South Africa eco tourism today focuses on the conservation of the country's wildlife and their habitats and breeding areas, endangered species, and maintenance of the national parks and reserves in a continued effort to create an eco-friendly environment for wildlife, residents, and vacationers.
South Africa eco tourism plays an important role to the economy of the country, and vacationers planning an eco tour in South Africa can expect quality when it comes to packaged tours including accommodation, guided hiking tours, catered and portered guided tours, and safaris through wildlife habitats for photo opportunities.
South Africa eco tours provide vacationers with the opportunity to discover the varied environments that include mountains, desert landscapes, vineyards, and beaches, plus the Big Five game animals residing in the parks and reserves. The five include African elephants, Cape buffalo, lions, leopards, and black rhinos.
A popular eco tour in South Africa, for instance, is to take a day or evening safari in air-conditioned vehicles to observe and photograph wildlife in Kruger National Park or within the Kalahari. Another popular guided tour takes hikers through the Drakensberg Mountains to the top of the escarpment and the source of the Tugela Falls.
Additional South Africa eco tours include visits to the vineyards along the Constantia Wine Route, wildflower tours along the scenic Garden Route and Namaqualand, and guided rock-climbing tours in the mountain regions.