South Africa: A must visit for animal lovers

There are millions of people who love animals and wouldn’t miss any opportunity to see some of these amazing creatures, be it the wild type like the lions and cheetahs or the more friendly ones like the Zebras and Giraffes.

Over the cause of the decades, people have come to appreciate the existence of these animals, showing them love and care like never before in the history of mankind and gone are the days when we use to say it a survival of the fittest as more measures are put in place by organizations, governments and even individuals to protect these wild but vulnerable creatures.

And if there is a place where these animals are given the most protection and care then it is South Africa, the country popularly referred to as the rainbow nation.

South Africa currently boasts of the highest number of wildlife in Africa with more than fifty world class zoos and forest reserves that houses these animals, protecting them from activities of poachers and hunters.

Elephants in the Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
Elephants in the Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
African lion in the National park of South Africa
African lion in the National park of South Africa

With the country gaining a reputation for its vast wildlife population and strict policies protecting wildlife, the country receives millions of tourists whose main intent is to visit some of these reserves and have a closer experience and look at these rare and amazing animals.

The likes of Kruger Park, Bloemfontein Zoo and Mapungubwe Park have come to embody the wildlife tourism of the southern African nation with animals like Tiger, Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards and Elephants being the main attractions at these centres.

For the animal lovers, those planning trips to visit some animal sites around the world, there is no better place to visit than the rainbow nation called South Africa, where wildlife abounds and are protected for the good of mankind.

Visiting South Africa: Kruger National Park

South Africa is statistically Africa’s most visited country in terms of tourism and entertainment, hosting well over a million tourists every year.

This feat however did not come on a silver platter for the Southern African country, it took them decades of conscious and sturdy effort to achieve the feat and today ranks among the best destinations for tourists.

With so many attractions to pick from, visiting S.A as a tourist as a dream for many especially those living in other parts of the African continent. One such attraction tourist can choose to visit among the lot is he iconic Kruger national park.

The Kruger National Park stretches across the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces of South Africa and is recognized as one of the largest wildlife parks in Africa covering a land size of 19,485 kilometre square.

The park was first established in 1926 as South Africa’s first national park during the Apartheid era to serve as a special reserved area for endangered species that were at the risk of extinction if not protected.

Since then the park has grown in popularity to become Africa’s prime animal reserve, receiving millions of visitors every year. The popularity of the park reached its peak in 2004 when it received an estimated 1.3million visitors in the course of the year, but has since then managed to maintain and improve upon the number.

The animal population in the park is also among the most impressive in Africa, with over 300 different species of animals, mostly endangered species living harmoniously in the park, most common among them being the lions, zebras, Girrafe, Deer, Cheetahs, Leopards and elephants.

Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii) ewe near Kruger National Park
Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii) ewe near Kruger National Park
Leopard on the rocks in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Leopard on the rocks in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Zebra with a baby in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Zebra with a baby in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Kruger National park aside its animal population is also home to about 300 archaeological sites which gives credence to the fact that before modern civilization and the area’s conversion to a reserve, it used to be home to a group of people in the primitive era. Visiting tourists are given access to visit these historical archaeological sites and learn a thing or two about history related to the park.

In fact it is very rare to see rare for tourists to visit South Africa and not make a trip to the Kruger National Park, showing just how important the reserve is to the South African tourism sector.

The reserve is opened to all and sundry  but strictly protected from activities such as poaching with the South African government taken stringent measures such as jail time for people found to be engaging in such activities in the park.

VIDEO: Safari guide accidentally walks straight into pride of lions

Steve, a safari guide at the Kruger National Park in South Africa accidentally walked into pride of lions after stepping out of his safari vehicle.

Steve stepped out of the vehicle to look at some animal tracks when he unwittingly found himself mere meters away from an entire pride of lions.

Both Steve and the lions were surprised. He walked back to the vehicle immediately though the lion didn’t make any attempt to attack him. He was very lucky.

Watch the video below: