From a single sanctuary established in 1926, South Africa now boasts a proud complement of 19 national parks that have been described by National Geographic as the finest protected area network in the world outside of the United States of America. Over the past two decades, concerted efforts have resulted in more than 1 000 000 hectares being added to the national park estate that now represents all of South Africa's spectacular biomes. This book introduces what is undoubtedly South Africa’s most celebrated national treasure – its national parks. It includes information that has never before appeared in print, along with 24 comprehensive maps that contain up-to-date data regarding the latest land purchases and tourist developments in each park and the recently established transfrontier parks in neighbouring Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Essential details for visitors, interesting facts on wildlife distribution and information about guest facilities are presented in easily accessible tables and text boxes. This book is an essential travel companion for anyone who plans to explore South Africa's spectacular national parks. The author and photographer, Michael Brett, holds a Master’s degree in Protected Area Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is an expert on African conservation and tourism.