If you’re looking for a safari near Cape Town, you might choose for a 1 or 2-day safari at Aquila or Inverdoorn. But what exactly is the difference between those two? In this article, I will briefly explain the differences between the two game reserves.


Aquila Private Game Reserve stands in an area of 4,500 hectares of Southern Karoo Highlands, closely surrounded by breathtaking majestic mountains, rivers, valley’s and kloofs. Aquila is home to various animals, including the Big Five. Aquila is acclaimed for its service excellence, renewable energy, social responsibility efforts and conservation programmes. Aquila can be divided into three seperate biomes – Fynbos, Renosterveldt and succulent Karoo. Aquila offers different types of accommodation: From lodges, of which some have mountain views, to premier cottages and luxury family cottages.


Inverdoorn is a private game reserve located in a big green oasis. The 10,000 hectare reserve is dedicated to wildlife conservation and is home to various animals and birdlife, including the Big Five. Inverdoorn offers different types of accommodation, including 3-star guest houses and 4-star chalets. Please note: The guesthouse option is not suitable if you are looking for complete privacy with peace and quiet.

Main differences

Aquila is a little closer to Cape Town as it is just over 2 hours, while Inverdoorn is around 3 hours. Aquila is also quite a lot busier, yet in our opinion offers better cuisine and service than Inverdoorn. Furthermore, Aquila is situated in a mountainous area, while Inverdoorn is surrounded by more expansive plains.

Please note that ALL safari options close to Cape Town are in newly established private game reserves and thus cannot be compared to a safari in a more established game viewing area like Kruger National Park which has been around for a hundred or so years.
These options fill a very important role in the safari market by offering those persons who have never been on safari and who do not have the time to visit a more established reserve the chance to view Africa’s wild animals  … sometimes for the first time.