Wildlife Safaris from Cape Town

By Viator, February 2015

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Visitors to Cape Town usually love how the city’s urban flair and vibrant nightlife coexists happily alongside its stunning location and proximity to great outdoor activities like beach-combing and hiking. But you may not realize there are great wildlife safari trips you can take from Cape Town, too.

There is wildlife throughout South Africa, and you don’t have to go too far outside the cities in order to find it. In fact, in many cases, the wildlife will even come into the cities. In Cape Town, any day trip in the Cape Peninsula can include sightings of penguins, baboons, and other wild animals — even when “safari” isn’t on the day’s agenda.

You can take a day-long safari trip from Cape Town to a reserve like the Aquila Game Reserve, which is the closest one to the city, and possibly see every one of the so-called “Big Five” in one day. Of course, that would be an incredibly lucky day, and seeing the “Big Five” often takes multiple game drives — which you can do in multiple day trips from Cape Town, or by staying for a few days at a game reserve in the area on a short side trip from Cape Town.

If your idea of a safari involves water-based animals instead of land-based ones, then take a day trip to Hermanus from Cape Town and go whale watching. This pretty coastal city is actually ideal for land-based whale watching, or you can go out in a boat. Hermanus is also a place where you can go shark cage diving, if you’re more interested in a wildlife adrenaline rush.

One of the perks of going on a wildlife safari from Cape Town is that much of this part of South Africa is a malaria-free zone, so if your visit to the country is restricted to Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula you can probably skip the anti-malarial drugs altogether.

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Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

4 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

Visit the incredible Aquila Game Reserve -- the closest game reserve to Cape Town – on this full-day safari tour! With hotel pickup from your central Cape Town ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $225.49

2-Day Western Cape Safari from Cape Town: Big Five Game Drive and Cango Wildlife Ranch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Go wild in the Western Cape on an overnight safari trip from Cape Town! With an expert game-ranger guide at your side, set out on a game drive to see Africa’s ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $228.89

Marine Big 5 Adventure from Cape Town

Leave Cape Town behind to take a marine cruise where you can see great white sharks, whales, Cape fur seals and a variety of seabirds. On a 2-hour cruise from ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.37

Hermanus Day Trip with Seasonal Whale Watching

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Take this opportunity to go whale watching from one of the best land based viewing spots in the world, Hermanus. From July to November the Southern Right ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.06

Private Tour: Cage Dive with Great White Sharks from Cape Town

Descend into the blue waters of Gansbaai, a hotspot for the Great White Shark, on a heart-pounding experience, just for your sole group. This private shark ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 8-10 hours

From USD $328.49

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