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Game Reserves of Southern Africa

Top 10 South African Game Reserves

Namibia is a hauntingly beautiful safari destination - a land of unique landscapes, surreal sunsets, towering sand dunes and desert mists; swirling dust from wildlife herds on the searing pans of Etosha; Damarland's lunar landscape and the desolation of Skeleton Coast. A place of solitude and silence, vast spaces, great destinations and friendly people.

Namibia has 7 main National Parks/Game Reserves:

• Namib-Naukluft National Park
• Skeleton Coast
• Etosha National Park
• Damaraland
• Caprivi Region
• Fish River Canyon
• Waterburg Plateau

The most famous being:

Etosha National Park
One of the largest and best game viewing parks in the whole of Africa. The reason is in the Ovambo name
Etosha, which means 'huge white area' or 'place of dry water', depending upon whom you ask. For most of the year a vast shallow pan, which was once a lake the size
of Holland, shimmers a glaring bright white from  crystallised salt across its entire surface. Surrounding the pans is a variety of grass and woodlands amongst which live a wonderful variety of animals and birds, insects and reptiles.

and…The Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon in southern Namibia is second only in grandeur to the USA’s Grand Canyon in Arizona. It is absolutely magnificent and breathtaking in its immensity. Rock stratas of purples, pinks and greys stretch along a 100-mile (161km) course. Yet it comes as something of a shock when you arrive at the canyon, as you have no idea it is there. It drops vertically by 1,800ft (550m) out of a flat arid plateau without any warning, even though at some points it is 17 miles (27km) wide!

Botswana has a unique blend of magnificent wildlife regions, from the searing mirages of the Kalahari Desert to the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta. This is a country with a proud history of wildlife management and conservation, making it one of Africa's premier
safari destinations. Intriguing landscapes, abundant wildlife and a myriad of bird species await the traveler.

Botswana’s main Game Reserves/National Parks are:
• Central Kalahari Game Reserve
• Chobe National Park
• Linyanti Swamp
• Makgadikgadi Pan National Park & Salt Pans
• Mashatu Game Reserve
• Nxai Pan National Park
• Okavango Delta
• Moremi Game Reserve
• Savuti Channel & Savute Marsh of which Okavango Delta is the most well known

Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is one of the world's largest inland water systems, the only inland delta of its kind and a unique oasis of life in the centre of the Kalahari Desert. It stretches over 16,000 square km and
supports a staggering variety of animal, plant, fish and birdlife.
The Okavango Delta consists of a multitude of main channels, smaller tributaries and lagoons as well as floodplains, islands and mainland areas. The watercourses are constantly changing due to annual flooding as well as a combination of sediment transport, seismic activity, the construction of termite mounds, and the continual opening up of new channels by feeding hippopotami and the closing of others
by new vegetation growth. There are two fairly distinct areas of the Okavango Delta - the permanent swamp, which is inundated with
water all year round, and the seasonal swamp, which is flooded annually and dries gradually with the onset of summer.

Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region,
offers a safari experience of a lifetime. The park is divided into four distinctly different eco systems: Serondela with its lush plains and dense forests in the Chobe River area in the extreme north-east; the Savuti Marsh in the west; the Linyanti Swamps in the north-west the hot dry hinterland in between. A major feature of Chobe National Park is its elephant population currently estimated at around 120,000. The Chobe elephant are migratory, making seasonal movements of up to 200 km from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers, where they concentrate in the dry season, to the pans in the southeast of the park, to which they disperse
in the rains.

Zimbabwe - despite its current political and economic tensions - still offers superb wildlife experiences in some of the finest reserves of Africa, from the water wilderness of Matusadona and Mana Pools to Hwange and the remote splendor of Gona-Re-Zhou. The crowning glory of Zimbabwe's natural beauty is the mighty Victoria Falls plunging down the Zambezi.

Zimbabwe’s National Parks are:
• Gona-re-Zhou National Park
• Hwange National Park
• Matusadona National Park
• Lake Kariba
• Malilangwe Private Willdlife Reserve
• Mana Pools National Park
• Matobo Hills National Park
• Victoria Falls & Zambezi National Park

Victoria Falls and Zambezi National Park
With little awareness of what lies ahead, the steadily flowing Zambezi River casually approaches Victoria Falls, then topples out of control over a sheer 330-foot (100 metre) drop. This mile-wide (1,609 metre) curtain of water really is as spectacular as its reputation and can be viewed from various angles at numerous viewpoints. It is the widest curtain of falling water in the world, and during the warm wet months of February to April, it cascades at over thirty times its dry season flow. The resulting spray can be seen from 20 miles (32kms) away and explains the local African name for the falls - Mosi-oa-tunya ‘Smoke that Thunders’

The small mountain kingdom of Swaziland is one of Africa's least visited destinations, yet it is host to some magnificent scenery, mountains, waterfalls
and hospitable people. The country also boasts some fine wildlife reserves - and although small in comparison to Africa's fabled destinations, they are
nevertheless unique and worthy custodians of Africa's wildlife heritage.

The Game Reserves of Swaziland are:
• Hlane Game Reserve
• Malolotja Nature Reserve
• Mkhaya Private Game Reserve

Hlane Game Reserve
Meaning ‘wilderness’ is the Kingdom of Swaziland’s largest protected area. It is an immense flat lowland thick with 1,000-year-old hardwood trees like knobthorn, leadwood and tambuti with some grasslands and shallow pans.

Mozambique - although still relatively undeveloped due to the long civil war which beset the country until the 1990's - is again becoming a major African travel destination.

The war left its scars on the human psyche and decimated vegetation in
some areas, but perversely helped preserve other parts of the country in a pristine natural state, untouched by modern development and construction.
Most visitors are drawn to Mozambique's endless stretches of sub tropical beaches, where the fishing and diving are superb. The country has yet to develop a major national park which can easily be accessed by the traveler, although a massive tract of land was recently incorporated into the world's largest trans-frontier reserve, spanning South Africa's famous Kruger
National Park and Zimbabwe's Gona-Re-Zhou. This Peace Park now has no artificial fences or barriers, allowing animals to traverse into Mozambique
and the vegetation to recuperate.









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