Eco-tourism destination in Africa: South Africa
Encapsulating ‘a world in one country’, South Africa is a tourist’s paradise with unmatched natural wealth, ranging from deserts and rivers, to forests and savannahs, beaches and islands, game reserves and villages. The contrasting landscapes of the country, varying from the rainforests along the Garden Route coastlines, to the flat dry karoo in the interiors, to the rugged Drakensberg Mountains in the east, to the flower fields of Namaqualand make for amazing opportunities for nature oriented tourism.
Among the major highlights of eco tourism in South Africa are:
The oldest wildlife reserve in Africa
Unique floral kingdom
7 vegetation biomes
17 protected wetland areas
Several UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Some of the most popular locations for eco tourists in South Africa include:
- The Kruger National Park – One of Africa’s oldest and largest wildlife reserves, this park is home to a rich and varied wildlife populace and bird species. The park covers 18,989 sq. kms and offers accommodation units ranging from bungalow, to luxury safari lodge, to camp site, with prices suiting every budget. You can explore the park not only by driving, but also hiking, horse trails or go by hot-air balloon.
- Mkuzi, famous for its black rhino
- Addo Elephant Park
- Tsitsikamma National Park where you can walk and bathe in the waterfalls and enjoy game viewing.
- Stellenbosch’s wine-growing valleys
- Cape Town – the pulsating city, where mountain, sea, history and climate combine to make it one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The wildlife reserves, marine destinations and other natural attractions are the main areas of visit in South Africa’s Cape region.
- Garden Route – Punctuated with rugged mountains, golden beaches, lush forests, lovely lakes and meandering rivers, the renowned Garden Route will be the prime destination on your green tour to South Africa.
- Drakensberg Mountains – The highest and most impressive mountain range in South Africa, the Drakensberg Mountains soar over 3000 m in height. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features a 200 km mountainous wonderland.
Thus, South Africa, with its unrivaled natural beauty and contrasting landscapes, is a perfect Eco tourism destination in Africa