Project Description

Safari Description

On this 2 day Aquila Safari you will visit the 4 star and malaria free Aquila Private Game Reserve which stands in an area of 4,500 hectares of Southern Karoo Highlands encapsulating breathtaking majestic mountains, rivers, valley’s and kloofs. The land can be divided into three separate biomes – Fynbos, Renosterveldt and succulent Karoo. Travel through the scenic Du Toitskloof Pass before arriving at Aquila Game Reserve in the early afternoon where a welcome drink awaits. Lion, Buffalo, Giraffe, Hippo, Elephant, Wildebeest, Bontebok, Hartebeest, Gemsbok, Rhino, Eland, Zebra, Springbok, Ostrich and many more!

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12h00: Welcome drinks upon arrival at Aquila Private Game Reserve
12h30: Enjoy a full buffet lunch in the restaurant
14h00: Check into your cottage
16h30: Embark on a 2-3 hour late afternoon game drive in 4×4 open safari vehicles.
19h30: Return to the lodge and restaurant for an authentic African dinner or traditional South African braai (barbeque) in our lapa (weather permitting)
06h00: Embark on a 2-3 hour early morning game drive in 4×4 open safari vehicles.
08h00 – 09h00: Full Buffet Breakfast served in the restaurant.
10h00: Check out of accommodation.
10h00 to 11h30: Enjoy some leisure time.
12h30: Depart for Cape Town.
There are many different types of accommodation available at Aquila.

Situated adjacent to the restaurant is the newly built Aquila Lodge, comprising 3 levels, accessible by a glass panelled lift with magnificent Karoo vistas, with 22 units facing the reserve and the mountains and another 22 rooms facing away from the reserve.
Premier Lodge Rooms have large balconies overlooking the reserve. Full bathrooms with separate showers and views from the baths. 2 x twins beds which can be made up to Queen size beds.
Standard Lodge Rooms have twin beds which can be made up to Queen size beds, they look away from the reserve and have a shower en suite.

In keeping with the design and flow of the architecture at Aquila, the Luxury Cottages do not compromise the experience nor standard. Each has its own patio, corner bath and outdoor rock shower. Cottages are equipped with mini bars (on request), fans and feature “coal‟ stoves for that extra bit of warmth and cosiness in the colder months.

The Premier Cottages are positioned on the hillside to offer privacy and have been built in harmony with the rock, which is a principle focal point in the large bathrooms and alfresco showers. They are constructed from wood, stone and thatch and feature fans, air conditioners and fireplaces. Each en-suite bathroom is unique, with twin hand basins, bath and toilet. The cottages offer a wooden deck with panoramic views across the expanse of the reserve. The Honeymoon Suite (the jewel in Aquila’s crown) boasts a private alfresco Jacuzzi.

The Family Luxury Cottages (4 & 8 sleeper versions) are semi-detached with attention paid to privacy. Units are equipped with mini bars (on request), tea and coffee making facilities and feature indoor fireplaces for that extra bit of warmth and cosiness in the colder months. They are under thatch and feature exterior stone work using raw materials from the area. The large en-suite bathrooms feature corner baths with outdoor showers.

Highly recommended:
Take advantage of heading through our beautiful Cape Winelands by upgrading to Private transfers which will allow for a later start to the day, travelling over scenic mountain passes, optional wine tastings and exploring the villages of Wellington, Tulbagh, Franschhoek, Paarl & Stellenbosch to name a few.
Private transfers can be provided at an additional cost:
R 8 000 per vehicle (1-3 persons)
R 9 600 per vehicle (4-6 persons)
R 11 600 per vehicle (7-13 persons)

All transfer rates are inclusive of both directions.

All safari options close to Cape Town are in newly established private game reserves and 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.

This is a affiliate company product so the return road transfers are not always operated by African Blue Tours.

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Safari Details

  • Duration: 2 Days | 1 Night
  • Start Location: Cape Town
  • End Location: Cape Town
  • Pax.: 2 – 12 guests per vehicle
  • Departure: Daily
  • Departure Time: 09h00 to 10h00
  • Languages: English
  • Accommodation: 3 to 4 star Cottages
  • Vehicle: Luxury Minibus/Luxury Coach
  • Baggage Allowed: One medium suitcase and one shoulder bag

Meals; 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast. Accommodation & Entrances


Below rates are valid from 01 Nov to 19 Dec and 16 Jan to 30 April each year
Please enquire for Peak rates (20 Dec to 15 Jan)
Children under 0 to 4 years old free of charge for accommodation and transfers.
Children aged 4 to 11 years old half price on accommodation rates, yet pay normal R1360.00 for transfers.

  • High Season Rates 01 November to 19 December 2018 and 16 January to 30 April 2019
    Sharing :

    Standard Lodge Room:
    R 3580 pp (with standard transfers)
    R 2220 pp (self drive )

    Premier Lodge Room:
    R 5295 pp (with standard transfers)
    R 3935 pp (self drive)

    Luxury Cottage:
    R 4685 pp (with standard transfers)
    R 3325 pp (self drive)

    Family Luxury Cottage: Enquire for rates
    Premier Cottage: Enquire for rates

  • High Season Rates 01 November to 19 December 2018 and 16 January to 30 April 2019

    Standard Lodge Room:
    R 4690 pp (with standard transfers)
    R 3330 pp (self drive )

    Premier Lodge Room:
    R 7260 pp (with standard transfers)
    R 5900 pp (self drive)

    Luxury Cottage:
    R 6350 pp (with standard transfers)
    R 4980 pp (self drive)

  • Low Season Rates 01 May to 31 October
    Sharing :

    Standard Lodge Room:
    R 3370 pp (with standard transfers)
    R 2010 pp (self drive )

    Premier Lodge Room:
    R 4185 pp (with standard transfers)
    R 2825 pp (self drive)

    Luxury Cottage:
    R 3930 pp (with standard transfers)
    R 2570 pp (self drive)

    Family Luxury Cottage: Enquire for rates
    Premier Cottage: Enquire for rates

  • Low Season Rates 01 May to 31 October

    Standard Lodge Room:
    R 4375 pp (with standard transfers)
    R 3015 pp (self drive )

    Premier Lodge Room:
    R 5590 pp (with standard transfers)
    R 4235 pp (self drive)

    Luxury Cottage:
    R 5215 pp (with standard transfers)
    R 3855 pp (self drive)


For the next big adventure.

What Clients’ Say

We really appreciate our clients feedback on their African Blue experience as we are constantly striving to improve our service levels and selection of tour and safari experiences.

“Aquila Safari”
5 of 5 starsReviewed
20 January 2017
We got really close to the lions, elephants, rhinos and more. We got down half way through the game drive, had champagne and dried fruits, nuts platter while watching the elephants moving past. The cottage comes with own patio and an outdoor rock shower, which was pretty cool. David is fast in all correspondences, he was replying to us even he is out of office for the New Year.
Shirley Space, Singapore
“Excellent Tour”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed 15 May 2016
We booked a private tour to the Aquila safari and Duncan is our tour guide and driver. He’s very friendly and careful driver. Throughout the trip we are very satisfied and would definitely choose this tour again for the next visit.
Zoey T, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
“fun time at Aquila Game Reserve”
5 of 5 starsReviewed
21 December 2012
Thanks to David, who not only organized the trip to Aquila Reserve on a short term but also helped us finding a great appartment in Camps Bay, we really had a great time at the Reserve. We booked the self-drive Safari and as David promised it was really easy to find. Rooms where nice, our family cottage was quite big and we had enough time to relax and ejoy the view over the Karoo from the terrace. On our two game drives we saw all the Big 5 and our guide was very informative and funny as well. Unless Aquila is nothing like Krueger Park it is really an outdoor safari experience rather than a visit at the Zoo.
TrueAsia1, Nurenburg