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Wildlife Safaris from Cape Town

By Viator, February 2016

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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 64 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 $191.52

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $170.24

Private Tour: Wild Life Safari from Cape Town

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Reviews

On your private safari you will have the opportunity to look for the Big 5, these being: lions, buffalos, elephants, rhino, leopards. Keep an eye our for many ...  Read more

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

From USD $305.59

Safari Tour from Cape Town Including Lunch

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Reviews

Experience Africa's most noble creatures on their own land at the incredible Inverdoorn Nature Reserve. Travel 2.5 hours from Cape Town to Inverdoorn to ride ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $169.59

Big 5 Safari Day Tour from Cape Town

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Take a walk on the wild side with an authentic, but malaria free, South African safari day tour, conveniently located within reach of Cape Town. The resident ...  Read more

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

From USD $180.07

Marine Big 5 Adventure from Cape Town

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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 $86.43

Big Cat Sanctuary and Wine Tasting Day Tour from Cape Town

Enjoy an educational visit to Panthera Africa big cat sanctuary where you will learn about the wildlife that have been rescued and rehabilitated. From ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $188.19

Shark Dive Tour From Cape Town

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Through the ages, the great white shark has stirred up emotions of fear and fascination. Join this expedition into the noble savages world. You could get close ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $130.30

Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town

4 star rating: Recommended 21 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 $60.89

Private Whale Watching Tour by Light Aircraft Including Penguin Viewing and Wine Tasting from Cape Town

August to October gives the best opportunity to get an aerial view of the Southern Right Whales in Walker Bay just two hours drive outside Cape Town. A light ...  Read more

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

From USD $127.68

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