A wilderness area can be defined as:
‘A region unaffected by any development, with most of them practising the highest level of conservation – legally protected and untouched by man.’
South Africa has some of the finest wilderness areas in the world and we are lucky, here at Flexi Club, to have resorts within easy reach of some of the best of these.
So here are 5 of the best wilderness areas, broken down by Province.
1. iSimangaliso Wetland Park – St Lucia
iSimangaliso Wetland Park consists of no fewer than 328,000 hectares of pristine natural ecosystems, and is the country’s third-largest protected land mass.
2. The Mkhomazi Wilderness Area – Drakensberg Park
Mkhomazi Wilderness is located in the central area of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, and is considered to be one of the few spaces in the country where you can hike for days without coming across another living soul.
3. Mountain Zebra National Park
Within this 530,000 hectare area roam Cape mountain zebra, black wildebeest, black rhino and cheetah. This park is also home to more unusual animals like the aardvark, black-footed cat and honey badger, as well as 1,288 indigenous plant species.
4. The Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area
This Western Cape reserve is nestled within the Groot Winterhoek range, offering breathtaking views of the stunning mountain landscape. It is found just outside the historical town of Tulbagh and east of Porterville.
5. The Cederberg Wilderness
The Cederberg Wilderness lies some 200 km north of Cape Town. This vast section of the Cederberg region encompasses some 71,000 Ha of rugged, mountainous terrain.