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!
This exciting Cape Town Big Five Safari kicks off in Cape Town where you are collected from your accommodation early in the morning. You are picked up from your accommodation in the city centre area, known as the city bowl, between 06h00 and 07h00. From Cape Town, the picturesque Mother City, we drive northeast via the famous Cape Winelands and into the Karoo region of the Western Cape.
This scenic drive is only two-and-a-half to three hours, excluding stops for sightseeing and comfort breaks. We travel through beautiful rural landscapes, rolling farmlands and rugged mountains, arriving at 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.
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 gather in the open-air boma for an aperitif, followed by dinner at 20h00. Enjoy a hearty dinner and drinks under the stars, before retiring to your comfortable rooms.
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 we set off on an afternoon game drive, departing at about 16h30. 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 in the outdoor boma where we have dinner at about 20h00. Sit back and relax under starry Karoo skies, sharing tales of adventure from your encounters with free-roaming wildlife.
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 between 10h30 and 11h30. 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.
Inverdoorn covers an area of about 10 000 hectares in the Klein Karoo region of the Western Cape, near Ceres. 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.
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.
This tour does take children.
Children under the age of three 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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