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weekend safari

We unexpectedly have the last weekend of our hol to Cape Town free and I am wondering if we can fit in a safari? we would be able to leave Cape Town on friday but have to catch a flight to UK 8pm on sunday. Is this a realistic time frame and if so where would you reccomend?I am talking about weekend of 22nd may so not much time to arrange!

Thanks in advance for help.

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1. Re: weekend safari

Hi!

Will you have done any safari on your trip before this?

Time is tight, but you could maybe do a day trip to Pilanesberg (2 hours from Joburg) or stay the Saturday night at a lodge there. Availability might be a problem though.

cheers,

Kimberly

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2. Re: weekend safari

Probably the best option is Sanbona which is a 3 hour drive from Cape Town. www.sanbona.com

I guess you could also consider flying to Port Elizabeth and visiting one of the reserves close by and then flying back to CPT and connecting with your homeward flight on the Sunday.

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3. Re: weekend safari

Assuming your return flight to UK is from Cape Town, this effectively rules out Kruger, so as Macsym says, your options are;

(1) Sanbona - this is a semi-desert type of landscape but that does not mean that you won't see animals. I have not been, but of those parks/reserves that you could drive there and back from CT, I reckon it's your best choice for a range of animals

(2) There are other smaller reserves in the Western Cape, but some are little more than glorified zoo's. Some specialise in a smaller range of animals - do not expect all of the "big five", despite claims otherwise.

(3) An internal return flight to Port Elizabeth and one of the really excellent parks/reserves there. Addo, Shamwari and Kariega are three places worth having a look at - all of these should give you a realistic chance of the big five

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4. Re: weekend safari

No - Havnt done any safaris before - we knew Cape Town wasnt the place for safaris so hadnt considerd it before but after reading this forum realise that people do manage to combine safari with visit to cape Town. We are in Cape Town visiting my daughter who is volunteering there for 6 weeks but she has arranged a weekend away doing silly things like bungee jumping that weekend!

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5. Re: weekend safari

If you mean the whole of Friday to Sunday then there is plenty of time. What you do, of course, depends on your budget.

My recommendation would be to fly to Port Elizabeth on Friday morning - budget airlines fly this route. Book a hire car for the weekend and drive up to Addo National Park (only an hour or sos drive). I have just checked and there is still availability for Friday (lots) and Saturday (just 3 units left). Book one of the Cottages - R700 per night for the cottage, you can book on-line now - and you will have a fabulous time :

sanparks.org/parks/…

If you want to spend more (lots?) you can go to a Private Reserve near to PE. But you won't necessarily have a better experience.

If this fits then book now - availability won't last. If you then want to find out what to do look at threads on here about Addo. Foe example :

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g469382-i12259-k25…

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6. Re: weekend safari

Excellent advise. PE would be the best bet value-wise - flights are affordable and there are some good private reserves along with Addo Elephant National park. Even if worse come to worst, you can always do daytrips from Port Elizabeth on a short notice. If you are somewhat on a budget, I highly recommend Schotia Private Reserve. Small, but very cozy and great value. Just looked up prices for flights, about 2400 ZAR p.P. for the weekend.

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7. Re: weekend safari

Kulula.com is cheaper. R1,780 return and they have an excellent return flight ariving CPT at 17:25 which will connect directly with your flight to London. If this is the 20:15 BA flight then you can book your bags all the way through to Heathrow from PE as Kulula is the low-cost arm of the BA operation in SA.

https://www.kulula-air.com/

1Time is even cheaper at R1,380 but arrives back in Cape Town 13:10 on Sunday afternoon.

https://www.1time.aero/aqueduct/1time/Booking

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8. Re: weekend safari

Close to Cape town, you can do a safari at Aquila Game Reserve. If you have been on other safaris, I wouldn't recommend this though but for a first time safari it is great. Have fun, Jessy National Tourist Guide

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9. Re: weekend safari

What fantastic advice - thank you so much (especially van de caab) we are on that BA flight back to uk so would work out well for us.

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10. Re: weekend safari

if I can have my 2 cents worth if you dont want to fly them Sanbona would be suitable dependant on your budget. It is a 54000 ha reserve with 2 5 star lodges one is a luxury tented camp or there is a cape dutch styled lodge. They also have free roaming white lions which is amazing to see in the wild other animals elephant rhino buffalo giraffe and many types of antelope also have very good birding