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For those guests unable to visit the large game reserves such as Kruger, it is still possible to see large mammals, including the “big five”, at private game reserves within a couple of hours drive from Cape Town.

Should you not wish to drive yourself there is a company which will collect you from Makapa Lodge, drive you to the game reserve where they will give you breakfast or lunch, take you on an escorted game drive and then return you to our Lodge.

We would be happy to provide you with more information or book a visit for you.


Strandfontein is a water treatment works about 30-35 minute drive from Makapa Lodge, there have been over 200 species recorded in the area and you could easily see between 40 and 50 in a short visit. This is an ideal place for the ‘casual’ birdwatcher to see some interesting bird species.

Your host, Ian, himself a keen ‘birder’ can take you to Strandfontein from the lodge. We would aim to depart straight after breakfast and be back at Makapa by lunch time. Total duration – about 3 hours.

At the waterworks we will drive along tracks beside the ponds, so if you wish you can do all your viewing from the car. (If you do not have your own binoculars you can borrow a pair from us.)

Types of bird you might expect to see – flamingoes, pelicans, kingfishers, ducks, geese, gulls, herons, egrets, cormorants, plovers, raptors, warblers and many others.