A game reserve is more than just a piece of land or a place to keep wildlife; it is a place where ecosystems are protected and conservation is a key. Indigenous wildlife in its natural habitat makes for an ideal situation as this helps in providing an environment where growth in numbers at a natural rate can occur.
Some game reserves boast more than one ecosystem, sometimes even five, ranging from valley bushveld, savannah grassland and fynbos to riverine forest and acacia woodland; this provides a dramatic improvement on the types of wildlife that are present and the numerous species of birds that thrive on in these environments.
The biggest attraction is the Big Five game (Africa) - rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion, named so because of the difficulty in hunting them and not their size, which is why the leopard is on the list and the hippopotamus is not.
The Eastern Cape of South Africa is one of the most popular safari destinations in the world as it enjoys a malaria-free environment along with a vast variety of wildlife. Photo Safari is the term more commonly used for game reserves as it makes a point that no hunting is involved. Although there is a new game reserve opening in the Western Cape of South Africa, near Mossel Bay, Gondwana Game Reserve, which is a first with having free-roaming Big Five game in this area.