South Africa's Fabulous National Parks

South Africa has 19 national parks of which the two featured in this gallery are the Kruger National Park and the Addo Elephant National Park.

First protected in 1898 and formally established in 1926, Kruger is South Africa's oldest and largest national park, which borders Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Spread over nearly 20,000 square kilometres in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa, it extends 360 km from north to south and 65 km from east to west. Kruger is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park linked to the Limpopo national park in Mozambique and the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe. Kruger National Park reports the presence of 147 mammal species, the most for any park in Africa, and include the Big Five -- African Elephant, Black Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. Kruger National Park also has 517 species of birds and 114 species of reptiles including 3,000 crocodiles. Entry to the park is through nine gates.

Addo Elephant National Park is South Africa's third largest national park and is located close to Port Elizabeth. Established in 1931, the park has 450 elephants, 400 Cape Buffalo, about 48 endangered black rhinos and a number of antelope species including impala, kudu, nyala and gazelle.



A lion walks through the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa. 
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A lion walks through the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa. 
A hippopotamus in Crocodile River near Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
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A hippopotamus in Crocodile River near Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
A white rhino and calf in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, which is part of the greater Kruger National Park.
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A white rhino and calf in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, which is part of the greater Kruger National Park.
A car drives off a road to avoid three young lions at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa. 
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A car drives off a road to avoid three young lions at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa. 
A lion yawns in Edeni Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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A lion yawns in Edeni Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
A male Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) in Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
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A male Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) in Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
A lion stalks a large kudu at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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A lion stalks a large kudu at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
A lion cub drinks at the bank of the Makhutswi River at sunrise in the Edeni Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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A lion cub drinks at the bank of the Makhutswi River at sunrise in the Edeni Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
A female leopard in the branches of a tree with a freshly killed antelope in Kruger National Park.
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A female leopard in the branches of a tree with a freshly killed antelope in Kruger National Park.
A Nyala at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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A Nyala at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
 A female nyala in Edeni Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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 A female nyala in Edeni Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
A flap-neck chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) crosses a road in Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
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A flap-neck chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) crosses a road in Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Brown-hooded Kingfisher in the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
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Brown-hooded Kingfisher in the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
A leopard yawns in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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A leopard yawns in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
A zebra stretches at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa spanning 19,000 square kilometres and is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
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A zebra stretches at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa spanning 19,000 square kilometres and is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
A baboon carries a baby as she walks through the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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A baboon carries a baby as she walks through the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
A lion walks through the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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A lion walks through the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
A crocodile relaxes on an island in the middle of a lake in the Edeni Game Reserve, South Africa. Edeni is a 21,000 acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife located near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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A crocodile relaxes on an island in the middle of a lake in the Edeni Game Reserve, South Africa. Edeni is a 21,000 acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife located near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
An African rock python on a dirt road in Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
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An African rock python on a dirt road in Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
A yellow-billed hornbill on a branch in Edeni Game Reserve, South Africa. Edeni is a 21,000-acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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A yellow-billed hornbill on a branch in Edeni Game Reserve, South Africa. Edeni is a 21,000-acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
A waterbuck in the Edeni Game Reserve, South Africa near Kruger National Park.
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A waterbuck in the Edeni Game Reserve, South Africa near Kruger National Park.
A waterbuck walks down a trail in Edeni Game Reserve, a 21,000 acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife located near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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A waterbuck walks down a trail in Edeni Game Reserve, a 21,000 acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife located near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
A cheetah hisses in Edeni Game Reserve, a 21,000 acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife located near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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A cheetah hisses in Edeni Game Reserve, a 21,000 acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife located near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
A lion relaxes on the banks of the Luvuvhu River at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa. 
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A lion relaxes on the banks of the Luvuvhu River at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa. 
A crocodile watches a bird on a sand island in Edeni Game Reserve, a 21,000 acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife located near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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A crocodile watches a bird on a sand island in Edeni Game Reserve, a 21,000 acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife located near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 07: A black rhinocerus (Diceros bicornis) mother with calf pictured in the Kruger National Park on December 7, 2007 in Mpumalanga, South Africa. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 07: A black rhinocerus (Diceros bicornis) mother with calf pictured in the Kruger National Park on December 7, 2007 in Mpumalanga, South Africa. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
A vulture sits on a branch in the Edeni Game Reserve, a 21,000 acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife located near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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A vulture sits on a branch in the Edeni Game Reserve, a 21,000 acre wilderness area with an abundance of game and birdlife located near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Vultures fly from a tree in Edeni Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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Vultures fly from a tree in Edeni Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Hippopotamuses relax on a sand island in Edeni Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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Hippopotamuses relax on a sand island in Edeni Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
A hippopotamus bellows in the Limpopo River at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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A hippopotamus bellows in the Limpopo River at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
An elephant walks in the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa spanning 19,000 square kilometres and is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
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An elephant walks in the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa spanning 19,000 square kilometres and is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
A fruit bat hangs from a hut roof in Kruger National Park near Hazyview, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
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A fruit bat hangs from a hut roof in Kruger National Park near Hazyview, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Young male lions relax on a sealed road at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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Young male lions relax on a sealed road at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
A giraffe walks through scrub in Edeni Game Reserve, near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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A giraffe walks through scrub in Edeni Game Reserve, near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
A Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) basks on the bank of the Crocodile River in Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
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A Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) basks on the bank of the Crocodile River in Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
An African leopard (Panthera pardus pardus) in Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
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An African leopard (Panthera pardus pardus) in Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Lion cubs play on the banks of the Makhutswi River at sunrise in the Edeni Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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Lion cubs play on the banks of the Makhutswi River at sunrise in the Edeni Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
A giant Baobab tree at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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A giant Baobab tree at the Pafuri game reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Cape Buffalo graze in Edeni Game Reserve, a 21,000 acre wilderness area near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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Cape Buffalo graze in Edeni Game Reserve, a 21,000 acre wilderness area near Kruger National Park in South Africa.
A lilac-breasted roller sits on a branch in Kruger Nartional Park near Hazyview, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
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A lilac-breasted roller sits on a branch in Kruger Nartional Park near Hazyview, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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