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Welcome to the Western Cape Wildlife

  • This area close to Cape Town and the Winelands is home to a wide variety of wildlife experiences. An ideal combination with these areas, if you are not keen on travelling larger distances, are short on time or are just fascinated by the variety in this stunning area of the country.
  • Head to Hermanus, 1.5 hours south of Cape Town to experience some of the best whale watching on the planet.
  • Enjoy whale watching in Hermanus between July and November either from land, by boat or from the air via a scenic flight. The whale viewing during the months of July and August vary from year to year with how many whales are present in Walker Bay and along the coast; however you are almost guaranteed of seeing whales in September, October and November.
  • Use the fabulous Grootbos Private Nature Reserve as your base to experience the 'Marine 5' - whales, sharks, seals, penguins and dolphins. Also home to 2,500 hectares of pristine wilderness, 100 endangered plant species and spectacular milkwood forest over 1000 years old. The lodges there are among the exclusive 'National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World'.
  • Explore the Western Cape's best Big Five safari experience at Sanbona Game Reserve, just a 3 hour drive east from Cape Town on the stunning Route 62. 58,000 hectares of Cape Fold Mountains, wide-open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3, 500 years. Also home to the very rare and unbelievably beautiful White Lion.
  • Head north of Cape Town, and spent time at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve. Nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, the reserve is an ecological oasis and wilderness experience set among open plains, sandstone formations and ancient bush art sites dating back 10,000 years. Home to 150 kinds of birds, 750 plant species and over 35 species of mammals. The lodge here is like Grootbos among the exclusive 'National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World'.
  • Venture into the amazing Cape Floral Kingdom, which is the smallest of all plant kingdoms and yet has the highest concentration of species in the world. The area sees 1,300 plant species per 10,000 km². To put that into perspective, the Amazon rainforest has a concentration of only 400 species per 10,000 km².
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