Cape Town is a great base from which to explore the stunning surroundings in the rest of the province. And while the city itself has enough to entertain visitors for weeks if not months, many also use the opportunity to embark on a memorable, thrill-seeking safari while they’re here.
The city’s Mediterranean climate doesn’t lend itself to the traditional African bush experience either. Nonetheless, the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo – are but a couple of hours’ drive away. We’ve looked into all of the safaris that are reachable from Cape Town and picked out three of the best. We hope you find our selection useful.
From £1,008 per person
Flower enthusiasts have the chance to combine a trip to one of Africa’s most verdant flower regions with a memorable safari experience on this 3-day tour in Western Cape. After departing Cape Town, you’ll spend two days exploring nature reserves and West coast National Park where you’ll embark on a 6-hour hike, try a wine tasting, enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by wildflowers, soak up lagoon views, and look out for antelope, zebra, black‐backed jackal, and other exotic animals. On your final day you’ll be taken around more flower-laden scenery and wheat fields, before returning to Cape Town. Accommodation will be in a luxurious spa hotel. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 10.
From £1,713 per person
This action-packed 13-day tour takes you on a memorable odyssey of the southern regions of South Africa. Starting in Cape Town, you’ll visit some of the area’s great sights and landmarks, along with the chance to spot exotic wildlife. Among the highlights are visiting penguins at Boulders Beach, boat trip to see whales in Hermanus, and game driving in Addo Elephant National Park. The tour ends back in Cape Towne where you’ll get to take a cable car up to the iconic Table Mountain. 12 night’s accommodation are included along with daily breakfasts.
From £498 per person
This 3-day Wild West Coast birdwatching safari centres around Elands Bay, at the mouth of the Olifants River, a couple of hours north of Cape Town and home to vast numbers of seabirds and endemic wetland. Accompanied by highly experienced guides, you’ll enjoy daily game drives, bird-watching, a trip to a dedicated bird sanctuary, and a hike along the Verloerenvlei River estuary. The tour price includes two nights’ accommodation in national park lodges or around the areas visited, as well as breakfasts and dinners, including a traditional South African braai.