In the Western Cape and want to see the Big Five? If you’re looking for a real Wild Safari experience where animals are running wild, then these may not be for you. Nevertheless, just a short 2-hour scenic drive from Cape Town, these reserves are the most convenient for visitors to the Western Cape wanting game drives and luxurious accommodation.
Aquila Private Game Reserve
This 10,000-hectare game reserve offers both overnight and day tour options. Enjoy an intimate wildlife safari up close, while being able to make it back to Stellenbosch by nightfall. Aquila offers a range of safaris, from horseback rides and game drives to quad bike adventures and plane trips.
The resort has everything you would hope for; indoor and outdoor bars, a pool and the Tranquillity spa which offers a wide range of treatments. Views of the reserve ahead are beautiful, and you are likely to spot an elephant or two in the distance.
Accommodation is split between the lodge, and cottages dotted around. The premier luxury cottages are large, private and comfortable, affording guests a little seclusion and views overlooking the reserve. Cottages have outdoor showers which are lovely but can be a bit cold in the winter.
The game drives are at dawn, afternoon and sunset to track down the Big Five. You will spot giraffes, majestic full-grown elephants, rhinos and more. The lions are kept in a separate enclosure, which detracts from a natural feel but does guarantee sightings.
Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve
Situated across 10,000 hectares in the Ceres Karoo, over 1,200 animals roam freely on Inverdoorn’s reserve and you could encounter any number of them while on a safari. As well as game drives Inverdoorn offers guided walks with giraffes, and you can opt to do a day trip or stay overnight in the Ibiza Safari Lodge
There are accommodation options to suit a range of budgets, the lodge is very relaxing boasting a cactus garden, pool, and poolside bar. Lunch is served by the poolside and in the winter meals are served inside by a cosy fire.
As well as the big five Inverdoorn is home to a diversity of animals including zebras, giraffes, hippos. But most famously it houses one of the most celebrated cheetah rescue and rehabilitation sanctuaries in the world. With less than 10 000 cheetahs left in the world today, conservation initiatives such as Western Cape Cheetah Conservation (WCCC), pioneered their way forward for cheetah survival. Guests can go on an educational game drive where the rehabilitation process is explained, and you also have the choice to view a cheetah run.
Both these reserves boast incredible wildlife encounters, and if you are willing to pay more you can have a more personalised and luxurious experience. They are the ideal complement to end or start a Cape Town holiday.
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