Inverdoorn elephants

3 Day Budget Cape Town Big Five Safari

Tour Length3 days
Priced from pps $652 R9180 £505 577 A$913 C$864 NZ$950 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

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

A thrilling Big Five Wildlife Safari only two-and-a-half hours from Cape Town!

Explore the Big Five Inverdoorn Game Reserve on exciting 4x4 game drives with professional guides on this excellent value-for-money safari, without having to leave the malaria-free Western Cape Province of South Africa. Take advantage of one of the very few Big Five safari destinations close to Cape Town - a rare find for budget-conscious travellers in search of wildlife adventure!

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Itinerary for this Tour

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

This exciting Cape Town Big Five Safari kicks off in Cape Town where you are collected from your accommodation in the morning. You are picked up from your accommodation in the city centre area, known as the city bowl, between 07h00 and 09h00 (time to be confirmed via your guesthouse the night before departure). From Cape Town, the picturesque Mother City, we drive northeast into the Karoo region of the Western Cape.

The drive only takes two-and-a-half to three hours, bringing us to Inverdoorn Game Lodge at about 12h30. Lunch is served outside under shady trees at the lodge, between 13h00 and 13h30. Lunch is a tasty buffet spread consisting of five starters, two main courses and two desserts. After lunch, check into your selected accommodation and settle in. Freshen up and take a rest in your comfortable room, or take a dip in the swimming pool.

Before we leave on our evening game drive we enjoy afternoon tea served at 16h00 (15h30 in winter). At 16h30 we embark on our first 4x4 game drive in Inverdoorn Game Reserve. A professional guide takes us in search of the Big Five and other wildlife found in Inverdoorn. The game drive is conducted in an open-sided 4x4 safari vehicle which is ideal for taking photographs of the animals and experiencing the bush with all your senses. During the game drive your experienced guide can tell you more about the flora and fauna of Inverdoorn and answer questions.

This evening after our wildlife viewing adventure, we enjoy aperitifs and dinner in the restaurant at 20h00 (19:30 in winter). After our hearty dinner, you can relax in the bar or outdoor boma under the stars, before retiring to your comfortable rooms.

Please note: Guests staying in the 5 Star Ambassador Suite will be treated to private safaris during their stay.

  • Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: 4 Star Lodge, 4 Star Chalet, 5 Star Chalet, 5 Star Suite
  • Included Activities: 4x4 Afternoon Game Drive in Inverdoorn
  • Travel: Cape Town to Inverdoorn (about 2,5 hours)

Day 2: Inverdoorn Big Five Game Reserve – Western Cape

Wake up bright and early on day two of your Cape Town Big Five Safari, starting the day with an early morning game drive. We head straight out into the bush to catch the sunrise and spot wildlife during the cool early morning hours.

Returning to the lodge we tuck into a full English breakfast, served at about 09h00. After breakfast, you are free to unwind at the lodge, take a nap or splash in the pool. Later, between 13h00 and 13h30, lunch is served out under the big trees on the lodge property. As on the previous day, lunch is a delectable buffet of five starters, two mains and two desserts. Lunch is followed by free time for a siesta or a dip in the pool.

Later, after having had afternoon tea at 16h00 (15h30 in winter), we set off on an afternoon game drive, departing at about 16h30 (16h00 in winter). Again, the expert guide points out wildlife and birds encountered on our 4x4 game drive in the Big Five game park. Regular wildlife sightings include zebras, giraffes, hippos, wildebeest and various other antelope species, including gemsbok (oryx) and springbok. Of the Big Five, rhinos, lions, elephants and buffalos are commonly sighted, while the more elusive leopards are less frequently seen. The game reserve is also home to a successful cheetah conservation centre and thus hosts plenty of cheetahs.

Back at the game lodge, pre-dinner drinks are served followed by dinner in the restaurant at about 20h00 (19h30 in winter). Gaze up at the starry skies before falling asleep in the tranquil Karoo.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: 4 Star Lodge, 4 Star Chalet, 5 Star Chalet, 5 Star Suite
  • Included Activities: 4x4 Game Drives in Inverdoorn

Day 3: Inverdoorn Game Reserve to Cape Town – Western Cape

On day three, we get up early for our exhilarating sunrise game drive, setting off into the bush at about 06h00. Our professional guide helps us to search for any wildlife we may have missed thus far, especially the more elusive species. After our final 4x4 game drive in the Big Five reserve, we return to the lodge for a well-deserved English breakfast, served at 09h00.

At about 10h00 we check out of the lodge, departing for Cape Town by about 11h30. For guests staying in the 5 Star 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.

Then we drive back to Cape Town in the comfortable minibus, arriving back in the city between 14h30 and 15h00. At the end of our Budget Big Five Cape Town Safari, you will be dropped off at your accommodation in and around the city centre.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Included Activities: 4x4 Morning Game Drive in Inverdoorn & Cheetah Viewing (Luxury Chalet & Ambassador Suite guests only)
  • Travel: Inverdoorn to Cape Town (about 2,5 hours)

About Inverdoorn Big Five Game Reserve

Inverdoorn covers an area of about 10 000 hectares near Ceres in the Klein Karoo region of the Western Cape in South Africa. This private game reserve plays an import role in conserving biodiversity in the region and has reintroduced a number of endemic species to the area. Inverdoorn is best known for its successful cheetah conservation centre. Rescued cheetahs are rehabilitated at the centre which also runs a breeding program.

Inverdoorn is also renowned for hosting the Big Five of Africa - lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. This is one of the very few game reserves hosting the Big Five in the Western Cape and is one of the closest Big Five destinations to Cape Town. Other wild residents include giraffes, hippos, zebras, eland, gemsbok, kudus, impalas, springbok, wildebeest and other antelopes, as well as jackals, bat-eared foxes and Cape clawless otters.

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, 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. 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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+Included in the Tour Price
  • 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
+Not Included in the Tour Price
  • Drinks (other than aperitifs) 
  • Personal items

Ambassador Collection Excludes

  • Drinks other than complimentary mini bar
  • Personal items
+Departure Dates

This tour departs daily.

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