The long weekend is around the corner and nature is calling your name to forget about city lights, traffic and work…
It is time to reconnect, to explore nature – on foot, on horseback or on a game drive – and visit one of these top South African National Parks this Easter holiday. The big five, the small critters, nocturnal creatures, variety of bird life and crimson sunsets against the backdrop of solitude are waiting.
Top South African National Parks for this Easter Holiday:
1. Addo Elephant National Park
There’s more to Addo Elephant National Park, than just its large population of elephants. Excluding the marine area, Addo is home to the big five and there is a myriad of roads to fully indulge the spekboom-rich landscape on a guided/self-guided game drive (a hop-on guide is also available) There are picnic sites, hiking trails, horse-riding and an interpretive centre to explore.
Don’t miss: See if you can spot the big five, or venture further and spot the big seven.
2. Augrabies National Park
Augrabies National Park – the place of great noise – is known for the deafening sounds of the waterfall plummeting into the Orange River. Go on a self-guided game drive and spot the lithe klipspringer or see the nocturnal wildlife during a guided night drive. Visit the several viewpoints, take your mountain bike or do the 94km long 4×4 trail.
Don’t miss: Test your endurance on the 3-day Klipspringer Hiking Trail.
3. Golden Gate Highlands National Park
The name “Golden Gate Highlands” comes from the captivating shades of gold cast by the sun on the sandstone cliffs. This park – near Clarens – has only small game but it is more known for its landscapes, nestled at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. There are hiking trails, adventure activities and you can visit the Basotho Cultural Village.
Don’t miss: Visit the “Vulture Restaurant” on Oribi Loop.
4. Karoo National Park
Soak up the silence of the barren Karoo, look for fossils, tap into ancient history and gawk at the panoramas and glittering night sky when you visit Karoo National Park. The park, known for its wandering lions, offers guided/self-guided game drives, picnic facilities, a bird hide and a restaurant.
Don’t miss: Explore the remoteness of the park on a 4×4 trail.
5. Mountain Zebra National Park
Mountain Zebra National Park is a Karoo oasis of silence with wildlife sightings, which include the lion, cheetah and the Cape Mountain Zebra, and of course the scenery of lone squeaky wind pumps, rock formations doing balancing acts, dramatic rolling plains and plateau views. Do a self-guided/guided game drive, a guided hike, 4×4 trail and visit the San cave paintings.
Don’t miss: Do cheetah-tracking on foot with a ranger.
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