Where to Spot the Big Five in the Western Cape

There is so much to see and do when travelling to the Western Cape and what a better way to end or start your journey with an authentic South African Safari.

The Western Cape is the southernmost region of the African Continent and offers amazing Big Five game viewing experiences.

Some of the best Big Five game reserves which are found in the Western Cape are listed below.

Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve

Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve is approximately a 2.5 hours drive from Cape Town and offers a Malaria-free safari experience.

This private game reserve offers luxurious Big Five safaris for day visitors and overnight guests. Here wildlife thrives, and you may come across herds of eland, gemsbok and zebra, or hippos wallowing in the dam.  The rhinos are an absolute highlight at Inverdoorn.

The cheetah is one of the great animals that Inverdoorn has rescued and returned to the region and is a core function within Inverdoorn’s tourism operation – allowing guests to interact with the animals throughout their safari experience.

Overnight safari accommodation is offered in the premier Ambassador Collection (suites or chalets) with small personal touches and a complimentary mini-bar.

Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana Game Reserve provides lodging accommodation and an authentic African safari experience close to Cape Town.

Less than a four-hour drive from Cape Town, along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route, the reserve offers a unique and luxurious malaria-free Big Five safari.

George Airport is only a 45-minute drive from the game reserves and transfers to/from George can be arranged.

Luxury accommodation is offered for couples, families or single travellers.

For a stress-relieving experience in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, visit Gondwana Game Reserve near Cape Town and immerse yourself in the wild beauty of its natural surroundings.

Garden Route Game Lodge

Only 3.5 scenic hours drive from Cape Town; this malaria-free game reserve is home to an abundance of animals and birdlife, including the Big Five.

Set against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg mountain range, the lodge guards the entrance to South Africa’s world-famous Garden Route Coast.

Enjoy game viewing in open Landrovers, luxury accommodation and memorable dining experiences in one of the African-style restaurants.

This is a family-friendly lodge – so bring the kids along for an awe-inspiring safari experience.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

A 3-hour scenic drive from Cape Town to the heart of the Little Karoo, along Route 62 you will find a piece of heaven –  Sanbona,  an unforgettable, malaria-free Big Five game reserve.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve offers three luxury lodges and an adventurous back-to-nature Explorer Camp.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is packed with opportunities to learn, love and explore nature around you while residing in luxurious lodges.

For planning and itinerary purposes, Sanbona follows a schedule per season, for guests to know when and where their activities are happening. It is suggested that you arrive in time for lunch on your day of arrival as not to miss out on any game drives during your stay.

Sanbona caters for families, couples as well as solo travellers.

When travelling to the Western Cape, make sure that you experience a South African Safari at one of the Big Five reserves which will be an experience of a lifetime.