Animals and plants

Rescued lions find home in South Africa

Thirty three lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia have arrived safely in South Africa. Animal Defenders International saved the animals and transported them to their new home, Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo.

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South Africa's national parks

South Africa has a vast system of natural reserves to protect indigenous plants, animals, landscapes and cultural heritage. They range from the vast flagship Kruger National Park larger than some countries to the tiny Bontebok National Park in the Western Cape.


South Africa's wildlife wonders

There's more to South African wildlife than the celebrated "Big Five". From big to small, meat eater to ant eater, primate to reptile ... our animals (and birds) are wild, varied and abundant.


South Africa's plant life

South Africa's large areas of semi-desert scrub and grassland might suggest a certain poverty of plant life. Aside from the fact that a tract of pristine grassland can hold up to 60 grass species, nothing could be further from the truth.


iSimangaliso: South Africa's coastal jewel

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is one of the jewels of South Africa's coastline, with a unique mosaic of ecosystems - swamps, lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands - supporting an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life.


South Africa's bird life

South Africa ranks as one of the top birding destinations in the world, offering an unbeatable combination of variety of birds, well-developed transport networks, and a user-friendly and supportive birding tourism industry.


From Big Five to Little Five

Visitors to South Africa are always keen to see the country's celebrated Big Five neglecting a wealth of smaller wildlife. To remedy this, some clever people came up with another must-see list, the Little Five: elephant shrew, ant lion, rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise!

South African wildlife experiences

Wildlife experiences

Some of the ways you can experience South Africa's extraordinary wildlife and wilderness for yourself. >

World heritage

We're home to eight World Heritage sites, places of "outstanding value to humanity". >
South Africa's World Heritage sites
Sustainable development in South Africa

Sustainable development

South African initiatives for "people, planet, prosperity". >

South Africa photo galleries

Gallery: South Africa's 
wildlife

Wildlife

The famous Big Five - elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo - and more. >

Gallery: South Africa's national parks

National parks

Kgalagadi's desert, Kruger's wildlife, Mapungubwe's ancient heritage, and more. >

Gallery: South Africa's birdlife

Birdlife

Some of the more striking of the 850 or so bird species recorded in South Africa. >

Gallery: South Africa's plant life

Plant life

Five major habitat types, and some 10% of the world's flowering species. >