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The 10 best safari day trips and weekends from Cape Town

From a day-trip adventure to a weekend escape, find whales and the Big Five with these wild getaways in the Cape!

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Alicia Erickson

Can you go on a safari from Cape Town? It’s a question often asked by travellers planning a trip to the Mother City. Happily, the answer is 'Yes indeed', and while the Western Cape isn't quite in the same league as a bushveld escape to the Kruger National Park, you can certainly enjoy a taste of safari close to Cape Town. 

Just a short drive from Cape Town you can spot the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo) roaming the veld, learn about conservation efforts and spot whales breaching offshore. 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.

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The best safaris near Cape Town

1.  aquila private game reserve.

Aquila Private Game Reserve

At just over two hour's drive from the city, Aquila Private Game Reserve has earned a name for itself as a top safari experience near Cape Town. 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. While sightings of lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo are all but guaranteed, you'll be extremely lucky to 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.

2.  Inverdoorn Game Reserve

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, desert-like Karoo region. A home to lions, elephants, giraffe, zebras, hippos and wildebeest, Inverdoorn also hosts a cheetah rescue and rehabilitation centre. This conservation-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.

3.  Melozhori Private Game Reserve

Melozhori Private Game Reserve

This 2300-hectare predator-free wilderness is two hours from Cape Town, just off the highway to the ever-popular garden Route. Offering a choice of exclusive-use accommodation options, choose between contemporary pod houses to luxury treehouses offering idyllic romantic hideaways. The Lodge is a more lavish and exclusive option offering four expansive suites and a fully-catered experience.

Wherever you choose to stay, spend your days exploring Melozhori Private Game Reserve at your leisure. Because it’s predator-free – although elusive Cape leopards have been captured by camera traps here – you can hike, bike and walk in safety, while keeping an eye out for the 129 bird species and 38 species of game that call the reserve home. In the evening, you might be lucky enough to spot black-backed jackal and bat-eared foxes. If you’d rather not go it alone, guided nature drives are available.

4.  !Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre

!Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre

Less than an hour from Cape Town along the R27 ‘West Coast’ road, the !Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre offers a fascinating insight into the history and culture of the San people of southern Africa, and the recent addition of luxury cottages and cabins has made it a perfect weekend escape.

But alongside the cultural insights you can also enjoy a ‘safari-lite’ experience here, with the 850-hectare reserve home to herds of eland, springbok, zebra, wildebeest and other small game. There’s plenty of birdlife too – keep a keen eye out for Yellow-billed kites and Jackal buzzards – and with no predators on the reserve you can happily hike, bike and run without worrying about toothy residents. Just keep an eye out for snakes. Or sign up for the 90-minute nature drives led by local guides, who will share the history of the reserve on an entertaining ramble that delivers superb views of the wild west coast.

5.  Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

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.

6.  Gondwana Private Game Reserve

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 fybos-clad 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.

7.  Nuwejaars Wetlands

Nuwejaars Wetlands

No visit to the Western Cape is complete without a trip to Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of Africa. And on the Agulhas Plains hardy winemakers make full use of the ancient soils and cooling sea winds to craft remarkable Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Pinot Noir. But after a tasting at Black Oystercatcher Wines, be sure to book a guided nature drive through the nearby Nuwejaars Wetlands .

This remarkable conservation project has seen 25 landowners, and the historic mission village of Elim, work together to conserve over 46 000 hectares of delicate wetlands in the region. Guided morning and afternoon nature drives allow travellers to discover this unique conservation area, where you can spot eland, buffalo, bontebok and hartebeest, while the deeper wetlands are home to thriving pods of hippopotamus. Twitcher? The Nuwejaars wetlands are home to more than 200 species, including rare Southern black korhaan and Secretary bird.

8.  Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos Private 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.

9.  Watch whales in Hermanus

Watch whales in Hermanus

Hermanus is one of the most popular tourist towns in the Western Cape's Overberg region, as famous for its seafront restaurants and clifftop walk as the annual visitors that flock here each winter. Whale watching is what brings the crowds, as Southern Right whales arrive to mate and calve from June through to November. You can spot them from the clifftop paths or join a boat tour and spend a day getting up close to these mighty marine mammals. Kayak tours offer another thrilling opportunity to see whales – and sometimes dolphins and seals – from the water.

10.  Goudkop Bush Camp

Goudkop Bush Camp

This low-key wildlife destination is found two hours north of Cape Town, close to the famous beaches of Elands Bay. 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, and look for kudu, eland and zebra 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.

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Top Five Game Reserves for Safaris Near Cape Town

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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. 

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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.

Safaris From Cape Town

1. Aquila Private Game Reserve

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

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2. Inverdoorn Game Reserve

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

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3. Garden Route Game Lodge

Garden Route Game Reserve

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.

  • Distance from Cape Town: 3½ hours
  • 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

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4. Gondwana Game Reserve

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.

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5. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

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.

  • 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

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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.

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Safaris are one of the biggest draws of tours in South Africa . If you are staying in the vibrant city of Cape Town, you might be far away from some of the main wildlife reserves like Kruger National Park, but it doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on safari experiences. During your trip to Cape Town , within a short drive, you can find a wide range of private game reserves, like Aquila Games Reserve and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. The Big 5 (elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and African buffalos) are the creme de la creme of the South African safari world, and you can encounter these amazing animals in a conservation setting. So, with that in mind, let’s dive in and discover the seven best safaris near Cape Town.

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1. Aquila Private Game Reserve

Aquila Private Game Reserve, a top safari near Cape Town, at night.

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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!)

Tourists participating in horseback safaris in Aquila Private Game Reserve.

2. Garden Route Game Lodge

Visitors on safari at Garden Route Game Lodge enjoy sighting of a lion and a lioness.

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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 it as a day trip from Cape Town, but staying the night is probably more comfortable.
  • Accommodation available: Room options in the 3-star lodge range from standard rooms to family and luxury suites to honeymoon chalets. A 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 supervision 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 of safari. 

3. Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Two rhinoceros near a drinking water source at Inverdoorn Game Reserve.

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As a 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 near Cape Town due to the high level of service provided by the staff and its proximity to the city.

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 animals 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, and it features first-class culinary dining and poolside lounging.
  • Other activities: 2-day one-night safaris, private safaris, sunrise/sunset safaris, walk with giraffes, cheetah encounters, cheetah runs.

A lion at Inverdoorn Game Reserve.

4. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

 A fish-eye view of lodges at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.

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 rabbits. 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. The establishment doesn't entertain day trips due to the sheer size of the reserve. 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 a private bar, pool, and 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.

Guests at Sanbona experience wildlife at the reserve watching a giraffe.

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 by vegetation, fauna, and flora, Fairy Glen is rugged, natural, and full of wildlife. You will feel days away from the big city even though the reserve is roughly an hour away from Cape Town.

This game reserve in the Western Cape 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 on horseback. A nature walk to the Brandwacht Dam is included in the overnight safaris, and there is 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

A spectacular overview of the Forest Lodge at the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.

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. 

A beautiful boma set for delicious culinary delights at Grootbos Garden.

7. Buffelsfontein Game Reserve

Buffelsfontein, a former cattle ranch, reopened in 2002 as a 1,600-hectare game reserve. 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 and a bar.

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

A map showing wildlife reserves and safaris 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 near Cape Town that can practically guarantee that you will spot these. Whichever safari you choose, we doubt you’ll be disappointed!

When you are done with your Cape Town safari, you might want to try other activities available in and around the city. 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 .

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5 of the best Safaris near Cape Town

While the city itself has enough to entertain visitors for weeks if not months, Cape Town is also a great base from which to embark on a magical safari.

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Cape Town’s temperate climate doesn’t lend itself to the traditional African bush experience, but nevertheless the Big Five animals – namely, lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo – are within a mere couple of hours’ drive away. To help inspire your next safari adventure, we’ve looked into all of the safaris that are easily reachable from Cape Town and picked out five of the best.

Cape Town Day Safari (1 day)

If you’re short on time, this day trip safari could fit the bill. After collection at your Cape Town hotel, you’ll be transported to Aquila Private Game Reserve, which is a 2.5-hour drive away. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a buffet breakfast in the on-site restaurant. Packed full of sustenance, you’ll depart for an open vehicle game drive through the reserve, which is home to a natural wetland protected by majestic mountains and valleys which makes for varied game viewing.  On your drive, you may see lion, elephant, buffalo, as well as giraffe, hippo and zebra. Later, you’ll sit down to a hearty lunch before visiting the Eco-Synergy centre to round off your tour before your return journey.

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Cape Town Safari Including Lunch (1 day)

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Another one-day trip, this tour takes you to the Inverdoom Nature Reserve, 2.5-hours by road from Cape Town, to explore the majestic landscapes in an open-air 4×4. After collection from your hotel, a professional guide will be on hand for the whole time to help spot wild animals and share interesting facts and information about the country’s most spectacular creatures, including the Big Five, as well as antelope, lion, elephant, wildebeast, rhino, hippo, springbok, and zebra. Next, you’ll head to a lodge for lunch before checking out the cheetah rescue and rehabilitation centre as your final activity of the day, as you board your transport back to Cape Town.

Garden Route Big 5 Safari Overnight Shared Tour (3 days)

For an extended experience, this 3-day tour invites you to get up close and personal with the Big Five, as well as an abundance of birds and other wildlife, at the upscale Garden Route Game Lodge  private game reserve. The adventure begins in Cape Town, where you’ll stay for your first night with time to explore the city. Early next morning, you’ll go whale watching from the shores of Hermanus, before stopping off at Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, to watch the meeting of two oceans: Indian and Atlantic. Next, it’s onto the reserve to embark on a game drive before enjoying overnight accommodation here. The next day, it’s time for your second game drive before a hearty breakfast to prepare you for your return journey to Cape Town, stopping off in the historic town of Swellendam along the way.

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Yoga, Surf and Big 5 Safari 

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Combining wellness and wildlife in equal measure, this 8-day tour lets you re-centre yourself through yoga practices before heading out for memorable safari adventures and other thrilling outdoor escapades. After being picked up from Cape Town airport, you’ll recharge with a guided yoga session at a local yoga studio. Then, over the ensuing days, you’ll enjoy more yoga sessions, as well as the chance to try out activities such as surf classes, horseback rides, and quad biking. Also included are several exciting game drives in acclaimed national parks where you’ll get to see some of the region’s most captivating wildlife and landscapes. All accommodation and daily breakfasts are included in the tour price.

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South Africa Self-drive Adventure

If autonomy is your priority, this 11-day self-driving tour could be for you. After collecting keys for your 4×4 vehicle upon arrival in Cape Town, the region is your oyster. This  tour itinerary includes a look around Cape Town and its enchanting surroundings, before moving on to the seaside town of Hermanus, a popular whale-watching destination. Further afield, you traverse the stunning Garden Route from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay and explore the bay area before moving on to Kwandwe Game Reserve, home to a diverse assortment of wildlife. On your  last day, you can drive for an hour to Port Elizabeth to catch a domestic flight back to Cape Town. The tour price is inclusive of accommodation, your hire car with sat-nav, meals, and game reserve fees.

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Alluring Stillness Amid Raw Beauty And Boundless Plains

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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. As a private game reserve in the Western Cape, 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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Experience true Natural beauty

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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.

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

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One of a kind – a unique Cape mountain zebra foal born at Sanbona

The birth of a unique foal at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a beacon of hope for Cape mountain zebra conservation. Over the last 300 years, hunting and habitat destruction has decimated Cape mountain zebra numbers and isolated the three remaining small populations.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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10 BEST Safari Tours Near Cape Town (Full-Day & Overnight)

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Across the undulating landscapes of Southern Africa, the majestic Big 5 await your discovery on a truly African safari. And what could be better than a safari in cape town!

Know before you book:

  • Pack sunscreen as the African sun is harsh
  • Crowded during peak season
  • Being a tourist destination, it can get quite pricey


  • Get the opportunity to spot the Big 5 in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy the unique African landscape
  • Drive in an open top 4×4 safari vehicle

On the hunt to meet the world-renowned lion, leopard, rhino, African elephant and Cape Buffalo on a Big 5 Safari? Your African dream begins here.

Best Time to Go on Safari in Cape Town

There is no best time of year to go on a South African safari, however, there are times of year to suit everyone’s preferences. Cape Town summer takes place between November and February. During this time it gets very hot during the day – this often means that the animals sleep during the sweltering days. During winter it tends to be cold but it’s easy enough to keep warm during the day.

When going on safari tours, we always recommend going in the early morning or in the evening. This is when you can expect to see most animal activity.

Price of Safari Tours near Cape Town

The price of safaris generally ranges from $50 USD to $1400 USD depending on the length of your stay and the varying tiers of luxury on offer. Take a look at the list below to compare the prices of the best safaris near Cape Town.

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South African Safaris Near Cape Town

With a wide array of tours available, you are sure to pin down the best safari near cape town for your upcoming trip to the Mother City. It’s time to enjoy your moment under the beautiful African sun.

Cape Town Safari Tours By Day

As the first sign of the African sun as it starts to streak across the sky, your daytime safari itinerary options begin. You set the pace with a choice of a morning, afternoon or sunset tours.

Morning Safari Tour:

Early morning safari and breakfast at aquila private game reserve.

If time is of the essence, then a short but sweet five-hour trip to Aquila Private Game Reserve in the Southern Karoo is just what you need.

Wake with the wildlife and begin your early morning safari around 7 am with a hot cup of tea or coffee and a firm South African favorite in hand – the Ouma rusk.

Keep a watchful eye for the ever elusive Big 5, as you are guided by an experienced ranger on a 2-3 hour game drive. A pre-packed continental breakfast warms the belly before heading back.

  • Welcome drinks
  • 2-3 Hour game drive
  • Pre-packed breakfast
  • Leisure time
  • Aquila labyrinth access
  • Swimming pool access
  • Spa treatments
  • Return transfers to reserve
  • Quad bike safari
  • Horseback safari

Afternoon Safari Tour:

Late morning safari and lunch at aquila private game reserve.

Who says that only the early bird gets to catch the worm? For the late-risers, kick off starts from 12 pm for seven blissful hours at Aquila Private Game Reserve .

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before setting out on a 2-3 hour game drive at the hands of an experienced ranger at Aquila. Let their knowledge and stories about your surrounds excite and enthrall you as you spot the abundant local wildlife.

Perhaps the Aquila labyrinth , a game of giant chess, or a little rest and relaxation poolside is the perfect way to close off the day? Otherwise, be sure to catch the scheduled departure tour back to Cape Town at 4 pm.

  • 2-3 hour game drive
  • Breakfast and lunch buffet

Sunset Safari Tour:

Sunset safari drive at aquila private game reserve.

As the blazing African sun starts to subside, the animals begin to venture out from their shady hiding spots at Aquila Private Game Reserve, in seek of nearby watering holes. That’s where this drive takes the cake…

After a refreshing beverage and snack, hop aboard an open 4×4 safari vehicle where an experienced ranger will guide and beguile you with stories of your surrounds over a 2-3 hour game drive.

Why not arrive earlier and reserve your spot at the spa to enjoy the sauna, steam room or heated pool before your 3 pm meet and greet?

Full-Day Safari (Self Drive from Cape Town)

Full-day tour with lunch at inverdoorn nature reserve.

Just a scenic two-hour drive from Cape Town, meet at Inverdoorn Nature Reserve at 10 am for a full day immersed in nature.

Savor a welcome drink before settling into a game drive aboard a purpose-built open-air 4WD game viewing vehicle where your knowledgeable and experienced ranger will take care of the rest.

Watch the arid Karoo horizon for the spotting of one of the 1200 species on the reserve and if time allows, you may even get to walk with gentle giraffes before settling in for lunch!

  • 4WD game drive
  • Additional drinks

Full-Day Safaris (Return Pick-Up From Cape Town)

Full-day tour from cape town at inverdoorn nature reserve.

Get transported to an otherworldly landscape as you head towards the Klein Karoo. Enjoy the natural environment of the Big 5 in all its arid, African glory with this full-day tour just two hours from Cape Town.

Upon arrival, you can enjoy a welcome drink before heading out for a 2-hour game drive aboard an open 4×4 safari vehicle. On board, you will have the chance to spot elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and the African buffalo.

The added bonus? Stop along the way to experience walking with the giraffes, all before returning for lunch in the Boma-style restaurant.

  • Return transfers in air conditioned vehicle

Full-day tour from Cape Town at Aquila Private Game Reserve

After a 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town, breakfast awaits at the impressive Aquila safari park near Cape Town, for a full-day of spotting the Big 5 and soaking up the African sun.

An experienced ranger will guide you over a 2-3 hour game drive aboard an open 4×4 safari vehicle. Here you will have the opportunity to spot not only lion, leopard, rhino, elephants and the African buffalo but also the bountiful species of birdlife and other game.

A buffet lunch greets you on arrival back to the lodge, after which you have until 4 pm to enjoy the facilities. Squeeze in a relaxing massage before the shuttle departs at 4 pm, returning to Cape Town in the early evening.

  • Return transfers

Cape Town Safari Tours, Overnight Stay

Slow it down to a more comfortable pace and extend your safari to an overnight stay. Gaze up at the African night sky in prime stargazing territory, far from the interference of the bright city lights. Here are our recommendations for the best overnight safari near Cape Town.

2-Day Safari Experience, stay at Garden Route Game Lodge

Departing from Cape Town, your two-day safari experience will lead you on a scenic journey to the southernmost tip of Africa.

The picturesque coastal road winds you through Betty’s Bay and on to the most famous whale watching spot in the world, Hermanus, before reaching the Cape Agulhas lighthouse. A stop at the lighthouse draws the dividing line between the cold Atlantic and warm Indian Oceans. This stop also marks the continuation of the journey on to the Garden Route Game Lodge, where a Big 5 open-air sunset safari drive and buffet dinner awaits you.

Rest easy after an adventurous day in one of the 4-star wooden chalets, before waking for an early morning game drive to see the animals begin to stir for the day. Breakfast and a visit to the reptile park complete this short-yet-sweet getaway, before returning to the Mother City around 7 pm.

  • 2 Game drives
  • 4-star accommodation for one evening
  • Reptile Park
  • Visit Betty’s Bay, Hermanus and Cape Agulhas
  • Lighthouse entry fee

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Addo Safari Tours

3-day addo safari tour (one way).

Looking for spontaneity? An incredible experience awaits on this customizable 3-day tour from Cape Town to Jeffrey’s Bay.

The first stop in your journey is to the ‘Ostrich capital of the world’, Oudtshoorn. Choose between an afternoon at the Cango Endangered Wildlife Ranch for a guided tour and a dip with a crocodile (in a cage of course!) or head to the Cango Caves to experience a once in a lifetime guided tour of the ancient cave system.

Extend the one hour tour by another thirty minutes and enjoy the novelty of squeezing yourself through the myriad of nooks and crannies the cave system has to offer. With names like ‘The Coffin’ and the ‘Devil’s Post Box’, you are in for a thrill.

Settle in at the laid-back coastal town of Sedgefield for the night.

Day 2 After a drive to the Crags in Plettenberg Bay, pay a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary for an interactive experience with mighty African elephants, or get up to some monkey business at the Monkey Sanctuary, the world’s first free roaming primate sanctuary.

Not enough? Perhaps a plummet of 216 meters from the world’s highest commercial bungee jump will get the heart pumping, before winding down for a tranquil forest walk through the Tsitsikamma National Park.

On the other side awaits the Storms river swing bridge, where you can pause and take in the view before moving on to the well-known surfer’s town of Jeffrey’s Bay for the evening.

Day 3 Make the most of your morning in one of the world’s most renowned surf spots and take up a lesson on the waves, or perhaps a retail fix at the many surf factory shops in the area is more to your liking. Another more inland adventure may be on the cards, with a trip to the Addo Elephant National park, where you can enjoy a morning game drive amongst majestic African elephants.

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Tsitsikamma National Park entry
  • Cango Caves OR Cango Wildlife ranch entry fee
  • Addo Entrance
  • Game drive with a guide
  • Optional extras

5-Day Garden Route and Addo safari tour (One way)

Enjoy some of the highlights of the Western Cape on this action-packed, customizable five-day tour from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.

Day 1 From a collection in Cape Town, day one puts you on route to the southernmost tip of Africa. A visit to the endangered African penguins in Betty’s Bay is followed by a scenic drive to Hermanus, where an array of shops, artworks, and restaurants will entertain you for the afternoon.

Whale watching is also on the cards between the months of July to November, as is the opportunity for an optional half day of shark cage diving. The day concludes at the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in the Cape Agulhas, to settle in for the evening at Struisbaai.

Day 2 Take in the sights of Route 62 on track to the Klein Karoo, where the day kicks off and ends in Oudtshoorn. The ‘Ostrich Capital of the World’ is a great place to purchase beautiful handcrafted ostrich leather goods and is in close proximity to the Cango Caves.

Enjoy an afternoon exploring the ancient cave system with an experienced guide, or simply kick back and indulge in a sampling of local wines from the region.

Day 3 After breakfast travel over the Outeniqua Mountain Pass on route to the Wilderness National Park. An action-packed day begins with canoeing up the Touw River, surrounded by lush indigenous forest and abundant birdlife.

From there a 2-kilometer boardwalk hike reveals a cascading waterfall and rockpool where you can kick off your shoes and enjoy a dip.

The next stop is lunch and shopping in the heart of the garden route, Knysna. Travel up to the Knysna Heads to take in the views to either side, the Knysna River estuary to one side and the Indian Ocean to the other.

Wind down for the day at the coastal town of Sedgefield, perhaps with a little sand between your toes at one of its beaches before settling in for the night.

Day 4 After breakfast, Tsitsikamma National Park awaits, with a stop at Bloukrans Bridge where you can tap into your adventurous side with a 216-meter high bungee jump along the way. Hike, swim or take a wander across the suspension bridge upon reaching Tsitsikamma for the afternoon.

Leave the Garden Route behind and turn in for the night at the beautiful Avoca River Cabins, located in citrus and rose growing region within the Sundays River Valley.

Day 5 Get ready to visit the densest population of African elephants on earth, and home to the Big 5, at Addo Elephant National Park.

The 28,000 hectare reserve is teeming with life and offers plenty of opportunities to spot the many animals that call it home, while taking an optional 2-3 hour drive. The tour concludes with a drop off in Port Elizabeth at a location of your choice.

  • Accommodation (backpacker or guesthouse options)
  • Breakfast and dinner daily (excluding day 5)
  • Local wine tasting
  • Cango Caves adventure tour
  • Canoeing and hiking in the Wilderness National Park
  • Hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Game viewing safari in Addo Elephant National Park
  • Bungee jump
  • Game drive at Addo

6-Day Garden Route and Addo Safari (Return)

A little bit daring and a whole lot more relaxing, this popular return tour from Cape Town covers all the highlights of the garden route and beyond.

Day 1 Leave Cape Town in the rearview mirror and head towards Hermanus, the whale watching capital of South Africa. A stop at Betty’s Bay is a welcomed opportunity to meet the colony of endangered African penguins in their cozy seaside habitat.

Pass through Hermanus for a spot of lunch and shopping, perhaps even a lucky whale sighting between the months of July to November. Continue onward to the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas, to witness the meeting point of the cold Atlantic and warm Indian oceans.

Day 2 Head to the ‘Ostrich Capital of the World’, Oudtshoorn, where an afternoon lies in wait for exploring the ancient cave system at Cango Caves, or simply spend some time sampling local wines.

Day 3 With breakfast out the way, a trip over Outeniqua Mountain Pass leads to an afternoon of canoeing between the lush indigenous vegetation along the Touw River at Wilderness National Park. Explore the surrounds a little more on a 2-kilometer boardwalk hike that opens up to a cascading waterfall, where you can enjoy a dip in the inviting rock pool below.

Next stop, Knysna. Lunch and leisurely shopping lead on to a trip up to the Knysna Heads, where a remarkable viewpoint parts the Indian Ocean and Knysna River estuary to either side. Relish in the sun, sand and ‘vitamin sea’ while relaxing on one of the beautiful beaches nearby in Sedgefield for the remainder of the day.

Day 4 No garden route trip is complete without visiting the Tsitsikamma National Park for a hike, swim or walk across the suspension bridge. A quick stop on route at the world’s highest bungee jump bridge, Bloukrans, is an opportunity to tick off an item on your bucket list. But this one may just be for the daring few.

Day 5 With 2-3 hours at Addo Elephant National Park, there is plenty to do on this 28,000-hectare reserve, including the option of a game drive. Head back to the heart of the garden route to settle in for the evening in either Wilderness or Mossel Bay.

Day 6 After breakfast, stretch out on one of the beaches at Mossel Bay and soak up the sun or get your heart rate up on a hike along St. Blaize trail, contouring along the cliffs from the St. Blaize Lighthouse. If you aren’t quite ready for the tour to end, you could indulge in an optional tandem skydive or sandboarding adventure before returning to Cape Town.

  • Breakfast and dinner daily (excluding day 6)
  • Wilderness viewing safari in Addo Elephant National Park
  • Tandem skydiving
  • Sandboarding

Unique Safaris In Cape Town

Horseback safari at aquila private game reserve.

Saddle up and get ready for a half-day safari with a difference. Keep a watch for the iconic Big 5 as you stalk game through the exquisite Aquila Private Game Reserve by horseback.

Make the 2.5-hour drive there from Cape Town, or pre-book a seat on the scheduled shuttle to begin the day bright and early at 9 am, with a welcome drink and breakfast.

After your 1.5 hour horseback safari with an experienced guide, the afternoon is yours for a spot of lunch and leisure time. Why not make the most of the time available and add on a spa treatment to unwind and reflect on the activities from the day.

If you want a little more fun in the sun, relax beside the pool, explore the Aquila Labyrinth or play a game of giant chess. No horse riding experience is necessary but age and weight limitations do apply.

  • Guided horseback safari

Quad Bike Safari at Aquila Private Game Reserve

Embrace your wild side and venture out into 10,000 hectares at Aquila Private Game Reserve on a quad bike safari, led by two qualified rangers to guide and enlighten you on the journey.

Make the 2.5 hour drive yourself from Cape Town or pre-book a seat on the scheduled transport, to meet for a welcome drink and breakfast at 9 am. Spend 1-2 hours cruising around the conservancy before meeting back for lunch and some leisure time. Some age and weight limitations may apply.

Perhaps a dip in the pool or a visit to the Aquila Labyrinth are just what you need before heading back to Cape Town.

  • Guided quad bike safari

Cycling Safari at !Khwa ttu and West Coast National Park

A short one hour meander from Cape Town along the picturesque West Coast brings you to the Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve, where you will spot four of the famous Big 5 over some 1600 hectares of reserve.

Ease into a 1.5 hour guided game drive on board a safari vehicle to kick off the day, before getting up close and personal with the giraffe, zebra, oryx and of course the members of the Big 5 by bicycle at the neighboring San-!Khwa ttu. Two well-marked routes on the cycling trail offer adventure for all levels of experience.

Conclude the afternoon with a leisurely lunch and another cycle through the West Coast National Park before returning to Cape Town.

  • Bikes, equipment and helmets
  • Return transfers from Cape Town (V&A Waterfront)
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Professional Guides
  • Admission fees to reserves, parks and attractions
  • Morning cycle safari in private game reserve
  • Afternoon ride through West Coast National Park
  • Special customized equipment

2-Day Safari and Wildlife Glamping at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Hit the Route 62 departing from Cape Town and gear up for a glamping experience in Oudtshoorn.

A 4.5-hour drive brings you to the Botlierskop private game reserve, with the Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop. A safari game drive on board a 4×4 safari vehicle places you in prime position to spot the Big 5, before continuing on to Oudtshoorn.

The understated elegance of Buffelsdrift Game Lodge lies in wait for a relaxing evening, cocooned inside a luxury canvas tent at the heart of the magical Klein Karoo. Set close to the nearby watering hole and surrounded by African fynbos, enjoy a soak in a claw foot tub before easing into your king size bed.

Set off after breakfast the next morning into the Klein Karoo bushveld on a 4×4 safari. You can also choose to take a stroll with the gentle giants Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo, three orphaned elephants who now call the reserve home. A drive along the Route 62 takes you back to the Mother City.

  • 2-hour 4×4 Garden Route Game Drive
  • 2-hour 4×4 Klein Karoo Bush Safari
  • 30-minute Bush Walking Safari
  • 1 x Breakfast
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks
  • Elephant Bush Walk

Return Full-Day Sea Safari from Cape Town to Gansbaai

Escape the city for a one-day adventure safari of a different kind.

Take in the beautiful natural scenery while heading along the coastline to Gansbaai. Watch the African penguins waddling around at Stony Point or pay a visit to Harold Porter National Botanical Garden.

Set between the mountain and sea, the Botanical Garden boasts waterfalls, amber pools, nature trails, and exquisite cultivated natural fynbos.

Onward to Gansbaai, enjoy taking in the majestic beauty of De Kelders and the lengths of pristine beaches before arriving in Walkers Bay for a 2-hour marine Big 5 sea safari aboard a purpose built sea safari boat.

After working up an appetite, lunch in Hermanus concludes the afternoon with the opportunity to browse the many market stalls and boutique shops to pick up a special memento.

The drive back presents the perfect excuse to make a pit stop at the well loved Peregrine Farm Stall in Grabouw, with a wide selection of quality local produce and the most delicious sweet and savoury pies to enjoy on the hour long ride home.

  • Entrance fees

If you’re looking for other half-day tours or full-day tours in Cape Town, be sure to check out our other tours!

Last updated on November 23rd, 2019 at 10:12 pm

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Best “Big 5 Safaris” With Kids Near Cape Town

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When visiting South Africa, a Safari trip to see the Big 5 is almost compulsory! Get close to those beautiful wild animals and experience an unforgettable encounter with elephants, lions, giraffes, rhinos and many more African wildlife. However, flying to the famous Kruger National Park near Johannesburg in the north-east is not always feasible and often requires a bit more budget to reside in one of the game lodges situated in Kruger Park itself. So a safari near Cape Town is not only convenient, but also a relatively affordable alternative.

The good news is that there are quite a few Safari options in the rest of the country. You can find game lodges and nature parks only a few hours away from the most popular destination – Cape Town. Although there are no safaris in Cape Town directly, you don’t have to drive far to arrive at one of the Big 5 safari game reserves located near the Mother City.

When you’re travelling as a family with children, a lot of things are important to consider and it can be difficult to find the perfect game lodge that suits all your needs. But we’re here to help and list the best family-friendly safaris near Cape Town. Almost all of them are home to the Big 5 and completely malaria-free! So you can enjoy your game drive without any worries which is especially beneficial to families with younger children.

  • Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve
  • Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve
  • Aquila Private Game Reserve
  • Inverdoorn Game Reserve
  • Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
  • Garden Route Game Lodge

1. Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve (1 hour from Cape Town)

Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve offers one of the largest selections of wildlife just an hours drive from Cape Town. This 1600ha family owned reserve is home to 4 of the Big 5 (Lion, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard) as well as Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Eland, Oryx, Blue Wildebeest, Mountain Reedbuck, Red Hartebeest and much more.

With such a huge variety of game living on the land, your chances of spotting wildlife are very high and you can choose from many different game drive options. Whether you’re staying overnight or simply visit them on a day trip, you won’t be disappointed. Before you pay them a visit, make sure there is availability for your favourite choice of game drive as booking is essential .

Website: https://buffelsfontein.co.za/ Phone: +27 (0)22 451 2824 Email: [email protected]

Buffelsfontain Safari Options

Buffelsfontain safari accommodation.

The Nature Reserve offers a variety of accommodation options and something for every budget. So it’s up to you whether you prefer a real bush camping experience or favour a little more luxurious housing.

If you’re keen for a back to basic camping experience, you will enjoy their camp set up in the middle of the dunes where the only light at night will be the soothing fire place and the star-filled night sky. There are ablution blocks, running water and a hot shower (gas geyser) but that is where the luxury ends.

If you prefer the luxury of electricity, then we can recommend the self-catering chalets or the manor guest house which is most suitable for a big travel group. Both of those options offer a kitchen, a private bathroom as well as towels and linen and are perfect for those travelling on a budget.

For guests looking for a bit of comfort in the bush, we recommend the luxury cottages at Buffelsfontain. When booking these units there are 2 packages available, self-catering or full board. The full board option includes 3 meals and a fully guided game drive per person per nights stay.

Here you can find an overview of all Buffelsfontein Accommodation choices:

Buffelsfontein Activities

If the game drive and bush experience is not enough for your adventurous soul, then you can find quite a few other activities near the Buffelsfontein Nature Reserve. You can visit wine farms, cellars, manufacturers, rent a yacht or hunt down some old fossils. Find a list below of close-by activities on the West Coast:

  • !Kwha ttu San cultural and educational centre
  • Darling Brew Slow Quarter
  • Darling Olives
  • Elite Charters Boat Cruises and Yacht Charters
  • Darling Sweet Toffee
  • Groote Post Vineyards
  • West Coast Fossil Park

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2. Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve (1.5 hours from Cape Town)

Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve lies just a short distance from Cape Town in the Western Cape, nestled at the base of the renowned Brandwacht Mountains. This area boasts a diverse range of plant and animal life, with Cape fynbos flourishing in its natural beauty. Named after a sizable dragonfly found in the nearby mountain streams, this family-owned reserve also houses an African Khoisan Buchman Rock Art Heritage Site dating back approximately 6,000 years.

For those seeking an exclusive and personal safari experience, this reserve offers an ideal destination. Encounter lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros on every game drive, with all five members of the renowned Big Five present. Although sightings of the region’s free-roaming leopards are less common due to their elusive nature, visitors may also observe other species such as blue wildebeest, giraffe, eland, bontebok, zebra, oryx, klipspringer, nyala, and steenbok. Additionally, a variety of bird species, including the endangered black eagle (Aquila), can be spotted throughout the reserve.

Phone: +27 (0) 82 220 2415 Email: [email protected]

Fairy Glen Safari Options

Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve offers game drives conducted by experienced rangers and guides who will enthral visitors with fascinating stories. For the more adventurous, these experiences can also be undertaken on horseback. Those seeking active participation can embark on a nature walk.

Fairy Glen Accommodation

There are various accommodation options at Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve. Luxury and standard chalets, sleeping between two and four people, are fully equipped with some units also being wheelchair friendly. Traditional cuisine is served at the onsite African style restaurant.

Fairy Glen Zebras

3. Aquila Private Game Reserve (2 hours from Cape Town)

Aquila is probably the most well-known Big 5 Safari Park near Cape Town and super family-friendly, too! Kids of all ages are welcome and allowed on the games drives when supervised by a paying adult. On top of that, the park offers a variety of fun spaces, indoor and outdoor facilities as well as games!

Outside, you’ll find a mini-golf course, a sandpit, a giant chess board, and a fantastic wooden playground that will make you jump with joy. They have exciting daily activities planned with their Junior Ranger programme. The Children’s area is open every day from 8:00 to 20:00.

Children aged 0 to 4 can visit completely free when accompanied by a paying parent, and for children aged 5 to 11, they offer a generous discount of 50% off the regular price.

So since the kids are covered, there’s lots of things to explore for the parents, too, and Aquila Private Game Reserve is a perfect get-away for just a day trip or overnight experience.

Website: https://www.aquilasafari.com/ Phone: +27 (0) 21 430 7260 Email: [email protected]

Aquila Private Game Reserve Safari Options

The Aquila Game Reserve offers a great variety of safari options aside the traditional vehicle drive. You can choose between half day and full day experiences as well as exciting specials. Most special about the safari options at Aquila is the opportunity to book a Fly-In Safari where you can either spend a full day at the Reserve or stay overnight.

Since this is so exclusive, prices for the fly-in safari option will only be available on request and depending on the number of guests. Included is a Full Day safari experience at the Aquila Game Reserve PLUS a 45 – 60 minute flight over the Hex River Mountains and vineyards to Aquila. You will be picked up by helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft and hop on a return flight to Cape Town at the end of your stay.

All other Half Day and Full Day Safari options at Aquila Private Game Reserve are listed below. Prices vary depending on the season and are slightly higher during the South African summer months.

Aquila Private Game Reserve Accommodation

In case you want to enjoy Aquila Private Game Reserve and all its amenities for a bit longer than just a day trip, they also offer great accommodation options in their lodges and cottages. And the best part is that overnight packages include all meals, one afternoon safari and one morning safari. For those who would like to stay longer, there are also 2 nights and 3 nights packages available.

Aquila Private Game Reserve Junior Ranger Programme

The Junior Ranger Programme at Aquila Game Reserve isn’t just a typical safari experience. It’s an educational journey designed to ignite the passion for conservation in children and empower them to become ambassadors for wildlife preservation. As they step into the shoes of a ranger, children aged 4 to 12 are offered a unique opportunity to delve into the fascinating world of the African bush. This interactive outdoor experience is available at check-in for R250 per child.

Find out more details about the Junior Ranger Programme here: JUNIOR RANGERS

Aquila Game Drive

4. Inverdoorn Game Reserve (2.5 hours from Cape Town)

Inverdoorn Game Reserve stands as a beacon of biodiversity and conservation in the heart of the Western Cape, South Africa. Nestled amidst the picturesque Klein Karoo landscape, this pristine reserve spans over 10,000 hectares, offering a sanctuary for a remarkable array of indigenous flora and fauna.

The Inverdoorn reserve boasts a mosaic of habitats, from expansive savannah plains to rugged mountain terrain, providing a haven for a wide spectrum of plant and animal life. Guests can witness the beauty of iconic African wildlife, including the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, and leopard – along with cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, and a myriad of antelope species.

Website: https://inverdoorn.com/ Phone: +27 (0) 21 422 0013 Email: [email protected]

Inverdoorn Safari Options

Visitors to Inverdoorn have the opportunity to embark on unforgettable safari experiences, guided by knowledgeable rangers who offer insights into the intricate workings of the ecosystem. Whether exploring the vast plains on a game drive, witnessing the grace of wildlife on a walking safari, or stargazing under the African sky, every moment at Inverdoorn is filled with wonder and discovery.

The overnight accommodation packages are filled with lots of complimentary and exciting activities that form part of your Inverdoorn Experience. You can choose from a 1-night or 2-night itinerary. Find out what’s included in your overnight stay packages here:

During the summer peak season (December to February), they also offer Inverdoorn’s Signature Day Trip Safari where you can enjoy welcome drinks, buffet style lunch as well as a 4×4 game safari before you will end your day. Bookings are limited to 20 guests per day and need to be pre-booked well in advance.

Good to know for families travelling with young children: Kids under the age of 4 years are NOT permitted on game drives.

Inverdoorn Activities

Enhance your Big Five Safari adventure with Inverdoorn’s immersive range of additional safari activities and optional experiences. Whether you crave added excitement and adventure or yearn for moments of tranquility amidst nature, their supplementary safari activities are tailored to elevate and enrich your overnight Karoo safari itinerary, ensuring a truly unforgettable experience.

Inverdoorn Accommodation Options

Inverdoorn offers luxurious accommodation options, including the exclusive Ambassador Suite and the tranquil Safari Tents (update coming soon), providing guests with a perfect blend of comfort and immersion in the natural surroundings. Each accommodation option is meticulously designed to offer a sanctuary of relaxation amidst the wilderness.

Inverdorn Lion

5. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve (3.5 hours from Cape Town)

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is one of the largest family-owned nature reserves in South Africa and it feels like a giant backyard for animals and plants living there. Sanbona stands as a beacon of conservation in South Africa, boasting 62,000 hectares of protected ecosystems nestled within two biodiversity hotspots. Situated in the picturesque Little Karoo, just a scenic 3.5-hour drive from Cape Town along Route 62, this vast expanse of land is under the stewardship of a non-profit organisation dedicated to prioritising conservation in the safari experience.

Guests will have a choice between three distinct accommodation options that all cater to diverse tastes, each offering its unique charm. Once you have settled in, you can start exploring this beautiful space by discovering hidden corners, sweeping plains, and rugged Cape fold mountains adorned with ancient San rock art. Enjoy the encounters with endemic flora and some of South Africa’s most sought after wildlife species.

Website: https://www.sanbona.com/ Phone: +27 (0) 21 010 0028 Email: [email protected]

Sanbona Experiences

Sanbona offers a variety of amazing wildlife encounters and experiences. Whether you enjoy the flora and fauna of the area, engage in bird watching activities or admire the historic rock art, there are plenty of things to do for the entire family.

Important to know for parents: Children under the age of 4 are not permitted on game drives. However, kids can expect to have the time of their life through their “Kids on Safari” packages. They do offer child minding services on request and have kids activities at hand, so that parents can enjoy their game drives while the kids are being entertained.

Sanbona Accommodation Options

Sanbona offers three distinct luxury accommodation options. If you travel as a family with children, you need to be aware that children under a certain age will not be permitted in the different housing options . Families with younger children are best suited at the Gondwana Family Lodge, while families with kids aged 12 years and older can reside at the Tilney Manor. Families with young adults starting from the age of 16 can also reside at the luxurious Dwyka Tented Lodge.

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6. Garden Route Game Lodge (4 hours from Cape Town)

Located near Mossel Bay (in Albertinia), Garden Route Game Lodge is a family-owned gem boasting a diverse array of wildlife, including the majestic Big Five. Guests can unwind in African-themed Lodge Rooms or cozy Chalets, ensuring a retreat filled with comfort.

Embark on thrilling safari drives in open vehicles, indulge in luxurious accommodations, including family rooms, and enjoy tasty meals at the lodge’s African-style restaurants. Scenic viewing decks offer prime spots to observe the breathtaking landscapes and abundant birdlife.

Garden Route Game Lodge offers a picturesque setting. Whether it’s early morning safari drives or gathering around a campfire under the African stars at sunset, every moment promises an unforgettable stay for the entire family. The Garden Route Game Lodge is home to lions, elephants, white rhinos, buffalos and cheetahs. Guests will also be able to sight giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope species such as bontebok, red hartebeest, kudu, eland, impala, springbok and many more. The leopard hasn’t been spotted by rangers in a very long time, so there is a chance that they don’t have any leopards on the farm anymore. Just keep that in mind to avoid any disappointment.

Website: https://grgamelodge.co.za/ Phone: +27 (0) 28 735 1200 Email: i [email protected] or [email protected]

Garden Route Game Lodge Experiences

The possibilities to fill your day at the Garden Route Game Lodge are endless. They offer a large variety of entertainment options and you can simply plan your day according to your preferences.

Garden Route Game Lodge Accommodation

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Best Cape Town Safari: Big 5 Game Reserve close to Cape Town, South Africa

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Cape Town is an amazing travel destination for anyone seeking the ultimate city escape, beach holiday or African safari adventure. From the local sights at the V&A Waterfront, stunning coastlines, incredible views from Table Mountain and penguins at Boulders Beach, to the internationally renowned Cape Winelands, fine-dining restaurants and eclectic art scene, the Mother City truly has it all — including the best Cape Town safari, located less than 2 hours from the city centre.

Did you know that Cape Town has Big 5 safari game reserves where you can see Africa’s iconic big 5 animals (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and native wildlife up-close and in person? The best safari destinations near Cape Town are Aquila, Inverdoorn and Kuganha, offering spectacular sightings and luxurious overnight safari tours. And, as the top rated and closest Big 5 game reserve to Cape Town that offers day trip safaris, both full-day and half-day safari tours, Aquila deserves its recognitions as “The Best Cape Town Safari”.

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The Best Cape Town Safari: Aquila Game Reserve

Aquila is the closest game reserve to Cape Town, and the most affordable, so it’s no surprise that it’s the most popular choice for local and international travellers. Malaria-free and family-friendly (kids of all ages are welcome to join on safari tours), it’s a great choice for the whole family. Did you know that children under the age of 12 pay half price? And, if your child is younger than 3 (ages 0 to 3), their stay is completely free of charge. Subject to Aquila’s terms and conditions , it’s important to note that children must be accompanied by an adult or legal adult.

Aquila’s child-friendly facilities and activities include:

  • Junior Ranger Programme
  • Outdoor Play Area
  • Indoor Entertainment Area
  • Big 5 Safari Game Drives
  • Mini Golf and Adventure Zone

Travellers and families always ask if there are budget friendly safaris in Cape Town, and the answer is yes — if you know where to look and what time of the year to go. Aquila Winter Specials and discounted children’s rates means the whole family can enjoy a fun and exciting wildlife experience close to the city. With day trips starting from only R995 per person, and return transport available from Cape Town to the reserve and back, going on a safari to Aquila can be both budget-friendly and accessible for everyone.

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More Than Just A Big 5 Safari

Aquila is more than just a big 5 safari destination, it’s an experience in African luxury hospitality and service excellence. Winner of the continent award for the best private game reserve in Africa for 2023, Aquila’s main safari lodge boasts world-class facilities and luxurious amenities, including:

  • Tranquila Spa (complete with a sauna, steam room, and heated pool)
  • Upstairs viewing deck and mezzanine-bar area
  • Infinity pool overlooking the reserve
  • Poolside Wet Bar and expansive Pool Deck Area
  • Lodge Restaurant and Day Visitors Centre
  • Spacious grass lawns overlooking views of the the reserve

Book your overnight safari accommodation or choose your day trip safari tour , offering traditional 4×4 big 5 game drives, welcome drinks, and buffet-style meals at Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa — the best Cape Town safari destination.

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How Much Does a Big 5 Safari at Aquila Cost?

Aquila Game Reserve is the only Big 5 safari destination near Cape Town that allows day visitors, and is considered an affordable safari destination in South Africa. With seven different day trip safari packages to choose from, the rates and packages are broken down accordingly (with transport and beverages excluded from the costs):

A Traditional Big 5 safari (full-day) costs about R2195 / US$ 118 per adult (kids 12 and under pay half price). The full day itinerary starts from 9h00 to and ends around 16h30. The package also includes welcome drinks upon arrival, a buffet-style breakfast and lunch, and a 2 to 3 hour guided vehicle safari.

An Afternoon safari (half-day) costs about R1690 / US$ 90 per adult (kids 12 and under pay half price). This half-day itinerary starts from 12h00 and ends around 16h30. The Afternoon packages includes The package also includes welcome drinks upon arrival, a buffet-style lunch, and a 2 to 3 hour guided vehicle safari.

An Early Morning safari (half-day) costs about R1,440 / US$ 77 per adult (kids 12 and under pay half price). This half-day itinerary starts from 07h00 and ends around 12h00. The early morning package also includes welcome drinks upon arrival, a continental breakfast, and a 2 to 3 hour guided vehicle safari.

A Sunset Safari (half-day) costs about R995 / US$ 53 per adult (kids 12 and under pay half price). This half-day itinerary starts from 15h00 and ends around 19h00. The sunset tour package also includes welcome drinks upon arrival, snacks and refreshments, and a 2 to 3 hour guided vehicle safari.

premier lodge room with balcony view over the reserve at Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa: the best Cape Town safari and Big 5 destination

Book A Big 5 Cape Town Safari to Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa

Getting to Aquila Private Game Reserve doesn’t have to be complicated. Forget the rental car and forget choosing the designated ‘sober driver’, because Day Trip transfers between Cape Town’s city centre and Aquila Private Game Reserve can be arranged at an additional cost, priced per guest. Standard shuttle transfers (return trip) cost around R995 / US$ 53 per adult (kids 12 and under pay half price), on top of the day trip package price. Transport is not offered for Early Morning and Sunset Safaris.

Get the most out of your best cape town safari experience and book an overnight big 5 safari and spa at Aquila. Overnight transfers between Cape Town’s city centre and Aquila Private Game Reserve can be arranged at an additional cost, per guest. Standard shuttle transfers (return trip) cost around R1550 / US$ 83 per adult (kids 12 and under pay half price), on top of the overnight accommodation rate.

Accommodation at Aquila is an immersive and luxurious experience in South African safari luxury. With overnight safari packages to suit every travel group size and budget preference, fall asleep under the wild Karoo stars in comfortable standard lodge rooms , spacious family lodge suites , charming Karoo cottages , or indulge in an exclusive stay at one of Aquila’s premier cottages , which range in price from R2300 / US$ 124 per person sharing to R4490 / US$ 242 per person sharing.

The lodge facilities at Aquila will keep you entertained and relaxed between your two big 5 safari drives. Visit Tranquila Spa , enjoy the reserve’s two swimming pools, restaurant, mezzanine bar-and-lounge area, gift shop, and two children’s play areas. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also available throughout the accommodation and main lodge areas. All Aquila’s Overnight Safari rates and packages include:

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2x Guided Safari Game Drives
  • Welcome Drinks upon arrival

Please note: Costs are given as a guideline and are subject to change. For up-to-date information, specials and prices, please contact our helpful reservations staff or make a booking online .

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Snow Falls at Aquila Private Game Reserve as Cold Front Sweeps over the Western Cape

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Top 10 safaris near Cape Town

Kruger National Park may be South Africa’s safari poster child but its lodges and surrounding private reserves can sometimes be a bit of a hassle to get to from Cape Town – plus they all require malaria precautions. The good news is that there are plenty of other options for safaris near Cape Town, all easily accessible and in malaria-free regions. Some can be reached by car in a couple of hours, others are a short flight away – but all rival Kruger in their beauty and diversity.

Sanbona Dwyka Tented Camp and Explorer Camp

If you are looking for a great Big Five safari near Cape Town, the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Little Karoo, along Route 62, is the place to go. It’s one of South Africa’s largest privately-owned game reserves and at the Sanbona Dwyka Tented Camp , you’ll find nine secluded tents set in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine and embraced by striking rock formations – a nod to the Khoi-San hunter-gatherers who once roamed this land. It’s an impressive setting, with five-star facilities to match – think outdoor showers, private decks with Jacuzzi and spa treatments. Then there are the activities, which include rock art excursions, boat safaris, stargazing, and of course game drives. Adventurous souls may also want to try the Sanbona Explorer Camp – the more basic, seasonal camp operates from October to April and offers guests an authentic walking experience that is as close to nature as you can get.

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Bushmans Kloof

Located in the northern Cederberg Mountains , the serenely beautiful Bushmans Kloof is another beautiful option for a safari near Cape Town. A visit to one of its 130 Bushman rock art sites dating back an impressive 10,000 years is a must during your stay, as is a nature drive through this South African Natural Heritage site, which boasts an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna. Returning to the lodge you’ll be spoiled to the hilts with spa treatments, decadent afternoon teas and gourmet cuisine – Bushmans is in fact renowned for its rather magical outdoor dining experiences. If you want to impress your other half (or better yet, are ready to pop the all-important question), make sure to book a romantic private dinner at the secluded Kadoro cottage.

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Grootbos Forest Lodge

Forest Lodge is one of three accommodation options at the tranquil Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, overlooking the wide sweep of Walker Bay. Wind your way through an ancient Milkwood forest to get to one of 16 stand-alone brick-and-timber suites where the views are second to none. Whether you lounge in bed, take a bath, or refresh in the outdoor shower on your private deck, the ocean is omnipresent. It might not be the place for Big Five wildlife-watching, but the lodge offers a host of fabulous activities, including coastal and marine safaris, botanical 4×4 tours, horse riding and whale watching. In the evening, a world of flavour awaits in the restaurant with ingredients fresh from the onsite organic farm.

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Morukuru Beach Lodge

Hermanus may be South Africa’s most famous whale-watching spot, but it’s worth venturing further to the new and very off-the-grid Morukuru Beach Lodge in the De Hoop Nature Reserve. De Hoop is remote in the very best sense of the word; there are only a handful of luxury lodges, integrated perfectly into an isolated landscape marked by blindingly white sand dunes and the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean. Visit between July and October and you’ll be able to see the migrating Southern Right whales putting on a bit of a show without even having to leave the lodge. Morukuru doesn’t offer a safari in the traditional sense but the whales, nature drives and other activities including sand boarding, marine walks and beach picnics more than hold their own, as do the five enormous suites, boasting a contemporary design with wow factor and awe-inspiring sea or dune views.

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Further afield

The above camps are all fantastic options to drive out to from the Mother City but if you’re willing to travel just a little bit further, you’ll find your options expand tenfold! The below camps are all within short flying distance from Cape Town or can be built into a Garden Route road trip.

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Shamwari Eagles Crag

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Eagles Crag , one of seven lodges that form part of the Shamwari Game Reserve , is another of the easily accessible safaris near Cape Town. Nine glass and stone suites and a large main area are tucked away into a deep ravine, with uninterrupted views of the surrounding rock faces and soaring eagles. Twice-daily Big Five game drives, guided walks and the opportunity to see the region’s aloe and acacia plants are all part and parcel of a stay here. You can also delve into the area’s wildlife conservation thanks to various facilities at the reserve, including the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre, Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries. For the ultimate relaxation, the spa awaits with various treatments, a hydro bath, sauna and steam bath.

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Gorah Elephant Camp

Set within a 5,000-acre private concession in the Eastern Cape’s Addo Elephant National Park (make it part of your Garden Route itinerary or fly to Port Elizabeth), Gorah epitomises old-world glamour. Home to the densest population of elephants on the planet, you can watch the majestic mammals whilst sipping tea on the veranda of the stately manor house. If you do feel like venturing out to see the likes of lion, rhino and buffalo (as well as more elephant of course), hop on a game drive, walking safari or even a horse ride. Back at the lodge, the 11 tented suites will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time to the 1900s thanks to the sparkling crystal glasses, polished silver and white linen dotted around. And it’s all brought up to date with modern amenities – including the best showers we’ve ever had on safari!

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Gondwana Kwena Lodge

Garden Route

As far as safaris near Cape Town are concerned, Gondwana is a great family-friendly option. Kwena Lodge  is one of four accommodation options (the others including a tented eco camp and several private villas). A modern twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling, the 14 dome-shaped suites feature 180-degree views, amazing skylights for stargazing and clay pot fireplaces. The infinity pool at the main lodge makes for a refreshing dip and families will be kept entertained on enjoy thrilling game drives. Afterwards, Mum and Dad can head to the spa whilst the little ones are being entertained with the excellent Junior Rangers program. In the evening, everyone converges for a traditional braai at the boma.

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Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Located in the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve , Great Fish River Lodge is a great way to end a Garden Route trip . The lodge itself is classic yet contemporary and set along the lush green banks of the river after which it is named. The nine suites let nature flow in thanks to glass doors, outdoor showers and expansive viewing decks with private plunge pools. It’s still worth heading out into the wilderness though as game drives will surely reveal most members of the Big Five – and there’s options of walking safaris and (at an additional cost) tracking and darting expeditions with Rhino Conservation. Back at the lodge, recount the day’s experiences while feasting on African dishes in the boma under a starlit sky.

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Tswalu Tarkuni Lodge

Tswalu Kalahari

Thanks to direct flights from Cape Town, a quick safari sojourn to the Tswalu Kalahari private game reserve is now entirely possible – and very worth the trip. A “green” desert, the huge reserve offers semi-arid grassland with open savannahs that are rich in a remarkable range of habitats and apart from big game (including the desert-adapted black rhino) you can also expect to see small mammals such as meerkat, aardvark and pangolin. As for accommodation, choose Tarkuni if you’re travelling in a group or en famille. The exclusive-use lodge offers the ultimate private bush experience with a mere five suites that come with a dedicated chef, private game viewing vehicle, guide and tracker. At the super-chic, designer den Motse Lodge , rooms can be booked individually, and there’s a beautiful sleep-out deck too, The Malori, if you fancy something special.

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Samara Karoo Lodge

Encircled by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, Samara Karoo Lodge is a lovingly renovated farmhouse in the Eastern Cape’s Karoo that combines colonial comforts and modern-day luxuries with a rustic and welcoming feel. The nine plush rooms come in various styles and sizes – choose from Lodge Suites within the main Homestead, standalone Karoo Suites, or the Sibella Suites that overlook a waterhole. Antiques, family heirlooms and vintage books make you feel as if you’re staying with a good friend rather than at a lodge and the candlelit, alfresco dinners are perfectly romantic and generally lovely. Samara is renowned for its children programme, but there is plenty for the adults to enjoy, including game drives, walking safaris, wilderness picnics and cheetah tracking – and a Milky Way Star Bed for a dreamy sleep-out experience.

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Cape Town is a coastal city in South Africa that is crowned by the iconic Table Mountain. Named as one of the “Best 20 Cities in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler, Cape Town brings together cultures, cuisines and gorgeous landscapes. The “mother city” is home to award-winning wineries, fascinating people, and a vast selection of adventure experiences, including shark cage diving, hiking, segway tours, and close-up encounters with seals, whales and African penguins. Cape Town also boasts beautiful beaches and a popular waterfront promenade that boasts an entertainment complex with a variety of restaurants and retail outlets.

Cape Town is a popular tourist destination all year round.

Peak season is regarded to be in the summer between mid-December and early January.  Although February and March are also hot, there is a good chance that you will experience the howling southeasterly wind.  April is usually gorgeous: the temperatures are balmy, the light softer, the wind is dormant and the sunsets are spectacular.

Winter is the wet season and sometimes starts in May, more often June/July and often lasts right into September. Sunny days alternate with light rains.

Catch the best land-based whale-watching in the world from June to November when the southern right whales migrate to calve and nurse

Cape Town is the epitome of art and culture, with a long history influenced by groups of people often referred to as the Cape Malay. To truly experience the Capetonian lifestyle, a visit to the colorful neighborhood called Bo-Kaap , also called the Malay Quarter, is a must do. Bo-Kaap is immediately recognizable for its brightly-colored and photogenic houses, but the other main draw is the Bo-Kaap Museum. The museum, housed in an 18th-century building, covers the history of the Cape Malay community in detail.

The V&A Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s biggest tourist attractions with an excellent selection of cultural and historical sights. The busy commercial harbor is a bustling venue with restaurants, pubs, craft markets, the Two Oceans Aquarium, and over 450 stores boasting local and international brands. The V&A Waterfront is also the departure point for the ferry to the famous Robben Island Museum.

The Cape Peninsula Route is spectacular with the major attractions being the African penguins at Boulders Beach, the Cape Point (the romantic meeting place of the mighty Atlantic and Indian oceans) and the Cape of Good Hope.

Table Mountain National Park is acclaimed as one of the “New Seven Wonders of Nature” and is a signification attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. The view is breathtaking as you overlook the city bowl, V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, The Cape Flats and the Cape Peninsula.  

The Cape Winelands is made up of a collection of historic towns and Cape Dutch farmsteads. Stellenbosch, Constantia, Franschhoek, Paarl, Tulbagh, and Wellington are the major wine routes, producing well-regarded South African wines to the world. The Cape Winelands is also home to some of the finest restaurants in the Western Cape.

Hermanus is a seaside town southeast of Cape Town that offers phenomenal Southern Right whale watching. The whale season is generally during the months of June through November, however, Hermanus is an all year round destination, offering more than 300 activities including shark cage diving in Walker Bay, abseiling, treetop tours and quad biking.

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Cape Town Safari Tips

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Our Cape Town Safari Tips will give you plenty of useful tips and advice when planning to go on safari in South Africa. Here you will also find great places to enjoy game drives near Cape Town.

The best game drives and safari lodges near Cape Town

In South Africa you can explore the magnificent wildlife and join game viewing opportunities many nature reserves and game parks. In South Africa's national parks, you can either take a self-drive tours with maps provided to you at the entrance gate or you can take a guided tour with one of the local tour companies who know where and when its best to spot the animals in the wild. For safari newbies, I would advice to either book a game viewing tour with an experienced ranger in one of the national parks or to arrange a visit to a private game reserve such as Aquila or Inverdoorn which both are close enough to Cape Town for a weekend trip. 

Going on safari - visiting game reserves and viewing the South African wildlife in national parks further afield such as Kruegerpark, Marakele National Park or Madikwe National Park - is certainly one of the most popular holiday and outdoor activities, when living in South Africa. Long weekends are used for enjoying the outdoors and game drives in private game reserves near Cape Town are sought after especially during peak holiday times. So be prepared and book as early as possible to avoid disappointment!

 Safari and Game Drives near Cape Town

During our stay in South Africa we have already enjoyed some great stays at various game reserves in several parts of this beautiful country. Here are the best safari tips for your game drives around Cape Town and the Western Cape. Let's start with a map with the location of the game reserves we list below:

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1. Aquila Safari

Only two hours from Cape Town, this game lodge offers Big Five viewing to its visitors in a stunning landscape. Aquila Game Reserve offers game drives, safaris on horseback and quad biking tours. Certainly one of the best day trips when only a short time in Cape Town, it offers a fabulous range of activities “in the wild” for the whole family. Find out more here  

2. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve near Montague

A leisurely three and a half hour drive through stunning Western Cape landscape leads you to this wilderness retreat in the Breede River Valley. Big Five safari trips coupled with relaxing time in the spa, what could you wish for more? Check out their website

3. Inverdoorn Game Reserve near Ceres

Three hour drive past the valley of Ceres brings you to the luxury game reserve which have more than 1,200 animals including giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, various antelopes, buffalos and a rhino. Although not all of the Big Five, but a visit to the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation is something not to miss. More Info

4. Buffelsdrift Game Lodge near Oudtshoorn

A mere four hour drive the ranch is a bit further away, but can be combined with a trip to the lovely seaside town of Mossel Bay. They have elephants, giraffes, antelopes, a hippo and a wide range of birdlife on the farm. They also offer elephant walks and rides, or enjoy a safari on horseback around this private game reserve. The nearby Cango Caves nearby are another great attraction when in the area. More on their website

5. Gondwana Private Game Reserve

Another private safari reserve which is located near Mossel Bay at the heart of the Garden Route. There are all the Big Five to sight and the luxury family accommodation for families will make you want to stay for a longer break. During your stay you can take part in their award-winning eco-programme. This is a great place to stay for an inspiring safari holiday. More on their website

6. Buffelsfontein Game and Nature Reserve

A short one hour drive on the R27 north of Cape Town lies Buffesfontein. Lion, cheetah, buffalo and giraffe are among the many wild animals you can spot on game drives. Day trips with game drive and meals are available and a 4x4 drive and bushcamp is available for the more adventurous traveller. Check out their website 

7. Garden Route Game Lodge

Big five viewing at this private game reserve on the Garden Route is popular with travellers visiting the lodge as stop over when holidaying in the Garden Route. A five hour drive brings you to this wildlife reserve which offers safari experiences with experienced rangers for the whole family. They offer many exciting activities for children like bush walks and game drives for kids while you can enjoy game drives with your own ranger. More here 

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Cape Town Safari Tips 1:  Get a Wild Card  

If you want to explore the South African national parks the Wildcard will come very handy when visiting South African National Parks and Reserves (SANParks)during your stay. With a Wildcard, which is the loyalty program of the SANparks, you will gain free entry for many game reserves nationwide. With a residency permit you get a reduced rate, while international visitors have to pay the highest rates, but the card is of real good value if you use it for six visits already.

Around Cape Town you can get free entry at Boulders - which is THE "Penguin Beach" which is located South of the city in Simons Town - and at the Cape of Good Hope as well as in the West Coast National Park. Also good for Table Mountain National Park, although outdoor adventures in these national parks will may not be real safaris by seasoned safari travellers;) More info about the card, rates and availability.

Cape Town Safari Tips 2:  Rise early

This especially applies to Kruger park where the gates at the national park open as early as 5.30am in summer. As there is a limit in numbers of day visitors at the various entrances (currently only 500 day visitors are allowed per gate in Kruger Park) you will have to be queuing up at the gates at least 30mins before opening of the gate to get access for the day. We know for sure as Malelane Gate to the Southern Kruger Park already closed at 7am for the day! So ring the National Park or Game Reserve before and ask when they open their gates to day visitors.

Cape Town Safari Tips 3:  Take binoculars

For the best game spotting and viewing game in the distance take a good pair of binoculars. Here in Cape Town you can get a variety at Cape Union Mart, Cape Storm and other Outdoor Stores. Make sure they are sturdy though, as you will not have much fun if the thing flaps after a couple of game drives or is scratched by sand easily. So invest in a good protective cover too.

Cape Town Safari Tips 4:  Invest in a Field Guide Book

Buy a Field Guide Book at the entrance gates to the game park or nature reserve. National Parks always have some excellent guides and checklists for sale at the park’s gates. In good guide books there are lots of explanations about the reserve, the best view points for wildlife viewing and wildlife checklists. And to keep kids busy when there is a more quiet time around lunch time get to the waterholes or birdhides to see the wildlife, kids can colour in and tick animals they have already encountered. In good bookshops or the visitor centers of the National Parks, you will find also other kids’ guide books about birds, mammals and vegetation which also come in really handy to keep the little ones entertained.

Cape Town Safari Tips 5:  Malaria

If you visit certain parts of South Africa like Kwa-Zulu Natal or the Kruger Park you should take Malaria prophylaxis as precaution especially in the rainy season which is summer in Kruger Park. Always wear light colored long sleeved tops and full length trousers at night and spray yourself with insect repellent. A very efficient one is called "Tabard" which you will get also at outdoors stores in South Africa. The private game reserves in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape are all malaria free.

Cape Town Safari Tips 6:  Take lots of water

For a relaxed day of game viewing, which will start quite early and usually last until closing of the gates at around 6pm you should take a picnic basket with drinks and some goodies with you. There are some rest camps in most of the game reserves, where you can find nice restaurants and self-serve coffee shops, but as you are not allowed to get out of your car outside these safe visitor enclosures, you should be prepared to have some snacks and lots of water in your car. 

Images on Cape Town Safari Tips: own images, map from Google/Aarvaark map.  Great reading and lots of Cape Town Safari Tips :  Safari Diaries written by Rangers in South Afric a

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10 glamping getaways in and around Cape Town


Are you looking for a glamping spot near Cape Town? Look no further! We’ve assembled a delightful list for you. What are you after? Is it a craving for a romantic escape or a serene nature retreat? No matter, these spots have it all. Let’s dive in. We’ll find the perfect place to relax and bond with your loved ones.

Also read: Kid-friendly camping spots just outside of Cape Town

1. Dwyka Tented Lodge: A sacred safari experience

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Step into serenity at Dwyka Tented Lodge in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. It’s a sanctuary of peace, surrounded by ancient rock formations and vast Karoo plains. Explore the wilderness, spot the Big Five, and create lasting memories.

Location: Route 62, Montagu, 6720 Contact: 021 010 0028

2. Tented Lodge at Botlierskop: Luxe safari living

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Enjoy luxury at the Tented Lodge in the Botlierskop Game Reserve. At this locale, admire the stunning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains while staying in modern safari tents. The tents have all the amenities you need to feel at home. The resort also offers activities for children, so don’t miss out on this ideal family retreat.

Location: Gonnakraal Road, Little Brak River, 6503 Contact: 044 333 0021

Also read: Camping spots: A short drive away from Cape Town

3. Teniqua Treetops: Eco-friendly escapade

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Elevate your glamping experience at Teniqua Treetops. Eco-friendly treehouses offer seclusion amid nature’s embrace. Are you looking to enjoy the beauty of the Garden Route? Then, this is the place to do it. So, escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with only the occasional bird as your companion.

Location: Teniqua Treetops Farm, 203/71 Elandskraal Sedgefield, Sedgefield, 6573 Contact: 083 551 1117

4. Tented Eco Camp at Gondwana Game Reserve: Safari in Style


Do you want to explore the Garden Route even more? Then look no further! There’s a scenic private reserve that shows off the stunning Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains. Enjoy a luxurious tented safari adventure and learn about wildlife management, bush skills and interpretation. The camp uses sustainable resources, runs on solar power, and is a no-plastic zone.

Location: R327 Heuningklip Farm, Herbertsdale, 6505 Contact: 044 333 0200

Also read: Lesser-Known Hiking Trails in Cape Town

5. Africamps at Stanford Hills: Tranquillity in nature’s embrace

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Escape to the lush green meadows and rolling hills of Stanford. Africamps awaits you there with its boutique tents, nestled in the foothills of the Klein River Mountains. Enjoy stunning views of fynbos-covered slopes and a beautiful farm dam. Relax in this perfect setting, and indulge in wine tastings and farm-fresh cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients.

Location: Stanford Hills Estate, Stanford, 7210 Contact: 021 300 5694

6. Old Mac Daddy: A family-friendly retreat


Nestled in the Elgin Valley amid an apple orchard and alongside a serene lake, Old Mac Daddy offers a family-friendly escape for all seasons. Relax in hammocks overlooking the lush valley or enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool while savouring breathtaking views. Each Airstream caravan unit is equipped with powerful temperature control settings, ensuring comfort year-round. 

Location: Elgin Valley Road Elgin, 7160 Contact: 021 844 0241

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7. Thali Thali Game Lodge: Wildlife Encounters and West Coast Hospitality

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Experience the beauty of the West Coast at Thali Thali Game Lodge, a sprawling 1 400-hectare family-run reserve. Friendly wildlife, including Cape buffalo, giraffes, zebras, and more, roam freely, often joining guests at the lodge. The glamping tents, crafted from canvas and stone, boast sweeping views of the veld and offer outdoor areas perfect for stargazing dinners. With an onsite restaurant featuring a deck, boma and a small pool, guests can enjoy West Coast hospitality and socialise amid stunning natural surroundings.

Location: Zoutekuilen Farm, R27, Langebaan, 7357 Contact: 082 372 8637

8. !Khwa Ttu: Cultural immersion and coastal serenity

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Nestled among indigenous flora and open plains on the West Coast, !Khwa Ttu offers a unique blend of escape and education. Immerse yourself in the ancient history and culture of the San people while enjoying spectacular sunsets from the comfort of solar-powered glamping sites. Ideal for larger groups seeking exclusive-use accommodations, these sites offer an unforgettable retreat amid the breathtaking beauty of the Cape.

Location: Grootwater Farm, R27, Yzerfontein, 7351 Contact: 022 492 2998

Also read: Tranquillity Meets Adventure on These Western Cape Safaris

9. AfriCamps at Oakhurst: Adventure awaits


Discover adventure and natural beauty at AfriCamps at Oakhurst Farm, set among an avenue of blue gum trees. This hidden gem offers many activities, including farm walks, archery, and even a farm dam and waterfall. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in a delicious Shelly’s chicken pie from the onsite farm shop while exploring the picturesque surroundings of this adventure lover’s paradise.

Location: Hoekwil Road, Wilderness, 6560 Contact: 021 300 5694

10. Wolfkop Camping Villages : Riverside bliss on a citrus farm


Escape to Wolfkop Camping Villages, where boutique camping villas await on a scenic 100-hectare citrus, buchu, and rooibos farm. Set along the tranquil banks of the Olifants River, each campsite offers river access and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Explore the picturesque Cederberg region or simply unwind amid the natural beauty of this riverside retreat.

Location: 59 Voortrekker Street, Citrusdal, 7340 Contact: 083 260 4822

Ready to embark on a glamping adventure near Cape Town? Whether you’re seeking safari serenity, eco-friendly escapes, or riverside relaxation, these 10 glamping getaways promise unforgettable experiences amidst the beauty of nature. Pack your bags, reserve your spot, and get ready to experience the best of outdoor living in style!

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Safari tours in Africa are just as diverse as the continent itself, though these types of trips typically require a large sum of money. Whether you want to spend a few days gorilla trekking in Uganda or a couple weeks spotting the "big five" – lions, leopards, African elephants, rhinos and Cape buffalos – in South Africa, you'll find an array of tours to best suit your needs. To help you narrow down your options, U.S. News compiled a list of 12 can't-miss African safari tours. Read on to find your once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Note: Some of the African countries in this article may require travelers to get an entry visa and certain vaccinations in order to visit. Jump to the list of visa and vaccination requirements by country at the bottom of this page for more information.


African Safari vacation

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Visitors who don't want to sacrifice creature comforts while on safari will appreciate &Beyond's offerings. During the tour operator's 10-day Kings of the Jungle safari – which starts at $11,340 per person – travelers will see breathtaking natural wonders like the Ngorongoro Crater and the Maasai Mara savanna. But the highlight of this journey is its four-night stay at Tanzania's Serengeti National Park . After watching animals like wildebeest and zebras partake in the great migration while also spotting lions, giraffes and more, vacationers retreat to high-end tents and lodges with private bathrooms.

[See more of Serengeti National Park: Things to Do | Hotels | When to Visit | Photos ]

Wilderness Safaris

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For some of Africa's most jaw-dropping scenery, opt for the seven-night Namibian Adventure Safari tour offered by Wilderness Safaris. This weeklong trip features visits to the Namib Desert's dune-filled Sossusvlei region (which you may recognize from the film "Mad Max: Fury Road") and the mountainous Palmwag Concession – a protected area with springboks, giraffes, black rhinos and more. The package's per person fee starts at $6,725, which covers most meals, park entrance fees, and transfers from Namibia's capital Windhoek and between the safari destinations. It also covers your stay at properties like the fully solar-powered Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp and the five-star Little Kulala lodge amid the stunning desert.

Wild Rwanda Safaris

African Safari gorilla in Rwanda

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Adventurous travelers sticking to a more conservative budget should consider Wild Rwanda Safaris' Bwindi Gorilla Safari. The three-day package features a full day in southwestern Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (a haven for silverback gorillas) and an adjacent Batwa Pygmy community. Wild Rwanda Safaris allows guests to choose between midrange, luxury and super luxury accommodation, which can help keep costs down if necessary. The company's packages include the $700 permit required to visit the gorilla park. The round-trip journey by safari vehicle to and from Kigali, Rwanda, and English-speaking guide services are also covered in all rates. The tour can begin from Kampala, Uganda, as well, although you'll spend longer on the road to the park.

Nomad Tanzania

African Safari in Tanzania

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Sign up for Nomad Tanzania's Southern Tanzania safari and you're bound to get an up-close look at Tanzania's diverse wildlife. Offering eight days of activities, including game drives and boat trips in Ruaha National Park and Nyerere National Park, this safari gives you prime opportunities to spot lions, cheetahs, leopards and elephants, among other species. What's more, lodging at the company's campsites, select meals, and flights to and from Dar es Salaam are factored into the package's prices. Expect to pay a minimum of $5,700 per person; prices vary depending on the time of year, and the tour isn't offered in April and May.

Micato Safaris

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If you want to explore multiple destinations while on safari with plenty of comfort (but a price tag to match), book the 15-day Micato Grand Safari. This outing by Micato Safaris starts with a two-day visit to Nairobi, Kenya, before continuing to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, and the Amboseli and Serengeti national parks for wildlife-viewing excursions. During your trip, you'll see Mount Kilimanjaro as zebras, gazelles and more roam in the foreground. The package costs at least $22,450 per person (based on double occupancy rates) and includes a hot air balloon ride, a camel tour led by members of the Samburu tribe, and lodging at upscale properties like Serengeti's Four Seasons outpost. The company also offers various extensions allowing you to explore other parts of Africa, from the island paradise of Zanzibar to the deserts of Namibia.

Rothschild Safaris

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If your ideal safari vacation consists of customizing your trip from start to finish, consider an outing with Rothschild Safaris. The company offers itineraries in locales like Zambia and Madagascar , but if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the big five animals, the Essence of Tanzania safari is a good bet. This nine-day experience, which embarks from Arusha and returns there by plane, includes game-viewing drives in Tarangire National Park and accommodations like canvas tents and farmhouse lodges. Elephants, zebras and lions are just some of the animals you may spot during your journey. You'll also have the opportunity to go on a nighttime safari to spot nocturnal wildlife.

Lion World Travel

African safari vacation

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As the trip name implies, Lion World Travel's 10-day Best of Cape Town & Botswana vacation package combines sightseeing in Cape Town, South Africa , with a classic safari in Botswana. During the latter half of the itinerary, visitors will explore Botswana's Okavango Delta (home to cheetahs, crocodiles, hippos and more) and Chobe National Park, which is believed to have Africa's largest elephant population. Prices start at $4,299 per person and cover game drives; many of your meals; and stays at luxury hotels, camps and lodges. You'll need to pay an extra charge for the flights within the tour (Cape Town to Botswana as well as Botswana to Johannesburg ).

[See more of Cape Town: Things to Do | Hotels | When to Visit | Photos ]

Bearded Heron Safaris

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Neil Heron | Courtesy of Bearded Heron Safaris

Travelers keen on seeing South Africa's Kruger National Park through the eyes of a local naturalist will appreciate the 15-day safari with Bearded Heron Safaris. Led by Neil Heron, a nature guide and wildlife photographer and writer, Bearded Heron Safaris' longest option features small game drives that may include lion, rhino, zebra and leopard sightings throughout all corners of Kruger. Rates are inclusive of in-park cottage accommodations and all breakfasts, dinners, snacks and drinks. Flights and park fees are not included. For a 15-day safari, expect to pay 76,900 South African rand (about $4,500) per person.

[See more of Kruger National Park: Things to Do | Hotels | When to Visit | Photos ]

Discover Africa

Black rhinoceros in the african savannah

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For an inside-out trip through the natural wonders of Botswana, Discover Africa's nine-day Epic Botswana Adventure is a formidable option. You'll start out at a riverside lodge on the Chobe River – a great location for elephant spotting – before moving onto the marshy Okavango Delta, a wildlife-rich area where you can spot a huge range of animals from leopards to rhinos. The safari ends at the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, a good place to admire wildlife like zebras and buffalo on the savanna as well as salt pans from a former lake. You'll stay in upscale lodges and campsites within close reach of the wilderness. All meals and transport along the tour are included in the price tag (which starts at $4,800 per person), but international flights are excluded.

Wild Wings Safaris

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If you're looking to have a broader experience that mixes in some history and beach time, consider Wild Wings Safaris' eight-day Battlefields, Bush and Beach Safari. You'll start off visiting some of South Africa's historic sites from the Boer wars, before moving on to the Phinda Private Game Reserve, which doesn't allow day visitors, so you should be able to look out for the big five without too many crowds. The tour wraps up at Thonga Beach Lodge, where you can snorkel or scuba dive near coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. As far as safaris go, this one is an affordable option, starting at about $2,795 per person with all meals included as well as a rental car; for the cheapest price, you will need to drive yourself between the destinations, but it's possible to pay an additional fee for a driver to guide you instead.

Cuckoo Safaris

Aerial few of the world famous Victoria Falls with a large rainbow over the falls. This is right at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa. The mighty Victoria Falls at Zambezi river are one of the most visited touristic places in Africa.

This tour company kicks off its tours from the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, with a host of safaris that range from two days to nine, across Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana, including some family-friendly choices. For an affordable option, there's the four-day Discover Victoria Falls, Chobe and Hwange Park safari, which will take you on two full-day tours to Chobe National Park (across the border in Botswana) and to Hwange, Zimbabwe's largest national park, where you should keep your eyes peeled for lions, elephants and more. This safari also includes a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. The price starts at $900 per person, which includes the tours plus breakfast, lunch and lodging in Victoria Falls; travelers will need to pay for entrance fees to the parks and dinner.

Compass Odyssey

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Explore the savanna and deserts of southwest Africa with Compass Odyssey's eight-day Namibia Wildlife Safari. You'll visit a community-based conservation area in Damaraland – known for its desert-adapted elephants, oryx, giraffes and other wildlife – while staying in the rustic-chic Doro Nawas Camp. You'll also spend two days in Etosha National Park, seeking wildlife at the park's bustling waterholes by day and embarking on an evening game drive as well. Starting at $3,750 per person, the tour includes most meals and all park entry fees, but not flights; the company does allow the tour to be customized on request.

Vaccination and visa requirements for African countries

Some popular safari destinations may require you to have received certain vaccinations in order to enter the country as a tourist. Inoculation requirements can include vaccination against COVID-19 and yellow fever, and you'll need to get these vaccines before departing on your trip. Be sure to bring proof of vaccinations with you. If you are transiting through another country en route to your safari tour, you must check that you also meet immunization requirements for the stopover location.

Note that, outside of what's required, there are a number of other vaccinations that are recommended, so ensure you're up to date and fully protected before you travel. In addition, many safari locations are prone to malaria; you should consult with your doctor to see if you need to bring anti-malaria medication on your trip.

Safari countries have varying visa requirements for travelers from the U.S. – these are detailed below. Depending on your itinerary, you may need a single- or multiple-entry visa, and some visas require you to apply in advance of traveling and/or have a certain number of blank pages in your passport. Regardless of your destination, your passport should be valid for at least six months before you leave for your trip.

Here are the vaccine and visa requirements for major safari destinations as of November 2022:

Botswana: If you have recently visited a country where yellow fever is common, you will need to be vaccinated against this illness. This does not include the U.S. but does include a number of countries in Africa, Central and South America. Consult the World Health Organization's website for a list of countries with risk of yellow fever transmission, including Kenya and Uganda.

U.S. citizens and nationals can stay in Botswana for 90 days without a visa.

Kenya: Travelers to Kenya must have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with the last shot administered more than 14 days before arrival in the country. Unvaccinated visitors can enter with a negative PCR test, conducted no more than 72 hours before departure. Proof of COVID-19 tests or vaccines must be uploaded to an online system called Panabios. Kenya is a country where you'll be at risk of yellow fever transmission; it also requires those traveling from other places with yellow fever or cholera outbreaks to be vaccinated against these illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you protect yourself against yellow fever before your trip here.

Americans need an e-visa to enter Kenya. You should apply online at the eVisa government website no more than eight weeks before your trip, as visas are not available upon arrival in Kenya. See more on the U.S. Department of State's website .

Namibia: Those traveling from a country where yellow fever is common need to be vaccinated against it. No visa is required as long as you're staying for 90 days or less.

Rwanda: If you're coming from a country where yellow fever is endemic, a yellow fever vaccination is required before departure.

U.S. citizens and nationals can be issued a 30-day visitor visa on arrival in Rwanda or through the Rwandan Embassy in Washington, D.C. A single-entry visa costs $50, and it's recommended you bring sufficient cash in U.S. dollars to pay for this (although credit card payment may be accepted at Kigali International Airport). Consult the State Department website for more information.

South Africa: A yellow fever vaccination is required if you're traveling from a country with a risk of transmission. No visa is required for stays of 90 days or less.

Tanzania: Travelers must be able to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination with a QR code to enter Tanzania. Unvaccinated travelers must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure, and the test results should be accessible by QR code. Yellow fever vaccines are mandatory if you're traveling from a location where yellow fever is present – including if you spend more than 12 hours in transit in such a country.

Visas are required for tourism in Tanzania. You can apply for a single-entry, 90-day visa online for $50 – and be sure to print a copy of the approval to bring with you. The processing period takes up to 10 days. You can also obtain a visa on arrival for a $100 fee; it's recommended you bring cash to cover this. Find more Tanzanian visa information on the State Department website .

Uganda: To enter Uganda, you must either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or present a negative test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Like Kenya, Uganda is a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. All visitors must show proof of vaccination against yellow fever to enter Uganda, regardless of where you're traveling from.

American visitors to Uganda must apply online for an electronic visa before departure; arriving in Uganda without completing this process could result in your detainment. Visit the State Department website to learn more.

Zambia: Visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must show proof of vaccination but do not need a test to enter Zambia; unvaccinated travelers must undergo a PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure. Yellow fever vaccines are only required if you're coming from an area considered at risk.

Visas are required to visit Zambia, but these can be obtained online before your departure or at a port of entry. Check the State Department website for more details.

Zimbabwe: To enter Zimbabwe, travelers must either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or must take a negative PCR test no more than 48 hours before your departure. As with other countries on this list, visitors from countries with yellow fever outbreaks also require a vaccine against this illness.

U.S. visitors can obtain a 30-day, single-entry visa upon arrival in Zimbabwe for $30. If you're taking a tour that requires you to leave and reenter Zimbabwe, be sure to get a double-entry visa for $45. You can learn more from the State Department website .

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ELLE Escapes: Cape Town

The South African city is known for its rich history and amazing attractions.

Below, what to see, where to stay, and more in Cape Town.

What to See

Robben island.

the buildings of the abandoned prison on robben island,now listed as a world heritage site

You simply must devote time to absorb South Africa’s rich history, and a World Heritage Site is a great place to start. A quick ferry ride will get you to Robben Island, the site of the prison where former president Nelson Mandela was held during apartheid. Guided tours can be booked through the Robben Island Museum .

Aunty Nita’s Tours

vintage car in the historic bo kaap neighbourhood, cape town, south africa

Dig deeper into history by booking an experience with Anita Hermanus of Aunty Nita’s Tours . You can choose from a selection of outings, like The Forgotten Heroes, where you’ll learn about anti-apartheid activists such as Dulcie September and Ashley Kriel. You also have the option of enjoying a traditional Cape Malay meal at the home of a local “aunty,” an endearing term for older women in the community—I had the most delicious lunch prepared by chef Faldela Tolker . Nita’s welcoming nature will leave you with a true understanding of her tagline: “Come as a client, leave as family.”

Aquila Safari

elephants in the wild

It’s roughly a two-hour drive from the city center, but a trip to Aquila Safari is well worth it. You’ll be able to spot and learn about the big five—lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, and leopards—on an unforgettable guided experience.

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Where to eat, gold restaurant.

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A thrilling and immersive African dinner is waiting for you at GOLD Restaurant . The minute you step through the door, you’ll feel the electric energy of the space and its staff. A drumming tutorial and performances are interspersed throughout a multi-course meal.

Salon Cape Town

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The ambiance at Salon is ideal for an evening of fine dining. The 10-course Journey menu draws inspiration from South Africa, France, Japan, and other countries that award-winning chef and restaurateur Luke Dale Roberts has spent time in. The duck suzette left me at a loss for words in the possible best way—pure bliss and deliciousness on one plate. Opt for a wine pairing, or alternatively, the tea pairing.

FYN Restaurant

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FYN recently made its fourth appearance on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, and there’s a good reason for that. Perfectly located in the center of the city, chef Peter Tempelhoff’s fine-dining restaurant features a South African-Japanese fusion menu. Whether you make a reservation for lunch or dinner, trust that your time will be well spent.

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Where to drink, one&only cape town wine studio.

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Discover up-and-coming boutique wines and classics with Luvo Ntezo, head sommelier at One&Only Cape Town . Featuring one of the most diverse collections in Africa, guests will taste the best of what South Africa’s thriving wine community has to offer.

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia

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The setting at Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia alone will have you thinking you’ve landed in some kind of dreamscape. The unique, glass-encased restaurant is located on the idyllic Beau Constantia Wine Estate, and chef Ivor Jones’ four-course menu comes with a tantalizing wine pairing. Well-informed staff will be able to walk you through an extensive drink menu, too.

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Where to stay, one&only cape town.

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Since my itinerary was jam-packed, One & Only Cape Town was the respite I needed at the end of a long day. The resort has it all—luxury rooms, an infinity pool, great dining options (including the only Nobu in Africa!), fitness classes, and amazing views. What’s more, the resort’s private marina and Table Mountain can be seen from all guest rooms and suites. Book a treatment at the spa if you’re in need of some R&R. I tried the African Journey Experience, and it revitalized my body after a long flight. Above all else, the staff will go the extra mile to ensure you have a great stay, whether that be planning experiences or, speaking from personal experience, inquiring about your pet back at home.

POD Camps Bay

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Find tranquility at POD Camps Bay . The boutique hotel is just steps away from the beach, and sits at the center of the Camps Bay strip. After a day of sight-seeing, retreat to one of the property’s 17 spacious, high-end rooms. Facilities include a cocktail bar, gym, and lap pool for a quick workout.

Compass House

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Wake up to stunning views of the ocean at Compass House . The boutique hotel is a great choice if you’re craving a cozy and intimate environment. Its interiors, inspired by African, Mediterranean, and Asian designs, are meant to create a relaxing space for you to unwind in. What’s not to love?

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After a day of exploring, there’s no better feeling than massaging away every trace of your outdoor excursions. Epara’s cleanser harnesses the power of marula oil to improve elasticity as it reduces sebum production, brightens dull areas, and softens the skin.

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Lwandle township near Strand worst hit by inclement weather in Cape Town

Flooding has also been reported in areas such as Mfuleni, Du Noon, Philippi and Mitchells Plain.

Lwandle residents inspect the damage to a home on 8 April 2024 following a storm that hit the Western Cape. Picture: Ntuthuzelo Nene/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Lwandle township near Strand has once again been one of the worst hit areas by the inclement weather in Cape Town.

In Lwandle, at least 500 homes were flooded.

Residents of Ezinkomeni informal settlement in Lwandle have had to contend with Kneehigh water levels, following torrential rains that have battered Cape Town since Sunday.

Eyewitness News spoke to 32-year-old resident Kgotso Snymes, who is frustrated about their situation.

 "We're very angry according to the conditions of the weather where we're living. There's a lot of water here we can't even walk around. If you get inside the house, when you wake up from the bed you must have steps to walk out so that you can't get flu."

The City of Cape Town said that assessments of affected areas continue with flood kits provided where needed.


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