South Africa Nature Reserves

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Game Reserves (218)
Kruger National… Garden Route … Marloth Park … Magaliesberg … Tsitsikamma Sabi Sand Res… Madikwe Game … Balule Nature… Kgalagadi National… Pilanesberg Game… Timbavati Res… Thornybush Game… Addo Elephant… Dinokeng Game… Mabalingwe Nature… Amakhala Game… Nambiti Private… Kapama Reserve Swartberg Nature… Welgevonden Game… Entabeni Private… West Coast National… Golden Gate H… Mabula Private Game… Richtersveld … Zululand Rhino… Cederberg Wil… Manyeleti Res… Nagle Dam Table Mountain… Guernsey Nature… Hluhluwe-iMfolozi… Kamberg Nature… Klaserie Private… Kwa Madwala Private… Marakapula Re… Mokala National… Namaqua National… Oviston Nature… Agatha Forest… Blouberg Nature… Blyde River C… Cwebe Dwesa Karkloof Karongwe Private… Lekgalameetse… Makalali Private… Marakele National… Poccolan Nature… Sanbona Wildlife… Towerkop Nature… Andover Nature… Augrabies Falls… Barberspan Bird… Bontebok National… Bosch Luys Kloof… Cape Point Cathedral Peak Crystal Springs… De Hoop Nature… East London Coast… George Private… Goukamma Nature… Great Letaba Game… Grietjie Nature… Hans Merensky… Hog Hollow Private… Karoo National… Keurbooms River… Klipriviersberg… Kwa Mmatau Wildlife… Lake Eland Game… Makuya Nature… Masebe Nature… Moditlo Private… Modjadji Cycad… Moholoholo Mountain Sanctuary… Mthetomusha Game… Mziki Nature … Ndlovumzi Nature… Olivia Game R… Outeniqua Nature… Percy Fyfe Nature… Pongola Game … Pumba Private Game… Royal Natal N… Silvermine Singita Game … Songimvelo Game… Swartberg Private… Tala Game Res… Tankwa Karoo … Tembe Elephant… Treehaven Waterfowl… Willem Pretorius… Abe Bailey Nature… Agulhas National… Alice Glockner… Aloe Ridge Game… Amatikulu Nature… Anysberg Nature… Assegaaibosch… Atherstone Nature… Austin Roberts Bird… Barberton Nature… Ben Alberts Nature… Bird Island Nature… Bloemhof Dam Nature… Boosmansbos W… Borakalalo National… Boskop Dam Nature… Botsalano Game… Bronkhorstspruit… Camdeboo National… Commando Drift… De Mond Nature… Djuma Private Game… D'Nyala Nature… Doorndraai Dam… Double Mouth Nature… Elandsfontein… Exeter Private Game… Ezemvelo Nature… Faerie Glen Nature… Fort Nottingham… Gamkaberg Nature… Garden Castle Giants Castle… Groenkloof Nature… Groot Winterhoek… Grootvadersbosch… Heia Safari R… Hottentots Holland… Inyati Private Game… Jacobuskraal Jonkershoek Nature… Kgaswane Mountain… Kloofendal Nature… Kloofzicht Nature… Knysna Lakes Kogelberg Nature… Krugersdorp Game… KShani Private Game… Kwalata Game … Leopard Hills… Limietberg Nature… Lion Park Lion Sands Private… Londolozi Game… Lonehill Nature… Loskop Dam Nature… Mafikeng Game… Makalali Game… Makuleke Contract… MalaMala Game… Manavhela Ben Lavin… Maria Moroka … Marievale Bird… Marloth Nature… Mdala Nature … Melville Koppies… Mkhombo Nature… Mkhuze Game R… Mokolo Dam Nature… Molemane Eye Nature… Molopo Nature… Mont Rochelle… Motswari Private… Mount Currie Nature… Mountain Zebra… Musina Nature… Ndumo Game Re… Nooitgedacht Dam… Nylsvley Nature… Oorlogskloof Nature… Oribi Gorge Nature… Orighstad Dam… Phongolo Game… Postberg Flower… Rhino and Lion… Rietvlei Nature… Robberg Nature… Rocherpan Nature… Rondebult Bird… Roodeplaat Dam… Rust de Winter… SA Lombard Nature… Sabi Sabi Private… Salmonsdam Nature… Savanna Private… Schuinsdraai Nature… Selati Game R… Shamwari Game… Spioenkop Dam… Spitskop Nature… Springs Bird … SS Skosana Nature… Suikerbosrand… Ten Einde Private… Thali Thali Private… Touwsberg Private… Tswalu Kalahari… Ubizane Wildlife… Ulusaba Private… Umbabat Nature… Umtiza Nature… Vaal Dam Nature… Vaalbos National… Vaalkop Dam Nature… Venetia Limpopo… Verloren Valei… Vrolijkheid Nature… Walker Bay Nature… Witsand Nature… Wolwespruit Nature… Wonderboom Nature… Wonderkop Nature…
Provinces (9)
Western Cape KwaZulu-Natal Eastern Cape Gauteng Mpumalanga Limpopo Province Free State North West Pr… Northern Cape
Airports (18)
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!Khwa ttu in Yzerfontein

!Khwa ttu

Nature Reserve in Yzerfontein

Join a guided tour at !Khwa ttu for interesting insights into the culture, heritage, knowledge and modern-day life of the Bushmen of southern Africa. Qualified San guides will demonstrate their skills, share their oral history, track animals and identify plants with you. You will also learn a few words in some of their languages and find out about recent accomplishments in obtaining their rights to land and intellectual property.

Agatha State Forest in Tzaneen

Agatha State Forest

Nature Reserve in Tzaneen

The new Agatha State Forest comprises some of South Africa's rare jungle-like, dense forest, just 18 km away from Tzaneen. This natural forest is also home to the Rooikat Hiking Trail. The facilities include a picnic site, fireplaces and ablutions.

Akkerendam Nature Reserve in Calvinia

Akkerendam Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Calvinia

The Akkerendam Nature Reserve was established in 1967 and is situated just outside of Calvinia. The reserve is 2750 hectares in size and incorporates the majestic Hantam Mountain. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see, including sword lilies, Cape asters, and brown peppering plants. The reserve is also a proclaimed bird sanctuary with more than 65 bird species, such as the fairy flycatcher, the black-headed canary, and layard's tit-babbler. The best time to visit the reserve is during flower season in September. There are two hikes across the Hantam Mountain, one being relatively easier than the other. You can expect to spot the endangered sterkboom as well as the magnificent star tree which is unique to the region. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic and relax within the stunning scenery. The reserve is open daily and there is no entrance fee.

Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve in Albert Falls

Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Albert Falls

One of the largest dams in KwaZulu-Natal, Albert Falls Dam and Nature Reserve is a popular playground for sailors, canoeists, twitchers, hikers, horse riders and fisherfolk. The dam is rated one of the best bass fishing dams in the world and an international bass fishing competition is held there annually. The reserve has abundant bird life as well as zebra and several antelope species. In winter Otto's Bluff is worth checking out when the aloes are flowering.

Amakhala Game Reserve in Amakhala Game Reserve

Amakhala Game Reserve

Nature Reserve in Amakhala Game Reserve

Amakhala Game Reserve offers a wildlife experience that will inspire and revitalize your soul. Be captivated by the call of fish eagles echoing through the kloofs and the roaring of lion at night. Named for the stunning display of aloes proliferating in the malaria-free Zuurveld, Amakhala is home to the Big 5 and numerous animals. Visitors have the opportunity to spot lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, abundant antelope and birdlife. This breath-taking reserve also contains a prehistoric Bushman burial ground and some ancient dinosaur fossil sites. By staying at Amakhala you can have a quintessential African experience exploring the bushveld while on safari, walking, and river cruising or simply chilling with a glass of wine at one of the well-appointed lodges.

Amalinda Nature Reserve in East London

Amalinda Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in East London

Amalinda Nature Reserve was established in 1968 and surrounds the large Amalinda reservoir and a few small streams. The reserve is only nine kilometres from the East London city centre and covers an area of 134 ha. The reserve consists of a massive coastal forest, thornveld, and scattered clumps of shrubs. There is a large variety of wildlife to be seen, such as eland, blesbok, zebra, bush buck, duiker, vervet monkeys, mongoose and Cape clawless otter. The reserve is a popular birding sanctuary and there are more than 175 bird species for bird watchers to spot, including red-billed duck, reed cormorant, African darter, African pipit, and wailing cisticola.

Amatikulu Nature Reserve in Amatikulu Nature Reserve

Amatikulu Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Amatikulu Nature Reserve

Amatikulu Nature Reserve is perfect for a weekend getaway or for a day trip from Durban, Eshowe, Mtunzini or Richards Bay. The small reserve is situated on the coast between the Tugela and Amatikulu Rivers. It is one of the few places in Southern Africa where wildlife can be seen grazing on forested dunes overlooking the sea. Explore the reserve in a canoe, 4X4 vehicle or on foot. The coastal forest grasslands and rivers attract numerous birds, including the rare African fin foot. Keen birders can hire trained bird guides from the local community. Giraffe, zebra, waterbuck and smaller antelope are frequently seen. The beach offers good surf angling. Need to know? Canoes are available for hire at R50 per day. An entrance fee is payable at the gates, open from 07:00 to 17:00.

Atherstone Nature Reserve in Atherstone Nature Reserve

Atherstone Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Atherstone Nature Reserve

Lying on the border of the North West Province, Atherstone Nature Reserve offers an exciting game viewing experience. Black rhino and elephant are the biggest highlight for many visitors to this 23 500-hectare wilderness. Characterised by extensive savannah plains with bushveld and Kalahari grasslands eco-systems, Atherstone supports a great diversity of wildlife and birds. Besides antelope, zebra and giraffe, buffalo and rare sable can also be seen. Feathered friends to get twitchers ticking off boxes are the large number of grassland birds including the Kori bustard and secretary bird.

Bartholomeus Klip Renosterveld Reserve in Riebeek Kasteel

Bartholomeus Klip Renosterveld Reserve

Nature Reserve in Riebeek Kasteel

Bartholomeus Klip Reserve is teeming with herds of eland, springbuck, black wildebeest, zebra and bontebok. Many other animals, such as baboons, bat-eared foxes, lynxes, and smaller species of antelope, live here too, and it is known that leopards still occur in the mountains.Among the birdlife at Bartholomeus Klip is the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, once farmed here in large flocks at the height of the ostrich feather boom in the 1870s and today one of the leopard’s favourite foods. The magnificent black eagle (correctly known as Verreaux’s eagle) nests in the mountains, and the enormous dam near to the farmhouse has a spectacular array of water birds, some resident like the fish eagles and the kingfishers, and others such as the pelicans and the spoonbills less regular visitors. Flamingos have also been seen in some of Bartholomeus Klip’s smaller dams and there are a host of interesting large and small birds out in the reserve and on the wheatlands, including large flocks of the blue crane, South Africa’s national bird.

Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve in Baviaanskloof

Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve

Nature Reserve in Baviaanskloof

The breath-taking Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve is one of the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, collectively a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Covering roughly 200-square kilometres of pristine mountainous terrain, the ‘Valley of the Baboons’, is one of the largest wilderness conservation areas in South Africa. Just 120 kilometres west of Port Elizabeth, this awesome wilderness playground has much to offer nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. The eastern side of the reserve starts at the Komdomo Campsite. From here the road winds 250 kilometres through the incredibly scenic and craggy Groot River Port towards Willowmore in the west. A paradise for adventurous and active types, the vast mountainous landscape offers a unique wilderness experience with a plethora of things to do. These include rock climbing, mountaineering, camping, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, fishing, scenic drives, bird watching and 4x4 trails. The diverse habitats support over 1,000 different plant species including the striking Erica and Protea families as well as ancient cycads. The reserve is also home to more than 50 mammal species, 300 bird species and numerous reptiles and amphibians. A state-of-the-art World Heritage Site Interpretive Centre overlooking the Cambria Valley showcases the diversity and natural and cultural history of the Baviaanskloof region.

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve in Durban North

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Durban North

The Beachwood Mangroves is a delightful mangrove estuary lying north of the Umgeni River Mouth. Within the nature reserve are red, white and black mangroves, fiddler crabs, mudskippers, kingfishers and other bird species. Several interesting walking routes have been laid out. The key to the southern entrance can be obtained (after paying a deposit) at the northern gate off fairway drive.

Ben Alberts Nature Reserve in Ben Alberts Nature Reserve

Ben Alberts Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Ben Alberts Nature Reserve

Visit one of Limpopo’s wildest secrets. Situated in the Waterberg Biosphere, a leading South African wildlife area, this small 2 000-hectare reserve is home to impressive amount of wildlife. At Ben Alberts Nature Reserve you can easily spot white rhino, giraffe, kudu, blue wildebeest, eland, zebra, warthog and an awesome variety of birdlife including the endangered Cape Vulture. A visit to the Vulture Restaurant is always exciting, especially if you get involved in feeding these large raptors. Characterised by low mountain ranges and open savannah, Ben Alberts Nature Reserve and the Waterberg features grassland, steep gorges and crystal pools. The entire environment is perfect for game viewing, hiking, bird watching and mountain biking.

Blaauwbosch Game Reserve in Addo

Blaauwbosch Game Reserve

Nature Reserve in Addo

Discover the magic of the Karoo with a unique wilderness experience at the exclusive 5-Star Blaauwbosch Private Game Reserve. Bordering the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape, the reserve offers malaria-free wildlife viewing of a wide variety of game. Professional rangers will introduce you to lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, antelope, abundant birdlife and rare flora on interesting game drives. An awesome thing to do is go on a walking safari to shadow cheetah as they prowl for their prey.

Blouberg Nature Reserve in Blouberg Nature Reserve

Blouberg Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Blouberg Nature Reserve

Home to 500 breeding pairs of endangered Cape Vultures, the far flung Blouberg Nature Reserve is a dream destination for twitchers and nature lovers. Catch all the action from a hide at the ‘Vulture Restaurant’. Best visited during winter months, you will be able to see Lappet-faced Vulture, Hooded Vulture, White-headed Vulture and White-backed Vulture. An exciting rare visitor to southern Africa, Ruppell’s Vulture, is breeding in the Blouberg Colony. Other raptors you might spot are the melanistic Gabar Goshawk, Eagle-Owl, brown snake-eagle, tawny eagle and a variety of owls. With a bird list of well over 225 recorded species it’s easy to tick off over 100 birds in a day. Best loved are the resident flock of comical Crested Guineafowl. Other birds to look out for are Southern White-faced Scops-Owl, Greater Painted Snipe, Grey Tit-Flycacther, Red-backed Shrike, Crimson-Breasted Shrike and Kalahari Scrub-Robin. The scenic landscape of Blouberg Nature Reserve covers a variety of habitats. Dry bushveld savannah interspersed with giant baobabs and mashatu trees, wetland and a small Sycamore fig forest. There are some wonderful hiking trails and opportunities to sight giraffe, zebra and various antelope on the plains. Opening hours are 06:00 – 19:00 +27 (0)15 563 0702 or 083 251 9071

Bluff Nature Reserve in The Bluff

Bluff Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in The Bluff

The Bluff Nature Reserve is Durban's oldest nature reserve, comprising a wetland pan, lake and adjacent forest area. The reserve acts as a bird sanctuary. For birders this can be a delight; there are two bird hides that provide excellent viewing opportunities, as well as a trail that leads around the pan. Safe parking is provided at the entrance and a nominal fee is charged for entry. Open times: 7:00 to 17:00.

 

Did you know? South Africa Nature Reserves is often misspelt. Here are some variations:

Suid Afrika Nature Reserves, SouthAfrica Nature Reserves,