Africa is synonymous with wildlife, and in South Africa's National Parks you will find an unparalleled variety of insect, fish, reptile, amphibian, bird and mammal life, coupled with a diversity of plant species.
Along the Garden Route, there are various National Parks, each with its own special magic, with the emphasis is on conservation and on the preservation and maintenance of natural assets and processes.
Explore a captivating world of lakes, rivers, estuaries and beaches that gently unfolds against a backdrop of lush forest and lofty mountains. Nature trails wind through densely wooded forest and along tranquil rivers, and the rare and sensitive ecosystem is home to a wealth of water birds - affording you the opportunity to encounter the brilliantly coloured Knysna lourie, or one of the five kingfisher species that occur here. During spring, a carpet of flowers, further enhance the verdant beauty of this national park.
The exceptionally beautiful Knysna National Lake Area is home to the endangered Knysna seahorse and a large diversity of marine life. Sandbanks and salt marshes teem with life and in turn provide food to an immeasurable number of organisms. Dominated by the craggy bastions of the twin Knysna Heads, the lagoon has borne witness to centuries of trade in timber, ivory and gold. The Lake Area enjoys a temperate climate and visitors can revel in the warm summer sun.
Towards late afternoon, the great, unyielding canopy slowly softens its fierceness, and from pastel shades of pink and blue, the colours deepen, setting the endless Karoo canvas ablaze with glorious hues of orange and red. The Great Karoo is a vast and unforgiving landscape of which the Karoo National Park is but a small portion. Being the largest ecosystem in South Africa, the Karoo is home to a fascinating diversity of life, all having adapted to survive in these harsh conditions. Karoo National Park is dominated by the lofty Nuweveld Mountains and rolling plains, where many species that originally occurred here now occupy their former ranges.