September 15, 2010

Honeymoon in South Africa’s National Parks

Honeymoon combinations may include a few nights at a private camp to dine and sleep in luxury and then a few nights discovering the beauty of nature in one owns time.

In the summer months October – March the grass is green and lush and the park should be blessed with rivers flowing in abundance from the summer rains, the park will be teeming with newborns and migrant birds. The sun is very hot at this time of the year; the nights are humid bringing with them sudden downpours. The winter months allow for wonderful game viewing, with shorter grass and trees without leaves.

The rain is less so the animals are more easily sighted at the water holes where they tend to gather. Winter days are warm and sunny but the nights are as cold as the summer days hot.
Many couples both international and locals choose to exchange their vows under the African Skies with the gift of Mother Nature close by.

SAN parks represent the indigenous fauna, flora, landscapes and cultural heritage of the country. There are 20 national parks, 15 have overnight tourist facilities with a variety of accommodation in arid, coastal, mountain and bushveld habitats. Opportunities for tourists include game viewing, bush walks, canoeing and exposure to cultural and historical experiences.

The national parks are: Kruger, Table Moun-tain, Marakele, Golden Gate, Vaalbos, Mountain Zebra, Addo Elephant, Tsitsi-kamma, Knysna, Wilderness, Bontebok, Agulhas, West Coast, Karoo, Namaqua, Richtersveld, Augrabies, Kgalagadi, Mapungubwe and Tankwa Karoo.

In 1910 Game reserves and the general well being of wildlife were placed under the administration of the Transvaal. In 1912 Stevenson-Hamilton submitted the first proposal to Sir Patrick Duncan, suggesting the reserves should become a national park. This idea was well received and supported by the Wildlife society. It was only in 1923 however that under the influence of Col Deneys Reitz MP that a bill was drafted, but it was not passed due to elections and change in government at this time.

On the 31st May 1926 Minister Grobler moved the National parks bill in parliament and despite all opposition a vision was turned into reality and the first board of the South African National Parks was appointed.

SAN parks is responsible for 3 751 113 hectares of protected land in the 20 mentioned national parks.

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