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

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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icon8 to 9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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

Departure Point

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

Ports

  • Cape Town


Departure Time

9:30 AM

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Born in Africa Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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
See all safety measures taken by Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town.
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
See all safety measures taken by Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town.
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
See all safety measures taken by Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town.
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
See all safety measures taken by Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town.

Traveler Tips


  • "The Aquila animal reserve is very professionally run, and provides a wonderful buffet lunch upon arrival." See review
  • "Essentially this is a private transfer to and from Aquila Private Reserve (takes about 2.5hrs each way)." See review

Reviews

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Excellent
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.
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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.
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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.
icon 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.
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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.
icon 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.
star-5
Mike was awesome!!!
manishnautiyal
, Jan 2020
We had an amazing day with Mike! He took us through different route on the way forward and backwards, so that we can see as much as possible of different scenery along the way. Ask for Mike when booking and he'll definitely do his best for you to have a great day :) We managed to see 4 out of the Big 5, which was quite amazing. 100% recommend
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Great Safari Experience in one day
jhoannam2015
, Jan 2020
If you're staying in Cape Town for a short time, this is a great way to experience a safari in one day. Essentially this is a private transfer to and from Aquila Private Reserve (takes about 2.5hrs each way). They also help to organise your booking at the Reserve, which you pay for separately (not part of the cost of this item). The safari itself is a great experience; you can get fairly close to the animals. We were able to see four of the Big Five plus other animals such as Giraffes, Zebras and Ostriches. In our case, our names were not initially found at the Reserve for some reason, but our guide, James, was able to work things out for us and we were able to join the safari as planned. James was a great guide/driver, providing a good amount of information on Cape Town and South Africa's history on the way to the Reserve and back again. He made sure we were well-taken care of.
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Great outing with Mike
RichardC2307
, Dec 2019
Our guide Mike was excellent! He showed up at our hotel way ahead of time and we made great time. It takes 2.5 hours to drive from Cape Town to Aquila Safari each way and Mike was safe and reliable all the way, always providing insightful details about the sights along the way. The mini-safari was good enough for novices like me. We managed to get up really close to elephants, lions, hippos and rhinos; zebras, giraffe and buffaloes were also spotted. Well worth your while. Do note price doesn't include entry charge into the safari.
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Interesting tour and excellent guidance of Richard Ballantine.
oscarpin2019
, Jul 2019
The whole tour was very interesting. Richard was punctual and extremely friendly to guide us throughout the day.The Aquila Reserve has a beautiful geography and healthy animals in a natural environment. The lunch very enjoyable. We highlight the excellent attention and human quality of our guide Richard who inclusive solved personal problems with dedication and generosity. We recommend always asking about Richard in "Born in Africa". Gisela y Oscar (Uruguay)
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Big-Five Safari Full Day Private Tour from Cape Town
Camper64663749873
, Jun 2019
Dave has been an excellent tour director - he is very knowledgeable, helpful and entertaining. I would definitely recommend him for any private tour.

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