Project Description

If you’re looking for a day safari near Cape Town, look no further than a 1 day safari at either Aquila or Inverdoorn.

Both private reserves offer a Big 5 safari experience, although it is highly unlikely that one would spot leopard on your visit as they are notoriously shy, nocturnal and live is the surrounding mountains only passing through the reserves from time to time under the cover of darkness.

Although now both under the same ownership (The Aquila Collection) and having gone through major refurbishments in 2019, here are the updated main differences between the two private 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 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 their new lodge with premier (mountain views) & standard (no views) rooms to their separate Karoo Cottages (2 persons), Luxury Family Cottages (up to 8 persons) and Premier Cottages with amazing views.



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. Inverdoorn offers different types of accommodation, including more basic lodge rooms, 4-star separate Tankwa Chalets (2 persons), fancier Ambassador Chalets & the exclusive Kughana Tented Camp (5 star). Please note: The lodge rooms are 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 just under 3 hours drive from the city. Aquila is situated in a mountainous area and quite a lot busier with higher numbers of day visitors and large 20 seater open safari vehicles for their game drives. Inverdoorn is conversely surrounded by more expansive plains, has less visitors and operates with smaller 10 seater open safari vehicles.

To join one of the above tours, click here for our Cape Town safaris.

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.

What clients say

Excellent and professional services = Good memories
Reviewed on May 5, 2016
5 of 5 stars
First of all I must thank David for always swift response to any request/questions with positive and good input and solutions. Also and not least to Matt taking us around the Peninsula tour , the wine tour and to Aquila private game/safari.
His local knowledge and friendly/calm attitude was really a good experience matching us perfect.
So whoever is asking me how to plan, to do, to contact for a stay in CT I give them the same answer NO PROBLEM call David and African Blue Tour.
Fantastic 2 day tour
Reviewed on March 4, 2018
5 of 5 stars
We booked through African Blue Day Tours and had the pleasure of Duncan’s company for the two day excursion to and from Inverdoorn. We have to say that Duncan was a great and fun guy to be with. He accommodated and structured our tour to perfection, from stopping off at points of interest, proving us with his extensive knowledge of the surrounding areas, to taking those all important pictures of my wife and myself together. He even organised a lovely picnic on the return journey from Inverdoorn to Camps Bay. Perfect. Thanks so much Duncan for everything, if and when we revisit Cape Town again we will be looking you up!
Roy B, Nottingham, United Kingdom