Inverdoorn lion

2 Day Budget Cape Town Big Five Safari

Tour Length2 days
Priced from pps $366 R4675 £272 311 A$487 C$472 NZ$529 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Starts & ends in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Transport Game Viewing - Open 4x4 / Microbus
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

See the Big Five of Africa in the malaria-free Inverdoorn Game Reserve only two-and-a-half hours drive from Cape Town!

On this well-priced Cape Town Big Five Safari, you embark on thrilling 4x4 game drives with professional guides, encountering a wide variety of wild animals and birds out in the Klein Karoo wilderness. Our budget Cape Wildlife Safari from Cape Town to the Big Five Inverdoorn includes two Big Five game drives in open safari vehicles, one night of comfortable accommodation at the game lodge, meals while on safari and transfers in a comfortable tour vehicle.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Cape Town to Inverdoorn Game Reserve – Western Cape

This affordable two-day Cape Town Big Five Safari starts in the beautiful city of Cape Town. You are collected from your accommodation in the city bowl, between 07h00 and 09h00 this morning (time to be confirmed via your guesthouse the night before departure). Leaving the Mother City of Cape Town, we travel northeast into the semi-arid Klein (Little) Karoo. The drive from Cape Town to Inverdoorn Game Reserve is only about two-and-a-half hours long.

We arrive at Inverdoorn Game Lodge at about 12h30 and enjoy lunch out under the trees between 13h00 and 13h30. Our lunch is a delightful buffet of five starters, two main courses and two desserts. Lunch is followed by free time to check into your chosen accommodation and relax at the lodge. Take a short nap or a refreshing swim in the pool and freshen up before our late afternoon game drive.

At about 16h30 we board an open-sided 4x4 safari vehicle and head off on our first game drive in the malaria-free Inverdoorn Game Reserve. Your professional guide takes you in search of the iconic Big Five of Africa, along with an array of African wildlife and birds. While out on the game drive your guide will pause for interesting wildlife and bird sightings, allowing you to get a closer look and take photographs. Your guide is also happy to tell you more about the local flora and fauna and answer questions as you explore.

Returning to the lodge after our game drive, we enjoy an aperitif and a tasty dinner at about 20h00. Spend the remainder of the evening relaxing in the bar or outdoor boma and stargazing before retreating to your comfortable room.

  • Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Standard / Luxury Guesthouse Rooms or Chalets or the luxury Ambassador Suite, all with en-suite bathrooms.
  • Included Activities: 4x4 Afternoon Game Drive in Inverdoorn Game Reserve
  • Travel: Cape Town to Inverdoorn (about 2,5 hours)

Please note: Guests staying in the luxury Ambassador Suite will be treated to private safaris during their stay.

Day 2: Inverdoorn Game Reserve to Cape Town – Western Cape

Today we wake up early and set off on a rewarding sunrise game drive at about 06h00 in the morning. Early mornings are excellent for wildlife viewing because many of the animals are active and the light is ideal for taking photographs. Soak up the bush habitat from the open-sided safari vehicle, scanning the bush for movement. Your guide draws on his or her experience and knowledge to locate the wild animals and birds of Inverdoorn Game Reserve, searching out members of the Big Five as we explore. After our exciting 4x4 game drive in Inverdoorn, we return to the lodge for a delicious English breakfast at about 09h00. After breakfast, we get ready to check-out by about 10h00.

For guests staying in the Luxury Chalets or the Luxury Suite, a special cheetah interaction is included today. After checking out of your luxurious accommodation you can visit the cheetah conservation centre and spend an hour with the resident animals, finding out more about the conservation work being carried out here.

Our comfortable transfer vehicle departs from Inverdoorn Game Lodge by about 11h30, taking us back to Cape Town. Arriving in Cape Town between 14h30 and 15h00 this afternoon, you are transferred back to your accommodation in the city centre and surrounds. Arriving in Cape Town between 14h30 and 15h00 this afternoon, you are transferred back to your accommodation in the city centre and surrounds.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Included Activities: 4x4 Morning Game Drive in Big Five Inverdoorn

About Inverdoorn Big Five Game Reserve

Inverdoorn covers about 10 000 hectares of wilderness in the Klein Karoo region, near Ceres. Its location in the Western Cape Province means that the game reserve is a malaria-free safari destination. This private game reserve hosts over 1200 wild animals with 28 different wildlife species found here and about 165 bird species.

Inverdoorn is renowned for its Big Five - lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard, being one of the very few Western Cape game reserves to host these famous African animals. Inverdoorn is also one of the closest Big Five game parks to Cape Town, making it a popular safari destination. The game reserve plays an import role in biodiversity conservation in the region and has reintroduced many endemic species to the area. Inverdoorn is well-known for its successful cheetah conservation centre where cheetahs are rehabilitated and bred. Other wild animals found in Inverdoorn include giraffes, hippos, bat-eared foxes, zebras, eland, gemsbok, kudus, impalas, springbok, wildebeest and other game species. Bird species recorded here include African fish eagle, black-breasted snake eagle, Cape vulture, Cape eagle owl, flamingo, secretary bird, sacred ibis, spotted eagle-owl, black stork, barn owl, giant kingfisher, jackal buzzard and ostrich.

Safari Accommodation Options at Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Inverdoorn offers a variety of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences, ranging from standard guesthouse and chalet accommodation to luxury guesthouse rooms, chalets and suites. All accommodation is comfortable and clean with en-suite bathroom facilities. For each accommodation option, Inverdoorn offers special rates for children aged under three and between four and 11 years of age.

The lodge features a swimming pool, gift shop, cactus garden, lounge with satellite TV, two bars, outdoor dining areas, a telescope for stargazing, a restaurant and internet access.

Child Policy

This tour does take children.

Children under the age of four are not allowed on game drives. Babysitting services are provided at R60 per hour for children unable to join game drives.

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