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National Parks week – get in for free
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National Parks week – get in for free

It's official. This week, starting today 14th September, you can get into any (or at least the majority) of the South African National Parks (SANParks) for free. So, if you're in Cape Town you have the whole of the Table Mountain National Park at your disposal, and, better still, if you're up in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, the Kruger National Park is yours for free this week ... (that's your entrance fee, not your accommodation, unfortunately). For those of you who, like me, didn't have a clue that such a thing as National Parks Week existed, then the next seven days are yours to explore th...
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Elephant in Welgevonden Game Reserve (Video and photographs)
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Elephant in Welgevonden Game Reserve (Video and photographs)

Photograph and video of an Elephant in the Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg Area. The Welgevonden Game Reserve is a popular weekend safari destination out of Johannesburg. Only 3 hours drive north of OR Tambo Airport, Welgevonden Game Reserve is a "Big Five", malaria free Game Reserve situated in the Waterberg District ...   Useful Links: Welgevonden Game Reserve Limpopo Game Reserves Limpopo Attractions Accommodation in South Africa Save Save Save
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King of Madikwe Photos
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King of Madikwe Photos

A gallery of photographs taken in the Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province, South Africa. Madikwe Game Reserve is run as a joint venture between the state, private sector and local communities who live on the borders of the reserve and who benefit too, earning an annual share of the park’s profits. There are day and night game drives within Madikwe Game Reserve, bush walks and over 350 species of birdlife, including a number of interesting raptors ... King of Madikwe Game Reserve and family ... Click on the thumbnails to view the gallery ... Useful Links: Madikwe Gam...
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The Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve
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The Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve

The Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve, consisting of reclaimed farm land, is famous for the ambitious re-stocking program “Operation Phoenix” and is now home to the big five and is famous for its wild dog and spotted hyena. The Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa has the distinction of being one of the few game reserves in the world to be proclaimed purely on the grounds of being the most appropriate and sustainable land use for an area. Madikwe consists of vast plains of open woodlands and grasslands and bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains. The area is dotted with huge rocky hills ...
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Addo Elephants Photographs
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Addo Elephants Photographs

Todays photographs are of elephants in the famous Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The original Elephant section of the Addo Park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area ... today it is proudly sanctuary to over 450 elephants. This National Park is one of the best places in the world to view elephants in a malaria-free environment and, as the photographs below show, provides outstanding photo opportunities for wildlife photographic enthusiasts ...   Addo Elephant Photographs - Click on the images to view the enlarged versions: ...
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The Big 5 Pilanesberg National Park
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The Big 5 Pilanesberg National Park

The almost perfectly circular Pilanesberg national park, due to its lying literally in the void of a 1200 million year old volcano crater, lies 150 kilometres north west of Gauteng, virtually on the border of Sun City - one of the biggest draw cards to the area - and, by comparison, receives little of the acclaim it deserves ... The 55 000 hectare Pilanesberg park opened in 1979 in one of the largest game resettlement projects in the history of South Africa, and possibly the most expensive as commercial farmers gave over land to be restocked with wildlife. Operation Genesis saw virtu...
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Lesser Striped Swallow Photo
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Lesser Striped Swallow Photo

This photograph of a Lesser Striped Swallow was taken in the Pilanesberg Park. According to the Wikipedia entry for this bird, the Lesser Swallow is 15-10 cm long, has dark blue upperparts with a red rump and a rufous-chestnut crown, nape and sides of the head. The underparts are white with dark streaking, and the upper wings and underwing flight feathers are blackish-brown ... Destination Info: South African Birdlife Pilanesberg National Park Save
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Sleeping Lion Cub Photograph
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Sleeping Lion Cub Photograph

This stunning photograph of the lion taking a nap was sent to us by Trevor Harrison. According to the Wikipedia entry on the Lion, lions spend much of their time resting and are inactive for about 20 hours per day. Although lions can be active at any time, their activity ... generally peaks after dusk with a period of socializing and grooming. They spend an average of two hours a day walking and 50 minutes eating - and the rest lazing around and sleeping! Let's play sleeping Lions - By and © Trevor Harrison (South Africa).
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Cheeky Baby Elephant
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Cheeky Baby Elephant

"Cheeky Baby Elephant" submitted by Jean Graham is just so cute! These hungry animals do not sleep much, and they roam over great distances while foraging for the large quantities of food that they require to sustain their massive bodies. Female elephants (cows) live in family herds with their young, but adult males (bulls) tend to roam on their own ... see more at: African Elephant Profile on National Geographic. Cheeky Baby Elephant - By and © Jean Graham (South Africa).
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“Bottoms up” at Addo Elephant Park
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“Bottoms up” at Addo Elephant Park

We loved this photograph entitled "Bottoms Up" taken by Jo Townend in the Addo Elephant Park. The obvious main attraction of this National Park is the park’s 450 or so African Elephants. The Black Rhino and Cape Buffalo are also notable species, but unlike the elephant, these species are easier to see by night. "Bottoms up" at Addo Elephant Park - By and © Jo Townend (South Africa) Save
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St. Lucia Estuary Bull Hippo
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St. Lucia Estuary Bull Hippo

We've received lots of new, beautiful photographs - choosing a winner is going to be very difficult! Please keep them coming, click here to see how to enter: Photographers Competition July 2009. Today we showcase a fabulous shot of a Bull Hippo taken in the St Lucia Estuary. Stunning! (You can read up about hippos at Hippopotamus on SA-Venues.com or see the Hippopotamus on National Geographic). Did you Know? The name hippopotamus comes from the Greek "hippos," meaning horse. These animals were once called "river horses" but the hippo is more closely related to the pig than the horse. St. L...
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Big 5 Photo Series
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Big 5 Photo Series

The Big 5 Photo Series gives you a chance to show off your wildlife photos. When last did you take a trip down memory lane to the savannahs of Africa? With the introduction of the digtal camera, so few of us actually print our holiday photos anymore and photo albums are a thing of the past. Take a trip with us now ... find that folder (or CD) of your South African holiday and share your experience with our visitors. The Lion The Buffalo The Rhino The Elephant The Leopard   Save
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The Lion
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The Lion

Enjoy and/or contribute to our photo gallery of the Lion. We asked visitors to share their holiday snaps with us. Below is a gallery and some of the experiences that travellers had while game viewing in our beautiful country. Click on any photo to enlarge and view a slideshow. Lion Photo Gallery The Lion {Panthera Leo} Lions are the second largest members of the feline family in the world. Lion are tan in colour and have a slightly white under-body, with a tuft of black hair at the end of their tails. Most cat species live a fundamentally solitary existence, but the lion is an exception....
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The Buffalo
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The Buffalo

Enjoy and/or contribute to our photo gallery of the Buffalo. We asked visitors to share their holiday snaps with us. Below is a gallery and some of the experiences that travellers had while game viewing in our beautiful country. Click on any photo to enlarge and view a slideshow. The Buffalo {Syncerus Caffer} Buffalo are extremely large, ox-like animals. Standing approximately 65 inches at the shoulder, adult males have a mass of up to 1760 pounds and females weigh up to 1650 pounds. To support the large body, the legs are very heavy. Front hooves are larger than the hind because of the ...
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