The Western Cape is well known for its cosmopolitan Mother City, spectacular beaches, world-class restaurants and incredibly scenic Cape Winelands; however it also is home to some of South Africa’s most beautiful nature reserves and game parks. From the picturesque beauty of the Garden Route forests to the semi-desert landscape of the Little Karoo you’ll easily be able to combine your beach holiday with a bush break in the Western Cape. Enjoy sights like the Big 5, historic rock art in Citrusdal, a walking safari amongst the proteas and much more on a safari in the Western Cape. All the reserves listed here are malaria-free and only a few hours outside of Cape Town, making them ideal family holiday destinations. 

Game Reserves & Nature Reserves in the Western Cape to visit: 

Aquila Private Game Reserve – Experience African hospitality at its finest with this luxury game reserve. Conveniently situated just 2 hours from Cape Town, it is home to South Africa’s Big 5. Enjoy game drives through the 10,000 conservancy in either a safari vehicle, horseback or a quad bike. Day tours are also offered!  

Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve – Only an hour away from Cape Town, along the beautiful and rugged West Coast, you’ll find this friendly and tranquil game reserve. Accommodation options range from budget to a bit more luxurious, and will certainly suit every type of traveller. Home to 4 of the Big 5 (lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard) and so much more.  

Inverdoorn Game Reserve – This laid-back Big 5 game reserve is situated in the vast and majestic Tankwa Karoo. Home to the one of South Africa’s original cheetah rehabilitation programs, guests may be lucky enough to witness the speed of a cheetah in the Karoo veld.  

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve – This beautiful luxury reserve located in the Klein Karoo (close to Barrydale along the famous Route 62) is known for its indigenous wildlife and San rock art, and offers a variety of lodges – from romantic tented Dwyka, to family-friendly Gondwana and the spa haven of Tilney Manor.

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