Scott Ramsay has been to some of the most untouched regions on the planet. In all his years of exploring, he counts his visits to the national parks and reserves of Southern Africa among the wildest.
From June 2011 to July 2012, I’ll be exploring and documenting the wild places of South Africa for my Year in the Wild. The goal is to promote the conservation of the country’s natural wonders, by sharing my photos, videos and blogs with the world. I’ll travel to 31 of South Africa’s most special wilderness and wildlife areas. In these unique areas, I’ll be interviewing rangers, community leaders, environmental and cultural activists, ecologists, scientists, researchers, travellers and school kids. Ultimately I’d like to raise awareness of African wilderness – and why it’s important to the people of the continent and the world. For more on Year in the Wild, please go to www.yearinthewild.com.
The past few days, I’ve been exploring the southern areas of the great Kruger Park : a bastion of conservation and one of our country’s most valuable assets.
Tembe Elephant Reserve is very different to anything I have experienced so far on my Year in the Wild journey. It is a fairyland, where Africa’s largest animal – the elephant – found sanctuary during the Mozambican border war.
I’ve really missed the smells, sounds and sights of ‘real’ Africa, and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve in Kwazulu-Natal is the start of my sojourn into these classic wildlife areas of South Africa.
The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg is a rich landscape with a mosaic of waterfalls, hidden caves, crystal rivers, rock pools, open grasslands and lush forests. It’s also a place to relax and make sense of it all.
Mkhambathi Nature Reserve in the Eastern Cape is one of the most photogenic, pristine and priceless places I have been to. Here’s why.
The huge iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal is a truly impressive stretch of land, ocean and fresh water lakes and rivers.
I had no idea what to expect when visiting the Great Fish River Nature Reserve in the middle of the Eastern Cape. What I found was thicket, lots of it.
Most famous for it’s elephant conservation project, the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape is one of South Africa’s best-loved parks, but it hasn’t been an easy journey.
Kogelberg Nature Reserve’s diverse range of endemic flora packs quite a punch for such a small area.