Africa’s wild heart

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.’  

Here are 5 of the best wilderness areas worth discovering on your next visit to any one of these provinces – each within easy access from our resorts in these regions…


  1. iSimangaliso Wetland Park 

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is comprised of no fewer than 328,000 hectares of pristine natural ecosystems, and the country’s third largest protected land mass.

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  1. The Mkhomazi Wilderness Area – Drakensberg Park

Mkhomazi Wilderness is found in the central parts of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, and is regarded as one of the few spaces in the country where you can hike for days without coming across another living soul.

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Eastern Cape

  1. Mountain Zebra National Park

Within this 530,000 hectare area roam Cape mountain zebra, black wildebeest, black rhino and cheetah, but it also home to unusual animals like the aardvark, black-footed cat and honey badger as well as 1,288 indigenous plant species.

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Western Cape

  1. The Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area

This Western Cape reserve is nestled within the Groot Winterhoek Mountain Range, offering breathtaking views of the landscape. It is just outside the historical town of Tulbagh and east of Porterville.


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  1. The Cederberg Wilderness Area

The Cederberg Wilderness Area lies some 200 km north of Cape Town. This vast area in the Cederberg region encompasses some 71,000 ha of rugged, mountainous terrain.

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