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young couple looking for wild animals around Cape Town

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young couple looking for wild animals around Cape Town

Hi Everyone!

My boyfriend and I are 22 years old (I'm from Seattle & He is from Brisbane, Australia) & and we are spending 2 weeks in South Africa. We have flights in and out of Cape Town in February & want to know the best places to see wild animals. We are young college graduates so we have a decent amt of money to spend, but are no means looking for the most luxurious places. We are willing to rent a car to reach areas a few hours out of CT. If anyone could provide us with names of places and your experience there we would love it!

So far we have looked at Inverdoorn (?) & Kagga Kamma but dont know which places are worth the money.

Any advice is very much appreciated!

We are adventurous, happy, and SO excited to visit Africa (first time for both of us)

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1. Re: young couple looking for wild animals around Cape Town

Hello, thats great - you do look happy! Look at Addo Elephant Park - there is accommodation around there where you can stay overnight.

Lyn - Owner - Thorntree Tours and Safaris

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2. Re: young couple looking for wild animals around Cape Town

It's sometime ago now but we have been to both of those places. Inverdoorn gives a better experience than Kagga Kamma in my opinion and, overall, is decent value.

Whereas the Eastern Cape reserves like Addo are much better, they aren't simply a few hours drive from Cape Town.

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3. Re: young couple looking for wild animals around Cape Town

Try & get to the Eastern Cape, as mentioned Addo National Park, look at sanparks website for accommodation.

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4. Re: young couple looking for wild animals around Cape Town

Cape Town has mostly fynbos, a vegetation type that doesn't really support large wildlife.

If you want a proper experience, you will have to travel about 800km.

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5. Re: young couple looking for wild animals around Cape Town

You mention you are 2 weeks in South Africa. Will you only be staying in and around Cape town? The best bush experiences are really in the Kruger or Madikwe Reserves.

The reserves around Cape Town are ok if you are pushed for time and have never been to a big 5 reserve but these really cannot compete with Kruger or Madikwe.

If you are planning on sticking to the Cape area then your best bet would be to visit a game reserve in the Eastern Cape.

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Michelle - Owner - Cape Town Guide

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6. Re: young couple looking for wild animals around Cape Town

With 2 weeks in Cape Town there is more than enough to keep your busy. For options for wildlife closeto Cape Town you can have a look at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and i can maybe suggest that you do an overnight trip with them. Easy to drive there and back to Cape Town as well.

For more options than Inverdoorn, you can extend your trip to the Eastern Cape where you can visit the Addo National Park and there is also more Game Reserves close to that as well. Also extend maybe your trip to the Garden Route for a couple of days.

Hank - Owner - Ulungele Tours

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