Best Time to Visit

Weather & Climate

Places to Visit

Driving in South Africa

Safety in South Africa

How to Spend 10 Days in South Africa

Foods to Try in South Africa

Drinks to Try in South Africa

Best Restaurants in Johannesburg

Best Restaurants in Cape Town

Things to Do in South Africa

Things to Do With Kids

Best Beaches

Best Surfing

Best Dive Destinations

Best Golf Resorts

Kruger National Park

48 Hours in Johannesburg

Things to Do

Apartheid Museum

Airport Guide

Table Mountain

Game Reserves Near Cape Town

Top Five Game Reserves for Safaris Near Cape Town

safari park cape town

Cape Town is known around the world for its stunning scenery, world-class restaurants, and fascinating cultural landmarks (including Robben Island and Bo-Kaap ). However, what many visitors don't know is that the city is also a convenient base for exploring some of the finest game reserves in the Western Cape. If you don't have time to head north to major South African reserves like Kruger or Mkhuze , don't worry; you can also look for safari animals in Cape Town's backyard. All of the reserves listed in this article are within a few hours' drive of the Mother City. They're also malaria -free.

Note: Driving times given below are based on departure from central Cape Town near the V&A Waterfront and may be considerably shorter or longer if you're staying in the suburbs. For the quickest travel times, make sure to plan your journey around off-peak traffic hours.

Buffelsfontein Game Reserve

Although safari purists may balk at the idea of a reserve that keeps its carnivores in separate enclosures, Buffelsfontein Game Reserve is nevertheless the most convenient option for those with limited time to spare. As a 1,600-hectare converted cattle ranch, the park is just over an hour's drive from central Cape Town and is home to four of the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, and white rhino). Guests will also have the opportunity to spot cheetah , giraffe, zebra, and several iconic antelope species on a half or full guided game drive.

The half drive lasts for 1.5 hours, while the full drive takes around three hours and departs at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. If you book an afternoon full drive on any day except Sunday, you'll also get to see the park's carnivores being fed. For a totally different safari experience, consider booking a mountain bike safari instead. If you do have time to extend your stay, there are a variety of accommodation options, from bush camps and self-catering chalets for budget travelers to more luxurious four-sleeper cottages. There's a restaurant, swimming pool, and bar on-site.

Aquila Private Game Reserve

​Located a two-hour drive northeast of Cape Town, Aquila Private Game Reserve  is a 4-star park offering half-day, full-day, and overnight safari options. The 10,000-hectare conservancy is home to the Big Five including rhino, elephant, lion, leopard, and buffalo. All five of these species have been reintroduced to the Western Cape after being driven to the brink of extinction by the big game hunters of the past. The park is also home to the Aquila Animal Rescue and Conservation Centre , which provides a sanctuary for rescued safari animals that are no longer able to survive in the wild.

If the idea of a traditional safari vehicle is a little too tame, consider booking a horse-ride or quad bike safari instead. Although the park is close enough for a day trip from Cape Town, overnight accommodations include a luxury lodge and several exquisite chalets. The chalets offer indoor fireplaces and outdoor showers, allowing you to fully appreciate the magic of life in the bush. Other useful amenities include a bar, a restaurant, an infinity pool, and a spa. Aquila also offers transfers from Cape Town hotels via mini-bus, private vehicle, airplane, or helicopter.

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Half an hour beyond Aquila Private Game Reserve lies  Inverdoorn Game Reserve , another 10,000-hectare protected area in the Klein Karoo. Inverdoorn achieved Big Five status in 2012 with the introduction of a herd of elephants. It is also home to non-profit organization Western Cape Cheetah Conservation and visitors are given the opportunity to see these magnificent predators up close. Since 2018, the reserve has implemented a strict no-touch policy in accordance with the latest ethical conservation practices.

The park also offers a choice of 4- and 5-star accommodation options. There's a tented camp and a series of well-appointed chalets, while the multiple-room guest houses are perfect for families or friends traveling together. For the last word in luxury, opt for a night in the exquisite Ambassador Suite. Overnight guests are invited to join a walking safari at sunrise, when the animals of the reserve are at their most active. The route to Inverdoorn takes you through the Cape Winelands ; consider stopping for a tasting along the way.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve 

From Cape Town, you can drive to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in approximately three hours. Nestled at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountains, the reserve is a Klein Karoo paradise known for its indigenous wildlife and ancient rock art . Measuring some 54,000 hectares, it is also made special by its vast, sprawling landscapes. You'll find the Big Five here, as well as cheetah and smaller native mammals including the rare riverine rabbit. The wide range of activities on offer include birdwatching, nature walks, rock art tours, and stargazing. Boat safaris on Bellair Dam offer a different game-viewing perspective. 

Since game drives take place at sunrise and sunset, most visitors to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve opt to stay overnight. There are three luxury lodges to choose from, including a tented camp with spa baths, private decks, and a fine-dining restaurant. If you want to experience Africa at its most authentic, consider a walking safari with a stay at the back-to-basics Explorer Camp. A kids' program , childminding services, and a dedicated family lodge make this the ideal choice for those traveling with children. 

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

When you've ticked the Big Five off your bucket-list, consider taking a two-hour drive southeast of Cape Town to coastal  Grootbos Private Nature Reserve . Located at the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the reserve is the ultimate destination for spotting the Marine Big Five: namely, great white sharks, southern right whales, bottlenose dolphins, African penguins, and Cape fur seals. The lodge offers coastal safaris in association with Dyer Island Cruises . Cage diving with great white sharks , whale-watching tours, horse-riding, nature walks, and botanical safaris are also offered. 

The reserve, which measures 2,500 hectares, is home to almost 800 different plant species; 100 of which are endangered and six of which were discovered for the first time on site. Its protected milkwood forests are over 1,000 years old. In order to have enough time to explore its wonders, you can stay overnight either at the Garden Lodge, the Forest Lodge, or in a private luxury villa. Each eco-friendly option is designed to complement the reserve's incredible natural beauty. Amenities range from tranquil swimming pools to organic 5-star dining. 

The Top 5 Places to See Leopards in Africa

10 of the Best Places to Visit in Botswana

Malaria Free Safaris in Africa

20 Best Things to Do in South Africa

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: The Complete Guide

18 Best Places to Visit in South Africa

10 of the Best Private Game Reserves in South Africa

Kruger National Park: The Complete Guide

The Top 18 Things to Do in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province

The Top 18 Things to Do in the Western Cape, South Africa

Addo Elephant National Park: The Complete Guide

Amboseli National Park: The Complete Guide

The Top 10 Things to Do in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

12 Best Things to Do in Kenya

The Best Places to Go in Southern Africa

Tarangire National Park: The Complete Guide

By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.

Aquila Safari Logo

Big 5 Safari & Spa

Real africa. real close to cape town.

Join us for an adventurous big 5 safari day trip or overnight experience, just under 2 hours from Cape Town. 

your big 5 safari & spa. just under 2 hours from cape town. real africa. real close to cape town.

Acclaimed for service excellence, renewable energy, social responsibility efforts and conservation programmes, Aquila is more than just an unforgettable wildlife experience , it is an experience in luxurious African hospitality, traditional culinary delights, service excellence and the restoration of pride to the indigenous people and the land.

Choose Your Safari

Experience the big 5 with either our traditional, quadbike or horseback safari adventures., half day trips.

Choose your preferred half day trip for more information and bookings. All half day safaris include the safari experience and meals. Kids under the age of 4 years old are free, and between 4 – 11 years old, get 50% off.

Early Morning

Full day trips.

All full day safaris include the safari experience and meals. Arrival 09h00am at Aquila Private Game Reserve, and departing at 16h30pm. You may add transport as an optional extra if required to the packages below. 

  • Traditional Safari
  • Quadbike Safari
  • Horseback Safari
  • Combo Safari

Overnight Safari

Accommodation includes all meals, one afternoon and morning safari., aquila lodges, choose from our standard, family or premier lodge options., standard lodge, family lodge, premier lodge, aquila cottages, choose from our karoo, family or premier cottage options., karoo cottage, family cottage, premier cottage.

  • Latest News

safari park cape town

One Day Safari From Cape Town

safari park cape town

Top 5 Reasons to Go on a Big 5 Safari Day Trip

two women dressed for cold or winter weather while sitting on a traditional Big 5 safari vehicle at Aquila.

Day Trips to Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa

Day trip safaris, half day trips.

  • Early Morning Safari
  • Afternoon Safari
  • Sunset Safari

FULL DAY TRIPS

  • Standard transport
  • Fly-in options

ACCOMMODATION

  • Standard Lodges
  • Family Lodges
  • Premier Lodges
  • Karoo Cottages
  • Family Luxury Cottages
  • Premier Luxury Cottages

CONTACT DETAILS

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Aquila Children's Policy
  • Conditions of Visit
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Terms and Conditions for Specials
  • Privacy Policy

safari park cape town

Copyright© Aquila Collection. Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa is part of the Aquila Collection.

  • Accommodation
  • Experiences
  • Conservation
  • Destination

safari park cape town

Dwyka Tented Lodge

safari park cape town

Gondwana Family Lodge

safari park cape town

Tilney Manor

Make a direct booking.

Book your stay directly with Sanbona Wildlife Reserve for the best rates.

Guest Enquiry

Not ready to make a booking just yet? Submit a travel enquiry and our team will be in touch.

banner

Alluring Stillness Amid Raw Beauty And Boundless Plains

Uncover the story behind sanbona.

Immerse yourself in a landscape where wildlife and flora leave you truly captivated and transformed. Sanbona is one of South Africa’s largest privately-owned nature reserves, stretching across 62 000 hectares of rich protected ecosystems within two biodiversity hotspots. This vast track of land in the Little Karoo outside Montagu, a mere 3.5 hours drive from Cape Town along Route 62, is owned by a non-profit company focused on steering conservation to the forefront of the safari experience. Sanbona offers an authentic and contrasting natural space, striving to create a balance where critically important ecosystems, endangered wildlife and flora can prosper for the benefit of future generations. Sanbona offers four different accommodation options, each with their own distinctive style and appeal. Spend the day exploring every corner of this immense reserve, endless open plains and sculpted Cape fold mountains adorned with San rock art, the endemic flora and some of South Africa’s most sought after wildlife.

The Ultimate Luxury Mindful Safari

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve invites you for a high-end, conservation-based nature safari in the diverse landscapes of the unique Little Karoo. It’s the closest true wildlife experience you can find near Cape Town, a short three-hour drive away, offering an exclusive and unique malaria-free safari. From the classic Tilney Manor to Gondwana Family Lodge welcoming children of all ages, there’s something for everyone. Couples will love Dwyka Tented Lodge, set in a secluded horseshoe bend, and if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, Explorer Camp offers an immersive walking safari experience.

safari park cape town

Find your perfect stay

safari park cape town

Set in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine and concealed by striking rock formations.

safari park cape town

Enjoy a funky farmhouse characterised by contemporary interiors with an up-to-the-minute African edge.

safari park cape town

Rooted in a more stately past, the Cape Georgian-style homestead gazes out over the renosterveld to the Kleinberg mountain range.

Space and Solitude

At the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona stretches across 62,000 hectares of awe-inspiring wide-open plains, with mountain tops to gorgeous gorges and a wide array of endemic flowers and foliage. Sanbona offers a Big Five safari experience, yet it is the emphasis on environmental sustainability, ecosystem conservation and authentic wilderness experiences that sets it apart. Enter our ethereal safari destination, where you’ll become one with your surroundings, reaching the ultimate level of inner peace.

safari park cape town

Witness Conservation First-Hand

Every experience at Sanbona is centered around conservation. Owned by a non-profit company, not only will every cent of your stay go toward our conservation efforts, but you also get to see the results with your own eyes. Our sustainable approach to showcasing the region’s unique biodiversity, the wealth of botanical life and endemic, rare and endangered wildlife means you get to see first-hand how you’re helping us make a difference. From twice-daily game drives, nature walks, San rock art tours, birdwatching, photography and stargazing, let us show you a whole new magical world. At our Gondwana Family Lodge, your little future conservationists can enjoy plenty of child-friendly facilities and our Kids on Safari activities.

safari park cape town

Experience true Natural beauty

safari park cape town

Conserving Ancient heritage, ecosystems and landscapes

Sanbona’s unique setting and delicate ecosystem is something we respect and strive to protect with everything we do. Conservation is a core value at Sanbona, and, with every visit, you play a vital part in preserving the region for future generations. What started as a dream in 2002 is a reality today. We’re proud to be a highly respected player in conservation as we continue to guard the area’s heritage, ecosystem and landscapes while creating employment opportunities to uplift the local communities.

safari park cape town

Explore stories from Sanbona’s plains

Find out what's been happening in and around Sanbona, our conservation success stories, and more in our blog.

safari park cape town

A Metapopulation Milestone

A species genetically idled for nearly 100 years, has finally been given the opportunity to bolster and perpetually increase their genetic lineage.

safari park cape town

Sanbona’s White Lions: Icons of Majesty and Conservation

In the heart of the Little Karoo, where the vast landscapes echo with the untamed rhythm of nature, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve stands as a testament to the commitment to conservation and the preservation of endangered species.

Dining area Gondwana Family Lodge

6 Of The Best!

If you’re dreaming of a summer vacation, ‘go wild’ and choose one of the best safari lodges in Cape Town – Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.

Cookie Settings

By clicking ‘Accept’ you agree that we use Analytical cookies for gathering information about how our website is used, as well as Advertising and social media cookies (including cookies from trusted partners) to personalize our advertising campaigns and to allow you to share on social media. About our use of cookies

Manage Cookie Settings

Please select which cookies you would like to keep switched on. Open a list of all cookies

Below you can decide which type of cookies you would like to keep switched on. Open a list of all cookies

Functional cookies

Analytical cookies (anonymous), advertising and social media cookies.

SafariBookings

  • You are here:

Top 5 Best Game Reserves for Safaris Near Cape Town

Top 5 Best Game Reserves for Safaris Near Cape Town

Heather Richardson is an award-winning travel writer, based in South Africa. She is interested in conservation stories, emerging destinations and adventure travel.

Combining a visit to Cape Town and a safari is easier than you might think, with several game reserves just a short drive from the Mother City. Many of these offer the opportunity to see the Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo and leopards. To help you plan your trip, we’ve picked some of the best game reserves for safaris near Cape Town.

Although South Africa ’s most famous safari area is the Kruger National Park , to get there from Cape Town requires a 2½ hour flight and sometimes a stop in Johannesburg. For those with less time, these Cape Town safari reserves are ideal.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

1. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Sanbona is another of the best game reserves for safaris near Cape Town. More adventurous travellers can strike out on a walking safari at the Explorer Camp; alternatively, there are three lodges at which to stay. This huge reserve is 58,000 hectares. It’s possible to spot the Big Five and (if you’re lucky) other rare animals, such as aardvarks and caracals.

At Sanbona, you can also see rare white lions and riverine rabbits, the latter of which is only known to inhabit the central Karoo. And it’s not just flora and fauna: the San and Khoi-Khoi rock art found here dates back over 3,500 years.

  • Distance from Cape Town: 3½ hours
  • Accommodation options: There are three lodges and a campsite, including the eco-friendly Dwyka Tented Lodge and the family-friendly Gondwana Lodge.
  • Activities: game drives, walking safaris, boat safaris, rock-art tours, hiking, birding and kids’ programmes

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Tours

Gondwana Game Reserve

2. Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana is a little over four hours outside Cape Town, but well worth the journey for the beautiful fynbos scenery alone, which you can learn about on a guided walk. Its flora, as well as the fauna, is what makes Gondwana one of the best game reserves for safaris near Cape Town.

The reserve introduced the first black rhino of recent times to the Western Cape; the rhinos were found in the region up until the late 18th century. All the Big Five are counted at Gondwana, alongside birds that are only found in South Africa – for example, the orange breasted sunbird. The 11,000-hectare reserve is home to lions, endangered Cape mountain zebras, elephants, kudu and springbok.

  • Distance from Cape Town: 4 hours
  • Accommodation options: There are four options for those staying at Gondwana, including spacious villas for families or groups, and a tented eco camp.
  • Activities: game drives, fynbos walks, picnics, hikes, mountain biking and fishing. There’s also a nearby golf course.

Gondwana Game Reserve Tours

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

3. Inverdoorn Game Reserve

One of the most luxurious places for a Cape Town safari, Inverdoorn is a 10,000-hectare reserve in the Karoo . The reserve’s Iziba Luxury Safari Lodge offers a plush spot to rest your head if a day trip from Cape Town seems too rushed.

You can see the Big Five here, as well as giraffes, hippos and cheetahs. Aside from the wildlife you will spot on a game drive, Inverdoorn is also home to a cheetah rescue and rehabilitation centre.

  • Distance from Cape Town: 2½ hours
  • Accommodation options: 3-star Iziba Luxury Safari Lodge has a variety of room types from the Guest House to the Ambassador Suite.
  • Activities: game drives, cheetah encounters and walking with giraffes

Inverdoorn Game Reserve Tours

Aquila Private Game Reserve

4. Aquila Private Game Reserve

Aquila is a great choice for a Cape Town safari day trip as it’s only a couple of hours outside the city. Safaris run three times a day, allowing plenty of options for those on a brief visit. If you’re very short on time, but not on cash, opt for the fly-in helicopter safari.

Aside from the Big Five, there are 170 bird species on Aquila’s 10,000-hectare reserve and big mammals like giraffes and hippos. Aquila also have an animal rescue centre and Cape leopard research facilities on site.

  • Distance from Cape Town: 2 hours
  • Accommodation options: Aquila has a 4-star lodge and luxury cottages, both with standard, premier and family rooms.
  • Activities: game drives, horseback safaris, quad biking and helicopter fly-in safaris

Aquila Private Game Reserve Tours

Garden Route Game Reserve

5. Garden Route Game Lodge

Another of the best game reserves for safaris near Cape Town, Garden Route also presents the perfect opportunity to drive this stunning coastal route from Cape Town out east.

You will likely spot four out of the Big Five on a game drive through the 3,000-hectare property (lions, rhinos, elephants and buffalo); the Cape leopard is very elusive. Other animals to see include giraffes, cheetahs and various antelopes, or rare bat-eared foxes and caracals.

  • Accommodation options: The 3-star lodge has standard rooms, family or luxury suites, and chalets.
  • Activities: game drives, birding, a kids’ programme and reptile encounters

Aquila Private Game Reserve

Book Cape Town Safari Tours on SafariBookings.com

Book one of the best game reserves for safaris near Cape Town on SafariBookings.com ! Check out some of our Cape Town safari tours and add a safari onto your trip to the Western Cape.

About SafariBookings

SafariBookings is the largest online marketplace for African safari tours. Easily compare offers from top-rated tour operators. Make decisions like a pro by using our 96,327 reviews and 223 destination guides. More About Us

South Africa

  • Country Overview
  • Parks & Reserves
  • Popular Routes
  • Tour Operators

South Africa Safaris

11-Day South Africa Family Adventure

11-Day South Africa Family Adventure

$6,089 pp (USD)

5-Day Kapama River Lodge Deluxe Suite Safari

5-Day Kapama River Lodge Deluxe Suite Safari

$2,324 pp (USD)

5-Day Safari to Kruger Park plus Panorama Route

5-Day Safari to Kruger Park plus Panorama Route

$1,231 pp (USD)

South Africa Safaris by Type

  • Budget Safaris
  • Luxury Safaris
  • Self-drive Safaris
  • Family Safaris
  • Camping Safaris
  • Private Safaris
  • Group Safaris
  • Fly-in Safaris
  • 7-Day Safaris
  • 10-Day Safaris
  • 14-Day Safaris

Best Time To Visit South Africa

Parks & reserves south africa.

safari park cape town

Kruger National Park

safari park cape town

MalaMala Private Game Reserve

safari park cape town

Phinda Private Game Reserve

safari park cape town

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

safari park cape town

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve

Photo gallery south africa.

safari park cape town

Map of South Africa

safari park cape town

Most Popular Blog Posts

  • Best Time for African Safari
  • Best Safari in South Africa
  • Family Safari in South Africa
  • African Safari Tips
  • Game Reserves Near Cape Town
  • What to Pack for a Safari
  • Best African Safari Parks
  • Top 5 Best African Honeymoon Safaris
  • Top 5 Best Tanzania Family Safaris
  • Best Places to See Cheetahs in Africa
  • How Much Does an African Safari Cost?
  • Best Places to Visit in Africa in 2023

Blog Categories

Safari tours to south africa.

South Africa: Self-drive Mid-range Lodge & Guest House

You Visit: Cape Town (Start) , Hermanus (Whales) , Garden Route, Kwandwe GR, Port Elizabeth (End)

Wayfairer Travel

4.9 /5  –  143 Reviews

South Africa: Shared tour (max 9 people per vehicle) Luxury+ Lodge

You Visit: Johannesburg (Start) , Kapama GR (Greater Kruger) , Kruger NP, Johannesburg (End)

The Kruger Safari Co.

5.0 /5  –  107 Reviews

South Africa: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Johannesburg (Start) , Southern Kruger, Central Kruger, Blyde River Canyon (Panorama Route) , Johannesburg Airport (End)

Wildlife Safaris

5.0 /5  –  249 Reviews

Safari Lodge Accommodation | Gondwana Private Game Reserve

Experience an Authentic

safari park cape town

Exhilarating

safari park cape town

Kwena Lodge

Newly refurbished, exhilarating game drives, gondwana game reserve luxury safari accommodation.

safari park cape town

Kwena Lodge Suites

14 stand-alone luxury romantic suites.

safari park cape town

Kwena Lodge Villas

Spacious 3 & 4 bedroom villas ideal for families and groups.

safari park cape town

Lehele Lodge Villas

Spacious and remotely located 3 & 4 bedroom villas ideal for families and groups.

safari park cape town

Pioneer Trail

3 night, guided walking safari.

safari park cape town

Ulubisi House

Privately staffed exclusive lodge.

safari park cape town

Tented Eco Camp

Off the grid, conservation safari, make an enquiry, experiences & activities.

safari park cape town

Fynbos Experience

safari park cape town

Tented Bush Spa

safari park cape town

The Junior Ranger Programme

safari park cape town

Game Drives

safari park cape town

Garden Route Attractions

Gondwana Game Reserve - Luxury 5 Star Safari Lodge Accommodation

Gondwana Conservation Foundation

The Gondwana Conservation Foundation (GCF) has been established as a non-profit organization to contribute to the conservation of South Africa’s threatened and endangered wildlife and vegetation relevant to the Southern Cape through active management, training and skills development of the local people. The Southern Cape is home to one of the most critically endangered vegetation types on earth (Fynbos) and has a high unemployment rate within the region. The foundation currently has three active projects:

• Rainbow Rhino Initiative which sponsors anti-poaching training courses and is establishing a breeding population of rhino. • Conservation Kids program which invites local schools for fun and educational outings on the reserve exposing them to career opportunities in conservation. • Conservation of Critically Endangered Fynbos, data collection and monitoring as well as land management with ongoing research and experimentation to determine optimal game densities and regenerative veld burning programs. All of which are critical in sustaining its biodiversity.

Trip Advisor

Martynandjane, dora_the_explorer75, sarahhoganmanchester, sammy byrne, edward clemance, jeroen harinck, geraldine keenan, markus müller, elaine bermas, tripadvisor, tripadvisor, cazzacarlukescotland, elhprivat2023, haraldstrikesback, kiana stoltzfus, lorraine murphy, tripadvisor, gondwana guest.

inverdoorn-weblogo

Big 5 Private Game Reserve

safari park cape town

Located in the karoo, just under 2.5 hours from cape town.

safari park cape town

Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve

Inverdoorn Big 5 Private Game Reserve is just under 2.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town, in the malaria-free Ceres Karoo. The reserve is also home to a successful cheetah conservation project and has made a significant contribution to sustaining the biodiversity of the region.

The 10 000 hectare private game reserve offers luxurious Big 5 safaris for overnight guests. All members of the Big 5 – the elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and the elusive leopard – are represented at Inverdoorn. The wildlife is thriving and during your safari you may come across herds of eland, gemsbok and zebra, or hippos wallowing in the dam. The rhinos are a distinct highlight at Inverdoorn.

In 2012 Inverdoorn became a luxury Big five safari destination, after the introduction of elephants onto the reserve, accompanying the lion, rhino, African buffalo and the elusive leopard. The cheetah rescue and rehabilitation centre was founded in 2001 and is home to a great number cheetah.

Together with a profusion of wildlife which includes zebras, hippos, giraffes, wildebeest and springbok, our guests are sure to have an unforgettable safari experience.

under the Karoo stars

Seeing the warmth rise off a herd of buffalo, silhouetted in the glow of a bright Karoo sunrise, or a stealthy cheetah enjoying an early-evening run, is but a small part of the safari experience you can expect from an overnight stay (or more) at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve.

Screenshot-2021-01-15-at-13.40.16

Ideal for a romantic couples safari stay! The Suite is the jewel in the crown of Inverdoorn and is a free-standing unit with its own private rooftop terrace. No expense was spared on the interior with a truly magnificent king size bed as the focal point.

Ambassador Chalet Bedroom Accommodation available at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve

Each room is uniquely decorated and makes you feel welcome in the ceres Karoo with wide open windows overlooking the private pool and vast expanse of the reserve. Your safari consultant will advise on the room options based on your requirements.

main-lodge-bedroom-2

Please note that all lodge rooms have a unique and exciting layout that varies in configuration. Ideal for families / groups of travellers, and also located close to the communal pool.

Tankwa Lodge Bedroom Accommodation available at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve

The Tankwa chalets can sleep up to two people and can accommodate singles sharing. They are all shower en-suite and hosts a beautiful veranda overlooking the succulent garden.

free-roaming wild life

In 2012 Inverdoorn became a luxury Big five safari destination, after the introduction of elephants onto the reserve, accompanying the lion, rhino, African buffalo, and the elusive leopard. The Cheetah Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre was founded in 2001 and is home to a great number of cheetahs. Together with a profusion of wildlife which includes zebras, hippos, giraffes, wildebeest, and springbok, guests are sure to have an unforgettable safari experience.

conservation

Our vision is to play a key role in global cheetah conservation to ensure the survival and sustainability of the species in the wild.

The Inverdoorn Cheetah Conservation programme is based at the Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve – two and a half hours drive from Cape Town. The project was founded in 2001 and have since become a core function within Inverdoorn’s Big 5 safari tourism operation – allowing guest interaction with the animals throughout the safari experience.

safari park cape town

Inverdoorn is an upmarket Big 5 safari reserve in the Tankwa Karoo – near Sutherland. The lodge sits on a the vast expanse of 10 000 hectare flat Karoo veld. The reserve has built a solid tourism reputation locally and internally and the original cheetah rehabilitation programme has become synonymous with its business model.

The programme was originally positioned to rehabilitate and connect with cheetahs. Since inception, the programme released seven cheetahs – two of which have been released onto the main Inverdoorn game reserve. Their independent living unfortunately made them kill considerable amounts of wildlife indiscriminately. These individuals died at Inverdoorn due to old age.

Since August 2018, The Aquila Collection has taken over the ownership of Inverdoorn Private game Reserve with very little background information on the programme, together with little facts of the success of these cheetahs. Searl Derman, owner of The Aquila Collection – immediately announced an investigation into the programme – together with NO animal interaction policy updates, effective immediately.

safari park cape town

At Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve we pride ourselves on personalised service – and as part of our guest orientated safari experience, we have introduced luxurious in-room spa treatments. 

This service will allow guests to add a self-indulgent spa treatment to their Inverdoorn stay – in the comfort of their room – taking the concept of room service to superior levels.

Whether you seek the soothing relaxation of a massage following a busy day of wildlife experiences; indulgent pampering to celebrate a special occasion; or want to reduce stress – our in-room treatments will definitely add a special touch to your safari stay.

Appointments and treatment schedules must please be arranged during check-in at the lodge.

inverdoorn_web_logo

Copyright© Aquila Collection. Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve is part of the Aquila Collection.

Cookies and Privacy Policy

Privacy overview.

Africa Chevron

South Africa Chevron

Western Cape Chevron

Cape Town Chevron

4 South African Safari Destinations You Can Get to from Cape Town

By Mary Holland

Aquila Private Game Reserve

With the launch of United Airlines’ new direct flight to Cape Town from Newark this December, getting to South Africa’s seaside city is becoming significantly less arduous. Previously, a trip to Cape Town usually involved a layover in Johannesburg , which meant travelers to South Africa would often split their time between Cape Town in the southwest and a safari in the Kruger National Park in the northeast. But just because you can now fly straight to Cape Town doesn’t mean you have to pick between a safari experience and a waterfront one. Travelers who are tight on time and vacation days can find great game-watching near Cape Town , where a number of wildlife and nature reserves offer excellent excursions. Bonus: they’re all malaria-free.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve , about 3.5 hours from Cape Town, is one of the only reserves in the world where free-roaming white lions can be spotted in the wild, alongside cheetahs, elephants, and zebras. Located in the arid Little Karoo at the base of the Warmwaterberg Mountains, the 143,000-acre reserve has four lodges to choose from (we recommend Dwyka Tented Lodge , a chic tented camp set in a rock amphitheater). With so much open space and so few lodges, Sanbona is the perfect place to disconnect.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Dwyka

A view of one of the four camps at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Aquila Private Game Reserve

If time is short, Aquila Private Game Reserve , a quick two-hour drive inland from Cape Town, offers visitors half- or full-day safaris. For a better chance of seeing the Big Five (that's lions, leopards, rhinos , elephants, and Cape buffalos), checking in overnight at the unfussy thatched Aquila Lodge is recommended. Visitors can also spend time with rehabilitated animals at the Animal Rescue Centre on the reserve.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

At Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, about two hours south along the coast, you won’t see lions or cheetahs. Instead, you’ll be immersed in flora and marine life. Located on 6,200 acres of flawless wilderness that runs along the coast towards Gansbaai, you'll want to spend a day or two here, as opposed to the quick Aquila trip. Guests staying at the reserve’s modern Forest Lodge can spot over 800 types of plant species (like proteas and other fynbos that can be found nowhere else on earth), as well as antelope and whales calving in the nearby bay (whale season is usually from June to November).

Gondwana Private Game Reserve

While Gondwana Private Game Reserve might be further afield (around four hours away from Cape Town), the picturesque drive along the coastal Garden Route is certainly part of the journey. Once there, guests can check into Kwena Lodge , a collection of modern huts, or the solar-powered tented camp , where you can glamp among the fynbos. Safari drives to see the Big Five are a highlight,but other fun activities on offer include mountain biking and hiking.

Recommended

One&Only Cape Town

One&Only Cape Town

Ellerman House

Ellerman House

Cape Town Travel Guide

Cape Town Travel Guide

By signing up you agree to our User Agreement (including the class action waiver and arbitration provisions ), our Privacy Policy & Cookie Statement and to receive marketing and account-related emails from Traveller. You can unsubscribe at any time. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

  • Cape Town Tours
  • Safaris in South Africa

Best Safaris Near Cape Town

Cape Town, the city of sun-kissed beaches and magnificent mountains, also offers opportunities to embark on the adventure of a lifetime with a safari near Cape Town.

  • 19.38K views
  • ~ mins read

Any trip to South Africa is incomplete without a tour of Cape Town – the city of sun-kissed beaches and magnificent mountains. There are plenty of things to do in South Africa , and Cape Town has a lot to offer. For the ultimate holiday in the country, take a tour that offers the cosmopolitan experience of Cape Town combined with an unbeatable African bush safari in the famous Kruger National Park or one of the excellent game reserves or national parks around.

However, if flying to the country’s north-eastern end for a safari in Kruger is not feasible, you can still get the best of both worlds while in Cape Town. Although there is no comparison of the wilderness of the South African national parks to the more tamed safari destinations around Cape Town, the fact that a safari is possible just a few hours’ drive from the city is exciting and convenient. There are many opportunities to embark on the adventure of a lifetime with a safari near Cape Town.  

Below we have listed the 7 best safaris near Cape Town in order of distance from the city. Some of these destinations also avail possibilities of sighting the Big 5 animals.

  • Michael Hinz

1. Aquila Private Game Reserve

safari park cape town

Photo Credit: Aquila Private Game Reserve

This 10,000-hectare reserve is known for its conservation efforts and excellent customer service. Aquila holds nothing back when it comes to its guests. There are three, half-day safaris available every day — early morning, afternoon, sunset, and options for full day tours and overnight packages. Sightings of the Big 5 are possible here, along with giraffes, hippos, antelope, and 170 bird species. Aquila’s main goal is to preserve and protect African wildlife. They have an on-site animal rescue center as well as leopard research facilities. 

  • Distance from Cape Town : 2 hours (176km) northeast of Cape Town in the historic town of Touws River. This is a great option for those looking for a day trip only.
  • Accommodation available: 4-star lodge offers standard rooms, family suites, and luxury cottages that include their very own fireplace. A restaurant, spa, infinity pool, wet bar, cigar lounge, and children’s entertainment center are also included.
  • Other activities: Horseback safari, quad bike safari, fly-in safari (arrive at the reserve via helicopter!)
  • Aquila Wildlife Safari Tour
  • Wildlife Safari at Aquila                                        

Horseback Safari near Cape Town

2. Garden Route Game Lodge

Safari Near Cape Town in Garden Route Game Lodge

Photo Credit: Garden Route Game Lodge

This reserve offers two safari tours daily, each lasting roughly 2–3 hours. One departs in the early morning and the other in the late afternoon, since these are the times the animals are the most active. On the tour, you are likely to spot four out of the Big 5; lions, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos. You can also see giraffes, zebras, various antelope species, and free-roaming cheetahs. Overnight guests are offered sunrise and sunset safaris along with a tour of the reptile center which houses 28 different snake species, Nile crocodiles, and tortoises.

  • Distance from Cape Town: 3 hours 40 minutes (350km) east of Cape Town in the village of Albertinia. It is possible to do as a day town from Cape Town, but it’s probably more comfortable to stay the night.
  • Accommodation available: Room options in the 3-star lodge range from standard rooms, to family and luxury suites, to honeymoon chalets. Full restaurant with terrace dining is on site.
  • Other activities: Families traveling with kids will love the 'Kids on Safari' option which allows children to explore and learn about the reserve under the guidance and supervisor of a field ranger. Bird fanatics will enjoy watching over 50 species of rare and native birds throughout the reserve. There is also a spa and pool at the lodge that’s perfect for unwinding after a long day on safari. 

3. Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Safari in Cape Town at Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Photo Credit: Inverdoorn Game Reserve

As self-proclaimed “luxury” safari, Inverdoorn may not be the cheapest on the list, but it’s certainly one of the most catered and comfortable. The reserve sits on 10,000 hectares in the arid Klein Karoo region. The grounds teem with birds and wildlife, including the Big 5, giraffes, zebras, hippos, impalas, springboks, and more. Inversdoorn is one of the most popular safaris in South Africa due to the high level of service provided by the staff and proximity to Cape Town.

Inverdoorn goes to great lengths to protect and preserve the animals that call their reserve home. RhinoProtect, a pricey security and research program specifically designed for the reserve’s resident rhinos, goes above and beyond to keep the animals safe from poachers. The Cheetah Sanctuary is another highlight. Visitors can view the fastest animal on earth partaking in running exercises that ready them for their release into their natural environment on the reserve.  

  • Distance from Cape Town: 2 hours 30 minutes (200km) northeast of Cape Town in Breede River.
  • Accommodation available: The 3-star Izibi Safari Lodge has stylish guest houses, up-scale chalets, and posh suites. Relaxation is the name of the game here with first-class culinary dining and poolside lounging.
  • Other activities: 2-day one-night safaris, private safari, sunrise/sunset safaris, walk with giraffes, cheetah encounters, cheetah runs.

A Safari Near Cape Town in Inverdoorn Game Reserve

4. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve near Cape Town, South Africa

Photo Credit: Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Sanbona is the biggest reserve on the list with 58,000 sprawling hectares. Situated at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountains, the impressive landscape and some unique and rare wildlife are what sets Sanbona apart from the others. Another unique selling point is the ancient rock art that can be viewed in the reserve. Dating back 3,500 years, the fascinating drawings depict the rituals and spiritual beliefs of the ancient tribes, the San and the Khoi-Khoi.

Safaris take place at sunrise and sunset and last for roughly 3 hours. Visitors can experience multiple landscapes and habitats as well as the chance to see the Big 5, iconic white lions, cheetahs, and rare riverine rabbit. Sanbona also offers boat safaris, creating a new and innovative way to tour the reserve.

  • Distance from Cape Town: 3 hours 15 minutes (256km) east of Cape Town in the town of Montagu. Unfortunately, due to the sheer size of the reserve, the establishment doesn't entertain day trips. Hence, spending the night is mandatory.
  • Accommodation available: Environmentally-friendly 5-star accommodation in the form of luxury tented lodges with private spa baths. Or book an entire manor complete with private bar, pool, and his and her bathrooms.
  • Other activities: Birdwatching, walking and hiking trails, rock art tours, and one of the best stargazing in South Africa. For those traveling with children, there’s a kids program that caters to little ones’ interests while educating them on the importance of conservation.

Sanbona offers Safari Near Cape Town

5. Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve

Claiming to be the closest Big 5 safari to Cape Town, this reserve does a lot of business with day-tripping tourists. While it’s true the Big 5 do call this reserve home, even the reserve admits that spotting a leopard is a rare occurrence. Located at the foot of the Brandwacht Mountains, surrounded in vegetation, fauna, and flora, Fairy Glen is rugged, natural, and full of wildlife.You’ll feel days away from the big city even though the reserve is only roughly an hour away from Cape Town.

The reserve offers half day safaris (with or without transportation from Cape Town), as well as overnight safari options. The tours can be conducted by vehicle or horseback. A nature walk to the Brandwacht Dam is included in the overnight safaris with a chance to see 250 bird species. 

  • Distance from Cape Town: 1 hour 20 minutes (113km) from Cape Town in the town of Worchester. This is the closest day-trip option on our list.
  • Accommodation available: Overnight safari guests have the option to stay in either the standard or luxury chalets. Bar and Braai (BBQ) facilities and an outdoor pool are included with the accommodation.
  • Other activities: Hiking trails.

6. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, near Cape town, South Africa

This 2,500-hectare private nature reserve is an award-winning eco-tourism destination near Cape Town in South Africa. Overlooking the pristine beaches of Walker Bay, this reserve has 118 species of birds and 29 mammal species as well as ancient forests that are home to rare and endangered plants. The reserve is especially known for its marine safaris during which you can spot whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins. The Grootbos Foundation is dedicated to conserving the local wilderness and has pioneered sustainability initiatives in the region.

  • Distance from Cape Town: 2 hours (160km). 13km past Stanford on the R43.
  • Accommodation options: Two lodges have private suites with private decks, fireplaces and outdoor showers. You can opt to stay in a private luxury villa as well. 
  • Other activities: Marine safaris, birdwatching, hiking trails, horseback riding, whale watching and botanical tours. 

Experience Culinary Delights in the Boma garden of Grootbos

7. Buffelsfontein Game Reserve

Buffelsfontein, a former cattle ranch, reopened in 2002 as a 1,600-hectare game reserve. One of the game reserves closest to Cape Town, Buffelsfontein is home to four of the Big 5: lions, buffaloes, white rhinos and giraffes. Travelers can also see cheetahs, zebras, kudus, elands and oryxes in the reserve. Game drives take place twice a day and must be booked in advance. Travelers can go for either a three-hour game drive or one that lasts for 90 minutes. Overnight accommodation is available in bush camps, chalets and a guesthouse. The reserve also has a restaurant as well as a bar.

  • Distance from Cape Town: 1 hour (80km)
  • Accommodation Options:  A wide variety of accommodation options ranging from bush capms and basic chalets to luxury cottages and gusthouse rooms are available gor travelers. 
  • Other activities:  Bike tours and bush camping

Map of safari reserves near Cape Town

Before deciding on which safari near Cape Town to embark upon, consider your priorities. If you’re traveling with children, there are a few reserves that are more family-friendly than others. If traveling in comfort is a must, there are luxury options overflowing with South African hospitality. Or if it’s all about which animals you’re going to see, be it the Big 5 or a rare encounter with the White lion, there are safaris that can practically guarantee what you will spot these. Whichever safari you choose, we doubt you’ll be disappointed!

When you are done with the safari, you might want to try other activities available in and around Cape Town. We highly recommend taking on one of the many hiking trails in Cape Town or pursuing the famous road trip –  The Garden Route . 

You can gather helpful tips from our travel guide on how long to spend in South Africa . Feel free to get in touch with our travel experts for a customized tour of South Africa .

For a seasonal overview, see our article on the best time to visit South Africa .

Related Categories

  • South Africa Travel Guide
  • Hikes And Treks In South Africa
  • How Long To Stay In South Africa
  • Safaris In South Africa
  • South Africa Travel Advice
  • Top South Africa Attractions
  • What To Do In South Africa
  • When To Visit South Africa
  • Where To Go In South Africa
  • Previous Post

Victoria Erskine

Popular Destinations

  • Europe Tours
  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Italy Tours
  • Spain Tours
  • Argentina Tours
  • Canada Tours
  • Sri Lanka Tours
  • Chile Tours
  • Antarctica Tours

TOP TOURS

African Budget Safaris Logo

  • Client Reviews
  • Safari Blog
  • Send an Inquiry
  • Map of Africa
  • Contact Details
  • African Safari Cost
  • Travel Insurance
  • You are here 
  • The Budget Safari Blog
  • Best Cape Town Safari: Big…

Best Cape Town Safari - lion

Best Cape Town Safari: Big 5 game reserves near the city (on a budget)

Posted by Landia Davies on April 06 2022 in Big 5 African Animals Enquire Now!

The best Cape Town Safari to a Big 5 game reserve near the city, on a budget? An ideal spot for a short and affordable Big 5 safari near Cape Town, South Africa, is...

3 Best Cape Town Safari Parks: Aquila Game Reserve, Inverdoorn, and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

These are the three top game reserves for an affordable Big 5 safari near Cape Town city. They are not the only options. As you will see below, there are other budget-friendly game reserves worth visiting (skip to the top five Cape Town safari destinations ).

Why are Aquila, Inverdoorn & Sanbona the best for Big 5 Cape Town Safaris on a budget?

Aquila is the closest Big 5 game reserve to Cape Town that offers an authentic African safari experience. Aquila is also the most affordable Big 5 Cape Town Safari destination worth exploring. So, it's no surprise that our budget-friendly Cape Town Safaris to Aquila Game Reserve  are the most popular.

Inverdoorn Game Reserve has some notable advantages over Aquila, but it is slightly further from Cape Town and a bit more expensive. The advantages may however be worth the little extra distance and spend for you, so don't overlook Inverdoorn Game Reserve Safaris !

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is much bigger and more exclusive than the first two Big 5 game reserves near Cape Town. It is however more expensive than both Aquila and Inverdoorn and a little further still from Cape Town. The greater sense of space and tranquillity this more spacious game reserve provides is worth it though if you can stretch your budget. Add to this their focus on conservation and you have a real winner in Sanbona Safaris .

Rhinos at Inverdoorn Game Reserve, near Cape Town

Understand the Big 5 Cape Town Safari in South Africa

Travellers often ask us if there are budget-friendly Big 5 Safaris in Cape Town. And, who wouldn't want to hop straight off a beautiful sun-kissed beach onto a thrilling Big 5 game drive?

The excellent news is... 

Yes, there are affordable game reserves for Big 5 safaris near  Cape Town! 

Although you can't do a Big 5 Safari in Cape Town itself (there are no Big 5 game reserves in the Greater Cape Town area), there are some worthwhile options nearby. Better yet, there are fantastic budget safaris from Cape Town  to these Big 5 game reserves and back to the city again.

Better news still...

The Big 5 game reserves in the Western Cape (near Cape Town) are all malaria-free!

There is no risk of getting malaria on safari in the game reserves near Cape Town. Unlike Kruger National Park and many of the more famous African safari destinations which have high-risk malaria seasons, the Western Cape game reserves are all malaria-free. This makes them ideal safari destinations for travellers with health concerns and families travelling with young children.

Aquila family safaris, Cape Town

The not-so-awesome news...

Cape Town isn't located in classical African safari territory with mindboggling masses of wildlife teeming on endless open plains.

The private game reserves near Cape Town are generally smaller with less spectacular game viewing than the most renowned game reserves of Africa. In terms of sheer wildlife diversity and numbers, the Cape Town safari parks cannot compete with massive African parks like Kruger, Masai Mara, and Serengeti. 

Nevertheless, there are fantastic Big 5 game reserves near Cape Town. These Cape Town safari destinations offer an amazing introduction (especially for first-time safari-goers) to the African bush and wildlife including the Big 5 African animals - rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and lion. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in particular offers a high-quality African safari experience comparable to the best, due to its emphasis on conservation and its impressive 58000-hectare size.

Best Big 5 Cape Town Safari Destinations  

  • Aquila Game Reserve  - 2 hours from Cape Town
  • Inverdoorn Game Reserve  - 3 hours from Cape Town
  • Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - 3.5 hours from Cape Town
  • Garden Route Game Lodge  - 4 hours from Cape Town
  • Gondwana Game Reserve - 4.5 hours from Cape Town

These are all malaria-free private game reserves in the Western Cape of South Africa. They are all Big 5 game reserves, although leopards are notoriously difficult to spot in the wild (even in Kruger).

Leopard on Aquila Safari in Cape Town

For other Big 5 Safaris that combine well with Cape Town, skip to more safari options from Cape Town in South Africa.

1. Aquila Game Reserve - cheapest Big 5 safari, closest to Cape Town

Under 2 hours from Cape Town - this is the closest game reserve for a Big 5 safari near Cape Town city. The prices are relatively good and if you are not expecting the rolling grasslands of East African safari country then Aquila Game Reserve should more than meet your expectations. 

Big 5 Cape Town Safari - Aquila lions

Aquila Game Reserve Highlights

  • Home to the Big 5 animals, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, hippos, antelopes, and over 170 bird species.
  • About 4500 hectares (11 120 acres) of Southern Karoo wilderness, between the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains.
  • A 4-star safari lodge with accommodation options ranging from standard and family to premier lodge rooms and cottages.
  • Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Conservation Centre (ARC) at the game reserve.
  • Horseback riding, fly-in safaris, quad biking safaris, and family-friendly safaris.
  • Eco-Synergy Project - renewable energy initiative to reduce Aquila's carbon footprint.

Aquila Safari Activities

Activities at Aquila Game Reserve include 4x4 game drives (20-seater safari vehicles), sunset champagne drives, horseback safaris, quad bike drives, 4x4 trails, and fishing. Aquila also offers a Junior Rangers Program for kids and other facilities and activities for children. Kids of all ages are permitted on game drives, under adult supervision. 

Big 5 Aquila Safaris near Cape Town

Aquila is the only Big 5 game reserve (on our list) that's viable for day safaris from Cape Town. It is open to day visitors and just close enough to the city for a day trip. 

Big 5 Cape Town Safari - Aquila elephants

The game reserve offers half-day and full-day safari options, as well as longer overnight safaris, and daily transfers between Cape Town and Aquila at extra cost.

Half-Day & Full-Day Aquila Safaris from Cape Town

  • Afternoon safari costs about R1400 per adult - includes welcome drinks, a buffet lunch, and one 2-3 hour game drive / excludes transfers.
  • Early morning safari costs about R1200 per adult - includes welcome drinks, a continental breakfast (prepacked or sit down), and one 2-3 hour game drive / excludes transfers. 
  • Sunset safari costs about R900 per adult - includes welcome drinks, snacks, and one 2-3 hour game drive / excludes transfers. 

These half-day safaris exclude transfers between Cape Town and Aquila Game Reserve, which cost about R950 per person extra for day trips.

  • A Full-Day Aquila Safari  with transfers to and from Cape Town costs under R3000 per adult - includes welcome drinks, a buffet breakfast, one 2-3 hour game drive, a buffet lunch, and transfers between Aquila Game Reserve and Cape Town. 

Aquila Safari Reviews

Aquila Private Game Reserve has a 3.5-star rating on  Tripadvisor  with over 350 excellent reviews and over 200 very good reviews out of 900 reviews.

Even though Aquila is lauded for its excellent service and sustainability (in terms of social responsibility, wildlife conservation, and energy efficiency) some visitors rate it poorly. Many of the visitors who rate Aquila poorly say the game reserve is too much like a zoo. It is important to note that this is a relatively new and small game reserve. If you expect the quintessential rolling grasslands of Africa when you visit Aquila, you are likely to be disappointed. The game reserve is ideal for first-time safari-goers and budget travellers who want to see African animals in the bush, instead of in zoo cages.

To get a better sense of what Aquila is like, visit  Aquila on Facebook and  Aquila on Instagram .

Aquila Safari Lodge Accommodation

The most affordable rooms at the lodge cost about R2300 per person sharing per night and the cottages about R2800 to R3800 per person sharing per night (depending on the season). Again, the rates exclude single supplements, so expect to pay more if you are travelling solo. The rates include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with two game drives.

Aquila Safari Lodge near Cape Town

Lodge facilities at Aquila include two swimming pools, a restaurant, a mezzanine bar-and-lounge area, a gift shop, and children's play areas. Complimentary WIFI is included.

Aquila Game Reserve, Cape Town

Book a Big 5 Cape Town Safari to Aquila Game Reserve

We feature three excellent-value safari packages to Aquila Game Reserve . These budget Cape Town Safari Tours include return transfers (between your accommodation in Cape Town and Aquila), game drives, meals while on safari, and accommodation on the overnight itineraries.

  • 3 Day Big 5 Cape Town Safari to Aquila Game Reserve
  • 2 Day Big 5 Cape Town Safari to Aquila Game Reserve
  • 1 Day Big 5 Cape Town Safari - Budget Day Tour to Aquila

Another excellent-value option is our Big 5 Cape Town Safari & City Stay Tour  which combines a full-day Big 5 Aquila Safari with a full-day Cape Peninsula and Cape Winelands Tour. This 4-Day Cape Town Safari Package includes comfortable B&B accommodation in Cape Town.

Back to top

2. Inverdoorn Game Reserve - best well-priced Big 5 safari near Cape Town

This is an excellent Big 5 Cape Town Safari option for two reasons: the proximity of the game reserve to Cape Town and the relatively large size of Inverdoorn Game Reserve. The 2.5-to-3-hour drive from Cape Town makes Inverdoorn Game Reserve easily accessible for an overnight safari or weekend getaway.

Inverdoorn is not the very cheapest Cape Town Safari option, but the quality of the Big 5 safari experience in Inverdoorn Game Reserve is worth the little extra spend.

Cape Town Safari - Inverdoorn cheetahs

Inverdoorn Game Reserve Highlights

  • Home to the Big 5 African animals , giraffes, cheetahs, hippos, zebras, various antelopes, and about 165 bird species. 
  • About 10,000 hectares (24 711 acres) of semi-arid wilderness in the Klein Karoo (Little Karoo), near Ceres.
  • Hosts the renowned Western Cape Cheetah Rehabilitation Centre.
  • Early morning walking safaris to encounter giraffes (for overnight guests only).
  • 4-Star & 5-Star lodges including standard and family rooms, 4-star chalets, luxury options, and a 5-star tented camp.
  • Stargazing in the sparsely-populated Klein Karoo of South Africa.

Inverdoorn Safari Activities

Safari activities at Inverdoorn include morning and afternoon 4x4 game drives (10-seater safari vehicles), guided bush walks with giraffes (depending on conditions), visits to the Cheetah Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre (no animal interactions allowed), and stargazing in the Klein Karoo. Inverdoorn offers babysitting services and welcomes guests with kids at their 4-star lodges. Kids over the age of 4 years are allowed on game drives.

Cape Town Safari Big 5 - Inverdoorn lion

Big 5 Inverdoorn Safaris near Cape Town

Inverdoorn Game Reserve is not open to day visitors and self-drive safaris are not permitted. This limits your options somewhat but it also makes the safari experience in Inverdoorn more exclusive and crowd-free.

They offer overnight Big 5 safari options starting at about R2660 per person sharing in the low season (May to October) and R3830 per person sharing in the high season (mid-December to mid-January). The cost of these overnight safari packages in Inverdoorn excludes transfers between the game reserve and Cape Town.

Inverdoorn buffalos, Cape Town Safaris

For Inverdoorn Safaris from Cape Town see below or talk to one of our expert travel advisors .

Inverdoorn Safari Reviews

Inverdoorn Game Reserve has a 4-star rating on Tripadvisor based on 689 reviews. See the  Inverdoorn Reviews on TripAdvisor .

Its rating is based on fewer reviews than Aquila because it does not offer day safaris and therefore receives fewer visitors. The lodges at Inverdoorn also accommodate fewer guests. Due to the lower visitor numbers and larger size of the game reserve, Inverdoorn doesn't get as busy as Aquila. This extra space and the wilder feeling of Inverdoorn earn it better reviews.

For more insight visit  Inverdoorn on Facebook  or  Inverdoorn on Instagram .

Inverdoorn Safari Lodge Accommodation

In Inverdoorn Game Reserve guests can stay at the Inverdoorn Safari Lodges or the luxurious Kuganha Tented Camp and Spa. The safari lodges cater to various budgets, from mid-range to high-end, offering different accommodation styles.

Inverdoorn Safari Lodge, South Africa

The most affordable option is a twin room at one of the three safari lodges which costs about R3500 per person (for two adults sharing) per night and the 4-star chalets at about R4500 per person for two people sharing per night.

These rates exclude single supplements for solo travellers, so expect to pay more if you are travelling alone. The rates include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, two safari activities a day, and welcome drinks. The chalets are air-conditioned (the guesthouse rooms only have fans) and en-suite. Facilities include swimming pools, a restaurant, a lounge, a boma, and a gift shop. Complimentary WIFI is included.

Inverdoorn Safari Lodge near Cape Town

If you plan on visiting Inverdoorn, you need to make a reservation well in advance. 

Book a Big 5 Cape Town Safari to Inverdoorn Game Reserve

We feature two well-priced Cape Town Safaris to Inverdoorn Game Reserve on African Budget Safaris. These Big 5 safaris include transfers from your accommodation in Cape Town to Inverdoorn and back again, as well as accommodation and meals at Inverdoorn Safari Lodge.

  • 3-Day Cape Town Safari to Inverdoorn Game Reserve
  • 2-Day Cape Town Safari to Inverdoorn Game Reserve

For longer safari programs talk to one of our safari experts who can tailor-make a budget safari near Cape Town just for you.

Inverdoorn giraffes, Cape Town Safari

3. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - biggest Big 5 game reserve for the best safari from Cape Town

The largest of the Big 5 game reserves near Cape Town, Sanbona covers an impressive 58000 hectares of wilderness. The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is about a 3.5-hour drive from Cape Town city which makes it a fantastic choice for a short Big 5 safari getaway of a few days.

Sanbona Safari Big 5 rhinos

The Sanbona game reserve is more expensive than Inverdoorn and Aquila, but if you can stretch your travel budget it is your best choice. 

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Highlights

  • Home to Big 5 animals, cheetahs, antelopes, small animals, zebras, and over 200 bird species.
  • 58,000 hectares (143 321 acres) of semi-arid wilderness at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountains in the Klein Karoo.
  • Hosts a healthy population of endangered Riverine Rabbits (one of the world's most endangered mammals). 
  • Diverse plant life with 600 types of flora including wildflower species that bloom between August and September.
  • Rare San rock art with specimens dating back to over 3500 years ago.
  • Guided bush walks, birdwatching safaris, family-friendly safaris, and boat safaris.

Sanbona Safari Activities

Safari activities at Sanbona include 4x4 game drives, rock art tours, stargazing, guided nature walks, boat safaris, and activities for children.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve features a family lodge with child-friendly facilities and offers indoor and outdoor activities for kids, as well as childminding services. Children over the age of 4 years are allowed on game drives. Game walks are reserved for guests over the age of 14 years.

Conservation is the top priority of this game reserve and all visits to Sanbona contribute directly to their conservation efforts. On safaris in Sanbona, you get to see the positive impact of your stay firsthand and gain insight into successful eco-tourism practices. You'll explore the reserve on guided walks and game drives conducted by qualified game rangers who are passionate about conservation. While out in the field with the Sanbona guides you'll get to learn all about the conservation work they do to protect the local fauna, flora, and habitats.

Big 5 African animals, Sanbona Safari lions

The Sanbona lodges also feature luxuriant spa facilities where you can unwind with indulgent spa treatments and rejuvenating massages while soaking up the tranquil natural environment.

Big 5 Sanbona Safaris from Cape Town

The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve does not offer day safari trips or self-drive safari options. Sanbona safaris typically entail two-night stays (or longer). They do not offer their own transfers between the Sanbona game reserve and Cape Town.

Until recently you couldn't simply book a Sanbona safari package starting and ending in Cape Town. Fortunately, you now can. African Budget Safaris features excellent-value Sanbona Safaris on our website. These well-designed (and reasonably priced) itineraries include all meals and safari activities as well as the option of adding transfers from Cape Town to Sanbona and back.

Big 5 Sanbona Safari elephants

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve runs various early bird and long-stay discounts and deals on specific safari packages, which we pass on to our clients. Their SA Residents Special (minimum two nights stay) costs from about R4600 per person sharing at their luxury tented lodge. Other safari deals at Sanbona include honeymoon and anniversary freebies and extras, long-stay discounts, early booking discounts, and other specials. To find out more about the discounts Sanbona offers, talk to one of our safari experts.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Reviews

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has a 5-star rating on Tripadvisor based on 356 traveller reviews. Of these 356 reviews over 330 visitors rated their Sanbona safari experience as excellent and very good. View the Sanbona Reviews on Tripadvisor  for more details.

Get a better sense of what Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is all about by visiting the  Sanbona Facebook Page and  Sanbona on Instagram .

Sanbona Safari Lodge Accommodation

At Sanbona Wildlife Reserve guests have four accommodation options.

The seasonal option is their Explorer Camp (Wilderness Trail) where you camp in spacious canvas tents fitted with beds and camping furniture. This costs about R6000 per person sharing per night (minimum two nights stay) and includes a guided walking safari. It also includes all meals, drinks, and tourism levies. The wilderness trail option is only available to guests over the age of 16 years. 

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Explorer Camp

Two of the most affordable lodge options at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve are their family lodge and their manor house, both costing about R7300 per adult per night (sharing) for accommodation. These rates exclude single supplements for solo travellers, so expect to pay more if you are travelling alone. The full-board options cost more.

Sanbona Safari manor

If you plan on going to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, you need to make a reservation well in advance as this is one of the leading eco-tourism destinations in South Africa.

Book a Big 5 Cape Town Safari to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

We feature three excellent-value Cape Town Safaris to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve  on African Budget Safaris. These Big 5 Sanbona safari tours can be booked with transfers from your accommodation in Cape Town to Sanbona and back again. Your tour price includes the luxury lodge accommodation of your choice - at one of three Sanbona lodges. The Sanbona safari packages we feature also include two safari activities per full day on safari (either a game drive or guided bush walk), all meals, a selection of local wines and beers, snacks and drinks on your game drives, and more.

  • 4-Day Cape Town Safari to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
  • 3-Day Cape Town Safari to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
  • 2-Day Cape Town Safari to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

For longer Sanbona Safari programs  talk to one of our African Budget Safaris experts  who can tailor-make an affordable safari near Cape Town just for you.

4. Garden Route Game Lodge - best Big 5 Garden Route Safari on a budget

This small game reserve is more budget-friendly than Sanbona. It has loads of great reviews but it is further away. As the name suggests, it is located on the Garden Route of South Africa, between Swellendam and George (near the small town of Albertina).

Big 5 Safari Garden Route Game Reserve buffalo

The Garden Route Game Lodge is 2 hours further away from Cape Town than Aquila Private Game Reserve. At a 3.5 to 4-hour drive from Cape Town, this game reserve is just too far for a comfortable overnight safari from Cape Town. It is however a great choice for travelers visiting the Garden Route from Cape Town.

Garden Route Game Lodge Highlights

  • Home to the Big 5 animals, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, small mammals, and rich birdlife.
  • 2000 hectares of bush (fynbos, aloes, shrubland, grassland, and woodland) for close-up wildlife sightings.
  • Transfers between the Garden Route Game Lodge and Cape Town International Airport or George Airport can be arranged.
  • Family-friendly safari destination with facilities for families with children.

Garden Route Game Lodge Activities

Safari activities at the Garden Route Game Lodge include morning and sundowner game drives, guided walking safaris, and kids' activities (cheetah tracking, fishing, guided walks). A mountain biking trail (own mountain bikes required). It also has an on-site spa with treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam room, and a manicure and pedicure salon.

Garden Route Safari lion, Big 5 African animals

Big 5 Garden Route Game Lodge Safaris

The Garden Route Game Lodge offers overnight safaris ranging from 2 to 5-day safaris, or longer. At about 2000 hectares in size, a weekend stay should allow plenty of time to explore this compact game reserve.

Day visitors are also allowed into the game reserve free of charge. For day safaris, visitors can join the daily game drives at 11 am. The daily game drive option is ideal for travellers on self-drive trips on the Garden Route and costs R495 per person per game drive. 

Garden Route Game Lodge Reviews

The Garden Route Game Lodge has a 4.5-star rating on Tripadvisor based on 1745 reviews. See the  Garden Route Game Lodge on TripAdvisor .

For more insight check out the Garden Route Game Lodge on Facebook  or Garden Route Game Lodge on Instagram .

Garden Route Safari Lodge Accommodation:

Overnight guests stay at the 3-star safari lodge on the game reserve which is located in a scenic spot along the Langeberg Mountain Range.

Garden Route Game Reserve lodge pool

Accommodation rates start at about R5200 per twin room per night. There are a variety of lodge rooms, chalets, and suites, including family units. The rooms are en-suite, and air-conditioned with modern amenities. Facilities include two swimming pools, a restaurant, a lounge, a spa, and a feature garden.

The Garden Route Game Lodge also runs various special offers, such as family discounts and discounted three-night stays.

5. Gondwana Game Reserve - affordable luxury safari from Cape Town

The furthest of the Big 5 Cape Town Safari options, Gondwana Game Reserve is about 4.5 to 5 hours from the city. It is however the second biggest game reserve on our list, after Sanbona Wildlife Reserve . In Gondwana, the wildlife roams freely and the animals are not fed so they are completely wild.

Gondwana Big 5 Safari lions

Gondwana is more expensive than Inverdoorn, Aquila, and the Garden Route Game Lodge. The cheapest Gondwana safari options cost slightly less than Sanbona's best safari deals. So, if you are booking in the low season or you catch a safari special Gondwana could be cheaper than Sanbona or similar in price.

Gondwana Private Game Reserve Highlights

  • Home to Big 5 African animals, giraffes, hippos, various antelopes, and rich birdlife (many endemic species)
  • 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres) of diverse wilderness - hills, valleys, grasslands, and fynbos.
  • ​Hosts the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra and the world's southernmost elephant herds.
  • Luxury safari lodge and private villa accommodation with half-board and full-board options to suit different budgets.
  • Guided bush walks, birdwatching safaris, horseback safaris, stargazing, family-friendly safaris, and private guided hiking trails.

Gondwana Safari Activities

Safari activities at Gondwana Game Reserve include 4x4 game drives, mountain biking, guided bush walks, private guided walking safaris, fishing trips, and conservation activities. They also offer spa treatments, bush dining experiences, and a Junior Ranger Program for kids. Children over the age of 2 years are permitted on game drives and kids under 2 years can be taken on shorter game drives with the dedicated Junior Ranger Guide. 

Big 5 Gondwana Safaris in South Africa

The Gondwana Private Game Reserve does not offer day safaris or self-drive safari options. They do permit overnight safaris at some of their lodges but Gondwana safaris typically include a two or three-night stay.

Big 5 Safari Gondwana elephant

Transfers between Gondwana and Cape Town or the international airport in George (under an hour from the game reserve) can be arranged. They do offer accommodation specials and seasonal discounts for SA Residents. For more about these contact Gondwana directly.

Gondwana Safari Reviews

Gondwana Game Reserve has a 4.5-star rating on Tripadvisor based on 1594 reviews. Over 1220 visitors rated their Gondwana safari experience as excellent and more than 240 very good. View the  Gondwana Reviews on Tripadvisor  for more details.

Check out the Gondwana Game Reserve Facebook  and  Gondwana Instagram  profiles for more insight.

Gondwana Safari Accommodation

Gondwana Game Reserve is a luxury safari destination with upmarket private villas, lodges, and tented camps. They also feature a few affordable luxury options at their Kwena Lodge and their Bush and Fynbos Villas.

Gondwana villa, Big 5 safari in South Africa

Expect to pay between R3500 and R9000 per person per night for a Fynbos or Bush villa. There are cheaper bed & breakfast (half-board) safari packages and more expensive full-board options. These are ideal for families with children and private groups.

Gondwana Game Reserve safari lodge

At Kwena Lodge a twin or double room costs from about R5500 per person per night (half-board) and about R7000 per person per night (full-board). The rates vary according to the high and low seasons, with peak times becoming more expensive.

For a safari in Gondwana Game Reserve, you need to make a reservation well in advance.

Other Big 5 Game Reserves near Cape Town, South Africa

Other affordable game reserves near Cape Town host plenty of large mammals, including members of Africa's Big 5 animals (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo). But none of these other Western Cape game parks hosts all of Africa's Big 5 animals. 

And, there are also other reputable Big 5 game reserves near Cape Town, but these cater to the ultra-luxury travel market. What this means is it would be cheaper to  fly from Cape Town to the Kruger safari region  for a budget safari in the world-famous Kruger National Park or one of the private game reserves in Greater Kruger, like Sabi Sands Game Reserve (more about this later).

The Cape Town Safari Experience

Cape Town is situated in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, with the Atlantic Ocean along the western shoreline and the Indian Ocean to the east. The climate is distinctly Mediterranean and the region is home to the unique Fynbos biome which boasts incredible biodiversity found nowhere else in the world.

Whilst spectacular in its own right, the Cape Peninsula is very different from the typical African savannah that your average lion would generally call home. The Western Cape of South Africa is better known for its rich marine life and fynbos. This coastal region (in and around Cape Town) is a global hotspot for viewing the  Marine Big 5 animals (whale, shark, seal, penguin, and dolphin) in the wild. The Western Cape is also home to over 500 species of birds, including ​42 of South Africa's 53 endemic bird species.

Nevertheless, if your time is limited and you are unable to travel to the bigger game reserves outside of the Western Cape Province, then there are a few excellent, affordable game reserves offering authentic Big 5 safaris near Cape Town, as we've shown above.

Other Safari Options from Cape Town: Kruger & More

For the ultimate Big 5 Safari in South Africa, you can catch a cheap domestic flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg, or to one of the three airports servicing Kruger National Park directly and do a Budget Kruger Safari.

Leopard in Kruger Park, South Africa

Flying to Johannesburg or Kruger will, of course, take more time than doing a safari closer to Cape Town in the Western Cape and cost you a local air ticket, but there are plenty of affordable Kruger Park Safaris  that offer excellent cost savings which make this a very attractive option.

Other very affordable South Africa Safari options include taking an Overland Africa Tour from Cape Town to Kruger National Park or doing a self-drive safari. For alternatives to Kruger Safaris from Cape Town, there are fantastic Garden Route Safari options and well-priced safaris to the remote Eastern Cape game reserves. 

Simply ask our team of travel experts and we'll design the best South Africa Safari (to and/or from Cape Town) for your budget, and preferences.

Ready to book an affordable Big 5 Cape Town Safari?

Book one of our excellently-priced Big 5 Cape Town Safaris! Browse our  Inverdoorn Safaris , our  Aquila Safaris , or our Sanbona Safaris .

Still not sure which the best Cape Town safari park is for you? Chat with one of our travel advisors to get a Cape Town Safari tailor-made for you and your budget.

Aquila Lion Safari, South Africa

If you're looking for something slightly different, check out our  Big 5 Cape Town Safari & City Tour , which combines the Cape Winelands and Cape Peninsula with Aquila Game Reserve. And for more trip options–Cape Winelands, Cape Whale Coast, Shark Cage Diving, Cape Peninsual and Cape Town City–view all of our  Cape Town Tours .

To broaden your search compare our budget-friendly  South Africa Safaris , to see what is doable and play around with ideas. Or, for help with your search - contact us and we'll help you to keep it simple and create your ideal Big 5 safari near Cape Town and beyond.

South Africa safari wildlife - bat-eared fox

[Last updated in March 2023 / first posted in 2018]

If you liked this post, these trips cover similar ground…

  • 3 Day Cape Town Safari - Big 5 Budget Tour
  • 2 Day Big 5 Cape Town Safari to Aquila Game Reserve - Budget Lodge Tour
  • Cape Town Holiday Package: Big 5 Safari, Wine & Peninsula Tour
  • 3 Day Big 5 Cape Town Safari to Aquila Private Game Reserve
  • 2 Day Cape Town Safari - Big 5 Budget Tour
  • Big 5 Cape Town Safari to Aquila Game Reserve - Budget Day Tour
  • Cape Town Tour - City, Adventure & Cape Winelands Package
  • 2 Day Cape Town Safari to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
  • 3 Day Cape Town Safari to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
  • 4 Day Cape Town Safari to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

About the Author

Landia davies wordsmith & sculptor.

Landia Davies

Places Mentioned in this Post

Map

1. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, R62, Montagu, 6720, South Africa

2. Aquila Private Game Reserve, R46, Touws River, 6880, South Africa

3. Gondwana Private Game Reserve, R327 Heuningklip Farm, Herbertsdale, 6505, South Africa

4. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, R62, Montagu, 6720, South Africa

5. N2, Albertinia, 6695, South Africa

6. Inverdoorn Private Nature Reserve, Breede River DC, 6835, South Africa

Similar & Related Blog Posts

Below you’ll find further reading and articles related or similar to this post.

Experience the best of Cape Town on any budget: Stepping out of the Mother City with ABS

Briony Chisholm | September 05 2018

Stellenbosch, near Cape Town

17 Things to Do in Cape Town, South Africa: best budget adventure activities

Landia Davies | January 08 2020

Best Things to Do in Cape Town - Seal swim

The 19 National Parks in South Africa: SANParks where & why visit them

Landia Davies | April 05 2023

Leopard in South African National Park

The Big 5 Animals of Africa & where to see these famous African safari animals

Landia Davies | February 11 2017

Cape buffalos, Kruger  Big 5 safari

The Best Beaches to visit on African Safaris

Landia Davies | August 01 2012

Zanzibar beach

Top tips to Experience the best Malaria Free Safaris in South Africa

Briony Chisholm | December 12 2019

A great thirst

See the Big 5 at the Eastern Cape’s Best Malaria-Free Game Reserves

Briony Chisholm | November 15 2019

Family time, Addo

9 Best National Parks in Africa - in the Top African Safari Countries

Landia Davies | June 10 2022

Masai Mara lions, Best National Parks

40 foods to eat in Cape Town, recommended by locals

Jo Duxbury | February 28 2019

The dogs bollocks

16 Things To Do In Cape Town On A Rainy Day

Briony Chisholm | March 17 2022

Rainbow over Cape Town

3 Wonderful Walking Tours in Cape Town - township to tunnel

Landia Davies | March 19 2013

Company Gardens of Cape Town

The Marine Big 5 Animals of South Africa - the Cape’s Top Sea Life

Andrew Hofmeyr | November 03 2016

Great Whites catches seal

Private Group?

A private, tailor-made safari is within your reach. Experience all of your bucket-list safari related items on a budget now.

You will be redirected to your dashboard shortly. We will also call you back in 24 hrs .

  • 5 Best Safaris In Cape Town To Experience Wilderness Like Never Before!

' src=

30 Nov 2021

Who doesn’t love fun and adventure? Everybody loves adventure. Of all the fun and challenging way to chase adventure, one of the best is going on a safari. And that can be experienced best, through quite a few safaris in Cape Town . All of us love fun and adventure and the safaris of Cape Town deliver it to us throughout the tour. We go on safari mainly to see animals and its delightful and natural behavior, and so while planning to visit safari parks in Cape Town we must consider the type and species of animals that we would love to see.

5 Best Safaris In Cape Town

There are quite a few safari parks that provide many animals for tourists to see. Take a look at the 5 best safaris in Cape Town that will give an adventurous experience you’ll remember throughout your life.

1. Inverdoorn

Inverdoorn

Image Source

First, we bring you a trip to Inverdoorn. It is by far, one of the most interesting routes within the Western Cape. As interesting as it is, it will provide you with enough thrills along the route. Lying in the Ceres Karoo of South Africa’s Western Cape Province, Inverdoorn lies just above two hours away from Cape Town. The game reserve houses in itself, a wide variety of wildlife. And among these, the visitors can learn in details, about the processes involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of cheetahs. The reserve hosts a number of adventurous game drives, which are open for the visitors’ enjoyment. Also on the safari, the visitors can take in their minds, or capture pictures of the solitude, and the vast scenery of the Karoo.

For accommodation, visitors can head to the comfortable rooms and chalets in the park. One can enjoy the anecdotes shared by the lodge’s game ranges about their safari experiences. To come across wild animal while driving through the roads of Inverdoorn is a regular affair for the guests. It goes without saying that Inverdoorn makes it a point to take swift and effective measures to protect and preserve the animals of the reserve. The travelers must not, however, miss out on visiting the Cheetah Sanctuary within the reserve.

Distance: 200 km northeast of Cape Town. It will take you 2:30 hours to reach Inverdoorn from Cape Town. Accommodation: The 3-star Izibi Safari Lodge has slick visitor houses, up-scale chalets, and opulent suites. Unwinding is the name of the amusement here with top notch culinary feasting and poolside relaxing.

Looking To Book An International Holiday?

Book memorable holidays on TravelTriangle with 650+ verified travel agents for 65+ domestic and international destinations.

safari park cape town

Trip to Sri Lanka at Rs 13,500/-

Plan Your Vacation Today!

safari park cape town

Trip to Singapore at Rs 20,499/-

Get Quotes From Local Experts

safari park cape town

Mauritius Holiday Starting at Rs 65,000/-

Talk to Our Experts Today

safari park cape town

Maldives Honeymoon Trip at Rs 39,800/-

Pay with easy EMI Option

safari park cape town

Europe Trip at Rs 89,999/-

All Inclusive Deals

safari park cape town

Vacation in Dubai at Rs 27,499/-

safari park cape town

Hong Kong Holiday at Rs 24,999/-

Money Safe Guarantee

safari park cape town

Thailand Holiday at Rs 7,999/-

Flights Excluded

safari park cape town

See more at TRAVELTRIANGLE.COM

2. Aquila Private Game Reserve

Aquila Private Game Reserve

‘Aquila Private Game Reserve’ is set in the immaculate ‘Southern Karoo’ against a setting of dramatic mounts and is only two hours’ from Cape Town. ‘Aquila Private Game Reserve’ is well-known for its preservation endeavors and brilliant client offers. It offers safaris in four drive vehicles, quad bicycles or on horseback and is home to a gigantic assortment of amusement, including the Big 5. Guests are given cabins and one can enjoy like horseback safari, quad bicycle safari and furthermore fly-in safari. Guests are not unsatisfied as they are given a lifetime experience of fun and experience. With all the amusement drives and exercises to complete multi day trip isn’t sufficient. It is likewise an ideal place to make tracks away from the hassle around of the city life and appreciate the beauty of nature. This place is incredible for safari lovers and has an extensive variety of stunning grand magnificence.

Distance: 176 km northeast of Cape Town in the significant Touws River Town. It will take you around 2 hours to reach here, perfect for a day trip. Accommodation: A 4-star lodge provides standard rooms, family suites, and extravagance cabins that incorporate their own special chimney. An eatery, spa, vastness pool, wet bar, stogie parlor, and youngsters’ stimulation focus are additionally included.

3. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Sanbona is one the largest reserve on the list with 58,000 sprawling hectares and is situated at the bottom of the Warmwaterberg Mountains. It is set apart from the other safari parks in South Africa because of its impressive landscapes and some exceptional and uncommon wildlife. It is the home of the messengers of God, the white lion and it adds to the uniqueness of the safari reserve. It is only a three hours’ drive from Cape Town in the Western Cape and is a semi-arid region where plants and animals have evolved over millennia to create a diverse and unique environment. A connection to history can be found from the occasional tumbledown cottage sited in the middle of nowhere and also because of the Georgian lines and interior décor of the manor house or the African proverbs on their pillow at night. Visitors will be pleased to watch some of the rarest wildlife sightings in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. The seven rock-art sites throughout Sanbona can be visited on game drives.

Distance: Located 256 km east of Cape town in Mongtau town will take you around 3 hours to reach. Day trips are not entertained here, so it is compulsory to spend a night. Accommodation: Naturally amicable 5-star convenience as extravagance rose cabins with private spa showers. Or reserve a whole house finish with private bar, pool, and his and her washrooms.

4. Garden Route Game Lodge

Garden Route Game Lodge

Garden Route is set against the background of the Langeberg Mountain Range. It guards the entry to South Africa’s famous ‘Garden Route Coast.’ It is in an area with numerous forest and coastal sanctuaries. This safari park near Cape Town provides a good environment to watch most known African animals. One can enjoy the lovely environment of the park. It offers two safari tours daily and safari enthusiasts can get their money’s worth as they are able to spot four out of the Big 5: lions, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos.

Giraffes, zebras, various antelope species and free-roaming cheetahs can be spotted during the safari tour. One can appreciate dusk and dawn amusement drives in an open Landrover with sightings of lion, elephant, white rhino, wild ox and cheetah brought by the accomplished diversion officer. Guests are not permitted to drive through the recreation center in their own vehicles as it sticks to ideal preservation practices to make a reasonable biological system. The ‘Garden Route Game Lodge’ is additionally home to numerous changeless and transitory winged animal species which are best seen by walking and recognizable by the diversion officers. Activities at the Garden Game Route Lodge include guided game drives, spa, reptile encounters, kids on safari, bird watching and the diverse flora and fauna.

Distance: 350 km east of Cape Town established in Albertinia village, it will take you a drive of 3 hours and 40 minutes. A day trip is possible but we recommend you to stay for a night. Accommodation: Room alternatives in the 3-star stop run from standard rooms to family and extravagance suites, to special night chalets. Full eatery with porch feasting is nearby.

5. Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve

Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve

It is claimed to be the closest Big 5 safari in Cape Town. It is home to numerous wild game and bird species. It provides a wonderful and unforgettable experience of safari with the diversity of game, birds, and activities. Safari enthusiasts will never be disappointed with what this safari park has to offer. One will not only come across zebras and steenbok, giraffes and eland, blue wildebeest and lynx but also have a view of the Khoisan rock art. Lucky ones might also spot the rare Aquila, a type of vanishing black eagle in this safari park in Cape Town. It is a bucket list thing for any safari enthusiast.

Distance: 113 km from Cape Town in Worchester town. This is perfect for a day trip. Accommodation: Safari visitors who want to stay for the night have the alternative to remain in either the standard or extravagance chalets. BBQ offices and an open air pool are incorporated with the settlement.

Before choosing which safaris in Cape Town to set out upon, think about your needs, try to read all the safari near Cape Town reviews. In case you’re going with kids, there are a couple of options that are more family-accommodating than others. Or then again if it’s about which creatures you will see, be it the Big 5 or an uncommon experience with the White Lion. So what are you waiting for? Head to South Africa now!

Looking To Book A Holiday Package?

safari park cape town

Spellbinding Cochin Family Tour 2D/1N Package @ Rs 2,750

Plan your trip today!

safari park cape town

Himachal Family Tour Package 4D/3N @ Rs 8,750

Get quotes from multiple travel experts.

safari park cape town

Exciting Andaman Family Trip 5D/4N @ Rs 10,250

Compare & customize quotes before booking.

safari park cape town

Gangtok & Darjeeling Tour Package 5D/4N @ Rs 13,000

Have Questions? Talk to our travel experts today.

safari park cape town

Wonderful Goa Family Package 3D/2N @ Rs 6,500

Best prices guaranteed.

safari park cape town

Riveting Rajasthan Vacation 3D/2N Package @ Rs 6,499

EMI option available.

safari park cape town

Enchanting Uttarakhand Tour 4D/3N Package @ Rs 7,199

Explore best destinations with our experts.

safari park cape town

Delightful South Weekend Tour 3D/2N Package @ Rs 4,999

Thrilling weekend full of fun.

safari park cape town

Marvelous Gujarat Tour 3D/2N Package @ Rs 4,999

Talk to our experts today.

Recent Posts

safari park cape town

Experience Nightlife In Port Elizabeth In These 12 Relishable Places

safari park cape town

12 Wedding Venues In Port Elizabeth That Will Take You To Fairyland

safari park cape town

9 Restaurants In Soweto That Will Let You Have A Flavorsome Vacation

Best Restaurants in Vereeniging

10 Restaurants In Vereeniging Where You’ll Get Authentic South African Cuisine

water parks in pretoria - cover

9 Water Parks In Pretoria You Must Visit For An Exciting Trip

Amazing Oudtshoorn Wildlife

Oudtshoorn Wildlife: 10 Must Visit Places Where You Can See The Diverse Wild Species Of South Africa!

Trending Blogs

safari park cape town

20 Mysterious Places In India To Visit In 2023 More Bizarre Than The Bermuda Triangle

safari park cape town

10 Scariest Roads In India That Are A Driver’s Nightmare

safari park cape town

101 Places To Visit In India Before You Turn 30 in 2024

Skiing In Krasnaya Polyana

35 Exotic Places To Visit In December In India 2023 To Enjoy A Surreal Vacation

a couple in front of taj mahal

60 Best Honeymoon Destinations In India In 2023

Best honeymoon destinations in the world

95 Best Honeymoon Destinations In The World In 2023 For A Romantic Escape!

Best Places To Visit In India By Month

Best places to visit outside india by month.

  • TravelTriangle
  • South Africa »
  • Tour Packages
  • Honeymoon Packages
  • Family Packages
  • Budget Tour Packages
  • Luxury Tour Packages
  • Adventure Tour Packages
  • Group Tour Packages
  • Kerala Tour Packages
  • Goa Tour Packages
  • Andaman Tour Packages
  • Sikkim Tour Packages
  • Himachal Tour Packages
  • Uttarakhand Tour Packages
  • Rajasthan Tour Packages
  • Tour Packages From Delhi
  • Tour Packages From Mumbai
  • Tour Packages From Bangalore
  • Tour Packages From Chennai
  • Tour Packages From Kolkata
  • Tour Packages From Hyderabad
  • Tour Packages From Ahmedabad
  • Kerala Tourism
  • Goa Tourism
  • Sikkim Tourism
  • Andaman Tourism
  • Himachal Tourism
  • Uttarakhand Tourism
  • Rajasthan Tourism
  • Hotels in Kerala
  • Hotels in Goa
  • Hotels in Sikkim
  • Hotels in Andaman
  • Hotels in Himachal
  • Hotels in Uttarakhand
  • Hotels in Rajasthan

safari park cape town

Chat with us on WhatsApp:

Whatsapp Icon

Or enter your details below:

6 Day Magical Kruger Park & Cape Town Safari

safari park cape town

Experience the best of South Africa with this perfect combination of a Big 5 safari and the vibrant 'Mother' city of Cape Town.

Your first three days are spent at the luxurious Tintswalo Safari Lodge that is situated in the pristine 23000-hectare Manyeleti Game Reserve. Sharing an unfenced boundary with the renowned Kruger National Park , Tintswalo offers exceptional game viewing opportunities from the comfort of open vehicle game drives to exploring the African bush on foot.

All safari lodges in the Manyeleti Game Reserve are privately owned and make use of the land on a concession basis. As there are only seven lodges in the reserve, and more than 200 kilometers of gravel roads, you can assume to have to this game reserve pretty much to yourself.

Following an exhilarating safari experience, you travel to the beautiful city of Cape Town. Here, you will spend the next three days at the award-winning Tintswalo Atlantic lodge; a hidden gem in Cape Town, nestled at the base of the ocean-facing Table Mountain National Park. Cape Town offers a diverse cultural experience as well as several historical attractions, fascinating museums, pristine beaches, magnificent mountains, and picturesque vineyards.

This 6-day tour is the ideal option for solo explorers, couples, and families looking to experience the best of what South Africa has to offer.

Day 1 - 3: Manyeleti Game Reserve

Begin your journey from Johannesburg with a scheduled flight from OR Tambo International Airport to the Manyeleti Game Reserve. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your lodge for check-in.

Later this afternoon your safari adventure begins as you venture out into the bushveld for your first game drive. Boasting one of the lowest vehicle densities in the Greater Kruger, you can expect an uninterrupted game viewing experience in an untouched African wilderness. Game drives average on 3 -4 hours in duration with a stop en-route to stretch the legs and enjoy a refreshment whilst watching the sunset.

The next two days will be spent enjoying early morning and late afternoon game drives that are led by some of the best rangers in the industry, and accompanied by local trackers that hail from the native Shangaan communities.

As there are no fences between the national park and the private game reserves, wildlife is able to roam freely. Manyeleti is prime “Big Five” territory, offering exceptional good possibilities for viewing the elusive leopard. The reserve has more than 300 bird species and is home to the other Big Five animals (lion, rhino, buffalo, and elephant) that are spotted on a very regular basis.

Manyeleti makes a great safari destination for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and bird watchers alike.

Accommodation: Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Day 4 - 5: Cape Town

After one last morning game drive and a scrumptious breakfast, you will transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Johannesburg. Here, you will connect with your scheduled flight to Cape Town. On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel.

You are in an ideal location from which to enjoy the finest that the Western Cape has to offer. Situated a short drive from the Mother City, experience the diversity of Cape Town’s eclectic culture, as well as the scenic beauty and quietude of the Table Mountain National Park on which Tintswalo Atlantic resides. Cape Town offers a variety of attractions and tours, so please consult with one of our travel experts about the different options.  

Tintswalo Atlantic’s is also perfect for well-deserved downtime after your Kruger Safari. A heated pool and poolside service make for a marvelous afternoon of leisure and sunshine. On cooler days, bring a book into the lodge lounge and enjoy hours in front of a crackling fireplace.

Accommodation: Tintswalo Atlantic

Day 6: Depart Cape Town

Enjoy the breathtaking views one last time during breakfast before gathering your belongings and bidding farewell to the paradise you have called home for the last three days. You will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flight back home. You may leave South Africa with a heavy heart but the experiences you have had will remain etched in your memory for a lifetime.

safari park cape town

Location and getting there

Rates & pricing.

A big green circle

Let's start planning

Dedicated planning for your dream holiday

Meet your travel advisor

safari park cape town

Jan 4, 2024
Communication with Nikita was flawless…
Communication with Nikita was flawless and so convenient via whatsapp!
Jan 3, 2024
Good experience
Jan 2, 2024
I made a request
I made a request. I had a fast response. Easy to communicate via text, phone, email. All my questions answered, arrangements were explained. I actually enjoyed my conversations with the gentleman who helped me and was the only one I communicated with, so I got to know him. Very nice.
Jan 1, 2024
Responded promptly and recommended…
Responded promptly and recommended safaris to suit our needs.
Dec 30, 2023
Fantastic tours
Fantastic tours, Prompt and nice dialogue with the office
Dec 20, 2023
I am so grateful and blessed to meet…
I am so grateful and blessed to meet this wonderful, beautiful soul Jayson Sheffers he’s doing his job with such a passion and pleasure, giving so much energy love and make everything possible make me feel feel and treat me like a queen in the jungle and 🇦🇪SAfrica. Thank you very much. Merry Christmas in advance. Lots of love, blessings, healthy, happy, fulfilled life!
Dec 19, 2023
No reply - cyclone has hit cairns qld Australia
I have a trip booked and paid for with safari.com now for months and months. We are in cairns qld Australia and have just been hit with a cyclone and flooding event. Water has destroyed a lot of homes and businesses. I have emailed Safari.com twice about how their travel insurance works that they say comes with all trips. No reply for 48 hours. I have emailed out rescheduling for 3 days time to give us a chance to get into South Africa. I am hoping someone reply’s. We are devastated. Would appreciate some help.
Dec 18, 2023
Botswana safariAmazing site,the people are so…
Amazing site,the people are so nice,knowledgeable and helpful. Greatly recommend safari.com for anyone heading to southern Africa.
Dec 13, 2023
Tansania-Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara
We, 3 friends from switzerland (Anna, 62; Jürg, 60; Amélie, 21), had a great time with Roy Safaris in Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara. We really recommend to book there. We felt very happy and comfortable with our guide and driver, Ally Kimea. He gave us unforgetable experience in wildlife we‘ve never expected, because of his profound knowlege about animals and parks. Ally is very friendly and attentive!

Awesome, you're subscribed!

Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon!

The best things in life are free.

Sign up for our email to enjoy your city without spending a thing (as well as some options when you’re feeling flush).

Déjà vu! We already have this email. Try another?

By entering your email address you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and consent to receive emails from Time Out about news, events, offers and partner promotions.

Love the mag?

Our newsletter hand-delivers the best bits to your inbox. Sign up to unlock our digital magazines and also receive the latest news, events, offers and partner promotions.

  • Things to Do
  • Food & Drink
  • Time Out Market
  • Los Angeles

Get us in your inbox

🙌 Awesome, you're subscribed!

Gondwana Private Game Reserve, Cape Town.

The 8 best safari day trips and weekends from Cape Town

Track down the elusive ‘Big Five’, and have a whale of a time doing it

Alicia Erickson

Can you go on a safari from Cape Town? It’s a question often asked by curious travellers thinking of planning a trip to the Mother City, unsure of whether they’ll be able to catch a glimpse of various fantastic creatures. Happily, the answer is a big ‘Yes indeed.’ Cape Town’s charm extends far beyond the urban centre, and one of its most alluring elements – beyond the mesmerising mountain views and glimmering Atlantic Seaboard – is its proximity to nature.

South Africa is renowned for its wildlife, and while the Western Cape may be a little more under-the-radar in this arena than other regions, it still has its fair share of nature reserves. Just a short drive from Cape Town you can spot the ‘Big Five’ (that ’s:  lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and African buffaloes) roaming the veld, learn about conservation efforts and spot whales breaching from the Atlantic Coast. For those wanting to take a walk on the wild side, here are the best lodges and reserves for a safari day trip from Cape Town.

RECOMMENDED: 🏄‍♀️ The best   beaches in Cape Town 📍 The best   things to do in Cape Town 🏨 The best   hotels in Cape Town 🍽 The best   restaurants in the Cape Winelands

Alicia Erickson  is a travel writer based in Cape Town.   A t Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our  editorial guidelines  and check out our latest  travel guides  written by local experts.

An email you’ll actually love

The best safaris near Cape Town

Aquila Game Reserve

1.  Aquila Game Reserve

At just under a two-hour drive from the city, Aquila Game Reserve has certainly earned a name for itself as a top safari experience near Cape Town. The reserve helped reintroduce the Big Five to the Western Cape and is rooted in wildlife rehabilitation, land protection and community support. Whether you opt for a day trip or book a couple of nights, you can take a traditional safari in an off-road vehicle or choose to search for the Big Five from a quad bike. If you’re lucky, you may just spot the elusive Cape mountain leopard. After a day of wildlife thrills, soak in the infinity pool, refuel with some traditional South African cuisine or treat yourself to a spa afternoon. Accommodation ranges from rustic digs to plush cottages.

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

2.  Inverdoorn Game Reserve

A Big Five game reserve located around a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Cape Town, Inverdoorn Game Reserve is a wild escape into the arid plains of the vast, dessert-like Karoo region. A home to lions, elephants, giraffe, zebras, hippos and wildebeest, Inverdoorn also hosts a cheetah rescue and rehabilitation centre. This conseration-focused establishment offers an opportunity to disconnect in the wilderness while searching for some of South Africa’s most exciting creatures. Rest your head in cosy, tented camps and relax in a pool with views over the veld and golden mountains on the horizon.

Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve

3.  Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve

One of the closest safari experiences to Cape Town, Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve is set against the craggy foothills of the Brandwacht Mountains. Just over an hour from the city by car, Fairy Glen transports visitors to a magical, rustic setting, with options for both day and overnight safaris. Count yourself extra lucky if you spot a leopard, but elephants, lions and other creatures roam the plains in relative abundance. Stay overnight in the self-catering accommodation to maximise your chances of spotting various fantastic beasts at sunrise and sunset.

Goudkop Bush Camp

4.  Goudkop Bush Camp

This simple and underrated wildlife destination is found two hours north of Cape Town. Goudkop Bush Camp is a quiet cattle and sheep farm on Skrik van Rondom Farmstall, set in the heart of the Sandveld Nature Reserve. Stay in a thatched roof hut tucked into the slopes of the valley, hike along rocky trails, look for elk and other wildlife on a game drive, or simply unwind and do nothing in this slice of nature. The on-site restaurant and farm shop will keep you happily fed and watered during your stay.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

5.  Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Stretching across 58,000 hectares, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a pristine and unparalleled experience in the South African wilderness. A three-and-a-half-hour drive from Cape Town – taking in the stunning scenery of the R62 tourist route along the way – will get you to Sanbona, situated in the rugged and beautiful valley of the Little Karoo, just outside Montagu. Treat yourself to a weekend of wildlife viewings rooted in conservation, while unwinding in luxury safari tents or manor houses among the still plains. Elephants, lions and giraffes are all in the mix when you’re on a nature walk or a safari drive through the rolling hills and dramatic rock formations. If you fancy tracking down some visual wonders that are even easier to locate, the stargazing here is also pretty spectacular.

Gondwana Private Game Reserve

6.  Gondwana Private Game Reserve

Situated along the Garden Route in Mossel Bay, Gondwana Private Game Reserve is a little further from Cape Town (a four-and-a-half-hour drive), but certainly worth the journey if time is on your side. Eco-friendly camps and villas ooze luxury safari aesthetic, while also blending into the towering green hills. From spotting elephants wandering the reserve and lions napping in the sun, to learning about the native fynbos species and searching for sunbirds, falcons and cranes on a bird-centric safari, a weekend at Gondwana promises to be a wild ride.

Grootbos Nature Reserve

7.  Grootbos Nature Reserve

Grootbos Nature Reserve embodies the meaning of ‘where the mountains meet the sea.’ Throw some forests into the equation, and you’ve got a spectacular eco-reserve. Just over two hours from Cape Town, Grootbos transports its guests deep into nature and offers an experience that’s notably different from a typical safari weekend. Set out from the elegant accommodation on a botanical walk to learn about endangered plants, look for over 20 species of mammal (including many types of antelope) and don’t forget to keep an eye out for whales appearing along the coast.

Hermanus

8.  Hermanus

Formerly a small fishing village, Hermanus has blossomed into a charming harbour town that attracts visitors from far and wide. Whale watching is what brings the crowds here, as Hermanus is graced with migrating southern right whales from June through to December. Try and spot them from the wind-swept beaches or join a boat tour and spend a day experiencing the splendour of these mighty marine mammals. Hop in your car, make that 90-minute journey from Cape Town and stay for a day or two in this whale watching paradise.

[image] [title]

Discover Time Out original video

  • Press office
  • Investor relations
  • Work for Time Out
  • Editorial guidelines
  • Privacy notice
  • Do not sell my information
  • Cookie policy
  • Accessibility statement
  • Terms of use
  • Manage cookies
  • Advertising

Safari Guide Africa

  • South Africa
  • Cape Winelands
  • Garden Route
  • Kwazulu Natal
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Beaches of Kenya
  • Victoria Falls
  • South Luangwa
  • Okavango Delta
  • Chobe National Park
  • South Africa Hotels
  • Mauritius Beach Hotels
  • Kenya Beach Hotels
  • Mozambique Beach Hotels
  • Lake Malawi Hotels
  • Let Us Help

Best Safari Options Near Cape Town

A trip to all the wonders that Cape Town has to offer doesn’t mean turning your back on the chance to safari while in South Africa – one of the best countries in the whole of Africa for viewing the continent’s most iconic species, whatever your budget and however you prefer to holiday.  There are other malaria-free safari options in South Africa if you are willing to travel, but the proximity of some of the safari locations to Cape Town make it more convenient overall.

While the two-hour internal flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg , for the likes of Kruger National Park , are a tempting proposition for some, travelers to South Africa’s ‘mother city’ can also take advantage of beautiful safari opportunities closer to the city itself.  Here are our top 4 picks for safaris near Cape Town:

safari park cape town

Where to Safari Near Cape Town?

Aquila private game reserve.

Just a two-hour drive (or 175 km) from the center of Cape Town, Aquila is one of the closest game reserves to Cape Town, making it a great place to take in the country’s more natural landscapes when holiday time is short. Despite this, you can still be sure of a traditional Big Five experience alongside an infinity pool, restaurant, spa and cigar lounge among other facilities.

AQUILA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

With a combination of 44 rooms spread over three floors of Aquila Lodge and some more private cottages too, Aquila is far more than merely a breathtaking experience encountering the Big Five close to Cape Town.

The malaria-free reserve includes a newly constructed lodge consisting of 44 spacious double-occupancy rooms. Fully accessible by lift, standard rooms consist of queen-sized beds and en suite bathrooms in a modern chic style. Premier rooms include balconies that look out over the reserve and the magnificent Karoo mountain views, which extend into the bathrooms. Perfect for families or groups, the family suites are connected by a lockable common passageway.

The other accommodation option at Aquila is its luxury cottages. Coming with their a private patio area, they also include a corner bathtub and outdoor rock shower. Located close to the children’s play area are the family luxury cottages, consisting of children’s beds on a mezzanine floor which overlooks the main bedroom. For a little more privacy, the reserve also includes premier luxury cottages, located on the hillside above the main lodge.

Sanbona Game Reserve

Slightly further from Cape Town than Aquila at three hours and 15 minutes (256 km) by road, Sanbona in made up of environmentally-friendly five-star accommodation in luxury tented lodges with private spa baths, as well as a manor consisting of a private bar, swimming pool, and his and her bathrooms. The largest game reserve reachable from Cape Town, it includes a staggering 58,000 hectares. But what sets Sanbona apart from other reserves is its location among the beauty of the Warmwaterberg Mountains.

SANBONA Game Reserve

Situated in the arid Warmwaterberg Mountains of the Klein Karoo region, Sanbona is not only luxurious in its accommodation options, but also environmentally-friendly. One of the largest wildlife conservancies reachable from Cape Town by road, the 58,000-hectare estate is home to many of Africa’s most iconic species, from lion and elephant to rhino and giraffe.

Tilney Manor sits in an oasis of carefully designed indigenous planting and offers those looking for tranquillity the perfect combination of privacy and facilities. Dwyka tented lodge, meanwhile, more closely represents secluded luxury than a campsite, with a handful of large wood and canvas buildings in a stunning horseshoe ravine. For a little more adventure, there’s also the seasonal Sanbona Explorer Camp, of more basic tented accommodation.

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Inverdoorn is located two and a half hours (200 km) from Cape Town, in the Klein Karoo region. Its Kuganha tented camp comprises just three 66 m 2 luxury tents with sides that can be opened out to take full advantage of the incredible surrounding landscape. The room includes a dedicated area in which to relax, as well as a deck with a private plunge pool.

The reserve also contains four Ambassador chalets and seven Tankwa chalets. Staying at one of the Ambassador chalets entitles guests to access a communal roof terrace and private patio area, in addition to satellite television, air conditioning, and luxurious ensuite facilities with corner baths. The Tankwa chalets come with the addition of a veranda overlooking the garden, and wood-burning fireplaces in addition to air conditioning.

Finally, there are also lodge rooms. These come with a fireplace, veranda, television, and modern bathroom with a stand-alone shower.

Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve

Another reserve worth considering if time is short, Fairy Glen is around an hour and twenty minutes (110 km) from Cape Town. The reserve consists of five luxury chalets (one of which is wheelchair accessible) and six standard chalets.

The luxury chalets have a pared back design, with lounge area and kitchen, bathroom and shower. The double bed and two single beds in two of the chalets make it great for families, while the single bed/sleeper couch combinations of the others make it a good option for groups of friends.

The standard chalets sleep a mix of two to four people, in a combination of double and single beds. While they include an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, they do not enjoy the kitchen facilities of the luxury chalets.

Are Safaris Near Cape Town Good?

Why safari near cape town.

Opting to safari near Cape Town first and foremost means the ability to combine the incredible sights the city has to offer, and visits to its the nearby Cape Winelands , with the opportunity to gaze upon some of the world’s most awe-inspiring wildlife spectacles while minimizing the amount of travel necessary.

This gives Cape Town’s game reserves a considerable advantage over other family-orientated safari destinations, and for those looking to minimize air travel. These reserves also act as a fantastic introduction to safari holidays, almost guaranteeing animal sightings, although they are perhaps less impressive for a seasoned safari goer used to more substantial unfenced reserves and national parks.

Why not safari near Cape Town

Located in the arid Karoo region that surrounds Cape Town, the dry terrain of the city’s game reserves can support species such as impala and oryx, that are happier in drier conditions but struggle to support large populations of big game species without the need of add supplemental food for species including elephant.

The game reserves we mention are also quite small when compared to the likes of Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s far north, or Greater Kruger National Park, which includes the unfenced private reserves of those including the Sabi Sand . While this can be a positive in respect to animal sightings, it can limit the feeling of true wilderness for some holidaymakers.

How much does a safari near Cape Town cost?

Accommodation in game reserves is priced on a per person sharing basis, meaning if two people are sharing a double occupancy room they must both pay the quoted per person sharing the cost. In other words, a double occupancy room will cost twice the quoted per person price. If an individual occupies a room intended for two, they will have to pay a singles supplement, which is usually more than the double occupancy per person sharing price.

Safaris near Cape Town start at R1800 ($130) per person sharing per night, to R2500 ($180) at the height of the December/January high season, for a standard room. The top safari locations in this region can cost anywhere in the region of R8000 ($575).

Safari on a day trip from Cape Town

With an early start, a safari is certainly possible as a day trip from Cape Town, especially if using your own road transportation and opting for one of the nearer game reserves we have recommended. When considering whether a day trip is worth it, bear in mind animals are at their most active at dusk and dawn, which might make staying for at least one night a better option overall.

Some of the game reserves, including Aquila, also offer standard and private transfers for an additional cost, removing the stress of traveling on unfamiliar roads. On arrival at the reserves, guests transfer to open-sided all-terrain vehicles to maximize the safari experience.

Safaris with kids

Children adore Africa’s animal life. However, it’s important to realize not every child will have the attention span to undertake a long game drive or safari holiday. Going on safari near Cape Town is excellent because it means you can mix up various activities (both while on safari and while in Cape Town) so that no one in the family gets bored or feels ignored.

Another thing to consider is how well your children travel. If they’re not great road travelers, then one of the nearer game reserves is the right choice. Family lodges rather than standard rooms are also useful, ensuring you can enjoy your time on safari as a family. Having access to your own vehicle means you can head back to the city whenever your children have had enough.

Best time to safari near Cape Town

The best time to plan a trip to Cape Town is almost certainly between late January and late April. Coming at the end of South Africa’s summer, these months offer warm, clear days. However, thanks to its mild climate and temperate conditions, its also possible to visit Cape Town earlier, from October to January, extending the period when its possible to safari nearby. In contrast, the best time to visit Kruger National Park would be during the region’s dry season from late April until September, with the middle months being the hottest temperature wise.

Username or email address  *

Password  *

Remember me Log in

Lost your password?

Best Safari from Cape Town - Aquila Game Reserve

Best Safari from Cape Town Aquila Game Reserve

Aquila Game Reserve restaurant area at sunrise

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. This helps me keep the Sick Girl Travels blog running while providing you with high-quality product recommendations and great travel deals. Please see my full disclosure for further information. Thanks for your support!

Best Safaris From Cape Town - Why Aquila Game Reserve?

A safari should be on everyone’s African bucket list. It’s an amazing experience to see animals roaming in the wild in their natural habitats. And while there are plenty of unique things to do in Cape Town , you simply must escape the city one day and take a safari. You can come face to face with a dazzle of zebras, a pride of lions, and a thunder of hippos. Which I can’t help but think is a slight against their thick hippo thighs. But I digress…

I knew a South African safari had to be on my itinerary when I traveled to Cape Town . But I wondered, what is the best safari from Cape Town? Contrary to what many people think, the area isn’t just one vast wilderness waiting to be explored by off-road Jeep. You won’t find Cape Town safari tours in the immediate vicinity of the city. So forget about taking a safari in Cape Town proper. You’re going to at least need to take a day trip from the Western Cape.

With only 6 days in South Africa, I knew I didn’t have time to journey from Cape Town to Kruger National Park or drive the garden route. What I needed was a quick day trip or overnight safari from Cape Town. In reading reviews I could see that there was one clear winner when it came to game reserves in the Western Cape, Aquila Game Reserve. This nearly 25,000-acre game reserve features all the Big 5, lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos, and elephants, plus zebras, ostrich, giraffes, and more. It’s the biggest and best safari near Cape Town. It’s also the closest game reserve to Cape Town, meaning I could easily make my day trip safari from Cape Town and be back at my hotel by sunset. Perfect!

Aquila Private Game Reserve Prices day cape town tours

The lodge at Aquila Game Reserve. My day trip safari from Cape Town

How to Get To Aquila Game Reserve from Cape Town

The drive time from Cape town to Aquila Game Reserve is about 2 hours. To get to the park you’ll need to travel approximately 80 miles on the N1 highway from Cape Town. If you didn’t rent a car, it’s also possible to arrange a day trip with a local tour company or through the game reserve itself. I highly recommend this Aquila Safaris Experience from Get Your Guide.

And yes, the round-trip drive to Aquila and the safari itself are both wheelchair accessible.

safari park cape town

Rhino in Aquila Safari Park South Africa

What’s the Difference Between A Big 5 Safari and Game Drives?

You may notice the terms “safari” and “game drive” being used somewhat interchangeably and wonder what’s the difference. Is there a difference? Yes. There is a slight difference. A game drive refers to an excursion where wildlife viewing is the main focus of the trip. A safari refers to the entire trip or itinerary. For example; you’re going on a 2-day safari from Cape Town that includes 3 game drives. Which is entirely possible if you choose to stay overnight at the Aquila Game Reserve Lodge. But more on that later…

Cape Town Safaris Game Reserves Western Cape Aquila Game Reserve Specials

A dazzle of zebras at Aquila Private Game Reserve South Africa

How Long Is An Aquila Private Game Reserve Safari?

Aquila Game Reserve offers half-day, full-day, and overnight packages. A half-day trip ranges from 4 to 4 1/2 hours and includes welcome drinks, a snack or meal (depending on the time of your booking), and one 2-3 hour game drive. A full-day safari experience includes welcome drinks, breakfast, lunch, leisure time at the Aquila property, and one 2-3 hour game drive. Guests can also opt to take a quadbike safari or horseback safari or a combination thereof.

Those looking for an overnight safari experience can choose to stay at the Aquila Lodge or at one of the many adorable cottages on the property. The lodges offer several wheelchair-accessible rooms. The spa and restaurant are also wheelchair accessible.

safari park cape town

Lions kept behind a fenced in area of the property.

What to Bring On Your Cape Town, South Africa Safari

I opted to go on the sunrise half-day safari in mid-October. While this is spring in South Africa and traditionally mild during the day, be warned mornings are cold. I was one of the few people who brought a heavy jacket and it was definitely needed. Our driver handed out blankets to everyone in the vehicle, but it’s best to pack a jacket. You will be in an open-air off-road vehicle and it does get very chilly, especially in the morning and at sunset.

I also recommend packing a good camera. I tried to use my Go-Pro during this trip, but it didn’t get a great shot of many of the more aggressive animals like hippos which need to be viewed from a safe distance.

Guests should also pack mosquito repellant, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, and some sunblock. There’s plenty of time to wander the property and enjoy the scenery, but there’s not a lot of shade. Plan accordingly.

Mountain national Park Safari South Africa Tripadvisor Safari Tours Cape Town

Hippos cooling off in the waters of Aquila Game Reserve near Cape Town

What You’ll See On Your Aquila African Safari

As with all game reserves or safari tours, there’s no promise that you’ll see all of the big 5. Any South Africa safaris that promise you will see all of the Big 5 should be questioned. These are wild animals that have free reign to roam a 25,000-acre property. Your guide will have a pretty good idea of where you’re likely to see animals, but it’s always a possibility that it will be too cold, too hot, too early, or too late in the day for some. It’s also a lot of land to cover. That said, the guides at Aquila understand that for many of the people who visit, seeing the big 5 is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so they will go the extra mile to make sure you see as much wildlife as humanly possible.

Luxury Safari near Cape Town Big 5 Safari Cape Town Big Five Safari Cape Town

This rhino walked right up to our vehicle to check us out.

Booking A Room At Aquila Private Game Reserve

Click here to book your room or cottage at Aquila Private Game Reserve . Aquila Game Reserve rates start at around $200 USD a night.

Aquila is also one of the best safari tours from Cape Town because they offer round-trip transportation from your hotel in Cape Town to the game reserve, making it super easy to make the trip.

Aquila Game Reserve accommodation ranges from basic lodge rooms to super posh cottages that make you feel like you’re miles away from civilization. With most rooms, it’s possible to peer out your window and spot some elephants wandering in the distance. It doesn’t get much more exciting than that.

Aquila Game Reserve Distance From Cape Town Safari South Africa Cape Town Best Safari In Cape Town Safari Tours in Cape Town

A gorgeous ostrich

Other Cape Town Safari Options

If you have more time you may want to check out some of these safaris near Cape Town. Though I use the term “near” loosely as most of them are a long drive from the city and will be better as an at least 3-day safari from Cape Town. While they are rated as the best game reserves near Cape Town, many aren’t suitable for just a day trip. But these are the best private game reserves South Africa has to offer.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve - This is the only option aside from Aquila that makes sense for a day trip. A little over 2 hours away from Cape Town it is possible to make the round-trip drive in one day.

Gondwana Private Game Reserve - 4 hours and 15 minutes away from Cape Town, this is best as an overnight or 3-day trip.

Kruger National Park - Kruger National park is the gold standard when it comes to safaris in South Africa. However, it’s a plane ride away from Cape Town clear across the country.

Garden Route Game Lodge - a 4-hour drive from Cape Town.

Inverdoorn Game Reserve - at 2 1/2 hours from Cape Town it’s also possible to visit Inverdoorn on a day trip from Cape Town.

Safaris in Cape Town Day Trip Safari Cape Town Best Safari From Cape Town

Elephants roaming in the distance as viewed from the lodge at Aquila Game Reserve

Wheelchair Accessible Safaris

As previously noted, facilities and safaris are wheelchair accessible. The only downside is there are only two adapted rooms so if you’d like to spend the night at Aquila, the selection is unfortunately pretty sparse for wheelchair users. Still, I recommend Aquila for a day trip as it is easily the most conveniently located and the best safari from Cape Town.

safari park cape town

Restaurant area at Aquila Game Reserve.

Enjoy Your Aquila Safari

Aquila Game Reserve was the highlight of all my South Africa tours. There’s nothing like seeing these amazing creatures roaming in the wild. Our ranger was incredible and gave a wonderful tour, making sure we saw all of the Big 5.

I hope you consider visiting Aquila Game Reserve, the best safari from Cape Town, on your South African trip.

Game Reserve Cape Town Host Cape Town Game Reserve Safari Cape Town Big 5 Aquila Safari Cape Town

A dazzle of zebras at Aquila Game Reserve

Morocco Travel Guide – Top Attractions, Places to Visit

NEED HELP? REQUEST AGENT 

Request Agent

Need assistance? Our team is here to help you plan

Cape Town & Safari Holidays

Embark on an extraordinary journey that combines the breathtaking wildlife of Kruger National Park with the vibrant cosmopolitan charm of Cape Town on a Safari and Cape Town holiday. This unique adventure allows you to experience the best of both worlds, from the untamed wilderness of the African bush to the captivating beauty of South Africa’s most iconic city. Prepare to be enchanted as you delve into the heart of the country’s best safari destinations, where you’ll encounter majestic wildlife and witness nature at its most awe-inspiring moments. Then, immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Cape Town, where the rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture await.

Discover South Africa’s best private game reserves and take part in off road Big-5 game drivers with a safari team. Expert guides will lead you through the park’s diverse ecosystems, unveiling the secrets of the African wildlife along the way. From the mighty elephants and stealthy lions to the graceful giraffes and elusive leopards, every moment spent on safari in South Africa is an opportunity to witness nature’s wonders up close.

A Cape Town and Safari holiday offers a perfect blend of adventure, wildlife, culture, and natural beauty. From the untamed wilderness to the vibrant streets of Cape Town, this journey will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready to be captivated by the wonders of South Africa as you embark on this unforgettable adventure.

Cape Town is a city that effortlessly blends natural beauty with urban sophistication. Nestled between the iconic Table Mountain and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town offers a wealth of experiences to enchant and delight. Discover the historical landmarks of Cape Town, savor delicious cuisine and explore the white sandy beaches of the Atlantic coastline. From the Cape Peninsula where two oceans meet, to the mountainous valleys of the cape Winelands. Beyond the city, Cape Town is surrounded by natural wonders that are just waiting to be explored.

With our packages your travel is arranged from the moment you arrive in South Africa and until you leave again.

  • All connecting internal flights and transfers are included.
  • Your international flights should be booked to either Cape Town or Johannesburg international Airports and our team will advise and assist with flight suggestions and timings.
  • Cape Town and Johannesburg International Airports are a hub for South Africa travel and major carriers fly directly worldwide.

Specials and promotions

  • Our packages include discounts and various promotions throughout the year.
  • Our team is up to speed with all promotions and each package is designed to incorporate these offerings together with our ‘Best-Price Guarantee’.

Financial protection & travel insurance:

  • Safaris Down South is globally recognised and bonded with international associations.
  • All of our safari holidays are covered with a GOLD tier travel insurance and is included free of charge and covers you for 100% of your booking.

Why book with us:

Why book with us.

  • No booking or credit card fees!
  • Accredited and certified with global associations offering 100% protection and free travel insurance
  • Multiple promotions and discounts added to our packages
  • Best-price guarantee with all of our hotels and lodges
  • Each and every itinerary has been designed by an on-trend team that is actually involved in the safari industry and South African travel
  • One-on-one planning assistance and advice
  • Continued support before and during your holiday

Customized packages:

  • Customised packages are available on request.
  • Our team will discuss your requests and design packages to suit your expectations.

All South Africa Kruger National Sabi Sands Madikwe Eastern Cape Cape Town & Safari Malaria Free

safari park cape town

14 Nights Sabi Sands, Cape Town & Winelands

14 Nights / 15 Days

From £  5,464 to £  7,565 per person

Includes internal flights, transfers, accommodation…

MalaMala has stood the test of time and delivers a high standard safari experience. In Cape Town your hotel is located in the V&A waterfront and then it’s time to unwind at Babylonstoren wine estate…

safari park cape town

8 Nights Eastern Cape Game Reserve & Cape Town

8 Nights / 9 Days

From £  4,993 to £  7,006 per person

With high standard game drives and luxury accommodation, Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is known for the most superior safari in the Eastern Cape. Stay in Cape Town’s most prestigious boutique hotel…

safari park cape town

10 Nights Sabi Sands, Cape Town & Winelands

10 Nights / 11 Days

From £  7,397 to £  8,826 per person

Sabi Sabi Earth lodge offers an ultra luxurious 5- star safari and is matched by Cape Town’s most prestigious boutique hotel and an award winning wine estate in Stellenbosch wine region…

safari park cape town

10 Nights Kruger National Park, Cape Town & Winelands

From £  2,543 to £  3,219 per person

With sweeping riverbed views, experience a safari at Thornybush Game Lodge in the Kruger National Park. Stay at a boutique hotel along the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town and then enjoy the Franschhoek wine region…

safari park cape town

14 Nights Kruger National Park, Cape Town & Winelands

From £  2,942 to £  3,375 per person

Kapama River Lodge is well known for its Big-5 game drives and warm African hospitality. Stay at a boutique hotel along the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town and then enjoy the Franschhoek wine region…

safari park cape town

10 Nights Madikwe, Cape Town & Winelands

From £  3,993 to £  5,653 per person

Jamala Safari Lodge offers an intimate safari in luxury with high standard game drives.  In Cape Town your hotel is located in the V&A waterfront and then it’s time to unwind at Babylonstoren wine estate…

safari park cape town

From £  2,866 to £  4,930 per person

A luxury tented camp experience with world class game drives awaits at Shamwari Bayethe. In Cape Town your hotel is located in the V&A waterfront and overlooks a private marina…

safari park cape town

From £  1,917 to £  2,488 per person

Located in Pumba Private Game Reserve, Pumba Bush Lodge overlooks a waterhole visited by wildlife and offers a high standard safari experience. Stay on Camps Bay beachfront in Cape Town …

safari park cape town

From £  2,354 to £  2,921 per person

Southern Camp at Kapama ticks all the boxes and offers an exceptional 5-star safari experience. Stay at a boutique hotel along the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town and then enjoy the Stellenbosch wine region…

From £  8,957 to £  11,012 per person

safari park cape town

From £  6,851 to £  8,293 per person

Expect exceptional attention to detail and world class game drives at Molori Safari Lodge. Stay in Cape Town’s most prestigious boutique hotel and an award winning wine estate in Stellenbosch wine region…

safari park cape town

From £  2,270 to £  2,572 per person

safari park cape town

14 Nights Madikwe, Cape Town & Winelands

From £  3,379 to £  3,808 per person

Overlooking a waterhole, Tuningi Safari Lodge offers offer a high standard safari experience. Stay at a boutique hotel along the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town and then enjoy the Franschhoek wine region…

10 Nights MalaMala Camp, Cape Town & Winelands

From £  4,115 to £  5,611 per person

safari park cape town

From £  3,495 to £  3,926 per person

Experience the renowned Kruger National Park at 5-star Siviti Safari Lodge. Stay at a boutique hotel along the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town and then enjoy the Franschhoek wine region…

8 Nights Madikwe Game Reserve & Cape Town

From £  6,258 to £  7,095 per person

Experiences the best of the best. Stay at the exclusive Molori Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve and Cape Town’s most prestiguos botique hotel on the Atlantic coast…

safari park cape town

From £  4,106 to £  5,800 per person

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge provides the ultimate safari in the Sabi Sands. In Cape Town your hotel is located in the V&A waterfront and then it’s time to unwind at Richard Branson’s wine estate in Franschhoek…

safari park cape town

8 Nights Kruger National Park & Cape Town

From £  2,913 to £  3,085 per person

5-star Siviti Safari Lodge ticks all the boxes and offers a high standard safari experience and luxury accommodation. Stay at a boutique hotel along the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town…

From £  3,211 to £  3,510 per person

From £  3,783 to £  4,329 per person

8 Nights Sabi Sands Game Reserve & Cape Town

From £  6,023 to £  6,863 per person

For an ultra luxurious 5- star safari experiee, Sabi Sabi Earth lodge offers a safari in one of the countries most exclusive lodges and is matched by Cape Town’s most prestigious boutique hotel…

safari park cape town

From £  4,745 to £  6,935 per person

Lion Sands Narina Lodge overlooks the Sabie River and offers an intimate safari. In Cape Town your hotel is located in the V&A waterfront and an award winning wine estate awaits in Stellenbosch wine region…

safari park cape town

From £  6,426 to £  7,973 per person

Saseka offers a tented safari experience like no other in the Kruger National Park. Embrace the breath-taking views from your exclusive Cape Town hotel and then relax in the Cape Winelands…

safari park cape town

From £  5,754 to £  7,208 per person

Expect world class wildlife experiences and a super stylish lodge on your safari at Chitwa Chitwa. Embrace the breath-taking views from your exclusive Cape Town hotel and then relax in the Cape Winelands…

From £  4,838 to £  7,238 per person

safari park cape town

10 Nights Eastern Cape, Cape Town & Winelands

From £  1,765 to £  2,333 per person

Strategically located along the Cariega River, Pumba Water Lodge offers a 5-star safar experience. Stay at a boutique hotel along the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town and then enjoy the Franschhoek wine region…

From £  3,190 to £  3,375 per person

Thornybush Game Lodge is located in a prime location in the Kruger National and boasts sweeping views over the riverbed below. Stay at a boutique hotel along the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town…

From £  4,026 to £  5,338 per person

Enjoy an intimate safari in luxury with high standard game drives at the luxurious Jamala Safari Lodge. In Cape Town your hotel is located in the V&A waterfront…

From £  5,788 to £  8,108 per person

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is known for the most superior safari in the Eastern Cape. Stay in Cape Town’s most prestigious boutique hotel and an award winning wine estate in Stellenbosch wine region…

From £  3,005 to £  5,229 per person

Experience close up Big-5 sightings and a luxury tented camp at Shamwari Bayethe. In Cape Town your hotel is located in the V&A waterfront and then it’s time to unwind at Babylonstoren wine estate…

safari park cape town

From £  3,573 to £  4,560 per person

Madikwe Lelapa Lodge invites you to a high standard safari in the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve. Stay on Camps Bay beachfront in Cape Town and then enjoy the Franschhoek wine region…

From £  4,594 to £  6,275 per person

The luxurious Lion Sands Narina Lodge overlooks the Sabie River and offers an intimate safari. In Cape Town your hotel is located in the V&A waterfront and overlooks a private marina…

From £  3,161 to £  3,892 per person

From £  2,690 to £  2,984 per person

From £  2,173 to £  2,921 per person

Pumba Bush Lodge overlooks a waterhole visited by wildlife and offers a high standard safari experience. Stay on Camps Bay beachfront in Cape Town and then enjoy the Franschhoek wine region…

From £  2,799 to £  3,219 per person

Tuningi Safari Lodge overlooks a waterhole and offers a high standard safari experience with world class game drives.  Stay at a boutique hotel along the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town…

From £  3,068 to £  3,793 per person

From £  4,758 to £  5,657 per person

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve offers an exclusive safari experience in a ultra-stylish safari lodge in the Sabi Sands. Embrace the breath-taking views from your exclusive Cape Town hotel…

From £  5,187 to £  7,515 per person

Includes: Travel insurance, transfers, internal flights, accommodation, full board safari experience …

Jamala Safari Lodge offers an intimate safari in luxury with high standard game drives. In Cape Town your hotel is located in the V&A waterfront and then it’s time to unwind at Babylonstoren wine estate…

From £  4,304 to £  5,392 per person

MalaMala Camp is renowned for its high standard safaris and has stood the test of time over and over again. In Cape Town your hotel is located in the V&A waterfront and overlooks a private marina…

14 Nights Eastern Cape, Cape Town & Winelands

From £  4,026 to £  7,103 per person

From £  6,389 to £  9,471 per person

From £  6,439 to £  8,286 per person

From £  2,362 to £  2,534 per person

Located in the Kruger National Park, Kapama River Lodge is well known for its Big-5 game drives and warm African hospitality. Stay at a boutique hotel along the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town…

From £  3,249 to £  4,337 per person

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is well know for its luxury safari offering and provides the ultimate safari in the Sabi Sands. In Cape Town your hotel is located in the V&A waterfront and overlooks a private marina…

From £  2,192 to £  2,938 per person

From £  7,923 to £  11,155 per person

From £  5,170 to £  6,069 per person

A combination countires most stylish offerings. Saseka offers a tented safari experience like no other in the Kruger National Park. Embrace the breath-taking views from your exclusive Cape Town…

Kapama Southern Camp in the Kruger National Park ticks all the boxes and offers an exceptional 5-star safari experience. Stay at a boutique hotel along the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town…

safari park cape town

From £  9,192 to £  11,247 per person

From £  1,610 to £  2,097 per person

Pumba Water Lodge is strategically located along the Cariega River and offers a 5-star safar experience in the Eastern Cape. Stay at a boutique hotel along the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town…

From £  2,766 to £  3,774 per person

From £  5,065 to £  6,326 per person

From £  2,770 to £  3,274 per person

Experience a luxury safrai in the heart of Madikwe. Lelapa Lodge offers high standard game drives with close up sightings. Stay on Camps Bay beachfront in Cape Town…

Can't Find What You Looking For?

Visiting such a diverse country necessitates some expertise to determine which area, lodge and transport will suit you best. Whether you are a family, couple or traveling solo, we’ll guide you to the perfect place for an incredible safari experience

logo

Helpful Guides & Articles

Page specific.

Best Time to Go on Safari in the Kruger National Park What to Expect on a Kruger Safari

What a Day on Safari Looks Like Food on Safari Honeymoon Safari’s Family Where to go FAQ When to go Activities

Let's start planning

Have Any Questions? Contact Us!

Location on the map

Brit On The Move TM Logo

Cape Town Safari – South Africa

Most travelers heading to South Africa will go on a safari or plan to cage dive with the great whites. Planning a safari in Cape Town is not as easy as you think. The eastern side of Africa is known for safaris, and the western side is known for marine life.  Depending on which of these two you are traveling for will determine your location. For example, if you dive with the great whites , you will be heading to Cape Town. If your main goal is a safari, you are heading towards Kruger National Park. Neither are close to each other. If you’re planning to visit both regions, you will need to fly from one to another.

Cape Town Safari

If, like me, you will cage dive with the great whites and heading to Cape Town. The question then becomes “which is the best cape town safari” or “which is the best safari close to cape town.” Sadly, there is not a “best” answer to this. Cape Town terrain is not the African outback you might imagine; in fact, it’s nothing like.

If you are adamant that you will jam in a “safari,” you will undoubtedly research several options that show up within a few hours of Cape Town. All are promising you the experience of seeing the big five. The big five being Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Leopard, and Lion. All with images that show you what you’ve dreamed of — the African oasis with animals running wild.

Spoiler Alert – this does not exist in Cape Town or close to Cape Town. All the parks and reserves that are advertised are nothing more than glorified zoos. The experience is no different than driving around any safari park in any country. Heck, Knowsley Safari Park in England is comparable.

So, let’s get into the one I stayed at and the other options if you insist on pursuing a safari while visiting Cape Town.

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our  disclosure and privacy policy  for more information.

Aquila Private Game Reserve

Hours of research later, I settled on Aquila Private Game Reserve. We were mesmerized by the photos and the hotels’ recommendation; we booked an overnight stay with two safari drives. Aquila is heavily advertised; it will come up first in most searches, and its website is spectacular.

It cost us around 6,600 South African Rand or approximately $450, including a round trip transfer. This rate also included all meals.

We arrived, and on check-in, I knew this was going to be shite . There was a massive line of people checking in, a massive range of people checking out. The entire lobby swarmed with people on a day trip. The vibe alone was that of a theme park .

Regardless, we proceeded on, checked in, and went to our room. The room was nice , clean, and as pictured. Nothing spectacular but adequate.

Then we went to grab a drink to await our afternoon safari drive. The pool is impressive, the first view is captivating, but I can see the safari cars bobbing through the vista on a closer look. Seriously, I have a feeling at this point that it is orchestrated and not wild. Still hopeful, we plod on.

Aquila Private Game Reserve – Game Drive

After a couple of relaxing drinks, we board the safari jeep and head out. Ten minutes into this Cape Town safari, I kid you not, we were met with zebras and wildebeest. Oddly, they come running nothing wild about it at all. I am pissed off. Then, as we encounter more animals, it’s apparent that they are fed, and the food is all strategically placed behind a bush that lures the animals over.

Cape Town Safari

I asked about this, and the response was they must supplement the diet given the terrain. Seriously? This is not wild. And yes, Aquila does play a part in conservation, but it’s anything but a game reserve.

The Lion Enclosure

Then there is the lion enclosure – yes, you read that right – enclosure. I was already beyond ticked off at this point, so getting up close and personal with a lion was meh. I’ll also add the lions are so fat that you could likely get out and pet one. They do not need a meal anytime soon. My theory on why they are so fat is simple; they are fed and then sleep all day long until the next jeep arrives to take photos. One of the lions did get up and approach us. It wasn’t even slightly intimidating; it was like a fat oversized domestic kitty coming up to say hello. Do they do this in the wild? Of course not.

aquila private game reserve

Once out of the lion enclosure, we moved into the section where the giraffes roam. I felt sad for them. Not a tree in sight for them to feed on – not one. Having already established all the animals are fed, and this is a zoo, I took comfort in knowing they are being fed. Here we stop for the only part of the game drive that was memorable – wine and snacks.

[envira-gallery id=

On the way back, I did get to see hippos, and regardless of the zoo or wild, I find them enchanting. I did enjoy the hippos but not to the tune of $450.

Cape Town Safari

The game drive was so pathetic that I did not take the morning game drive included in our package. What was the point?

The Food at Aquila Private Game Reserve

I enjoyed the food, but I’ll save you some heartache – most of you won’t. It is a buffet, which is not my thing unless curry is on the menu and the curry they had. My all-time favorite food is curry – any nationality, any spice level curry curry curry, so I was happy. Brian, not so much.  And, when you’re paying a couple of hundred dollars a night, anyone would expect more.

Drinks are not included, and they are expensive. Add to this, and the wine list is lame and overpriced.

The lodge where dinner is served is impressive; I enjoyed the décor and the overall ambiance.

aquila private game reserve

Overall Thoughts on Aquila Private Game Reserve

A colossal waste of time, money, and energy. Aquila has a marketing genius on staff. The website alone will convince you to splurge. Take a read of some of the reviews about this place. What’s fascinating is some people love it. However, scroll through a couple of pages, and you’ll see time and time again the same thoughts I just shared.

I can’t recommend this one to anyone – the opposite. That is unless you enjoy overpriced zoos. And, if you do, then head to Disney’s Animal Kingdom . The experience is about the same, even the buffet!

Additional So-Called Cape Town Safaris

As mentioned above, there isn’t a wild safari in Cape Town. All the experiences are reserves or conservation parks. This said, here are the other players:

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Two hours away from Cape Town, Inverdoorn Game Reserve is known for its cheetah rescue and rehabilitation program. Although be warned, the cheetah encounter is no more . I almost booked this one. It’s by far the second most popular or advertised one after Aquila. Much like Aquila, it is a rehabilitation/conservation venue and not wild. The team at Inverdoorn has rescued the elephants seen on safari and the calves. Sitting on ten thousand hectares, by all accounts, this is the same experience as Aquila – it’s a zoo priced at about the same as Aquila.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and Gondwana Private Game Reserve

This place is further out, about three hours east, at the bottom of the Warmwaterberg Mountains. Sanbona did come up in my research, but I felt like the drive was a bit much for an overnight stay. It’s advertised three hours away, but all the reviews will tell you it’s 4.5 hours each way once you factor in the drive to your accommodations from the entry.

Sitting on 58,000 hectares (Aquila is 4,510-hectare), Sanbona appears to be the real deal. They offer a variety of accommodations from the tent, manor to lodge. There are traditional game drives and boat safaris.

The reviews are way better than Aquila, and this place appears to be wild or the animals not fed. This said, if you read into the reports, you learn that this place is not natural, and the animals are preserved. Or should I say strategically placed?

One guest’s review summed it up best. Once you’ve driven the 4.5 hours out here, you may as well have jumped on a flight to Kruger National Park. Lastly, it’s even more expensive than Aquila.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

A two-hour drive south of Cape Town to coastal Grootbos, this one is pricey! Over $1k a night on the low side, known for the ocean big five. The big five being the great white sharks , southern right whales, bottlenose dolphins, African penguins, and Cape fur seals. Let me save you some time for this one. You don’t need to stay at a reserve to experience any of this. Nor do you need to spend this type of money. We did this ourselves and stayed at an Embassy Suites. The actual reserve is only 2,500 hectares – this speaks for what to expect, as does the name.

Garden Route Game Lodge

This one is a four-hour drive away from Cape Town, and there’s not much to say other than it’s yet another glorified zoo. All of the reviews about the property stand out in comparison to the others. Most people rave about the room and food, which is not a common theme for the others. Regardless, the animals are fed and not roaming wild.

Buffelsfontein Game Reserve

Microscopically small at 1600 hectares, this is a converted cattle ranch. It’s only an hour away from Cape Town, but realistically, I don’t think it matters. The longest game drive is three hours, and the animals are fed. You can watch them being fed, so there’s not much more to say – yet another zoo with overnight facilities.

Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve

The closest of all, this one, is only an hour away.  Bigger than Aquila at 10,000 hectares and more budget-friendly, this is yet again a zoo. And, most people mention that most of the land is being turned into vineyards. If you insist on taking part in any of these safari-like experiences, this is probably the best option and only for a day. Given its proximity and price, it won’t break your heart. This one’s so tame you can even drive yourself through the park if you choose to.

Closing Thoughts

If you don’t care that the animals are not running wild, you won’t be disappointed. Likewise, if you want a selfie, then you’ll be happy. If you see the big five in their natural environment, you need to head to Kruger National Park. Realistically I would have to say save your money. It’s just not worth it.

I loved Cape Town and would visit again in a heartbeat but not for a zoo-like safari experience that you can do anywhere. I would return for the sharks , the crocodiles , and the adorable penguins!

Cape Town Safari

If you are looking to meet the penguins, they are located at Table Mountain National Park in Boulders . I highly recommend you add visiting these guys to your list while in Cape Town. It will cost you nothing to visit other than transportation there and back. We took an Uber, and it was about $20 each way.

Looking for more posts on Africa Start here:

  • 10 Reasons To Visit Equatorial Guinea
  • Big Five African Wildlife & Conservation Volunteer Experience
  • Cage Diving with Great White Sharks
  • Swim with Crocodiles in South Africa

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Subscribe to our newsletter and get the best travel tips and inspirational stories delivered monthly. No spam, no sales pitches –  TRAVEL!

Brit on the move™ travel resources.

Ready to book your next trip? Use these resources that work:

Flight cancelled or delayed? Find out if you are eligible for compensation with AirHelp.

  • Book your Hotel:  Find the best prices; use  Booking.com
  • Find Apartment Rentals:  You will find the best prices on apartment rentals with  Booking.com’s Apartment Finder .
  • Travel Insurance :  Don’t leave home without it. View our suggestions to help you decide which travel insurance is for you:  Travel Insurance Guide .
  • Want to earn tons of points and make your next trip accessible?  Check out our recommendations for Travel Credit Cards.
  • Want To Take A Volunteer Vacation or a Working Holiday?  Check out the complete guide to how here!
  • Want to Shop For Travel Accessories?  Check out our  Travel Shop .

Need more help planning your trip?  Check out our  Resources Page , highlighting the great companies we trust when traveling.

Share with others!

safari park cape town

Nikki Webster is a travel writer who covers how to travel while grinding a day job without breaking the bank. Nikki is always in search of off-the-beaten-track experiences and unique stays. She is particularly fond of Florida and writes extensively about the state. She flies around 60,000 miles annually and has visited 74 countries, 50 states, and six continents. You can read all about her travels at www.britonthemove.com or follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Similar Posts

Bartow Florida – A Sleepy Town Making a Comeback

Bartow Florida – A Sleepy Town Making a Comeback

Located in Polk County, referred to as the “City of Oaks and Azaleas,” Bartow, Florida, is unheard of by most. Like many small towns, the first appearance is the same: the classical main street, a four-way stop, the local courthouse, and the silence of empty storefronts. As you arrive on a Saturday, finding parking on…

The Ultimate Guide To Oktoberfest Germany

The Ultimate Guide To Oktoberfest Germany

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and traveling funfair a “Volksfest.” It occurs annually in Munich, Bavaria. It is held from mid-September through the first Sunday in October for a total of sixteen days. The festival has been held since 1810 and attracts more than six million people annually. It is the world’s largest…

Florida’s Best Treehouse Rental

Florida’s Best Treehouse Rental

If you are looking for a treehouse rental, look no further!  Your childhood dream can come true as you can sleep suspended high in the treehouses at Treehouse Point in Clay County. The treehouses at Camp Chowenwaw Park are the best ones money can rent in Florida. Forget paying a couple of hundred dollars per…

Bucket List Ideas You Have Not Heard Of

Bucket List Ideas You Have Not Heard Of

Who’s not looking for bucket list ideas? Some people claim they don’t have a bucket list. I believe this in the sense that they don’t have a “before I die” list. But every human yearns after something. We all have a list! Whether you call it the bucket list, the before I die list, or…

20 Ways To Save Money On Your First Cruise

20 Ways To Save Money On Your First Cruise

Going on your first cruise and want to know how to save money on your first cruise? We are here to rescue! There are many ways to save money on your first cruise and every cruise thereafter – you just need to know how! This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure and privacy…

Vacation On A Cruise – Why It’s For Everyone!

Vacation On A Cruise – Why It’s For Everyone!

Taking a vacation on a cruise includes everything you need for a fantastic vacation: food, accommodations, entertainment during the day and at night, and transportation between destinations. Cruise fares can be as little as $100 per person per night on mainstream lines, which is significantly less than you’d spend on land for a hotel, dinner,…

11 Comments

We’ve been to Aquila twice now, and since we normally stay in Cape Town, we opted for the round-trip transfer as well. What an experience. When we return to Cape Town in a few months, we will visit this gem again.

that is amazing guys

a great experience in Morocco

This is a comment for your Inverdoorn experience.

I have been keeping up with everything and I have not heard anything from their website or anything about them removing the Cheetah Encounter experience.

As this was posted only 3 months ago (during the Covid19 pandemic), my guess is that the cheetah experience is closed off during the pandemic, as is all human to animal contact at local zoos. Otherwise, they would have made some mention on their website…but the cheetahs experience is still offered.

Now, I could be wrong, but that is the more likely explanation. I will be emailing them soon anyways and I will ask them personally.

The cheetah experience is one main ways they recieve their money, so I don’t really see them just taking it off the table. And I would still go there for my Safari, as cheetahs are the big reason I am going to South Africa.

Hi there, Actually it was closed in 2018 when new ownership took over. It’s not COVID related, here is the info from their website: https://inverdoorn.com/cheetah-conservation/ Hope this helps:) Nikki

I would love to go someday after global pandemic and lock down. Great informative post indeed.

Wow! amazing, thank you so much for sharing.

Thanks a lot for your blog, I’ve really been enjoying your posts :)

Welcome and glad you are enjoying :) Nikki

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

CapeTown ETC

CAPE TOWN FOR CAPETONIANS

Cape Town Property for sale or rent on capetownetc.com

Tranquility meets adventure on these Western Cape safaris

Tranquility meets adventure on these Western Cape safaris

Step away from the urban hustle and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Western Cape safari destinations.

Also read: Discover Africa’s top 10 breathtaking safari moments caught on camera

Picture the serene warmth emanating from a buffalo herd, silhouetted against a vibrant Karoo sunrise, or witness a stealthy cheetah enjoying its evening run – just glimpses of the multifaceted safari experience awaiting.

Trade the cityscape for vast open landscapes, where life adopts a more unhurried rhythm. These destinations invite you to disconnect, providing an opportunity to savour the beauty of the wilderness:

Aquila Game Reserve

You can discover the allure of the Big 5 safari experience a mere two-hour drive from Cape Town at Aquila . You can tailor your adventure, choosing from half-day trips that seamlessly integrate the safari with delectable meals.

Alternatively, opt for a full-day expedition for an extended exploration, indulging in both the immersive safari encounter and memorable dining experiences.

The overnight safari package offers a comprehensive escape, featuring accommodation inclusive of all meals and the chance to partake in both afternoon and morning safaris.

  • Location: 2 HighField Road, Greenpoint (head office) | Aquila Private Game Reserve, R46, Touws River
  • Contact: 021 430 7260 | [email protected]

safari park cape town

Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve

This wildlife sanctuary nestled near Worcester is revered for its rich biodiversity. From rhinos and giraffes to zebras and buffalo, visitors can engage in immersive game drives, offering moments to observe and capture these creatures in their native habitat.

Beyond the drives, Fairy Glen elevates the experience with additional activities such as nature walks, which offer an intimate encounter with the subtleties of the natural surroundings, or bird watching.

  • Location: Brandwacht Road, Worcester
  • Contact: 082 220 2415 | [email protected]

safari park cape town

Grootbos Nature Reserve

By 1994, the Lutzeyer family had transformed a serene farm overlooking Walker Bay into a local bed and breakfast, inadvertently attracting global visitors. Now, the foremost luxury tourism destination preservers 3 500 hectares of natural treasures.

Grootbos is home to 907 plant species, 118 bird species, 29 mammals, and 21 amphibians – some facing extinction. Here, luxury coexists with conservation, offering an unparalleled retreat where every moment invites you to connect with the natural world.

  • Location: R43 between Stanford and Gansbaai
  • Contact: 028 384 8008 (general) | 028 384 8053 (reservations) | [email protected]

safari park cape town

Goudkop Bush Camp

Nestled along the R366 in the heart of the Sandveld area, Skrik van Rondom Farm stands as a tranquil escape in the Western Cape. The Goudkop Bush Lodge was built in 2010 so that guests could enjoy the picturesque views, where a variety of game such as Eland, Kudu, Springbuck, Blue Wildebeest, and Zebras roam freely.

Visitors can explore the scenery on game drives or walking trails, or enjoy some bird watching.

  • Location: Redelinghuys, Western Cape | Skrik van Rondom Farm, Unit 42, R366
  • Contact: 072 617 9984 | [email protected]

safari park cape town

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Inverdoorn lies in the malaria-free Ceres Karoo, just a short 2.5-hour drive from Cape Town, spanning a vast 10 000 hectares. The site is home to elephants, lions, rhinos, buffalos, and the elusive leopard, and also houses a Cheetah Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre.

Inverdoorn received its luxury destination status in 2012 when elephants were introduced to the site.

  • Location: R356, Sutherland Road, Breede River
  • Contact: 021 422 0013 | [email protected]

safari park cape town

Gondwana Family Lodge: Sanbona’s idyllic safari for groups

Picture: redcharlie / Unsplash

Article written by Ilze-Mari Van Zyl

safari park cape town

CapeTownETC

Subscribe to our Newsletter cheap cars for sale cheap cars for sale in western cape cheap cars for sale in cape town Joburg news News in Johannesburg

safari park cape town

IMAGES

  1. 14 Day Cape Town & KwaZulu Natal Safari Tour Package

    safari park cape town

  2. One Day Cape Town Safari Tours and Experiences in South Africa

    safari park cape town

  3. Inverdoorn Game Reserve Safari Cape Town, Book Now @ Flat 9% Off

    safari park cape town

  4. Best Cape Town Safari: Big 5 Game Reserves near Cape Town SA

    safari park cape town

  5. Inverdoorn Game Reserve safari from Cape Town

    safari park cape town

  6. Cape Town. Inverdoorn Safari & Oudtshorn & Tsitsikamma National Park

    safari park cape town

VIDEO

  1. African Penguins at Boulders Beach, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town SA

  2. Safari Cape Town South Africa Aquila game reserve #travel #luxury #safari #southafrica #africa

  3. Buggy Park ( Cape Town )

COMMENTS

  1. Top Five Game Reserves for Safaris Near Cape Town

    Updated on 04/02/20 Fact checked by Jillian Dara Cheetahs at Inverdoorn Game Reserve. Kim Walker / robertharding / Getty Images Cape Town is known around the world for its stunning scenery, world-class restaurants, and fascinating cultural landmarks (including Robben Island and Bo-Kaap ).

  2. AQUILA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

    15h00pm - 19h00pm self-drive to the reserve From R995 / adult or read more before booking Full Day Trips All full day safaris include the safari experience and meals. Arrival 09h00am at Aquila Private Game Reserve, and departing at 16h30pm. You may add transport as an optional extra if required to the packages below. Traditional Safari

  3. THE 10 BEST Cape Town Safaris (Updated 2024)

    THE 10 BEST Cape Town Safaris Safaris in Cape Town Enter dates Outdoor Activities Filters • 1 Sort & up & up & up English French Spanish German Matadi Africa And Travel Tours Knysna Heads Bloukrans Bridge Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate Cape Town: Safaris Information

  4. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

    The Ultimate Luxury Mindful Safari Sanbona Wildlife Reserve invites you for a high-end, conservation-based nature safari in the diverse landscapes of the unique Little Karoo. It's the closest true wildlife experience you can find near Cape Town, a short three-hour drive away, offering an exclusive and unique malaria-free safari.

  5. Cape Town & Kruger National Park Safari Packages

    Cape Town & Kruger National Park Safari Packages | National Geographic Expeditions Experience Cape Town's scenery, explore a game reserve of Kruger National Park, and see the penguins of...

  6. Top 5 Best Game Reserves for Safaris Near Cape Town

    1. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Sanbona is another of the best game reserves for safaris near Cape Town. More adventurous travellers can strike out on a walking safari at the Explorer Camp; alternatively, there are three lodges at which to stay. This huge reserve is 58,000 hectares.

  7. Aquila Private Game Reserve

    If you are seeking a unique adventure, Aquila Private Game Reserve promises a day filled with excitement, wonder, and memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready to be captivated by the magic of the wild right here in Cape Town, South Africa! Cape Town Central, South Africa. Meets animal welfare guidelines.

  8. Gondwana Game Reserve

    Amazing safari outside of Cape Town My fiance and I visited Gondwana during a trip to Cape Town last October. It's about a 4.5 hour drive from the city, but most definitely worth it (though hiring a car to take you is quite expensive so having a rental is the best option). ... The nature in the park and the views are just spectacular. Geraldine ...

  9. Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve

    The 10 000 hectare private game reserve offers luxurious Big 5 safaris for overnight guests. All members of the Big 5 - the elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and the elusive leopard - are represented at Inverdoorn. The wildlife is thriving and during your safari you may come across herds of eland, gemsbok and zebra, or hippos wallowing in the dam.

  10. Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari

    Enjoy a majestic eight-day tour of Cape Town and Kruger Park Safari, two of South Africa's top highlights. You will take in the beauty of the Cape Peninsula, Winelands, and the city of Cape Town, followed by a great safari experience in the Kruger National Park, where the iconic African wildlife roam free. Soumya P. Illinois, United States.

  11. 4 South African Safari Destinations You Can Get to from Cape Town

    A South Africa safari near Cape Town is doable, thanks to these four reserves.

  12. 7 Best Safaris Near Cape Town

    For the ultimate holiday in the country, take a tour that offers the cosmopolitan experience of Cape Town combined with an unbeatable African bush safari in the famous Kruger National Park or one of the excellent game reserves or national parks

  13. Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

    Cape Town, Western Cape. Aquila Safari Game Drive, Lunch & Shared Transfers from Cape Town. 5. from $252.06. Price varies by group size. Cape Town, Western Cape. Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain Bo-Kaap Penguins Beach Plus Entry Fees F /Day. 1. from $232.88.

  14. Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve

    Top ways to experience Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve and nearby attractions. Cape town - Overnight Inverdoorn Safari Game reserve. 0 reviews. 4WD Tours. from. $560.00. per adult. 2Day Best Safari - Cape Town 1 night accomodation. incl Transfers. 1.

  15. Best Cape Town Safari: Big 5 Game Reserves near Cape Town SA

    5. Gondwana Game Reserve - affordable luxury safari from Cape Town. The furthest of the Big 5 Cape Town Safari options, Gondwana Game Reserve is about 4.5 to 5 hours from the city. It is however the second biggest game reserve on our list, after Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.

  16. 5 Safaris In Cape Town To Enjoy The South African Wildeness

    1. Inverdoorn Image Source First, we bring you a trip to Inverdoorn. It is by far, one of the most interesting routes within the Western Cape. As interesting as it is, it will provide you with enough thrills along the route. Lying in the Ceres Karoo of South Africa's Western Cape Province, Inverdoorn lies just above two hours away from Cape Town.

  17. 6 Day Magical Kruger Park & Cape Town Safari

    Experience the best of South Africa with this perfect combination of a Big 5 safari and the vibrant 'Mother' city of Cape Town. Rated 4.9 / 5 based on 297 reviews on . Trustpilot +1 (800) 854-1896. Destinations. TOP DESTINATIONS. EAST AFRICA. Kenya. Kruger National Park. ... 6 Day Magical Kruger Park & Cape Town Safari. At a glance. Photos ...

  18. The 8 best safari day trips and weekends from Cape Town

    1. Aquila Game Reserve At just under a two-hour drive from the city, Aquila Game Reserve has certainly earned a name for itself as a top safari experience near Cape Town. The reserve helped...

  19. Best Safaris Near Cape Town

    Where to Safari Near Cape Town? Aquila Private Game Reserve Just a two-hour drive (or 175 km) from the center of Cape Town, Aquila is one of the closest game reserves to Cape Town, making it a great place to take in the country's more natural landscapes when holiday time is short.

  20. Best Safari from Cape Town

    Plan your safaris near Cape Town. Whether you're looking for 1/2 day game drives, a full-day safari near Cape Town, or an overnight Cape Town Safari. Aquila offers all the Big 5 animals, great rooms, and an African safari you'll never forget. Aquila is the best in South African safaris. When it comes to safari tours, Aquila is best.

  21. Cape Town & Safari Holidays

    14 Nights / 15 Days. From £ 3,433 to £ 3,869 per person. Includes internal flights, transfers, accommodation…. Overlooking a waterhole, Tuningi Safari Lodge offers offer a high standard safari experience. Stay at a boutique hotel along the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town and then enjoy the Franschhoek wine region….

  22. capetownsafari.com

    With a wide variety of attractions, activities and spectacular sights, Cape Town has everything you need for a memorable vacation or business travel. Offering some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, award winning wine farms, breathtaking views and Big 5 Safari Lodges, your visit to Cape Town will be a memorable one. Read More

  23. Cape Town Safari

    Planning a safari in Cape Town is not as easy as you think. The eastern If you are heading to Cape Town and trying to plan a safari but which is the best Cape Town safari and which safari is closest to Cape Town. ... Heck, Knowsley Safari Park in England is comparable. So, let's get into the one I stayed at and the other options if you insist ...

  24. Tranquility meets adventure on these Western Cape safaris

    The overnight safari package offers a comprehensive escape, featuring accommodation inclusive of all meals and the chance to partake in both afternoon and morning safaris. Location: 2 HighField Road, Greenpoint (head office) | Aquila Private Game Reserve, R46, Touws River. Contact: 021 430 7260 | [email protected].

  25. Ram Holgado on Instagram: "And with that, the most incredible year of

    3,170 likes, 71 comments - ramholgado on December 28, 2023: "And with that, the most incredible year of my life, comes to an end. Goodnight. 2023 was the fir..."