Many people think of a game park in South Africa as the famous Kruger Park in the north-east of South Africa. Definitely worth it but incredibly large and therefore a (costly) venture to spot only wild animals. The somewhat smaller Game Reserves in many places in the country are then a better alternative because some have the complete big five and the chance in a smaller park is greater that they will also come for the camera.

Game reserves near our guest house

It is of course not a comparison with the large Kruger Park but we have a number of game drives nearby and a big advantage if you go with small children, they are malaria free. Let us know if we can help you make a booking. 

Aquila Safari Private Game Reserve

Aquila Safari Private Game Reserve, from our guesthouse via the wine route it is just over two hours’ drive (171km). The park is named after the rare and endangered Black Eagle that lives in the area. In front of the park entrance are five stuffed (metal) statues of the elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and a leopard – also known as ‘the Big Five’, but luckily they can also be seen in the wild. A very good alternative to look for the feeling of a safari in South Africa during your holiday in Cape Town.
In Aquila it is more fun to spot the Big Five than in a private park or in the Kruger Park – especially since in those wildlife parks you sometimes have to wait for hours before an animal passes.

Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve

Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve in the Klein Karoo, can be reached from our guest house in about two and a half hours (199km). The reserve has made an important contribution to the conservation of the region’s biodiversity. It is also home to the successful cheetah institute for animal protection. In addition to the big five, there is an abundance of wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, hippos and springboks. 

Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve

Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve is located on the west coast and is about an hour and a half (140km) from our guest house. Here unfortunately not the big 5 but a rhino, giraffe, lion and cheetah (the last two behind fences), zebras and springbok. The attractive price and good explanation of the ranger certainly make a visit worthwhile.

Tali Tali Game lodge

Ook Tali Tali Game Reserve is located on the west coast and can be reached from our guest house in almost two hours (174 km). Here you will find the Cape Buffelo, Kudu, Giraffes, Elk, Capricorn, Ostriches and Black Wildebeest 

Villiera Wine Estate

You don’t want to drive too far and perhaps even combine wine tasting with a small Game Drive? Then do the Game Drives & Wildlife Sanctuary in Stellenbosch. Only 45 minutes (42 km) from our guesthouse. The reserve has 12 dams and a swamp area with a huge variety of birds. Because the area is not overgrown, all animals are easy to see. Here you will find Springbok, Zebras, Giraffes, Elk, Wildebeest, Duikers. Definitely recommended with small children. 

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