Inverdoorn lion

2 Day Budget Cape Town Big Five Safari

Tour Length2 days
Priced from pps $250 R3585 £192 213 A$343 C$324 NZ$374 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Starts & ends in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Accommodation Lodge / Bungalow or Chalet
  • 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.

Before setting out on our game drive, we enjoy afternoon tea, which is served at 16h00 (15h30 in winter). 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 (19h30 in winter). 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: 4 Star Lodge, 4 Star Chalet, 5 Star Chalet, 5 Star Suite
  • 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 (07h00 in winter) 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 Ambassador Collection, a special cheetah viewing 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 (all clients) & Cheetah Conservation Centre visit (Ambassador Collection clients only)

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 of South Africa 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.

About Inverdoorn Accommodation

4 Star Lodge

There are three charming lodges at Inverdoorn which are ideal for accommodating families. The stylish accommodation was designed for relaxation in keeping with the tranquillity of the surrounding Karoo landscape. The lodge rooms feature en-suite showers and air-conditioning which can cool or warm the room. There is a communal lounge in two of the lodges with a cosy fireplace and a refreshment station. The lodges are in close proximity to the amenities which include a pool, a cactus garden, a lounge with satellite TV, two bars, and outdoor dining area, a telescope for stargazing and a curio shop stocked with interesting goods.

4 Star Tankwa Chalets

The seven luxury chalets look out over the delightful Karoo gardens, for which Inverdoorn is famous. Each chalet sleeps two adults, with three chalets having double beds and the other four being twin sharing. The chalets come with an en-suite shower and bathrobes are supplied. Each chalet has a cosy wood-burning fire for cold winter evenings and air-conditioning for hot summer nights. There are well-stocked mini bar fridges and coffee machines at the refreshment stations in each chalet. Sip a sundowner, whilst relaxing on the verandah and admiring the charming garden it overlooks.

5 Star Ambassador Collection

Ambassador Chalets

The four luxurious Ambassador chalets form part of the superior Ambassador Collection indulging guests in 5-star accommodation. The view from the private, spacious verandah embraces the vast, expansive Karoo landscape stretching to the far distant mountains. Enjoy a complimentary drink from the mini bar whilst relaxing around the Ambassador private pool or enjoying the view from the roof-top terrace. Breakfast and lunch are served in the Ambassador boma, for a traditional African experience. Choose from one of the two double bedded chalets or the remaining two twin-bedded chalets, each with full en-suite facilities. The wood-burning fire will warm you on chilly evenings as you relax in front of the flat-screen TV which has satellite facilities. On summer nights there is air-conditioning to keep you cool. There are other touches, such as bathrobes and a refreshment station with coffee machine, that ensure your stay at Inverdoorn is a memorable one.

Ambassador Suite

The impressive Ambassador Suite, the jewel in the crown, makes up the balance of the 5-star Ambassador Collection. The free-standing, large suite, with outstanding views over the Karoo, has a king size bed as its focal point in a 'no expense spared' beautifully fitted interior. Wallow in a free-standing bath or relax under a rain shower in the opulent bathroom, discreetly located behind sliding screens. Enjoy the privacy of your secluded, private rooftop terrace, evenings spent watching movies on your flat screen TV with a drink from the fully stocked, bar and air-conditioning to keep guests cool in summer. A sumptuous refuge after a day in the bush.

Child Policy

This tour does take children.

  • Children under the age of four are not allowed on game drives. 
  • Babysitting services are provided at R75 per hour for children unable to join game drives.
  • Children are accommodated in the 4 star lodges only
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  • Transfers from accommodation in Cape Town to Inverdoorn (return)
  • Meals and pre-dinner drinks as per itinerary
  • Accommodation (as selected)
  • 4x4 game drives with a professional guide as per itinerary

Ambassador Collection Includes

  • Return transfers from Cape Town to Inverdoorn
  • Two, private wildlife viewing safaris
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Complimentary mini bar
  • Cheetah educational tour
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  • Drinks (other than aperitifs) 
  • Personal items

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  • Personal items
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