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Cape Town Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Cape Town Safaris & wildlife activities

From Cape Town: 2-Day Safari at Garden Route Game Lodge

1. From Cape Town: 2-Day Safari at Garden Route Game Lodge

Get the chance to see lions, elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, and more on a 2-day safari tour from Cape Town. Enjoy 2 game drives and an overnight stay with included dinner and breakfast. On the first day, depart Cape Town and drive along the scenic coastal road to Cape Agulhas via Hermanus, the whale watching capital of the world. Make a stop at the southernmost tip of Africa to admire the beautiful lighthouse. Continue on to Garden Route Game Lodge. Here, embark on a sunset safari in an open-air vehicle. Observe a variety of native animals, including elephants, lions, rhinos, giraffes, hippos, and more. After the safari, settle in for a three-course dinner. Spend the night in one of the beautiful 4-star wooden chalets and admire the clear skies over the lodge. In the morning, head out for another game drive to see some of the animals you might have missed the evening before. After your drive, tuck into breakfast. Make your way back to Cape Town in the evening.

From Cape Town: Round-Trip to Aquila with Game Drive

2. From Cape Town: Round-Trip to Aquila with Game Drive

Discover animals like the lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and Cape Buffalos on this day trip from Cape Town to the Aquila Private Game Reserve. Take a game tour in an open top, all-terrain vehicle. Stop for a delicious lunch at the reserve's lodge.  After a morning departure, you will head up the N1 Highway, through the spectacular Hex River Valley, and arrive at the Aquila Private Game Reserve. The bio-diverse habitat of the reserve ensures plenty of interest for the avid game viewer and bird watcher. Spot giraffes, blesbok, black and blue wildebeest, zebras, springbok, gemsbok, klipspringers, duikers, greybuck, steenbok, ostriches, baboons, caracals, foxes, jackals, and more. Spot up to 172 species of birds, including the majestic black eagle. Enjoy a game drive with a well-informed ranger followed by a delicious lunch at the lodge.

Cape Town: Coastal Catamaran Cruise

3. Cape Town: Coastal Catamaran Cruise

Enjoy a one-hour scenic coastal cruise aboard a luxury power catamaran. The vessel will take you from the historic V&A Waterfront area on an adventure out to sea. Throughout the cruise, you'll travel along the Atlantic coastline to the Green Point Lighthouse before then traveling back to the harbor. With spectacular mountain and city views, the cruise provides perfect ocean views over many of Cape Town’s splendors. Your one-hour cruise operates daily, with regular departures from Quay 5. With a cash bar on board for refreshments as well as great service, this is a trip not to be missed.

Aquila Game Reserve: Afternoon Safari

4. Aquila Game Reserve: Afternoon Safari

Arrive at the reserve at 12:00 PM for lunch, before embarking on your 2 to 3-hour safari led by an experienced guide. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore the rest of the facilities. Afternoon Safari Tour:  12:00 PM: Welcome drink served on arrival 12:15 PM: Buffet Lunch 13:30 PM: Game drive  4:00 PM: Depart

From Cape Town: South African Wildlife Safari 2-Day Tour

5. From Cape Town: South African Wildlife Safari 2-Day Tour

Day 1: Botlierskop, Oudtshoorn (Travel route about 450 km) Leave Cape Town or Stellenbosch early in the morning and trade the silhouette of Table Mountain for the lush green scenery of the Garden Route. The first game reserve visited is about 5 to 6 hours driving away (subject to weather and traffic conditions), but the route is scenic with a few photos and rest stops along the way. The 3500ha Botlierskop private game reserve is located in a malaria-free area and home to an abundance of wildlife including four of the Big Five, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, well over 26 different species of animals, and more than 200 bird species. Spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open-top 4x4 vehicle and particularly keep your eyes open for lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino sightings. Leopards are nocturnal hunters, evasive and not contained by fences so it's unlikely to see them during these game drives.  After this approx. 2-hour game drive it's time for an up-close and personal encounter with nature on a short tranquil bush walking safari. Hop off the safari vehicle, following your game ranger as you look for wildlife through the coastal Renosterveldt and Cape Fynbos.  A short 1-hour drive to the next stop to end your day in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. Either head to town to enjoy a restaurant meal or taste local delights, such as an ostrich kebab during an optional 'braai' (similar to BBQ) dinner under the Klein Karoo's twinkling starry skies. Overnight in Oudtshoorn (Saver package) Uthando Backpackers, (3* Comfort) Yamkela guesthouse or (4* Deluxe) Buffelsdrift lodge. Day 2: Oudtshoorn, Buffelsdrift, Route 62 (B) (Travel route about 420 km) After breakfast, jump straight into the thick of the Klein Karoo bush this morning as you set out on an open-topped 2-hour 4x4 safari drive to seek out more of Africa’s wildlife at Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Your expert guide and ranger will help spot wildlife and share some of nature’s secrets while teaching you about the region’s fauna and flora. This bush drive focuses more on getting back to basics and close to nature as the reserve is not home too many big game species. Join rangers on an optional Elephant Bush Walk to have the opportunity to walk alongside three rescued elephants on their morning stroll to the nearby waterhole (own expense). Learn about these gentle giants, under the watchful eye of the elephant guides as you walk along with these impressive creatures – easily the largest land mammals on earth. End-off the day with a drive along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world! Capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, and rugged Karoo plains during this about 5 to 6 hour journey ( subject to including extra rest stops) before arriving in Cape Town or Stellenbosch by later evening (about 7pm to 9pm).

Aquila Private Game Reserve: Sunset Safari with Entry Fee

6. Aquila Private Game Reserve: Sunset Safari with Entry Fee

Experience African hospitality at its best at the Aquila Private Game Reserve with a sunset safari accompanied by a game ranger. Get tickets to the park, sip on a welcome drink, savor refreshments, and relax by the pool. Upgrade to spa treatments on site. Arrive at Aquila Private Game Reserve by 3:00 PM. On arrival, a welcome drink will be served followed by a selection of teas, coffee, and snacks. At 3:15, you will start your 2-3 hour game drive. After a hot day in the African bush, the animals are just starting to stir, moving towards the watering holes and coming out of the shade. The safari is led by an experienced guide who will share exciting inside stories and facts about your surroundings, easily rousing your inner wild side. While at the reserve you can enjoy a number of complementary activities. You can relax poolside, browse the curio shop, visit the Aquila labyrinth or play a game of giant chess. Join this tour to witness wild animals and enjoy a magical sunset experience. 

From Cape Town: Cape Point & Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

7. From Cape Town: Cape Point & Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

Discover the stunning beauty of the Cape of Good Hope on a full-day tour in an airconditioned vehicle from Cape Town. Visit Maidens Cove and Cape Point Lighthouse for breathtaking views. Stop to see the cute critters at the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.  Be picked up from your hotel in Cape Town and relax on the comfortable drive to the first stop at Maidens Cove. Soak up views of Camps Bay Beach, the 12 Apostles Mountain Range, and Lion's Head.  Continue along Victoria Road, passing exclusive residential areas on the way to Chapman's Peak Drive for 2 photo stops. Upon arrival at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, your guide will provide an overview of the park. Purchase a ticket for the funicular to the Cape Point Lighthouse or take a 15-minute walk up that passes a spectacular viewpoint. Head to the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony to see and learn about sea birds.  Make a lunch stop at Simon's Town harbor where you can buy some tasty local food and admire the 18th-century buildings. On the drive back to the meeting point, stop to see shark spotters, who help prevent sharks attacks at Muizenberg Beach. 

From Cape Town: Cape Point and Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

8. From Cape Town: Cape Point and Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

Discover Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope on this guided day trip from Cape Town. Marvel at the beauty of nature as you stop at Boulders Beach to spot whales, ostrich, and other animals it shelters. The full-day tour leaves Cape Town in the morning for the spectacular landscapes of the Cape Peninsula. Enjoy a scenic drive to Boulders Beach through Muizenberg and Fish Hoek. Stop to see the penguins at Boulders Beach before heading to Cape Point, in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Be on the lookout for antelope, ostrich and other game. Scan the ocean for whales during the Cape's whale season (July-November). Enjoy lunch (at your own expense) before joining the optional hike from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope headland (medium fitness required). Sit back and enjoy the coastal drive back to Cape Town, taking in spectacular views from the Ou Kaapse Weg mountain pass.

From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Tour

9. From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Tour

You’ll be picked up at your Cape Town accommodation in the morning by a qualified tour guide/driver in a luxury minibus, and taken on an all-inclusive, full-day Cape Peninsula tour. Drive along the scenic coastal route with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, and see what makes this coastline so special. Pass through Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, and Llandudno beaches along Chapman's Peak drive and enjoy a photo stop at Maiden's Cove. In Hout Bay, you’ll have the option of taking a boat to Seal Island to get a closer look at the seal population (not included in the tour price). After exploring the harbor in Hout Bay, your tour continues on to Noordhoek village for an optional stop to try the best coffee roasted this side of the Cape (cost not included). The next stop is at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, where you'll explore the reserve, see the Dias Beacon, and also where the two currents meet. You can hike up to the top to see the Cape Point Lighthouse or take the Funicular (cost not included). From Cape Point, you’ll continue on toward Boulders Beach and stop to see the penguin colony. Enjoy the scenic Boyes Drive and see Kalk Bay and Muizenburg. The return route to Cape Town will be via the Old Cape Road, ending the day with a drop-off at your accommodation.

From Cape Town or Hermanus: Shark Cage Dive Boat Cruise

10. From Cape Town or Hermanus: Shark Cage Dive Boat Cruise

Discover the thrill of diving with sharks in a protective cage on this boat tour to Shark Alley. Choose from a tour with a pickup and drop-off service from Cape Town or Hermanus, or a tour with a meeting point at Kleinbaai Harbor. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks on your trip.  On arrival, enjoy complimentary snacks with coffee or tea during the safety briefing on land and get fitted with your high-quality wetsuit. Embark on your cruise from Kleinbaai Harbor. Arrive at shark alley and watch as the boat is anchored and the sharks are lured by bait line to the cage. Watch the sharks from the deck of the boat while waiting to hop into the cage for your own unforgettable close encounter. Sip on drinks and snacks on board while you warm up on the deck before having another underwater encounter with these awe-inspiring apex predators. No diving experience is necessary for this surface-level cage dive, it's as easy as holding your breath. Have your experience captured by an onboard cameraman and after viewing the day's footage back on land, while tucking into a hot meal, you can choose to purchase a souvenir USB.

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My daughter was temporarily in a wheelchair. They carried her down the gangway and onto the catamaran and stored the wheelchair. And same getting off. Really helpful. They let my eldest daughter drive the boat and it was the best thing she did the whole holiday. It was a lovely day - warm weather and calm seas which helps. We saw seals dolphins and penguins but if you want to see more fish they recommend first or last thing. we took a 1.30 cruise. On board the vibe was awesome. Beer and champers (ZAR extra) free flowing, good tunes, and energy. Recommend getting there 25mins early and starting a line so that you get pick of your seats. Sushi was delicious too!

The tour was a wonderful experience! We saw a lot of dolphins and seals. Later we even saw a baby whale with its mother (out of season). A real dream! Especially when you keep in mind how rare these animals have unfortunately become or they are threatened with extinction because of us.

Fantastic experience … absolutely exceeded expectations… not just the safari drive but also the trip and stops there and back … we were with bokbus and saw amazing views and visited Cape Agulus , Hermanus and Betty’s Bay … absolutely fabulous xx

Great experience, especially for kids, they love the tube by clown fish The extry is quick if you booked your ticket online. We were in high season so queues were a bit long, but moving fast.

Great tour! Loved the penguins. Make sure to take the hike from cape point to cape of good hope.