5 Best Wildlife Experiences in Cape Town

If you have a passion for nature, you will be happy to hear that South Africa’s Cape Town is bursting with wildlife. Discover the world’s most amazing floral kingdom and explore dozens of nature reserves and parks in and around Mother City. To help you decide where to go, here is our list of the 5 best wildlife experiences in Cape Town.

1 Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

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For just a small entrance fee, a visit to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens will give you an opportunity to spot an abundance of wildlife. Travelers will also have a chance to see a wide range of birdlife including the gorgeous sunbirds, sugarbirds, fowl, and owls. Occasional Carcal cat sightings are possible here at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, as well as seeing a porcupine in action. Besides great wildlife spotting, the gardens are home to gorgeous flowers and colorful butterflies.

2 Boulders Beach

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One of the best wildlife experiences in Cape Town can be found on the popular Boulders Beach. This charming beach houses over 1,000 South African penguins and the best thing about it is that you can actually get up close to these cute creatures via accessible boardwalks. This is one of the 30 sites in the whole wide world where you can see an African Penguin. Keep in mind that although you will be within arm’s length of the penguins, it is not allowed to touch them. Thanks to it calm waters, Boulders Beach is also an ideal place for swimming.

3 Cape Point

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Located in the southern area of Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point offers spectacular sea cliff views and plenty of opportunity for spotting an abundance of wildlife. Expect to see antelope, ostrich, and zebra, as well as many baboons. There are also around 9,000 plant species here and many colorful flowers can be seen during the spring season. The easiest way to reach Cape Point is with a Flying Dutchman Funicular.

4 False Bay and Seal Island

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Travelers who are looking for one of the best wildlife experiences in Cape Town should definitely head out to False Bay. Get close to the water to see one of the top predators in the world, the Great white shark. The sheer size of these sharks is just mind-blowing and there are usually here to hunt Cape fur seals that can be found around the Seal Island.

5 Cape of Good Hope

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Did you know that the Cape of Good Hope sign in Cape Town is one of the most photographed signs in South Africa? There is a usually a long line of people waiting to take a photo here. This comes as no surprise, as this most-southwestern point in Africa is home to over 250 incredibly beautiful species of birds. Dozens of small animals can be also spotted here including ostriches, antelope, zebra, and Rock Hyrax. If you get lucky, you may even spot some seals at the national park. In case you are planning to visit between June and November, Cape is an ideal vintage point for spotting the Southern Right Whale.


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About The Author: Dejan

Dejan
I love writing about Cape Town, and all it has to offer. What a pleasure to be able to share this beautiful Mother City with aspiring travellers and visitors from near and far. Come and visit us soon, and when you do, make sure to book with cometocapetown.com :)
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