Where Is This? (Africa)
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Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
South Africa’s coastal province of Kwa-Zulu Natal has the second largest population of white rhino in the world, most of which live in the hilly Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. It was in fact the discovery of 40 Southern white rhinos in 1894 that led to the reserve’s designation a year later, to protect the species which had been presumed hunted to extinction.
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve is also home to an important population of the critically endangered black rhino, of which there are just 5,000 living in the wild, as well as the other members of the ‘Big Five’.
Located within the reserve, Rhino Ridge provides its guests morning and afternoon game drives, led by experienced guides who rarely fail to spot white rhino at the least. A stay at the luxury safari lodge can be included in a tailor made South Africa holiday.
Amboseli National Park, Kenya
The arid climate of Amboseli National Park is caused by its towering Tanzanian neighbour, Mount Kilamanjaro, prompting the moisture in the prevailing air flow from the Indian Ocean to discharge as rainfall before it reaches the park. This results in superb game viewing, as vegetation is low to the ground and birds and wildlife cluster around what limited water sources there are.
Amboseli is known as one of the best places in the world to observe elephants, but is also home to cheetahs, lions, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests and buffalo, as well over 400 species of birds, including kingfishers and pelicans.
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Almost a quarter of this National Park in northern Namibia is covered by the Etosha salt pan, hence its name.
The salt pan remains dry for most of the year, filling briefly following summer rains when flamingos and pelicans arrive. At other times, the nutrient-rich dust from the pan gets blown across the park, providing a lifeline for vegetation, which in turn supports a surprisingly large number of animal species including lion, leopard, black rhino and elephant.
Game viewing in the park is excellent, especially in the dry season between May and October as animals converge on numerous waterholes.
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