by Jared

South Africa’s pride and joy is her wildlife heritage, with millions of guests visiting each year for life-changing safari experiences. As a travel journalist I’ve had the immense privilege of visiting many of our beautiful lodges, and now am excited to help arrange stays for you at a discounted rate. Simply email me and let me know where you’d like to stay, and I’ll get the lodge to contact you with a discounted stay!



If you’re visiting the Western Cape, and don’t want to travel far for your Safari experience, rest assured there are several enticing options, ranging from 2 – 4 hours drive from Cape Town.


    Aquila is Cape Town’s closest Big 5 Reserve, only a two-hour drive from Cape Town. The 10000-hectare conservancy is perfectly geared towards visitors who have a shorter travel time. Their half-day safaris include a scrumptious meal, and I wholeheartedly recommend their beautiful spa. Various overnight options are available, and also horseback options. Aquila can also arrange transfers from Cape Town. Read my full review here, and email me here to arrange a discounted stay.


    Gondwana is an 11000-hectare private a four-hour drive from Cape Town, not far from the start of the famed Garden Route. There are various accommodation options – my favorite is the flagship Kwena Lodge: a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling. Each of the suites offer spectacular 180-degree views, have skylights for star gazing, feature clay pot fireplaces, and have deep baths to warm you upon returning from an evening Big 5 Game Drive. Read my full review here, and email me here to arrange a discounted stay.


    For 5-star luxurious lodgings, three hours from Cape Town, look no further than the 54000-hectare Sanbona Private Game Reserve. Various plush accommodation options will keep you safe and sound in-between the game drives. My accommodation recommendation is the enthralling Dwyka Lodge for a tented stay in a dry ravine. Read my full review here, and email me here to arrange a discounted stay.



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