National parks – Experiences

(Image: Tim Nicholas)

Augrabies Falls National Park

Dominated by the beautiful and distinct camel thorn tree from which the park derives its name, Mokala (Setswana for Camel Thorn Tree) is a breeding centre for disease free buffalo and various antelope that are then fed back into some of the larger South African national parks.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The king of beasts flops down on the top of a sand dune, the dry desert wind ruffling his dark mane as he surveys the sprawling plain dotted with thorn trees and fellow creatures that make up this resplendent desert kingdom.

One of the world’s last truly unspoilt ecosystems, the park is a result of the unification of South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park. At 38 000km2, it is one of the largest conservation areas in the world.

Mokala National Park

Dominated by the beautiful and distinct camel thorn tree from which the park derives its name, Mokala (Setswana for Camel Thorn Tree) is a breeding centre for disease free buffalo and various antelope that are then fed back into some of the larger South African national parks.

Namaqua National Park

Butterflies hover, birds dart and bees shimmy and dance over the springtime flowers of Namaqua. A multiplicity of colour weaves across the valley floor and spills over to the sandy coastline of the parks ‘Groenspoeg’ corridor. This is what you’ll find in the Namaqua National Park during early August and September.

Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

Early morning Atlantic fog rolls over the desert mountain range of the Richtersveld, bringing life-sustaining moisture to a myriad of succulent species in this inhospitable environment. This, the largest mountain desert park in southern Africa, consists of rugged mountains, rolling hills, undulating plains and the adjacent floodplains of the Orange River.

Tankwa-Karoo National Park

Greyish-green foliage merges with the browns of this semi-desert that is the Karoo, as the landscape reaches towards the many table-like mesas and isolated buttes (koppies) that rise from the dusty earth. A place where the Earth’s vastness is felt, it is also a place of intricate detail.