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“amazing place”
Review of Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen
Ness Ziona, Israel
Level 5 Contributor
34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“amazing place”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

friendly and professional staff. amazing place and view. can get close to the animal. rooms basic but nice besides no water stream in the shower..
Andrew is the best ranger!

Visited February 2014
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Game Reserve”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

We stayed the night and had a great experience at Fairy Glen. The distance was very reasonable from Cape Town and staff from reservation till leaving the resort were polite and professional. They upgraded us to the luxury lodge during our one night stay and waking up right near zebras, springbox and water buffalos was awesome. The tour in the morning was great as well and more than adequate for our kids (ages 7 and 8). Food was good and would recommend to anyone who wants to see a game reserve when visiting Cape Town.

Visited April 2014
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Ramsey, New Jersey
1 review
“Good Experience”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

The 4 of us with ages ranging from 19 to 89 had a good time here. Good breakfast and lunch buffets. Particularly liked the Roast Karoo Lamb and the Warm Date Pudding - wished they had a second bowl of that pudding because a very large bowl of it went in no time. Obviously an all round favorite. Friendly staff who were happy to talk informally and answer questions.
The tour was interesting and the guide we had was knowledgeable and informative with some humor without stealing the show from the animals. The 3 to 4 hour tour in the all terrain vehicle went fairly quickly and we saw I think all the animals the park has to offer. Predators are kept separate from the rest and while this wasn't a game park as such it also wasnt just a large zoo either. It seems to be a hybrid of sorts where the animals are owned by the facility and are cared for but have miles of space to wonder at their leisure with herders around who keep an eye on things. I didn't start to feel sorry for the animals - like one gets at some places where its obvious that the animals are being exploited.

Visited March 2014
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Sidcup, England
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great place for a short cut safari”
Reviewed April 3, 2014

We stayed here with some friends and all had a fantastic experience. Anyone with half a brain will realise that this is not the same as a safari in somewhere like The Kruger National Park. There you get up at 4.00am to drive across a place the size of Ireland to see the animals. If thats what you want great, but most of us on a short break in South Africa don’t have the time or inclination to spend days being thrown around on the back of a Land Rover to see what you can see in Fairy Glen in a few hours.

Just an hour or so from Cape Town, Fairy Glen is in a beautiful setting. The rooms are basic, but clean & comfortable. After we arrived in the late afternoon, my friend & I decided to miss the nature walk and have a beer by the pool, but our wives went and enjoyed it. Dinner was served at 8.00pm and was tasty and plentiful. We stayed up late talking to other guests in the main house and never felt rushed by the staff who where happy to serve us. After a comfortable nights sleep, we ate a leisurely breakfast at 9.00am, then we met our guide Dion. He was a nice guy with a humorous line of patter, who was informative and friendly. He learned all our names and made the next four hours very enjoyable. We saw all of the big five apart from the Leopard, which is apparently the hardest one to catch sight of.
Our lunch was served around 1.30pm and was again plentiful and good quality. We all had a great time and couldn’t fault the whole experience. To get the best of it I'd recommend staying overnight but a few joined us who were just there for the morning. We all thought it was good value for money.

Visited March 2014
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St. Ives, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
203 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Game Park or Free Range Zoo?”
Reviewed March 21, 2014

Game Park or Free Range Zoo?
Before visiting Fairy Glen we were told that it was not really a game park, but more like a farm with animals. But what is in a name? If you want to get up close and personal with Africa’s big five, it does not matter much what name you give it. At Fairy Glen you really get close to four of the big five. The missing one, the Leopard, is nocturnal and although present in the mountains, is seldom seen.
Unlike many game parks that are set in remote country, there is no need to sleep over, although they do have self contained chalets that are reasonably comfortable. Ours had a twin bed main bedroom, bathroom, large lounge area and kitchenette. Outside was a lovers bench - a swinging double seater, plus steps up to a viewing area above the chalet. Lighting was an issue. Not the lack of lighting, although it was subdued as one would expect, but the positioning of the light. In the main bedroom, the sole light hung in a corner far from the bed making reading in bed an impossibility. In the lounge there were four lights on the perimeter of the room, but the double couch was in the middle of the room. Again eliminating the luxury of a good book. After dinner there is little else to do. Either sit sipping wine, which we did not have, or read. Talking of dinner, there was plenty of good food to eat, buffet style so there is no excuse to go hungry. Breakfast and lunch were likewise plentiful. Service was also very attentive.
The park is not very large. Lions are in two enclosures. In the morning they were resting right at the fence of the one enclosure. We could almost put our hands out, and have shaken hands with a male and two females, although no guarantee that we would have got our hands back. Later in the day we drove into the other enclosure and saw a lioness with her paw over her hubby’s neck, basking in the sun.
Buffalo were also grazing at the perimeter and gave us a very close view of their ugly faces. Two elephants are free ranging and we were able to get very, very close. Closer than we ever have been in larger game parks. These beasts are possibly comfortable with the noise of the sight seeing vehicle and were not phased by our gawking eyes. Good food was far more important.
The two rhino were victims of poachers and had been de-horned. Again we were able to go reasonably close. Close enough to have been almost caught in the spray of when ‘Lady’ needed to go to the bathroom.
Buck and antelope are plentiful, but are more concerned with prying eyes and usually bolted off when we approached too closely.
Viewing was by 20 seater vintage vehicle driven by Andrew, our park ranger. Andrew was very informative and humorous making the journey very enjoyable. The vehicle itself was an ex military vehicle. My bet from the Boer War. It was very noisy and belched smoke – not ideal when breathing in the otherwise pristine air of a remote farm. I would suggest that they send the truck to the ‘elephant graveyard’ or wherever 60 year old trucks go to die.
If you are in Cape Town and want to see some of Africa’s wildlife, Fairy Glen is the answer

Visited March 2014
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