Urban Safari in Cape Town
Collected by Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
Cape Town's pleasant Mediterranean climate supports a variety of plant and animal life. The opportunity for seeing a variety of wild animals up close, without going terribly far out of your way, makes this Cape Peninsula quite a special place. If you don't have enough time to book a true safari in a national park, here are some local places you can spot wildlife around the urban areas of Cape Town and the Western Cape.
Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
If you're ever in the beautiful Cape, check out the Two Oceans Aquarium located at the V&A Waterfront. There are loads of activities for the kids and tons of very useful info for all ages. Once of the highlights for me is the Predator Tank, which...
Intaka Island, Century City, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa
When plans to develop the Milnerton wetlands area into business and high-end real estate were proposed in 1996, an environmental impact assessment had to be completed to determine how many birds would be disrupted. The developers decided to figure...
Colinton Rd, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
A sunny afternoon calls for a leisurely brunch on the picture-perfect gardens at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa, in the suburb of Newlands. The setting is sublime — a fountain, a stream, acres of rolling greenery, and Table Mountain views — and kids can...
Seal Island, South Africa
Cape fur seals, or brown fur seals, are often seen swimming and sunbathing around the shores of Cape Town. The best places to see them near the city are at the docks at the V&A Waterfront, the fish market at Kalk Bay, and on Duiker Island (just...
Heartland House de Beers Avenue, Somerset West 7130, Firgrove Rural, Cape Town, 7110, South Africa
Cape Town has a lot to offer from penguins, wine and immaculate views to and from Table Mountain, but our most amazing and rewarding time was spent at the Cheetah Outreach. We were able to handle and play with young cheetahs and watch feeding time...
Bellevue Rd, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
No matter how many times you visit Boulders Beach, seeing the African penguin colony in Simon's Town will always make you smile. The park itself is run by South Africa National Park service. There is a long wooden boardwalk on the outskirts of the...
Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, South Africa
The Cape Point Ostrich Farm is one of those places you might drive past and wonder if it's worth the stop. It is. Even if it's just to hop out and get your photograph taken with an ostrich (safely corralled behind a fence) before entering Cape...
Cape Point, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, South Africa
Mother Nature likes to show off her power in South Africa, and Cape Point is no exception. Watch the Indian and Atlantic oceans crash into each other several feet below the point as the wind rips through your hair. The drive to get there from Cape...
Firgrove, Cape Town, 7110, South Africa
Once numbering in the many thousands, the beautiful cheetah is now on the brink of total extinction. One of the reasons for this rapid die-off comes from farmers who shoot the cheetahs in order to protect their flocks and herds. The Cheetah...
Hout Bay Rd, Scott Estate, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
When I'm traveling, in between all the eating, drinking and snapping pics, It's nice to give a little something back to one of the cities charities. If you're an animal lover, head over to DARG- its in a very picturesque setting and its a gorgeous...
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