Fauna and flora across South Africa

Baobab or upside down tree
South Africa has plenty unique fauna and flora. Since the vegetation varies vastly from one region to the next, each region has it's own specialties.

On the east coast moving down from Mozambique through Swaziland along to Natal, it is lush, humid, warm and tropical. Moving inland from Natal toward Lesotho is a mountainous area and the breathtaking Drakensberg or Dragons mountains.

Further inland is the lowveld or low ground and the highveld or high ground. A mix of savanna and grasslands.

The Garden Route is about 200 kilometres of dense vegetation, lakes and lagoons along the south eastern coast. The west coast of South Africa is much more rugged. As it heads up toward Namibia it becomes bleaker and dryer. Names like Skeleton Coast give a clue. Inland from the west is the Karoo which is desert land.

There is a huge amount to see and do in South Africa. This link South African animals is great for plenty info on wildlife, nature reserves and a whole lot more. Since we run a guest house, we often find visitors have not anticipated the scope of all that encompasses South Africa. People often allow themselves only one day in Cape Town and end up disappointed at how much they have to miss out. Obviously it would be great to have infinite time to travel. That is not possible. But I would say for Cape Town, allow a minimum of three days to take in the best bits.

Since I am always on about full moons, sunsets and stars, I thought you might like this link to a 360' panoramic view taken from Lions Head on a full moon night. Click 360' panoramic view from Lion's Head and then scroll up, down, left or right. How cool is that view?
Photo courtesy Bing free photos

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