For those of you looking to do a Safari but do want to have to fly to Johannesburg to then take an onward flight to the bush there are several games reserves that are within 3-hours driving distance from Cape Town

Aquila  Private Game Reserve 4*
Aquila located 2-hours from Cape Town has the Big 5 animals and is near the Touwf river. They there are two game drives a day- one in the morning at 07:00 and one in the evening at 16:00.  Negotiated rates are R2095 ($255 USD) per person sharing.  Aquila offers day safaris and information can be found at

Inverdorn Game Reserve 4*
2.5-hours out of Cape Town they only have 4 out of the Big 5 animals (no elephants) there rates include 3 meals and 2 game drives.  Day safaris are offered as well.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve 5*
3.5-hours from Cape Town with sharing rates start at R4500-00 per adult sharing including all three meals and 2 game drives and they have the Big 5: