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Game Reserves and National Parks of South Africa

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South Africa is home to a wonderful selection of National Parks and Private Game Reserves and a report conducted by the South African Department of Enviromental Affairs and Tourism that dates back to 1996 says that South Africa has 422 formally protected areas.

Kruger National Park & Surrounding Areas

This area is sometimes referred to as The Greater Kruger National Park, or the Kruger National Park game preservation area and consists of the Kruger National Park itself, its private concessions and the bordering private reserves. The region literally teems with game and represents Africa that most visitors come to experience. This area, covering more than 20 000km2, is South Africa's premier game sanctuary, which, due to its sheer size, - remains unspoilt.

The Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is the flagship of the South African national parks and ranks with the best in Africa. Created in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld. At almost 2 million hectares and stretches from just above Swaziland in the south to the Zimbabwean border in the north, it is the size of Wales or Israel, 350km long and up to 60km wide. It is the largest wildlife area in South Africa and is unrivalled in it's bio-diversity. >> more

The Sabi Sands

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is part of the Kruger National Park game preservation area and was created in 1948. It shares a 50Km unfenced border with the Kruger National Park and is actually made up from a number of smaller private game reserves, which include Djuma Game reserve, Exeter Game Reserve, Singita Game Reserve, Mala Mala Game Reserve, Londolozi Game Reserve, Lion Sands Game Reserve, Sabi Sabi and Ulusaba. Click here to find out more about the Sabi Sands Game reserve.

Duma Manzi Private Game Reserve

Located in near the sea side city of Natal in South Africa, Duma Manzi private Game reserve is an excellent choice if you plan to combine a safari holiday location with a beach holiday in South Africa. There is plenty of game, including species not often seen in larger reserves, stunning scenery, game drives as well as walking safaris and wildernes trails. Duma Manzi also makes an excellent location for birdwatching. More about the Duma Manzi Private Game reserve.

Timbavati Nature Reserve

Timbavati Nature Reserve lies just north of Sabi Sand on the western edge of Kruger National Park. The fences have also been taken down between this reserve and Kruger National Park and although visitors to any of the eight private lodges, remain in the Timbavati Reserve, the animals are at able to roam where they wish, so you can expect to see all of the big 5 as well as pretty much everything else you'll find in the Kruger National Park.

Balule Private Game Reserve

Balule ideally located between the Phalaborwa and Kruger Park's Orpen Gate, is home to the Big- Five and is part of the "Greater Kruger National Park" offering the animals free roaming between the Krugerpark and the private reserves. Balule Private Nature Reserve was created when the farm owners dropped the game fences between their farms and has grown to 40.000 hectares. Accommodation ranges from luxury and air-conditioned lodges to self-catering bush lodges.

Amukela Game Lodge  in the Balule Game Reserve South AfricaAmukela Game Lodge
For value for money, you wont go far wrong choosing the Amukela Game Lodge. Amukela was built in 2004 by the current Dutch owners Miriam en Corné van Dongen, who will also be your hosts.

Safari bushwalks and game-drives can be organised with both conducted by a a qualified field guide.

Amukela has 4 African style rondawels, each with their own theme.
Each has a kingsize bed with mosquito net and overhead fan.
The en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and a basin.

Amukela  Game Lodge  near the Kruger National ParkDinner is served in a boma under the incredible african stars and you can enjoy typical African meals such as a braai, bobotie en potjiekos and sit at the campfire listening to the sounds of Africa.

Rates in Euros at Amukela from 1 October 2007 valid till 1 October 2008:
Eur 52,50 per person per night sharing.
Eur 59,50 per person per night singles.
Eur 26,50 per child per night.
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The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park

Created in 1931 and is One of Africa's great parks. Together with the adjacent Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, have been formed into the Kgalagadi transfrontier park of over 3,6 million ha and with only the dry river bed of the Nosop river dividing the two parks this is a huge area where some of Africa's best wildlife can roam free. >> more

Haaspoort Private Game Reserve

Haaspoort Nature Reserve with picturesque 4 star thatched en-suite chalet accommodation is nestled in the mountains near Wolwefontein and the Addo Elephant national park >> more

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