Go wild in the Western Cape on an overnight safari trip from Cape Town! With an expert game-ranger guide at your side, set out on a game drive to see Africa’s Big Five in the Klein Karoo, and then tour a working ostrich farm. After staying overnight at your choice of budget, 3- or 4-star accommodation in Oudtshoorn, visit an African elephant reserve and tour Cango Wildlife Ranch – home to some of the world’s most endangered animals.
Day 1: Cape Town – Klein Karoo
Leave the bright lights of Cape Town behind and travel to the Western Cape by luxury minibus, enjoying dramatic scenery along Route 62 to the Klein Karoo -- a desert-like region in the heart of South Africa. The journey takes between five and six hours, so there will be plenty of stops en route at roadside restaurants and cafés. After your journey through the landscape of rugged plains and towering cliffs, reach Oudtshoorn – the region’s principle town.
Your day continues to the Cango Wildlife Ranch on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn to see some of the world’s most endangered animals, such as Bengal tigers and white lions. Internationally recognized as the Western Cape’s most prestigious zoological park, the ranch is also home to big cats, snakes, crocodiles and more. After a tour, you’ll have roughly two hours to spend at your leisure. At your own expense, you can arrange to touch a python, or stroke a cheetah or tiger cub. There’s even a Nile crocodile cage diving experience for the fearless!
Leaving the ranch, your tour continues to a working ostrich farm. Learn about these flightless birds – the tallest and heaviest in the world – and stand in a nest to see their massive eggs up close. These birds’ powerful legs and bulky bodies make them capable of carrying humans – you’ll have the chance to try riding one if you’re brave enough!
Your evening is spent at leisure back in Oudtshoorn, so either relax at your accommodation or head into town to discover the nightlife and local restaurants on your own.
Overnight: 3-star Cul de Sac Guest House in Oudtshoorn or 4-star Buffelsdrift Game Lodge in Oudtshoorn or budget Backpackers Paradise Lodge
Day 2: Klein Karoo – Cape Town (B)
After an early breakfast at your accommodation, meet your guide and set off to meet the African elephants at a nearby game reserve. Under the watchful eye of your guide, get up close to these huge yet lovable creatures – easily the largest animals walking the earth today. Learn about their background and behavior while feeding them and experience the once in a lifetime experience of an elephant back ride (own expense)!
Then head straight into the action on a 2-hour game drive to tick off Africa’s famous Big Five: African elephants, Cape buffalos, lions, leopards and rhinos. The term ‘Big Five’ was coined by big game hunters who used it to refer to the most difficult animals to hunt on foot; today, it represents some of the most elusive and exciting animals to see on safari. With your experienced and knowledgeable game-ranger guide, hop aboard your 4x4 vehicle to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitats on a private game reserve. In addition to the animals that make up the Big Five, you’ll also see giraffes, kudus, zebras and wildebeests, to name a few!
You’ll then be driven back to Cape Town, where your tour ends.
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