Where to find rhino in South Africa

South Africa has a number of parks and reserves where you can watch beautiful rhino live happily in their natural habitat. First Car Rental has put together a list of places where you can get a glimpse of rhino in all their splendour.

  • Kruger National Park

    1. Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga

    If you are looking for an unmatched wildlife experience, the Kruger National Park is the place to be. Home to the famous Big 5 and about 5 000 rhino, both black and white, Kruger gives you a fantastic opportunity to watch the majestic rhino in their natural habitat. The guided game drives and the amazing nature walks with knowledgeable rangers give you a great deal of insight into the life and behaviour of rhino in the wild. Spotting rhino shouldn't be hard even if you are on a self-drive safari. The southern half of the park has the highest density of rhino and they are seen on most game drives. Accommodation facilities range from camp sites to luxury lodges making this park perfect for everyone.

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  • Pilanesberg Game Reserve

    2. Pilanesberg Game Reserve, North West

    Situated in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province and next door to Sun City, Pilanesberg is a stunning retreat of pristine bushveld terrain. At Pilanesberg you can go on guided game drives and spot black rhino along with the many other birds and animals in the reserve. Remember that all game drives have to be booked in advance. Self-drive safaris are also permitted here. The luxurious, African-inspired accommodation has been strategically placed in the reserve for privacy and a wondrous African experience.

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  • Shamwari

    3. Shamwari, Eastern Cape

    The Shamwari Game Reserve is doing its bit to create awareness and support rhino conservation. The gorgeous game reserve houses a Rhino Awareness Centre that provides visitors with useful information about rhino in South Africa. The reserve also has an animal rescue centre and a rehabilitation centre. The reserve organizes guided game drives and guided game walks with experienced rangers. The stunning accommodation facilities have been designed to capture nature's beauty and give you a peaceful space where you can enjoy nature like never before.

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  • Aquila Game Reserve

    4. Aquila Game Reserve, Western Cape

    The Aquila Game Reserve is a great place for people holidaying in Cape Town to see rhino and enjoy an amazing safari. The reserve is situated in the Southern Karoo - just 2 hours away from Cape Town - and offers a number of safari options including day safaris, night safaris, horseback safaris and quad bike safaris. Aquila offers beautiful accommodation that captures the essence of the bush without compromising on comfort.

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  • Dinokeng Game Reserve

    5. Dinokeng Game Reserve, Gauteng

    The first and perhaps the only Big 5 game reserve located so close to an urban area, the Dinokeng Game Reserve gives everyone the opportunity to plan a trip to view rhino. Located close to Pretoria North in Gauteng province and just 25 minutes from Wonderboom airport, Dinokeng Game Reserve offers guided safaris deep into the bush to view rhino roam free. The reserve has quaint accommodation and boasts of spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

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  • uMkhuze Game Park

    6. uMkhuze Game Park, KwaZulu-Natal

    uMkhuze is situated in Northern Zululand and is roughly 335 km from Durban. If you are on a self-drive safari here, keep your camera handy; white rhino are easy to spot and the black rhino appear occasionally as well. The best feature of this game reserve is that during the drier months hundreds of animals, including several rhino, appear at the watering hole for a drink and it's quite a spectacle.

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  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi

    7. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal

    Established in 1895, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest game park in Africa and is the only Big 5 reserve in KwaZulu-Natal that is managed by the government. This beautiful game reserve, located in the rolling hills of Northern Zululand, offers ample opportunities to view plenty of white rhino and, if you are lucky, you might spot some black rhino as well.

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Viewing the rhino roam freely is certainly something that one must do in this lifetime. Hire a car with First Car Rental and enjoy style, comfort and the best prices. Book a car now.

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