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A Brief Guide to Wild Animals in South Africa
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A Brief Guide to Wild Animals in South Africa

Wild animals in South Africa no longer roam in great herds that take days to pass one by. Those days are long gone. They've largely been driven out of their natural habitat by man's push for development. Man's disrespect for wildlife has meant that trafficking and poaching across Africa has reached epic proportions (elephant, rhino and leopard in particular). Now it is left to governments and private organisations to make saving wildlife a major focus. Fortunately, wild animals in South Africa are protected in national parks, and game and wildlife farms, across the country. Here'...
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Where to Safari in South Africa
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Where to Safari in South Africa

It's the number one question for any traveller: where to safari in South Africa? The country is geared up for safari. And there is such a selection of safari lodges and game reserves that the issue is less about where, and all about how to choose the best safari experience possible. We help you make this decision by including a list of the top game reserves for spotting game, and a selection of safari lodges (luxury & budget – keep scrolling!). Where to safari in South Africa? Best parts of the country for safari Mpumalanga and Limpopo are where you head on safari. The Krug...
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13 Secrets of Addo Elephant National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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13 Secrets of Addo Elephant National Park That Will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

Addo Elephant National Park lies only a few hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth. It’s gone from providing a small sanctuary to eleven elephants to become a richly biodiverse park with over 600 elephants... We share 13 Secrets of Addo Elephant National Park... No 1. If you love elephants, then this is the park for you There are now well over 600 of them, so your chances of spotting great numbers of these huge beasts, is almost guaranteed. And they’re as easy to spot asheading to the waterhole in the park’s main camp. You barely need to hit the road, Jack. They appear in family groups at t...
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12 Secrets of the Mountain Zebra National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Mountain Zebra National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

We’re particularly enamoured with the Mountain Zebra National Park - South Africa’s most understated, and under visited, national park. Here is why ... No 1. No-one seems to know Mountain Zebra Park exists! Even Lonely Planet ignored the Mountain Zebra National Park on their blog list of top parks and game reserves in South Africa. And we can’t think why? But this can work in your favour. Go whilst you still have the park to yourself! (the park has recently added another eight units due to the increase in visitors, so the word is already out). Mountain Zebra National Park is one of the...
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12 Secrets of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a huge semi-desert wilderness in the north of South Africa - an immense stretch of red sand dunes and wide open sky, the dry river beds of the Nossob and Auob Rivers (said to flow but once every 100 years) and the odd solitary camelthorn, raisin bush or shepherd tree to break the horizon. It is Africa’s first Peace Park; an amalgamation of South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park (no rewards for correctly guessing the dominant antelope in the reserve) in the midst of the Kalahari Desert. The semi-desert wil...
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12 Secrets of the Pilanesberg National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Pilanesberg National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Pilanesberg National Park is not Kruger. It doesn’t pretend to be. It’s a lot smaller, for one. But therein lies its attraction. Because instead of driving for hours along vast stretches of sand road without a sighting, the Pilanesberg’s generous grasslands, rocky outcrops, sloped hills, dense pockets of vegetation, and thickly wooded gorges are home to the Big Five and 30 other mammal species besides. And that’s without the added attraction of 350 bird species, 65 reptiles and a really good chance of spotting a cat (if sighting the beautiful violet wood hoepoe doesn’t get you ex...
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The Lesser Flamingo – Where To See Them In South Africa
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The Lesser Flamingo – Where To See Them In South Africa

A flamingo is a flamingo, is a flamingo. Plenty of these birds around. Flamingo shmingo, I hear you say? But would you be quite so dismissive if you knew that the graceful lesser flamingo is a Near Threatened bird? You find these light pink birds mostly in Africa, where they are said to congregate in huge numbers at Lake Natron (northern Tanzania), the Etosha Pan (Namibia), Sua Pan (Makgadikgadi Pan in Botswana) and the Kamfers Dam, just north of Kimberley, in South Africa. Lesser flamingos spend their lives cruising between the saline lakes of Africa in search of spirulina algae, whi...
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Five Places To See The Cape Mountain Zebra
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Five Places To See The Cape Mountain Zebra

The zebra is an African equid found on the grassy plains of Africa's game reserves. It's a common herbivore found in great numbers, which means it rarely gets much attention. Particularly if there is the chance of spotting any of the Big Five. A zebra is a zebra, is a zebra...But is it? There are three species of zebra – Burchell's (Equus burchelli), Grevy's (Equus grevyi) and Mountain zebras (Equus zebra) – all of them characterised by wide horizontal black and white stripes. The function of these stripes is still open to debate. Some people think it's camouflage, whilst others site a so...
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The Endangered Cape Griffon Vulture – Where To See It In South Africa
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The Endangered Cape Griffon Vulture – Where To See It In South Africa

The Cape Griffon Vulture (more commonly known as the Cape vulture) is a large bird; the largest of its kind in Africa. Its size is clearly no measure of its ability to survive for the IUCN Red List lists it as Vulnerable and it is also the most endangered of the vultures; its already small population, distributed over various colonies, likely to continue declining unless conservation increases its efforts. Called 'Cape' vulture because of the bird's original commonplace sighting throughout the former Cape province of South Africa, it is today confined to a small part of south and southwe...
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National Parks Week – Visit a Park For Free Tomorrow or Friday
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National Parks Week – Visit a Park For Free Tomorrow or Friday

There are only two days left to take advantage of National Parks Week. This annual celebration of spring allows South Africans FREE access to most of the 21 national parks across the country, from this Monday to Friday, the 18 or Saturday, 19 September 2015, depending on the park. This is the tenth year that SANParks has held this week as a way to encourage locals to connect with their culture and heritage (September is also heritage month). All you have to do to qualify for your free entry is to present your official, green barcoded, or smart SA ID at the entrance to any national...
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Where To See The Cape Parrot – Africa’s Most Endangered Parrot
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Where To See The Cape Parrot – Africa’s Most Endangered Parrot

Cape parrots are disappearing at a rapid rate... Endemic to South Africa, the Cape parrot, or Poicephalus robustus, lives in the Afromontane yellowwood forests found mainly in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal. Over the last 50-100 years the population has decreased dramatically. They are considered critically endangered. Only 1600 remain in the wild. In other words, you have more chance of sighting a white rhino, in South Africa, than you do a Cape parrot. The Cape parrot is a large bird, roughly 34 cm in height, with an average weight of 260-330g. Their head and neck colours are brig...
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Amazing Facts About South Africa’s Wildlife
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Amazing Facts About South Africa’s Wildlife

South Africa is a land abundant in the weird and wonderful, beautiful and a little strange at times. There are around 300 mammalian species in South Africa alone, as well as hundreds of amphibians, insects, reptiles, and bird species. With this variety and scope, it is no wonder that some of the animals found in South Africa have some peculiar characteristics... South Africa's Wildlife - Did you know? The African elephant can be distinguished by the Asian elephants by its ears, which are in the shape of Africa. (Of course, there are a few other differences too.) Giraffes...
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10 best places to see wild dogs in South Africa
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10 best places to see wild dogs in South Africa

Probably the most distinctive feature of African wild dogs is the big, round ears. They're nothing like a domestic dog's. They're nothing like a wolf's either, yet this beautiful Cape hunting dog, or painted dog as it's also known, is given the Latin name Lycaon pictus, meaning 'painted wolf-like animal', because it is closest in nature to a wolf. Their hide is different from a dog's too - covered with irregular patches of black, brown, red, white and yellow fur. Wild dogs have a black, furrow-like vertical line on the forehead between the eyes that is rather endearing. And they have onl...
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South Africa’s elusive aardvark – 7 places to see it
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South Africa’s elusive aardvark – 7 places to see it

The aardvark. The only surviving member of the prehistoric species Tubulidentata.  It looks like a rabbit crossed with a piglet and a kangaroo, and is sometimes called an African antbear, or a Cape anteater.  Actually, its name comes from the Afrikaans meaning 'earth pig' or 'ground pig', due in no small part to its habit of burrowing under the ground to avoid the heat of the day (they only come out at night). Despite its name, the aardvark is not even vaguely related to the pig, nor the South American anteater, despite looking fairly similar (only smaller). In fact, its closest living ...
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South Africa’s peace parks – top 5 parks that transcend borders
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South Africa’s peace parks – top 5 parks that transcend borders

Peace parks, also known as Transboundary Protected Areas (TBPA), allow animals to migrate freely between neighbouring countries in a return to their natural migration patterns. They promote tourism and goodwill between neighbouring countries. It is also a potential tool to save a deteriorating ecology. Once parties or countries involved realise the importance of biological diversity, they are more likely to co-operate.  Environmental cooperation, in turn, can help resolve political and territorial conflicts. Sharing physical space and management responsibilities sustains peace among countri...
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