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Cape Town offering Big Five Safaris, Game drives and smaller animal parks and farms in the vicinity of South Africas Mother City.
It's easy, no matter what your time constraints are, you'll find half day, full day and overnight safari package options in our directory of Safaris.

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White Lion Lodge on Sanbona

The privately owned White Lion Lodge situated on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve offers luxury accommodation, exceptional personal service and delicious cuisine combined with game and nature drives. The Lodge lies in the southern part of the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and is set along the tranquil Klein Kalkoenshoek River, offering an ultimate Karoo experience.

The White Lion Lodge is a combination of contemporary decor mixed with Karoo sandstone, timber, thatch, airy free flowing spaces and hues of Karoo slate are breathtaking stylish, sophisticated yet refreshingly simple. Nature fibers and textures characterize the interiors.

"Right from the start the magic surrounds you."

Be welcomed back to warm up at the fireplace in winter, enjoy open veranda doors in summer or let us pamper you with South African cuisine in the bush. You are invited to cosy around the fireplace with a drink until the flames dazzle you to sleep. Soft candlelight and lanterns put a soft layer of romance on the whole house.

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Buffelsfontein

A new Buffelsfontein was born and the gates were opened in 2002 to the public. Sharing the experience of a working West Coast farm with local and international visitors.

Situated in the heart of the West Coast, an hour away from Cape Town, you’ll find Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve. This 1600 ha family owned reserve is home to some of Africa’s greats such as Lion, Buffalo, White Rhino and Giraffe. Visitors can either enjoy an unforgettable guided game drive, a delicious meal, a good night’s rest or a team building/conference that will keep everyone talking for years to come.

Big Cats Park Vredenheim

Climb aboard Vredenheim’s new game drive vehicle for an experience of our estate like no other, taking you on a guided tour through our game fields, cattle paddocks, vineyards, fruit orchards and alongside our Big Cats Park.
Your journey will take you into the heart of Vredenheim’s farming operations with a 2 hour educational tour to learn more about our game and cattle farming, wine and fruit production, and Big Cats Park sanctuary. An unmatched experience in the Stellenbosch winelands!
Your tour includes a 2 hour (120 minute) guided game drive with a bottle of water, glass of sparkling wine or grape juice, and snack platter (nuts, cheese, biltong and crackers). Snack platter ingredients may change subject to availability.
Duration: 2 hours

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Groote Post Game Drives

A visit to Groote Post will not be complete experiencing our ever-popular Game Drive: the winner of a 2014 Klink Wine Tourism Award for the most unusual and memorable attraction on a wine farm.

So hop aboard our bona fide game vehicle to take in the splendour of our 2000-hectare game camp where you will be able to spot the game to which Groote Post is home, namely: Eland, Kudu, Gemsbok, Bontebok, Springbok, Red Hartebeest, Ostrich, Black Wildebeest as well as Quagga. You will also have the opportunity to appreciate the farm’s conservation of the highly threatened renosterveld that makes up 4.75% of South Africa’s total area under this vegetation.

The drive will continue up to our vineyards to see where next year’s harvest is in the making. You'll even be able to spot Table Mountain from our top vineyard! And, of course, to complement the experience, a glass of wine, as well as other refreshments, is a pre-requisite as you soak up the glory of nature.

Minimum number of people per booking - 4 people | Maximum number of people per booking - 10 people, and 48hrs pre-booking.

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Farm drives have to be booked at least 48 hours in advance. Drive Times start daily at 10h00

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Monkey Town

Monkey Town Primate Centre, located in Soomerset West, is a wildlife Centre for monkeys and apes with more than 230 animals and 28 different exotic species including Tammy, Ruby, and Sunny, our famous chimp sisters. There are also koi ponds, many bird species and small antelope on the premises.

The various programmes include a short presentation by Monkey Town staff followed by group activity and a guided field trip and tour through Monkey Town.
There is a restaurant serving light meals and refreshments.

Monkey Town has 28 different species of exotic monkeys – most born in captivity. Some used to be lonely pets kept mostly in cages while others were rejected by their mothers due to the unfortunate fact that female primates raised in isolation seldom learn to nurture their young. At Monkey Town these discarded animals are reintroduced to members of their own species and eventually become part of family groups. Many of the 28 species at Monkey Town are on the endangered list, mainly due to diminishing habitats, deforestation, the bush meat and pet traders.

Fairy Glen is committed to improving the reserve as well as your experience. Fairy Glen is Cape Town's closest mostly free-roaming Big 5 game reserve. Fairy Glen is a must see if you visit Cape Town and want to see our Big 5. At Fairy Glen as a Game Lodge you will experience a very intimate encounter. This doesn't mean you go up and pet the Animals – it means you will get close – so close that you will, without doubt, get great photos.

Fairy Glen, a little piece of heaven, is a family owned business just over an hour from Cape Town, and is set at the foot of the famous Brandwacht Mountains, in a peaceful rustic environment surrounded by Cape Fynbos and waterfalls.

Akelei Alpakas

Alpacas (specie: vicugna pacos) belong to the family of the South American Camelids. The other family members are the wild vicunjas and guanacos and the domesticated, “beast of burden” the llama. All family members can interbreed and have fertile offspring.

The mix of male llama and female alpaca is called “Huarizo”. Alpacas come in two different fleece types, the Huacaya and the Suri. Huacaya alpacas produce a dense, soft, crimpy sheep-like fibre, and the Suri produces silky pencil-like locks, resembling dread-locks. Alpacas were domesticated by the Incas 6000 years ago.

Visit Akelei-Alpacas Farm near Cape Town for a picnic and learn more about this species.

Cape Point Ostrich Farm

You are most welcome to join us on a guided tour of the farm. Our well trained team will be more then happy to show you around and give you detailed information about the life cycle of an ostrich from egg to the adult bird. Being a productive breeding farm, everything is done to comfort and accommodate our 40 breeding birds. They live in 40 camps and ensure that there are always plenty of ostrich eggs to be incubated. During the breeding season, quite often you will be able to experience the hatching of our ostrich chicks.

The Cape Point Ostrich Farm lies on the most beautiful part of the Cape Peninsula. The farm is 50km from Cape Town, next to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve (Cape Point National Park). The drive to the farm is one of the great scenic routes of South Africa leading to the Cape of Good Hope, either via Simons Town or via Scarborough. The farm is easy to find on Cape Town’s route M65 south, 400meters north of the entrance to the Cape Of Good Hope Nature Reserve (Cape Point National Park).

The Cape Point Ostrich Farm was established in 1996 and turned into an ostrich breeding farm by the vision of Angelika Coelle. The 65ha farm was undeveloped and only the ruins of the 19th century Cape Dutch style buildings were visible underneath the growth of many years. Dr. Coelle and his wife Angelika had a vision and within the year they had accomplished to turn the dormant land into a natural landscape breeding farm. The family run business has passed into the 2nd generation and is now managed by their daughter Catherina.

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Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, you will find a beautiful piece of land that will stir your senses.

Gondwana Private Game Reserve provides an authentic African Safari Experience close to Cape Town. Less than a four-hour drive from Cape Town International Airport, along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route, the 11,000-hectare (26,000 acre) Private Game Park offers a distinctive and luxurious malaria-free Safari Holiday destination with free-roaming Big 5 Safari Animals (lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino, and leopard). Herds of wildlife including eland, giraffe, hippo, cheetah and zebra can be seen on the majestic landscape with awe-inspiring views of the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains in every direction. Indigenous Fynbos vegetation cloaks the undulating valleys, adding vivid colour and interest to a Big 5 Game Viewing and wilderness experience.

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Sprawling across 10,000 hectares in the Ceres Karoo, Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge is situated two and a half hours from Cape Town. The reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five and offers thrilling safaris and the best luxury accommodation.

As a conservation stronghold, Inverdoorn strives to save threatened species and return animals to their natural habitat. This is evident from the rescue stories of animals that now roam free on the reserve. In 2012, Inverdoorn introduced elephants into the reserve, marking it as a Big Five destination.

Inverdoorn offers the perfect safari getaway with numerous facilities where guests can relax and enjoy the African sun, ensuring a memorable safari holiday close to Cape Town, South Africa.

Two Oceans Aquarium

The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town is ideally positioned to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans.

The Two Oceans Aquarium opened in November 1995 and is recognised as one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town.
It has established itself as a key player in raising environmental awareness through its high-quality exhibits, conservation and education programmes.

The Aquarium is rapidly gaining recognition as a leading environmental education centre in South Africa. It is also respected internationally for its high standards of animal husbandry and the expertise of its staff in collecting and transporting live animals.

Aquila Private Game Reserve, offering big 5 safaris two hours from Cape Town, makes it easy for you no matter what your time constraints are, we offer half day, full day and overnight safari package options. Named after the endangered black or verreaux eagle (Aquila verreauxii), Aquila’s story began in 1999 when its owner, Searl Derman, driven by a desire to share his passion for the wild with Cape Town, set about searching for the perfect piece of land to re-introduce the Big 5 to the Western Cape. He was fortunate enough to come across a nature reserve that would later become Aquila Private Game Reserve.

Situated in the historic town of Touws River, in a valley between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Karoo, the 10,000 hectare conservancy has evolved from its early days of being residence to various antelope species only to becoming the home of the Big 5 – elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as a significant amount of other wild game, which roam freely on the reserve.

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Cape Town Ostrich Ranch

You, sitting on an ostrich, with Table Mountain as your backdrop. One of the best photo ops in Cape Town!
And our guides make it so safe even a baby can do it.

Get up as close as you dare with our native African birds...we'll supply their snacks!
Seriously, you can stand on an ostrich egg!
But you have to do the tour to learn why it doesn't break...

Depending on when you visit, you'll see tiny hatchlings or strutting teenagers.
Maybe you'll even see a baby bird hatch!
Not only will our amazing team of guides lead you on an informative journey, we've got a museum too.

We're not just about the big birds.
Check out our crocodiles, tortoises, peacocks and cheetahs too.

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Giraffe House Cape Town

At The Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness centre we provide easy access to some of Africa's wonderful wildlife and bird species. Focusing on African wildlife, Giraffe House aims to provide a place for people to enjoy the outdoors, whilst experiencing and learning about animals and why they are special. An important member of our team is Gerry, our hand reared giraffe. Did you know that giraffes can reach almost 6 m and are therefore the tallest land mammals on earth? Gerry is joined by some other animal friends that have been selected to form part of our wildlife educational programs. Education is our primary focus, and we cater from preschool and school groups to older groups. The wildlife education is presented in an informative wildlife conservation program suited for the individual group. We are open to general public.

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Cheetah Outreach Somerset West

It took 4 million years of evolution for the cheetah to become the exceptional animal it is today and only 100 years for man to place it on the endangered list. Now the fastest land animal in the world is losing its most important race: the race for survival.  At the turn of the 20th century, an estimated 100,000 cheetahs lived throughout Africa and in parts of the Middle East and Central Asia. Today there are only about 7,100 of these majestic cats left in the wild. Cheetah Outreach is an education and community-based programme created to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for its survival.  Founder Annie Beckhelling launched the project in January 1997 with just one hectare of land proved by Spier Wine Estate and two cheetahs.

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Penguins Bettys Bay

Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguin in the world.

Located in the quaint coastal town of Betty’s Bay in the Overberg, the Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to a unique colony of African Penguins. Stony Point offers the public the chance to see these wonderful flightless birds up close, via the boardwalk through the colony, which allows the public to observe the penguins go about their daily activities in their natural habitat, without disturbing or disrupting them.

Situated between the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains and unspoiled beaches of the Indian ocean, in the heart of the Garden Route, lies the 4000 ha Botlierskop Private Game Reserve in the Western Cape ensuring its visitors of a uniquely South African Luxury safari accommodation. Our Western Cape Safari Park is only a 4.5-hour scenic drive from Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, between Mossel Bay and George.  This malaria free, family owned and privately operated garden route game lodge is home to an abundance of animals including 4 of the Big 5, lions, elephants, buffalo's, giraffes, rhino's, hippo's, rare black impalas and more as well as a unique bird life.

DAY VISITORS and OVERNIGHT guests are welcome to visit our Luxury safari Lodge for various overnight accommodation options or just visit us for a day to experience our Western Cape Safari which offers a large variety of unique activities and wildlife.

Wildlife Sanctuary Villiera

In conjunction with two neighbours (The Cape Garden Centre and Wild Clover Farm) Villiera set aside 220ha of land as a wildlife sanctuary in 2009.

It includes 12 dams plus marsh areas which attract a huge variety of bird-life. Indigenous trees are grown in old milk containers, plastic water bottles etc. by our staff and then bought from them when a year old and planted out. Thousands of indigenous trees have also been donated by the Cape Garden Centre. By May 2015 100,000 trees had been planted.

A number of mammals have been introduced in the Wildlife Sanctuary: Springbuck, Kudu, Giraffe, Bontebok, Eland, Gemsbok, Black Wildebeest, Bush Pig, Burchell's Zebra, common Duiker, Steenbuck and Grysbok.
The Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Koelenhof and access is gained through Villiera's vineyards. A game drive through the 220 hectares lasts approximately two hours.

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Cape Town is one of the worlds famous holiday and Safari destinations.

Where to go on Safari near Cape Town?

Travelers planning their first visit to South Africa reach out to me for advice, telling me they want to "do Cape Town and add on a quick safari nearby.
For the authentic Big Five experience go to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. If time is tight and you want to stay close to Cape Town, there are some safari options for a proper luxury safari experience within a short drive of Cape Town.

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