Although more synonymous with beaches and winelands, the area stretching from Cape Town in the west to the Garden Route in the east does have several game reserves. Generally, these reserves do not carry large herds of free-moving game as in other safari hotspots around Africa, but there are some unique and well-managed reserves within a few hours' drive of Cape Town and other major coastal towns. Some reserves are situated in the unique 'Karoo' biome, which has a fascinating plethora of plant life and smaller creatures, and others incorporate an oceanic aspect. The Cape is one of the best places in the world to view whales, great white sharks and other aquatic creatures in their natural environment. Some reserves offer truly unique experiences that focus on what is special to the area, and these make for truly unique and amazing experiences.
Fantastic experiences in this hotspot…
- Bushmans Kloof – Learning about the San Bushman paintings and experiencing the burst of flower life in August/September in the Cedarberg mountains.
- Sanbona – Tracking big game with experienced guides over vast areas of Karoo wilderness. The area is home to the extremely rare Riverine Rabbit.
- Great White Shark cage diving off Gansbaai and whale-watching in Hermanus and De Hoop.
- Climbing Table Mountain, exploring Cape Point and hiking the coastline along numerous coastal and mountain trails.
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Southern Right Whale
Great White Shark
Cape Mountain Zebra
Sweet Thorn Acacia