Top 10 Animal Interactions in South Africa

  1. Addo Elephant National Park

Situated in the Eastern Cape Province, this is the 3rd largest national park in South Africa.

Here you will encounter one of the densest African elephant populations on earth.

You can even go and view the elephants from an underground hide that looks out over a waterhole. Here you can be really close to elephants when they come to drink water.

2. Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach in Cape Town is the only place in the world where you get close to African Penguins. This a family-friendly swimming beach. You can climb over the boulders, explore the rock pools and swim in the cool and clear ocean.

3. Kruger National Park

Overnight in a hide in the world-famous Kruger National Park. The park offer two Sleepover Hides. They are the Sable and Shipandani.

By spending a night in one of these hides you will have a fantastic opportunity to experience the African nighttime wildlife from close by.

4. Algoa Bay Dolphins

This amazing marine experience will be one of the most enjoyable activities that you can do in Cape Town.

Duiker Island just outside of Hout Bay is home to about 5000 seals. They are very curious and playfull and will be swimming circles around you. They will often come within an arm’s length of you.

It is a safe place to snorkel with seals as there are no Great White Sharks around this island due to the cold water and kelp forrest barrier that keeps them out.

6. Meerkats in the Kalahari Desert

Meerkats live in large family groups that are known as clans. These groups can consist of 40 individuals and normally have one dominant female

One of the best opportunities to see them is to wait beside a burrow in the morning for the clan to emerge. They are found all over the Kalahari Desert.

7. Hippos on Lake St Lucia

Hippos will remain in the water of the St Lycia Estuary for the majority of the day. You can also see hippos on the banks of the estuary during winter.

However it is not an unusual occurrence to see hippos wander the streets of town at night as well as day time. They are dangerous animals so caution should be practised when one come across them.

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8. Go whale watching

We have the world’s premier whale watching site in Hermanus. Many people flock here every year during the whale season from early June until late November to see these mysterious and beautiful creatures. On a whale watching boat trip you will come up close to the famous Southern Wright Whales.

9. Sardine run along the Wild Coast

This annual phenomenon occurs each winter in the waters of southern KwaZulu-Natal when large schools of sardines move in a band up the coast.

The migration of sardines are accompanied by of hundreds of dolphins, sharks, diving birds, whales, game fish and seals who all join in the feeding frenzy.

Should you want to witness this migration first hand, there are safe scuba diving trips on offer close to the feeding frenzy.

10. Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai

The area is known to offer an abundance of energy rich food to the sharks. This is the reason why so many Great White Sharks are found here.

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