South Africa seems an exotic and dangerous place for the majority of the people. However, this doesn’t stop the more adventurous travelers from pitching a tent somewhere in South Africa. If you are looking for a destination, there are some that you should take into consideration.
uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
This is a World Heritage Site located nearby Durban. You will be amazed by the mountain scenery and you can be sure you will not be bored since there is a wide array of outdoor activities available. The national park is split up into four sections and you should make sure you check them all out.
Addo Elephant National Park
This is one of the largest national parks in South Africa. You can enjoy the safari (including night rides) and the hikes on the dune fields. You may try guided game drives, self-guided game drives, walks, fishing, trails and hikes, and bird watching. There are several camps you can choose from in different regions of the park.
Tsitsikamma – Garden Route National Park
You can reach this camp from Port Elisabeth or from Plettenberg Bay. There are two rest camps. One of them is Storms River with a nice coastline and adrenalin raising activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, hikes and trails and boating. Besides this you can also try bungee jumping, climbing, tree top canopy tours, biking, and kloofing. Nature Valley is somewhat more relaxed where you can try trails and hikes, sailing, canoeing, boating, or just sunbathing on the beach.
Cederberg Nature Reserve
Again, this reserve is a Natural Heritage Site where you can find soaring peaks and dramatic stone formations. In case you like history, for sure you will appreciate the rock art paintings. Here you can try mountaineering, walks, biking, and hikes and trails.
Shongweni Dam and Game Reserve
If it is wildlife you are interested in, this reserve is the right one for you. It is located about half an hour from Durban, so if you have some business there, you could have a quick trip to the reserve. This is the right place for the watersports. Game drives and walks are the main attractions of the reserve.
Make sure that you visit as many reserves as you can to see the best that South Africa has to offer. An aspect to consider is that it is more fun to visit the reserves with friends or family.