Safari Tours from Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is a port city on South Africa's southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain's flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. The flat-topped mountain is the headline act, but there are many other equally gorgeous natural landscapes within the park's extensive boundaries. Cultivated areas, such as the historic Company's Gardens, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Green Point Park, also make exploring the city a pleasure. Follow the lead of locals by taking full advantage of the abundant outdoor space: learn to surf; go hiking or mountain biking; tandem-paraglide off Lion's Head; abseil off the top of Table Mountain - just a few of the many activities on offer. Within an hour's drive from the city, you can exchange urban landscapes for the charming towns, villages and bucolic estates of Wineland destinations, such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Hermanus is a prime whale-watching location, and also a base from which to organize shark-cave diving. Further afield, the delights of the Garden Route unfold, with more inspiring scenery to be viewed on thrilling drives down the coast and over mountain passes. With so much to see, do, and taste, Cape Town is a great place to visit or use as a base for exploring nearby destinations, and there are several options for Safari tours to help you have an unforgettable experience while you're here.
See South Africa's wildlife up close on a 2-day glamping experience at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, located in the heart of the Klein Karoo region, from Cape Town. Leave Cape Town early morning for the scenic journey to Oudtshoorn. Leave the silhouette of Table Mountain behind and trade it for the lush green scenery of the Garden Route. Start with about a 2.5 hour safari game drive at Botlierskop private game reserve and from the safety of an open-top 4x4 vehicle, the ranger points out wildlife as he searches for most of the Big Five animals (Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino) in the private game reserve. Then hop off the safari vehicle for an up close and personal encounter with nature on a tranquil bush walk, following your game ranger as you track wildlife through the coastal renosterveldt and Cape fynbos. After a short journey you'll reach Oudtshoorn and Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - an unexpected oasis that wows from the first glimpse. In the heart of the Klein Karoo, luxe canvas tents are decked out with all the creature comforts including a beautiful claw-footed bath, rustic outdoor shower and the most inviting king-sized bed. Wooden balconies overlook the dam where hippos wallow languidly in the glassy water. On the horizon line, giraffes snack on the tops of tall trees as the sun dips below the horizon. Spend the night in Oudtshoorn at the 4-star Buffelsdrift Lodge. After breakfast on the second day, jump straight back into the thick of the Klein Karoo bush to find even more wildlife as you set out on another 4x4 safari to search for white rhino, buffalo, elephant, kudu, zebra, wildebeest - just to name a few. End off the day with a drive back to Cape Town.
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After a morning departure you will head 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. Giraffes, blesbok, black and blue wildebeest, zebras, springbok, gemsbok, klipspringers, duikers, greybuck, steenbok, ostriches, baboons, caracals, foxes, jackals, leopards and 172 species of birds, including the black eagle are found on the reserve. Enjoy a game drive with a well-informed ranger, then have lunch at the lodge.
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The tour departs from Cape Town/Stellenbosch and heads to Hermanus. The tour follows the scenic coastal road and includes a stop at Betty's Bay to see a colony of endangered African penguins. Spend the afternoon in the seaside resort town of Hermanus, famous for playing home to hundreds of Southern Right whales from July to November. Then drive on to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where you'll see the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the ostrich capital of the world. Experience the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided tour, followed by a sampling of local wines. Head over to Outeniqua Mountain Pass, where you'll explore Wilderness National Park by canoe. Enjoy an easy paddle up the Touw River through the indigenous forest, admiring the diverse local birds along the way. Hike along a boardwalk that leads to rock pools and a lovely waterfall. Visit the famous town of Knysna via the beautiful Garden Route Lake District. This small, upscale town is filled with curios and restaurants, and also features a waterfront where you can grab lunch and do some shopping. Go to the Knysna Heads viewing point to enjoy views of the Knysna River estuary and the Indian Ocean. Go to Tsitsikamma National Park, which features a unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide range of activities on offer, including hikes of varying lengths, a walk across a suspension bridge, and swimming. Explore Addo Elephant National Park with up to 2-3 hours to roam the 28,000-hectare national reserve, home to approximately 600 elephants and various other animals, including cape buffalo, lions, black rhinos, warthogs, zebras, elands, kudus, hartebeest, and many more. Stop in Mossel Bay to spend some time on the gorgeous beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, which commemorates the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. You'll return to Cape Town/Stellenbosch in the early evening on day 6.
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Shark diving with White Shark Projects can provide you with a unique opportunity to witness the wonder of the Great White Shark in a safe and professional environment. Receive pick up from Cape Town or Hermanus and drive to 'White Shark Lodge', the home base in Kleinbaai. Enjoy a 2-4 hour boat ride where you will learn about the Great White Shark and how they work with them. Get 20 minutes in the specially designed cages with a total of 5 people at a time where you will get to experience a swim with these fascinating creatures. All scuba equipment is included. Enjoy lunch on board your ship and a tea break once you are back on shore.
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