Addo Elephant National Park, home to more than 500 elephants, is an ideal place to see the grey leviathans. What began as a 2 000-hectare reserve in 1931 is now a patchwork of protected areas that add up to 168 000 hectares.
At the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, Agulhas National Park occupies a wild, intoxicating stretch of coast with whale-filled bays and rocky promontories.
Game which had been absent for over 100 years now roams freely in the Amakhala area that includes the Bushman's River valley and rolling hills of grassveld and savanna.
Bontebok National Park, situated 240 km from Cape Town and 8 km from Swellendam, boasts 120 types of bontebok.
De Hoop Nature Reserve, on the southern Cape coast, is unrivalled for rare and endangered flora and fauna. You can tick off more Red Data species here than just about anywhere else.
The Garden Route National Park has the largest continuous forest in the country, a range of mountains on one side and the sea on the other, lagoons, estuaries, lakes, and a marine reserve.
Golden Gate, named after its golden sandstone cliffs, offers beautiful scenery in the eastern Free State.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is South Africa's oldest game park. Set in the heart of Zululand, its rolling 96 000 hectare wilderness contains a spectacular diversity of wildlife, flora and fauna.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's third largest park, is located in Northern KwaZulu-Natal and encompasses eight interlinking ecosystems and a huge range of habitats.