This affordable full-day safari takes you on an exciting Big Five wildlife adventure in a malaria-free game reserve close to Cape Town!
Embark on a rewarding 4x4 game drive with a professional game ranger in the Big Five Inverdoorn Game Reserve only two-and-half hours drive from the city. Encounter a host of Africa's fascinating wild animals and birds in the unspoilt Klein Karoo. Soak up the stunning scenery of the Cape Winelands, Ceres Valley and the majestic mountains of the Western Cape. All of this in one action-packed day, ending back at your accommodation in Cape Town!
This action-packed day tour kicks off early this morning when you are collected from your accommodation in and around the city centre of Cape Town. Pick-up is between 06h00 and 07h00 in the city bowl area. Setting off from the picturesque Mother City, as Cape Town is known, we drive northeast in our comfortable transfer vehicle with air-conditioning. Our scenic journey takes us through the idyllic Cape Wine Region where South Africa's finest wines are produced. From the beautiful Cape Winelands, we travel via rugged mountain passes into the fruit-growing area of Ceres in the Boland region. From the fertile Ceres valley, we proceed into the semi-arid Klein Karoo, a sparsely-populated inland region. Here we reach the malaria-free game reserve of Inverdoorn, one of very few Big Five destinations in the Western Cape.
Upon arrival at Inverdoorn Game Reserve, we enjoy welcome drinks. Then we embark on our exhilarating Big Five game drive in an open-sided 4x4 safari vehicle. The game drive lasts for about two hours and is conducted by a professional game ranger. The expert guide takes us in search of the Big Five (lion, rhino, elephant, leopard and buffalo), as well as the numerous other African wildlife and bird species found in this 10 000 hectare wilderness area. While out on the game drive we may stop to walk with the resident giraffes if conditions are favourable and time allows (at your game ranger's discretion). Your ranger will tell you more about the fascinating local ecosystem and its living creatures, while you explore and is happy to answer questions about the flora and fauna of the region. During the morning we also visit the big cat preservation project at the game reserve, which is renowned for its cheetah conservation centre.
Our exciting wildlife encounters are followed by lunch back at the lodge. Lunch is served under shady trees in the outdoor boma (dining area). After lunch, you can take a dip in the swimming pool, relax in the gardens or on cool winter days settle down beside the cosy indoor fireplace. Then it is time to head back to Cape Town, soaking up the diverse scenery along the way. Our return journey follows a slightly different route, taking us via the impressive Huguenot Tunnel through the Du Toitskloof Mountains, back into the Cape Winelands.
At about 18h00 we arrive back in Cape Town and drop you off at your accommodation in the city bowl area, bringing this amazing Cape Town Big Five Budget Safari to a close.
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 include giraffes, hippos, bat-eared foxes, zebras, eland, gemsbok, kudus, impalas, springbok, wildebeest and other game species. Bird species recorded here include the 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.
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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