Western Cape South Africa

For most visitors to South Africa, the Western Cape is all about the finer things in life: food, wine, beaches and Cape Town — arguably the most beautiful city in Africa. For many, wildlife safaris don’t really come into the equation.

However, if you know where to look, then the Western Cape does offer the chance to pull out a big camera lens and head out in search of elephants and lions. All the famed Big Five are present in this region although in most cases they’ve been re-introduced into fairly small, fenced private game reserves. These are not zoos, but they’re also not vast wilderness zones like the ones you might find elsewhere in Africa.

If all you’re looking for is a family-friendly, short safari experience that can be easily slotted into a wine tour or a Cape Town city break, then the Western Cape fits the bill.

South Africa safari

An expert guide to safaris in South Africa

South Africa is safari heaven. From the world-famous Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands to the lesser-known Karoo and family-friendly experiences in the Western Cape, there’s a wildlife experience to match all needs. First-time visitors will probably want to hit the Big Five highlights of the major parks, but don’t dismiss the more accessible lodges in the North West Province and around Cape more

  • Aquila Private Game Reserve

    Aquila Private Game Reserve

    Aquila Private Game Reserve, named after the endangered black (Verreaux) eagle, is a 10,000-hectare conservancy established in 1999...
  • Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

    Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

    Sanbona Wildlife Reserve combines big cat sightings with wine tasting, offering a unique experience...
  • Wilderness


  • Noordhoek


  • Oudtshoorn



Places to go in Western Cape

Western Cape Tours

Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kwazulu-Natal, North West Province (and 9 more)

South Africa Safaris

Tailor-made safaris to match your budget

3 daysFrom $950
Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kwazulu-Natal (and 13 more)

South Africa small group safaris

Escorted small group safari tours

8 daysFrom £1,125

Western Cape Travel Companies



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Take Me To Africa

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