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Nature of South Africa - national parks and reserves for active recreation

Cape Town Stadium from the harbour The nature and geography of South Africa are very diverse. In this country, you can find any terrains and climatic zones except for tundra and polar deserts. The Republic of South Africa is located in the very south of the African continent. Its eastern coast is washed by the waters of the Indian Ocean, and western by the Atlantic Ocean. The most common terrain of the country is hilly plateaus located in its central part. In the north of South Africa, mountains with a height of up to 1.5 kilometers rise and the Limpopo River flows. Its valley is overgrown with wild tropical forests. There are 2 deserts in the country. These are the Kalahari and Namib deserts. Drakensberg Mountains stretch along the Indian Ocean coastline.
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South Africa has 20 national parks and more than 100 reserves, both public and private. Some of them, besides observing the life of wild animals, also offer hunting for them. In almost every park or reserve there are camps designed for travelers. Accommodation options can be different, ranging from simple tents to individual apartments, depending on the budget and preferences.
The oldest national park in South Africa is Kruger Park established in 1898. It was founded by the only president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger, a year before the outbreak of the military conflict with the British Empire. Located 500 kilometers from the City Park occupies an area of Johannesburg areas of Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. Kruger National Park has the status of largest and most profitable National Park on the planet! Numerous meadows and pastures of the park are home to 145 animal species, about 450 species of birds, and 100 species of reptiles. The big five animals of Africa - elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, lion, and buffalo - became the symbol of the national park. The flora is represented by 460 species of trees and shrubs and over 200 grass species. In the north of the park, scientists have discovered an early man site with stone structures. Kruger Park is included in the list of World Heritage Sites. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The Pilanesberg Game Reserve located 13 kilometers away from Sun City has been operating since 1979. It lies in the crater of an extinct volcano. Its territory is surrounded by a circle of 4 hills. Today, the park has become one of the most visited tourist parks in South Africa. The park's main purpose is to preserve a number of animal species from extermination by poachers. In the center of Pilanesberg, there is a picturesque lake, which has become home to various waterfowl species. In addition, the park is inhabited by over 6,000 species of animals and 350 species of birds. The park offers a number of hotels allowing to observe the animal and plant life around the clock.
P1050676 In the Sundays River Valley, 70 kilometers away from Port Elizabeth, you will find Addo Elephant National Park. He was created to save the remaining 11 elephants in 1931. At the present time, the park has grown and already become home to 360 elephants. Previously, the park was poorly fenced and the elephants freely walked through the neighboring territories, becoming victims of poachers and local residents. To save the last remaining individuals, workers of the park decided to bring pineapples and various citrus fruits to the center of the Addo. Eventually, the elephants got used to the feeding place and ate so much fruit that began to die from its oversupply. In this regard, the feeding of Addo elephants with citrus fruits is strictly prohibited. In addition to elephants, rhinoceros, buffaloes, antelopes and other representatives of the African fauna live in the reserve.
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The Tsitsikamma National Park stretches in a narrow strip along the coastline of the Indian Ocean for 80 kilometers. It protrudes 5 kilometers into the ocean. Tsitsikamma became the first marine park in South Africa. This protected area boasts of a large number of freshwater reservoirs and waterfalls. The life of birds can be observed without leaving the hotel room in case of staying in cozy small houses equipped directly on the trees. In the park, besides birds, you can also visit a monkey reserve or a mini-park of snakes, as well as a nursery of cheetahs or elephants. Fans of outdoor activities will be able to try a bungee jump from a waterfall, raft down the Storm River, go canoeing or fishing.
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National and city parks of South Africa
♥   National Park 'Agulhas National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Augrabies Falls National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Bontebok National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Camdeboo National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Cape Floral Region Protected Areas' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Garden Route National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Golden Gate Highlands National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Groenkloof National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Kalahari Gemsbok National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Karoo National Park' . On the map   Photos

Famous places and sights of South Africa

Bo-Kaap

From the series “Top 13 Most Colorful and Picturesque Places on the Planet”
In Cape Town there is also a strange colorful district - Bo-Kaap. Once it was an unsightly Malay quarter, which gradually became the real open-air museum. The main feature of the picturesque historical district is the low old houses, whose façades were painted in all rainbow colors. Some of the buildings that can be seen today in the district were built in the middle of the 18th century. Miraculously, its original architecture has survived until the present.

One of the landmarks of the Bo-Kaap quarter is the Nurul Mosque, built in 1844. The tourists can also visit the interesting museum and view the interior of the colorful houses from the inside. Despite its popularity, Bo-Kaap is one of Cape Town's quietest districts. From its territory, the excellent panorama opens to the Table ... Read all

Corrugated Sphere

From the series “Most Curious Artifacts of Extraterrestrial Origin”
The unique wavy spheres were first discovered by the miners in the Republic of South Africa a few decades ago. Since then, they have been regularly found by the workers on the depths. The spheres have different structure. Some of them are uniform and consist of the modern science of unknown alloy. The other spheres are hollow. During the sawing, the porous white matter has been found in them. A single similar element is the small furrows, which are called the 'equator'.

The age of the mountain, in which the miners find the mysterious spheres, forms almost three billion years, which contradicts the theory of their earthly origin. The mines, which are located near Klerksdorp, have been attracting researchers from all over the world for several years. The spheres are found regularly. Their ... Read all
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Cultural sights in regions of South Africa

Cape Town
Don’t forget to make a walk through Companies Garden Park, the territory of which is the location of two architectural attractions - St. George Church and the Parliament building. Cape Town is also rich in natural attractions. A visit to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is included in virtually all excursions. … Read more
Johannesburg
The city is home to a huge number of various museums and theaters. For example, Market Theatre Cultural Center is known far beyond the borders of the country. Here are located three theaters, art galleries, as well as several restaurants, nightclubs and bars. This is a unique entertainment complex that is perfect for … Read more
Pretoria
Klapperkop fort’s history is interesting too, its territory involves a lot of symbolic monuments and memorials. Among examples of Military architecture it is important to note the fort Wonderboompoort. It took part in less military operations, so it was kept to the present time almost in primeval form. One of the … Read more
Stellenbosch
Fans of outdoor activities and walking will like Dorp Street, which is recognized as one of the most beautiful streets in Stellenbosch. It’s the place where visitors will see many beautiful and old buildings. Surprisingly, all houses look virtually flawless despite the fact that many of them were constructed … Read more

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