Game Reserves close to Cape Town

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You have two options if you are in a hurry!

Situated 75 minutes from Cape Town just outside the fruit and wine town of Worcester, nestled against very dramatic mountain scenery, the Fairy Glen Game Reserve is a perfect day out for FIRST TIME safari tourists.

Game drives are in the morning and the afternoon.

If you take the morning option, you are given breakfast on arrival, and if you take the afternoon trip, then you get lunch on arrival, as part of your safari package.

If you book a driver and guide with us, to take you there, you can visit a couple of wineries on the way back to town.   If you use their shuttle, then no deviation from the itinerary is allowed.

Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve not only hosts Cape Town’s nearest Big 5 but also species like blue wildebeest, giraffes, eland, the endangered bontebok, zebras, lynx, oryx and other smaller buck species including klipspringer, nyala, rhebok, steenbok and a big variety of African bird species like the endangered Black Eagle better known as the Aquila.

The big 5 include rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard, and lion.   Lions are kept in a separate camp at the request of farmers in the area.

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Aquila Private Game Reserve


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Also recommended for FIRST TIME SAFARI tourists.

Founded over 14 years ago by Searle Damon, the reserve is a TWO hour drive from Cape Town at a higher altitude characterised by open scrubland and dry terrain typical of the Karoo part of the country.

Game drives are in the morning at 10am and in the afternoon at 130pm.   A buffet lunch is included

Temperatures are extremely high in Summer and can be very cold in mid-Winter.

They have the same collection of animals on their estate, but in addition they have a cheetah enclosure.

The lions are kept in a separate part of the reserve to allow for animal populations to flourish.

Searle is at the fore front of raising funds to protect rhinoceros because, at the current rate of poaching, the animal will be extinct before 2022.   You can read about his fund-raising project at

If you would like to stay overnight somewhere that is not more than 3.5 hours from Cape Town, then we would recommend the exclusive Sanbona resort.   We can drop you there and then fetch you the next day after your safari experience.
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