Fairy Glen Game Reserve

Tucked away at the foot of the world-famous Brandwacht Mountains, in a peaceful rustic environment near Cape Town, this African Big 5 game reserve surrounded by proteas and fynbos vegetation not only offers game drives and bush safaris, but is also home to a African Khoisan Bushmen Rock Art Heritage Site dating back some 6,000 years.

The name Fairy Glen originates from a very large dragonfly which was found from time to time in their natural habitat in the valley mountain streams, known as Fairy Glen. The African-style restaurant serves mostly traditional food and caters for vegetarian and vegan guests, and overnight guests can choose from standard to luxury accommodation.

Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve not only hosts Cape Town's nearest Big 5, but also species such as blue wildebeest, giraffe, eland, the endangered bontebok, zebra, lynx, oryx and other smaller buck species including klipspringer, nyala, rhebok, steenbok and a big variety of African bird species, including the endangered black eagle better known as the Aquila.

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    06 May 2019

    "My parents who are in there 80s (pensioners) decided to save there pennies and spoil themselves for there 60th Wedding Anniversary, and decided to spend the evening at Fairy Glen Game Reserve with a game drive in the afternoon of the 2 May 2019 (the day of their wedding anniversary).They loved the setting, and the game drive. The game ranger was fantastic, and took his time showing them around.I made a point of phoning Fairy Glen the day before my parents arrived, and spoke to Sonja.I told Sonja that it is there 60th Wedding on the 2nd of May, and would appreciate it if they could acknowledge that, and make special mention of it when my parents arrive, just to make the day a little more special for them.. but NOTHING was mentioned.My parents were apparently the only guests at the reserve, so it would have been easy for Sonja to have remembered such a small request.My parents would NEVER complain about anything, but came home and told us of how TERRIBLE the food wasThey had a braai that evening, by the time they were called for dinner, the meat was dried out.. the food was just TERRIBLE.The next morning for breakfast, they were served the same sausage that was braaied on the fire the previous evening, the eggs were floating in oil etc.Surely if you only have 2 guests to cater for, the task should be so much more simpler to make a lovely meal for your guests.There feelings were, that they were served food from the previous meals which was just warmed up again.They saved up to go on this trip of a lifetime, its just so sad that it will not be a HIGHLIGHT of there years together.Very disappointed.Karen Muller(daughter)"

    Karen Muller
  • "Never again"

    27 March 2019

    "Dont do it! I like animals and felt really sad for the 2 rhinos and elephants. Its a very bad zoo- Deon , the guide asked me soooo many questions my mind numb. Not a good experience."

    Hester Steenekamp
  • "A safari through a zoo; 2 of the big 5 in enclosures"

    11 January 2015

    "This is not a place for a real safari through African wildlife. 2 of their big 5 are in enclosures. They have 3 lions in a VERY SMALL enclosure with about 1 meter of shade only, very sad to see. The entire used space is 1000 hectares, which you see in 5 mins in your car, but they drive in a lumpy truck that looks cool but only drives 5km per hour on good roads take much longer to cover the same space you already saw from your car in the 5 minute drive. You share the drive with about 20 other people, not very cosy. Hard to get a photo of animals with no fences or houses or electrical cables on sight. Not wild at all.The food is a very small buffet, and dietary requests are not taken into consideration. No value for money at all. The staff could not find our reservation made 1 month in advance and paid for. The lodges were lovely and large, with a rooftop deck viewing the mountains great for a glass of wine under the stars. If you want to go and relax, this is the place. If you want to cross wild animals off your check list, visit your local zoo instead."

    Ashara Giordanelli, South Africa
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