Want to see the big five while you are staying in Cape Town? There are several wildlife parks and reserves within a few hours of Cape Town. Most of the reserves can be visited in a day. It is not Kruger but for your first safari you will like it. The reserves are free of malaria. Some game reserves in the Western Cape Area are:
Aquila Private Game Reserve offers a luxurious safari experience in the Klein Karoo, about an hour and a half drive from Cape Town.
Fairy Glen is just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, it is the closest big five safari park.
InverDoorn has a wide variety of wildlife and is about 2.5 hour’s drive from Cape Town.
Kagga Kamma Private Game Reserve is famous for its beauty as well as bushman rock art. It is a 3 hour drive from Cape Town. There is also a spa, pool and restaurant.
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a very family-friendly option because of their children’s programmes. It is situated at the foot of the Warmwaterberg. From Cape Town it is a 3 hour ride.
Game Reserves in the Eastern Cape
Kwandwe Game Reserve, in this reserve day and night drives are available. Children are welcome, but they have to be 6 years of age or over.
Addo Elephant National Park has more than only the big five. In this reserve you can also see whales and great white sharks. Soon it will be one of the largest national parks in South Africa.
Shamwari Game Reserve along the Bushman’s river. You can enjoy daily game drives, a spa, bush walks and of course see the big five. If you really like it in Shanwari you can come back and volunteer to help protect the parks’ animals.
Amakhala Game Reserve formally farm land, the family-owned Amakhale, now has lions, leopard, elephant, rhino and a lot more animals.
Kariega Game Reserve has a lot to offer like luxurious lodges with outdoor pools and decks. There are so many things to do at the reserve. A stay with 2 nights at the park is recommended at Kariega so you can enjoy all the activities they offer.