Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre: A rehab for animals in South Africa

When it comes to tourism in African, South Africa is undoubtedly the ultimate destination for millions of tourists around the world, and the most important element and mainstay of the country’s tourism has been its amazing and grand wildlife population.

Every year, millions of tourists from miles away visit South Africa to experience the country’s incredible tourism sector. Most often, these tourists include wildlife sightseeing in their tourism adventure owing to the renowned reputation South Africa has as a country that is home to millions of wildlife, even the rarest of them.

Due to this, the Southern Africa nation places the utmost importance on their animal population, and this is evidenced in the creation of the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Limpopo.

The Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is dedicated to the wellbeing of wildlife in South Africa. The centre rescues distressed, injured, dying, sick and poisoned animals and treat them as their core mandate. Additionally, it is responsible for educating the masses on the need to preserve these animals and protect them.

While most of the treated animals are often released back into the wild, those perceived to be in extreme danger are usually kept at a section of the centre which is a small reserve and are regarded as ‘Permanent Residents’.

The centre also serves as an important tourist attraction in Limpopo. Tourists are encouraged to visit the centre and interact with some of these wonderful creatures that had been rescued from the grip of death.

For those who would like to experience something more than just wildlife sightseeing, but learn more about animal and nature conservation, the Moholoholo Wildlife rehabilitation centre is an excellent choice as tourists go through a series of lessons on the need to protect animals and nature and why it is vital to the survival of human and also a boost for the South African economy.

Free State National Botanical Garden

Noone hates beautiful gardens, and no one would forgo the opportunity to visit some amazing and incredible botanical gardens, especially one like the Free State Botanical Garden where beauty collides with nature to create an incredibly unique natural scenic environment.

The Free State Botanical Garden, located in Bloemfontein is arguably one of the finest gardens and natural attractions in South Africa serving as a major tourist spot for travellers who visit the rainbow nation, specifically Bloemfontein.

Occupying a land size of approximately 70 hectares, the Free State Botanical Garden boasts of housing more than 400 species of plants and flowers, some of which are among the rarest in Africa.

Aside from its wonderful plant population, the garden also has other major attractions including a replica of an ancient cave which is believed to have been home to the ancient people who resided in the park, a small lake that is situated in a section of the garden, and an incredible bird population comprising of 145 species.

Reptiles are also known to exist in the park, living in the lake and the dense woodlands part of the garden but are in small numbers compared to the bird population.

And to add to the fun that comes with visiting the garden, the facility is also a major picnic ground where families, friends and various groups go to camp and spend some good time together eating and drinking.

For all the many attractions in Bloemfontein, if you are looking for something more natural, beautiful and colourful, the Free State Botanical Garden will not be a bad choice.

Augrabies Falls National Park – South Africa

Augrabies Falls and National Park is a combination of a natural waterfall and an intentionally created national park, situated in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, near the city of Upington.

The park was first established in 1966 to complement the already existing rocky waterfall and make the site a complete tourist attraction where people could go and experience the beauty of the waterfall while at the same time being able to tour the vast land which constitute the park.

Unlike most waterfalls which are located in tick dense forests, Augrabies waterfalls is located in a very rocky area and situated on  a high landscape, surrounded mostly by desert-like land with few trees.

An African Red-Eyed Bulbul at Augrabies Falls National Park in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.
An African Red-Eyed Bulbul at Augrabies Falls National Park in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.

The waterfall itself which runs through the top of the hill, among rocks and created by erosion activities which had taken place over a period of decades or possibly centuries, resulting in the large water run ways between the rocks on top of the hill.

In terms of geographic, Augrabie cover a total land size of 820 square kilometre with a waterfall that is about 60 metres high, forming an amazing natural fall, especially during the rainy season when there is flooding on top of the hill.

Due to the desert and rocky nature of the park, the tree population is not very impressive as compared to other parks in South Africa, nonetheless there are several botanic trees in the park which adapt to the unsuitable conditions and thrive.

The situation is same in terms of the animal population in the park with several species of animals who can perfectly adapt to the climate and dry nature found living there. These include the Gemsbok, Caracal, Black Rhinos, African Wild Cat and Fox.

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: