8 Games Reserves and Parks That Are Open for Travel During Lockdown

Although South Africa is still on lockdown Level 3 due to COVID-19 where leisure travel is prohibited, public and private game farms are open to travellers from the same provinces for only self-drive excursions from 06:00 to 18:00.

This allows residents to enjoy the nature and wildlife that the province has to offer while on lockdown. South African National Parks announced on Saturday that day visitors will be allowed at all of its parks, apart from Namaqua National Park as well as Boulders and Cape Point in the Table Mountain National Park. To limit face-face contact between staff and guests, booking via travel agents is encouraged to take care of all the hustle including car hire since only self-drive is permitted.

We are happy to share with the 8 Game Reserve and Parks that are now operating during Level 3 should you wish to unwind:

1. Kruger National Park:

The park lies in the North-East of South Africa, in the Eastern parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, one of the World Heritage sites that offers you an authentic African safari experience with excellent wildlife sightings.

Take a journey of exploration to find Africa’s Big Five : Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo, you will discover unique wildlife on a real safari in Africa. The iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa is waiting for you to explore its vast landscapes and spectacular African wildlife.

2. The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

This gorgeous park lies in the heart of “old Zululand” and is rich in history dating back to the early Iron Age and the days of the Zulu Kingdom. The Park contains many historic sites. This fascinating game reserve covers 96 000 ha and is comprised of the Hluhluwe and iMfolozi Game Reserves. The Corridor Game Reserve, established in 1989, links the two older parks.

3. Midmar Resort

It is situated within easy reach of most other KwaZulu-Natal Midlands attractions, such as the well-known and popular Midlands Meander. The game park is stocked with a variety of game species such as red hartebeest, black wildebeest, zebra, blesbok, reedbuck and oribi. About a one and half hour drive from Durban and five hours from Johannesburg via the N3.

4. Ithala Game reserve

This spectacular reserve, tumbling from the heights of the Ngotshe Mountains a thousand meters down into a deep valley, carved over the eons by the Phongolo River revealing the world’s oldest rock formations makes Ithala Game Reserve a game viewers paradise. Ithala Game Reserve is located within the rugged, mountainous thornveld of northern KwaZulu-Natal, the reserve’s multitude of habitats host a spectacular array of wildlife species.

5. Kapama Private Game Reserve

Escape to a place away from time, and indulge in one of the finest safari lodges near the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Nestled between the Blyde River Valley and Kruger National Park, Kapama’s four individually appointed and luxurious camps offer an escape for nature lovers from across the globe. This untouched part of Africa is home to some of our most endangered, beautiful, and fascinating wildlife.

6. Giant’s Castle

Situated in the central part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, about a six-hour drive from Johannesburg via the N3 and about three hours from Durban. A network of mapped trails spreads along the river, into the foothills or into the high ’Berg itself, providing endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, photographers, amateur botanists and hikers to immerse themselves in tranquil solitude.

Spring is a particularly special time of the year, with many of the seasonal grassland plants in bloom. Here one can often see the indigenous agapanthus dusting the veld with a blue haze, or the yellow/orange bloom of the red-hot poker, amongst many others.

7.ISimangaliso Wetland Park

This is one of the world heritages sites and of the outstanding natural wetland and coastal sites of Africa. Covering an area of 239,566 ha, it includes a wide range of pristine marine, coastal, wetland, estuarine, and terrestrial environments which are scenically beautiful and basically unmodified by people.

These include coral reefs, long sandy beaches, coastal dunes, lake systems, swamps, and extensive reed and papyrus wetlands, providing critical habitat for a wide range of species from Africa’s seas, wetlands and savannahs. Was proclaimed South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in 1999 during an unveiling ceremony where Nelson Mandela was the guest of honour. Previously known as the St Lucia Wetlands, the reserve was renamed iSimangaliso, which means ‘miracle and wonder’ in 2010.

8. Shamwari Game Reserve 

is an iconic private reserve located near Port Elizabeth. It encompasses five of South Africa’s seven biomes; an amazing range of habitats that allows for an exceptional diversity of wildlife including all of the Big Five and more than 275 different bird species.

If you wish visit any of the above or any other game reserve or park do get in touch with us, we’ll be happy to arrange everything for you. Please email us on: info@msinsitravels.com

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