The Western Cape thrives on both natural and man-made attractions.
Its largest city, Cape Town (also fondly referred to as ‘the Mother City’), is a favourite destination for international visitors. While this impressive city with its ever-popular Table Mountain and vibrant atmosphere steals the hearts of millions of tourists, the wildlife reserves nearby are not forgotten. (The Western Cape is another malaria-free area of South Africa).
The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is considered as one of the premier wildlife destinations in South Africa, and is just a three hour drive from Cape Town. The reserve is a huge 54,000 hectares that includes some fascinating rock formations. Unique and ancient rock paintings can be found in seven different places, and Sanbona is the only reserve in the world with free, self-sustaining white lions. It is also an area of conservation for the endangered Riverine Rabbit.
Even closer to Cape Town, and just 30 minutes from Hermanus, is the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. It is so nearby to the ocean that it includes the ‘Marine Big Five’ – whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins. For their significant efforts in conservation and for the 5-star service they provide, Grootbos is considered as a world leader in responsible tourism. Accommodation is offered in several luxury lodges within the reserve, including the Grootbos Villa and Grootbos Garden Lodge.
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