Coming to Cape Town and wondering what to do? The city is full of astounding natural features and exciting activities to entice you and sometimes it can be quite hard to narrow down an itinerary, particularly if you are travelling on a budget or pressed for time. One of the best options for exploring the Mother City is to opt for a tour, which includes a variety of options, from going shark cage diving to wine tasting in the scenic Constantia Winelands.
Another wonderful activity to factor into your schedule is a private safari at one of Cape Town’s prestigious game reserves. If you dream of seeing the Big Five, but don’t feel like travelling a long way out of the city, then pop into one of the nearby reserves for a unique glimpse of magnificent wildlife in their natural environment.
Here are three spectacular game reserves, relatively close by to Cape Town:
Aquila Private Game Reserve
World renowned for its exquisite scenery and intimate wildlife safaris, Aquila has a reputation for providing outstanding service and game viewing opportunities, in an unforgettable setting. The four-star establishment is located less than two hours’ drive away from Cape Town and the 7500 hectare reserve boasts an impressive array of animals and birds, including the Big Five. Apart from traditional game drives, the innovative reserve offers a number of other activities, including horseback safaris, quad biking and visits to ancient rock art sites.
Iverdoorn Game Reserve
The vast reserve spans over ten thousand hectares and is committed to wildlife conservation, with a number of impressive initiatives undergoing, including the extremely successful cheetah breeding and rehabilitation program. Over 1200 animals wander the diverse terrains, as well as numerous species of birds. A specially designed Land Rover 4×4 transports guests through the reserve on memorable game drives, which allow up-close encounters with the animals.
Fairy Glen Game Reserve
Approximately an hour outside of Cape Town, the award-winning reserve offers exciting Free Roaming Big Five safaris, which are a fantastic way to explore the expansive grounds while witnessing the abundant wildlife wandering the plains. The reserve is nestled at the feet of the majestic Brandwacht Mountains and hosts diverse wildlife and floral kingdoms, as well as a Khoisan rock art heritage site.
When visiting Cape Town, make sure that you factor in plenty of time to discover all the charms of the Cape, including Great White cage diving and exploring the many, famous game reserves in the vicinity.