You don’t have to head upcountry for your Big Five fix during a trip to South Africa. There are plenty of places offering awesome Cape Town safaris and animal experiences near the Mother City. These are the best ones:
Aquila Private Game Reserve
Located just two hours from Cape Town, Aquila Private Game Reserve offers luxury safari in a four-star environment. You can embark on full-day and half day safaris at this prestigious reserve or opt for overnight stays. Other options include horse-riding and quad-bike safaris.
Here you can enjoy sightings of all your Big Five favourites as well as antelope, small mammals, and hundreds of birds.
For an added treat, visit the onsite Animal Rescue and Conservation Centre where you can learn more about African wildlife conservation and get to know some of the rehabilitated animals.
Inverdoorn Game Reserve
Invedoorn Game Reserve’s only half an hour further from Cape Town than Aquila and is another don’t miss Big Five reserve where you can also get an up-close view of cheetahs. The reserve’s involved in extensive cheetah conservation projects so you can enjoy learning more about this important initiative too.
Inverdoorn offers overnight accommodation and the option to enjoy a sunrise walking safari so you have the best chance of spotting sought-after species when they’re at their most active.
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Another Klein Karoo destination, Sanbona’s about three hours away from Cape Town in the foothills of the Warmwaterberg Mountains.
It’s famous for its examples of ancient rock art and wonderful indigenous wildlife. This is also a Big Five reserve offering opportunities for sunset and sunrise drives. You can also take part in boat safaris, birdwatching, game walks, stargazing and informative rock-art tours at Sanbona.
The reserve offers options for both overnight stays and day trips.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
You’ll find this coastal reserve about two hours’ drive from Cape Town at the meeting point between the two oceans.
Here you can spot a Big Five of a different kind, namely southern right whales, bottlenose dolphins, great white sharks, African penguins, and Cape fur seals.
Some of the activities up for grabs at Grootbos include cruises, shark cage diving, and whale watching as well as horse-riding, walking and botanical safaris.
Explore the Best Safaris Near Cape Town
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