Inverdoorn elephants

3 Day Budget Cape Town Big Five Safari

Tour Length3 days
Priced from pps $526 R7660 £414 462 A$724 C$692 NZ$798 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.

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. 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 Luxury Suite will be treated to private safaris during their stay.

  • Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Standard or Luxury Guesthouse Rooms or Chalets or Luxury Suite, all with en-suite bathrooms.
  • 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 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 followed by dinner in the restaurant at about 20h00. Gaze up at the starry skies before falling asleep in the tranquil Karoo.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Standard or Luxury Guesthouse Rooms or Chalets or Luxury Suite, all with en-suite bathrooms.
  • 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 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.

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
  • Travel: Inverdoorn to Cape Town (about 2,5 hours)

About Inverdoorn Big Five Game Reserve

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.

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.

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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  • 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
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