Safaris and eco-holidays near Cape Town in the Western Cape
South Africa’s Western Cape boasts stunning natural scenery and wildlife. These reserves are conveniently located near to Cape Town and are the perfect destinations for weekend safari retreats or bush getaways:
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a pioneering conservation effort with a goal to return the land to what it was like before commercial farming. Indigenous wildlife has been re-introduced including the Big 5, cheetah and hippo. Although guests have good chances of seeing elephant, rhino and lion, it is the smaller creatures, plants and rocks that make this reserve truly unique.
Aquila Private Game Reserve is just under a two hour drive from Cape Town and is named after the Black Eagle that thrives in the area. Aquila is a malaria free, 4500 hectare reserve steeped in Khoi San and Boer War history and boasts 3 pristine biomes of vegetation set in magnificent Karoo mountains, valleys, rivers and kloofs.
Inverdoorn is a family-run private game reserve found in the heart of a typically open Karoo landscape. The reserve is home to a captive cheetah breeding program and guests, from the top of a viewing platform, can view these cats in full sprint as they pursue a lure on a pulley.