Closest Big 5 Safari to Cape Town

Embark on an unforgettable safari adventure at Aquila Private Game Reserve, one of the first Big 5 reserves near Cape Town, conveniently accessible from Karoo1 Hotel and Village. Imagine yourself just a short drive away from encountering Africa’s most majestic wildlife – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinoceroses. This unique safari experience, nestled close to the vibrant city of Cape Town, offers you and your family the perfect blend of urban convenience and wild adventure.

At Karoo1, your stay is more than just a visit to a game reserve; it’s a comprehensive experience of the Western Cape’s natural beauty and diverse offerings. While the Aquila safari is a highlight, it’s just one of the many activities that await you. Delve into the scenic beauty of the Karoo with hiking trails, relish the tranquility of our natural rock pools, or explore the region on mountain bikes – all part of your adventure at Karoo1.

Your adventure at Aquila, offered through Karoo1, is designed to fit seamlessly into your itinerary. As one of the closest Big 5 safari experiences to Cape Town, it’s an ideal choice for those who wish to combine the convenience of city proximity with the thrill of a wildlife encounter. This unique proximity means you can enjoy a full day of safari excitement and still return to the comfort of your accommodation at Karoo1, where more experiences await.

A Perfect Blend of Adventure and Relaxation

At Karoo1, we cater to your every need, offering a range of activities that go beyond the typical safari experience. After a day of wildlife spotting, unwind in the serene surroundings of the Karoo, indulge in local cuisine at our on-site restaurant, or gather around the Boma fire under the stars. Each moment at Karoo1 is designed to enhance your experience of the Western Cape, making your stay with us both memorable and diverse.

Nestled in the picturesque landscape of the Karoo, a stone’s throw from Cape Town, Karoo1 Hotel and Village presents an immersive safari experience, boasting the title of the “Closest Big 5 Safari to Cape Town.” This unique destination offers a blend of luxurious accommodation and thrilling wildlife encounters, crafting an unforgettable journey for every visitor.

Luxurious Accommodation at the Edge of the Karoo

At Karoo1, the accommodation options are designed to suit every taste. From elegantly appointed hotel rooms that capture the essence of the Karoo’s serene beauty, to the Africamps Glamping tents that offer a more adventurous stay, each choice is an experience in itself. These glamping tents, equipped with modern amenities amidst the rugged wilderness, provide a perfect balance of comfort and connection to nature. Here, you wake up to the tranquil sounds of the Karoo, ready to embark on your safari adventure.

Proximity to Cape Town’s Premier Big 5 Safari

One of Karoo1’s most significant features is its proximity to the Aquila Private Game Reserve, renowned for being the closest Big 5 safari destination to Cape Town. Just a short drive from the hotel, Aquila is a sanctuary for the magnificent Big 5 – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos. The reserve offers guided safari tours, allowing you to witness these majestic animals in their natural habitat, a rare and exhilarating experience so close to the city.

A Safari Experience Tailored for You

Karoo1, in partnership with Aquila, ensures that your safari experience is nothing short of spectacular. Whether you’re a seasoned wildlife enthusiast or a first-time safari-goer, the tours are tailored to provide the most comprehensive wildlife viewing. Experienced guides share insightful knowledge, enhancing your understanding and appreciation of the African wilderness. These safaris are not just about spotting wildlife; they are about understanding the ecosystem and the importance of conservation.


Beyond the thrill of the safari, Karoo1 accommodation offers a plethora of activities. You can explore the vast landscape on mountain bikes, hike along scenic trails, or unwind in the natural rock pools. For a more relaxed pace, enjoy a movie under the stars at the outdoor cinema or indulge in traditional Karoo cuisine at the onsite restaurant. Every aspect of Karoo1 is designed to complement your safari experience, adding layers of relaxation, adventure, and cultural immersion.

Karoo1 Hotel and Village is not just a gateway to one of the first Big 5 reserves close to Cape Town; it’s a comprehensive experience that combines the thrill of a safari with the beauty and tranquility of the Karoo. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, Karoo1 is your perfect destination. Book your stay with us and prepare for an adventure that captures the essence of the Western Cape in all its glory.

Discovering the Unique Wildlife of the Karoo, Beyond the Big 5

While the allure of the Big 5 draws many to South Africa, the Karoo region, particularly around Karoo1 Hotel and Village, offers a unique and diverse wildlife experience. This vast, semi-arid area, with its open spaces and rugged terrain, is home to a variety of animals that contribute to the rich tapestry of South African wildlife.

The Sheep of the Karoo – A Quintessential Sight

The Karoo landscape is synonymous with sheep farming, an integral part of the region’s history and culture. Guests at Karoo1 can witness flocks of sheep grazing on the expansive plains, a peaceful and pastoral scene that is a stark contrast to the wild encounters of a safari. These sheep are not only vital to the local economy but also form part of the unique character of the Karoo.

Baboons are Our More Mischievous Inhabitants

Baboons are a common sight in the Karoo, often seen in troops along the roadside or in the veld. These intelligent and adaptable primates are fascinating to observe, especially in their natural habitat. While they can be mischievous, their social interactions and behaviors provide an interesting glimpse into the wildlife of the Karoo.

A Diversity of Antelope

The Karoo is also home to a variety of antelope species, each with its unique adaptations to the arid environment. From the small, agile springbok, which can be seen gracefully bounding across the plains, to the larger kudu, with its impressive spiraled horns, these animals are a testament to the biodiversity of the region. Other species such as the gemsbok and the eland also roam the area, adding to the rich wildlife tapestry of the Karoo.

Birdlife in the Karoo

Birdwatching enthusiasts will find the Karoo a haven for a variety of bird species. The region’s birdlife includes both endemic species, such as the Karoo Korhaan and Ludwig’s Bustard, and migratory birds that visit seasonally. The dry, open landscapes provide ideal conditions for spotting these avian inhabitants.

Wildlife at Karoo1

At Karoo1 Hotel and Village, guests have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and wildlife of the Karoo. Whether it’s watching a flock of sheep grazing, observing a troop of baboons, or spotting the various antelope and bird species, the experience is a serene and grounding contrast to the more adrenaline-fueled Big 5 safaris. It’s a chance to connect with a different side of South Africa’s wildlife, one that is equally enchanting and integral to the country’s natural heritage.