7. KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK
Province: Northern Cape
If raptors are your thing, then the Kgalagadi is the place to be – over 40 species have been identified in this region. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was declared in 2000, formalising an ecological entity that was already there. Tourists loved it, but this inspiring wilderness has given rise to something more. Now there are ideas of linking this gigantic conservation areas to others nearby. Desert ecology and tourism will be the winners.