In 1975 the Seaview Game & Lion Park in the Eastern Cape Province opened its doors. It is located about 25 kilometers from Port Elizabeth and covers approximately 120 hectares where wildlife in South Africa grows in full abundance and splendor. As far as game park locations are concerned, this one is one of the best in the country because it provides visitors an incredible view of wildlife in South Africa that includes the Big 5 and 40 species safely housed in sanctuaries whenever necessary.
A few of the animal species that bring in the visitors to the game park are the lions, crocodiles, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, jackals, zebras, caracals, wildebeest, and duikers. Many of them roam freely through the park which is why the park has specific rules and park hours.
The Main Attraction
The Lion Park is the main attraction and the park has a little over 50 of them with half being cubs or almost mature lions. If you pay a small fee, you can hold a lion cub in your arms and be mesmerized by their playfulness and cuteness. All the lions in this park are used to human interaction and have all the shots to protect them from Feline AIDS, TB, and rabies. They also have microchips so the park staff can monitor their movements whenever necessary. Obviously, running a Lion Park requires very much more maintenance than the mere keeping of pets does: the keeping of lions demands very much more than ensuring you have enough dog food to feed your “best friend”. With this said, the animal keepers of the Lion Park love their job and do their best to ensure the well-being of the lions.
Of all the lions in this park, it is the white lions that many want to see but there are only 3 of them and they have been bred through a special program by the park. This breeding program is designed to prevent the extinction of the white lions by keeping them healthy and encouraging breeding.
The Camdeboo National Park
The Camdeboo National Park in Karoo almost surrounds the perimeter of the Graaff-Reinet town. It is South Africa’s 22nd national park with the Karoo Nature Reserve, a 14,500 hectare area, as its main reserve.
The wildlife in the area are mostly mammals like the mountain zebra, red hartebeest, Cape Buffalo, Gemsbok, springbok, black wildebeest, ground, squirrel, caracal, and blesbok, among others.
Mountain Zebra National Park
The Mountain Zebra National Park protects the Cape Mountain Zebra which almost went into extinction in the 1930s. By providing this species with a protected environment the mountain zebra grew from 5 stallions and 1 mare into 140 by the mid 1970s. Today, mountain zebras are found in many other parks around the country while the Mountain Zebra National Park retains about 350 zebras.
Bird Island is a group of flat islands that include Stag Island and Sea Island. They are about 53 kilometers from Port Elizabeth and 7 kilometers from Addo Elephant National Park’s Woody Cape. Known for being the haven for shipwrecked survivors, Bird Island has 14 types of seabirds, 33 types of terrestrial birds, penguins, and shorebirds. It is 19 hectares big and the biggest of all Algoa Bay islands. This and other islands are protected marine environments.
Wildlife in South Africa is found in many parts of the country but the Eastern Cape Province remains to the place to go for animal game parks and nature reserves.