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Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town

Cape Town Central, South Africa

From US$125.30

Price varies by group size

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 to 9 hours (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Spotting the Big Five—lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo—is a priority for many visitors to South Africa and this tour is ideal for those with limited time. Travel from Cape Town by private vehicle, enjoying views of the Breede River, Hex River Wine Valley, and Table Mountain along the way, then join a group safari drive at a private game reserve and enjoy some incredible wildlife-watching opportunities.
  • Express tour from Cape Town: ideal for those short on time
  • Guided game drive: maximize your chances of spotting the Big Five
  • Delicious buffet lunch including a glass of champagne
  • Round-trip transport from Cape Town by private air-conditioned vehicle

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by luxury private vehicle
  • Game park charge (R1550pp normal rate, R1700pp peak rate - includes lunch & game drive)
  • Private game drive
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up and drop off from any hotel, guesthouse, vacation rental or private residence in Cape Town.


    • Cape Town

Departure Time

  • 9:30 AM
  • Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking (cost excluded)
  • Infant meals not included
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by Born in Africa Tours

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town?

A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:What is the social distancing policy during Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town?

A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Traveler Tips

Essentially this is a private transfer to and from Aquila Private Reserve (takes about 2.5hrs each way).
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Suzanne_S, Dec. 2021
The great experience begins when the tour operator actually CALLED me the night before to verify everything. It may not seem like much but it was a great beginning to an awesome day. Dave was great company on our drive to the safari! The lunch was awesome and I saw 4 out of 5! I felt safe, comfortable, and taken care of the entire time. That's my kind of excursion!
Great day at private game reserve
Michael_S, Nov. 2021
Brilliant day! I got to see the big five and George the driver was such great company. Thanks again George.
Want to have fun, feel safe but also feel like a VIP? Definitely book this Safari tour!
Jennie_M, Oct. 2021
Dave was an incredible guide. He coordinated everything with me beforehand and thankfully he was able to adjust a change in pick-up location. As a solo petite female traveller, I felt very safe and taken care of on this tour. The drive to the safari was a beautiful drive through the mountains and Dave made sure to explain all the surroundings around me. The vineyards, the baboons, the townships etc. He was also very keen on the fact that I did have a late night the night before so when I needed to nap for a bit, I didn't feel awkward sleeping while he drove. It really felt like a road trip with a close friend. The Game Reserve was a beautiful resort and because we arrived early, he suggested that I had time to get a massage at the spa, which was perfect and the lunch was delicious. Dave definitely knew everyone at the reserve so I truly felt like I was a VIP. The private safari was INCREDIBLE and I got photos that were so close to the animals, it was a once in a lifetime experience. I would highly recommend this tour with Dave, he's a new friend I have found in Cape Town.
Response from Host, Oct. 2021
It was a real joy & privilege to meet you and to make your day a memorable one ! Thank you for the lovely review. We look forward to your return to our beautiful Mother City.
Comfortable ride with knowledgeable guide
Norman_C, Oct. 2021
I'd ride anywhere with Dave. Very comfortable ride, very great conversation. Even allowed me to stop to get some pictures of some baboons along the road. I highly recommend him for any tour. Thanks again
Response from Host, Oct. 2021
Thanks Norman ! It was a real pleasure showing you our beautiful place and all the amazing wild life at the game reserve.
Cheryl_Campbell, Sep. 2021
The safari was amazing and our tour guide was fantastic. I would definitely go again. Our driver Dave was amazing. After the Safari he took us for lunch at a beautiful winery. Thanks Dave !
Response from Host, Oct. 2021
Thank you for the great review ! We always endeavor to do our best and go the extra mile....
1 traveler found this review helpful
James_C, Mar. 2020
I can’t recommend this trip enough, managing to see 4 of the big 5. The guides were excellent. But what really added to the day was our driver Mike who took us to from Cape Town to the game reserve. He was brilliant and very informative, providing so much information and interesting stories on the trip which really added to the experience. Definitely not a trip to miss!
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Private Safari Tour
Jdee1945, Feb. 2020
Mike was our driver, guide, expert, dj, and made our day exceptional. He couldn’t do enough for us. He is passionate for his country and gave us so much information. The game park drive was good, saw everything except leopard, so was satisfied. Would recommend this private tour. Value for money.
Wonderful day
bucksangell, Feb. 2020
We absolutely loved our safari tour. Our day started with our wonderful tour guide Dave picking us up from our b&b. Our first meeting with Dave was fantastic, he’s a friendly kind chatty genuinely lovely guy and it was liked being picked up by a great friend we’ve known for years. Dave was absolutely full of fantastic facts and knowledge and jokes and the journey flew by. He made sure when we arrived that we were checked in and shown for lunch which was a really nice buffet lunch. He then took us to safari jeeps and made sure we were seated in fantastic seats for our safari. Our safari guide and driver was a funny and informative guy who went out of his way to make sure he gave us the best opportunity to take some amazing photos especially the lions and elephants, it was a nice touch to stop off for a glass of sparkling wine and have a chat with the rest of our jeep group and guide. On our arrival back Dave was waiting to greet us and transport us safely back to our accommodation. All in all we loved this safari taster trip and really enjoyed our day which was certainly made better by the enjoyable company of Dave and our safari guide.
Not much to see
zstarkey27, Feb. 2020
There were a few rescue animals at a large area so most of the experience was traveling on the jeep from one place to another. You can see these animals in the zoo too, for much cheaper entrance fee. There were only 4 out of the big 5 in the reserve. The whole experience cost 400 British pound for 2 persons which is certainly not wortwhile. Lunch was OK, we would have spent a little more time eating, but we needed to finish it earlier as the jeep was about to leave. Two main courses were provided, one of them was mainly bones of lamb. It is a long journey from Capetown with no sights to see as far as Aquila, the private transfer it is not necesseraly much shorter than the coach trip which costs less.
Response from Host, Feb. 2020
We are sorry that you did not enjoy the Big Five Game Safari as so many of our other visitors have done (they do have the Big Five by the way – the leopard is nocturnal and is seldom seen during the day). This 25 000 acre private game reserve cannot be compared to a zoo. It is a Big Five wildlife conservatory with a major focus on preserving the Rhino species for future generations. Most of the animals are re-introduced game and are not able to hunt for themselves. They have been given a second chance at survival in as natural a habitat as possible. Our day trip is a unique opportunity for visitors who are short of time to enjoy an African safari experience that would take many more days and dollars to replicate in a large game reserve like the Kruger National Park. So whether you choose the bus or our luxury option, you have contributed to a great wildlife conservation effort for which we are grateful.
A Game Park Tour to Remember
manjackboss, Jan. 2020
Dave Coxton was excellent company for the two and a half hours drive to the Aquila Safari Park, full of local knowledge and a good conversationalist generally. The Safari Park had modern administrative buildings and caring staff to supply lunch and then the safari. We were guided by Nicholas who was very informative about the animals and had a nice sense of humour whilst keeping us all safe on his safari wagon. We saw four of the big five, as expected the leopards were not to be seen as they are nocturnal. The area is quite barren with few trees for shade therefore the hippos and rhinos were using the lakes to keep moist and cool while the lions used bushes and rocks for shade. Nicholas was well-acquainted with the park and knew where the animals were likely to be seen. The elephants were entertaining as they threw dust over themselves to keep cool. A two and a half hour safari passed quite quickly and the group were left satisfied with the animals spotted. It is either 3100 rand for a couple to enter the park and have lunch or 3500 in high season. To see wild animals up close this was money well-spent. Dave took a different route home which gave us a comprehensive view of the scenery outside Cape Town and also avoided traffic jams that his wife had reported to him whilst we were on safari, a clever move that saved us a load of travelling time. We can recommend Dave and his Born in Africa business as reasonably priced and offer great companionship for the five hours we were together in his beautiful Jaguar car.
Response from Host, Feb. 2020
Thank you to you both for your warm and humbling sentiments expressed. It was a pleasure to have spent the day with you. Kind regards, Dave.


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