The vibrant thrill of Cape Town city life and its gorgeous beaches draw visitors every summer or lets say every season. Just two and a half hours from the sun-drenchedMOUNTAINS Cape Town coast, lies the sands of the Karoo. A mere two and a half hour drive will bring you to the wondrous heart of the Karoo. Situated in the Western Cape on the edge of the Swartberg and Langeberg Mountains, it is renowned for its large variety of succulent plant life and boasts the most diverse range in the world. It was the natural habitat for animals such as elephants and buffalos for ages. However, with humans exploiting the land for agricultural purposes, the animals were forced from their home. The Karoo’s vast open spaces speak of unforetold freedom, which the animals are entitled to reclaim.

Elephants and the buffalo form part of the famous Big Five. In addition to these two glorious creatures, the lion, rhino and leopard form the rest of the group. You would perhaps not expect to be able to see the big 5 on a visit to Cape Town, but a short, scenic drive will bring you to Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge, where they can be found. Several routes can be taken to reach the Cape Town game reserve and along the way you can see the best of the Western Cape by enjoying a visit to wine farms as well as charming towns. Despite the modern swirl of life, Cape Town is an old city, and has been nicknamed “the Mother City”. The little towns that can be found along the way are just as old and soaked in history. Ceres is one of these old towns and retains its important role, even in the modern world, as an epicentre of fruit production.

6_5In an effort to return animals to their rightful home Inverdoorn has re-introduced animals into their natural environment, including the big 5. The animals are free-roaming, so that they can enjoy the liberty their ancestors did. Not only have animals been cast out of their home, but many have been hunted and killed which has led to a further decline. Most of the big 5 are on the endangered lists as well and private game reserves are rapidly becoming their only hope for survival. With its 10 000 hectares, Inverdoorn offers a sanctuary for animals. A big 5 Cape Town safari is thus a must-do and Inverdoorn is the perfect spot in the Western Cape.

Whether you love the beach or the big five Cape Town is the ultimate platform for both. From city life to wildlife, all these adventures are within easy reach and enriched by the warmth of South Africa.