When we think of going on a safari to view the Big 5, the Kruger National Park, Pilanesberg and a few other big game parks come to mind. Is it possible to view the Big 5 without travelling too far from Cape Town? There is good news as there are a few Game Parks near Cape Town where the Big 5 can be viewed. These parks are not able to compete with the larger parks but they do have an added advantage. The game parks near Cape Town can offer you an all year round malaria free visit, and a guarantee to see at least 4 of the big 5 in just one day.
The Western Cape Province was once abundant with lions but have since disappeared from the wild. But if you do not have the time or the finance to travel to the larger game parks, the Western Cape can still offer you the privilege of viewing these big cats. It must be kept in mind that there are a number of game parks in the Western Cape which host large animals such as lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo, but they are not all home to the Big 5.
There are also other game parks in the Western Cape that host the Big 5 but they are top of the range and very expensive. It would then be more affordable and advantageous to travel to one of the more world famous and larger game parks in the country.
Let have a look at three Game Parks where you can go on safari close to Cape Town: