations, waterfalls  Hiking, waterfall, birding, hot air ballooning  Northern Cape  Camp sites, chalets, guesthouses close by
 The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park  Spans 3 countries, gemsbok, Kalhari lion,desert landscape  Drives, walks, 4×4  South Africa, Namibia, Botswana  Rest camps and wilderness camps
 Kruger National Park  BIG 5, impressive diversity of wild life Safaris,  Game drives, bush walks  Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa  Camps, lodges, private reserves
 Pilanesberg National Park  Big 5, wildlife, malaria free, close to Johannesburg  Safaris,  Game drives, bush walks, hot air ballooning  North West Province   Camps, Lodges
 Table Mountain National Park  Table Mountain, beaches, scenery, botanical gardens, Cape Town metropole  Hiking, water sports, hang gliding, mountain biking, boat trips, surfing, kite-surfing, various tourist attractions  Cape Town, Western Cape  Hotels, guesthouses, backpackers
 Garden Route National Park  Forrest, luscious vegetation, landscapes, scenery, beaches, lagoons, lakes  Hiking, water sports, boat trips, various attraction  Southern Cape  Hotels, guesthouses, backpackers
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve  Worlds 3rd largest canyon, sandstone formations, rock formations  Hiking, horse riding, white water rafting, kloofing, hot-air ballooning, fly-fishing, biking, tours and boat trips .  Eastern Mpumalanga  Lodges & Guesthouses
Agulhas National Park  Southern most tip of Africa where 2 oceans meet  Hiking, watersports, shipwrecks  Southern Cape Camps, lodges, guesthouses, hotels
Drakensberg National Park Mountain ranges, peaks, cliffs, forests Hikes, walks, fly-fishing, caving Natal Hotels, resorts