Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

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Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town
from USD $207.63
Visit the incredible Aquila Game Reserve -- the closest game reserve to Cape Town – on this full-day safari tour! With hotel pickup from your central Cape Town hotel included, this day trip provides a worry-free experience so all you have to do is get excited for your exploration of the private, malaria-free reserve. Take an unforgettable game drive through the park, watching out for famous Big Five animals, as well as endangered species like the ‘Aquila’ Black Eagle.
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In Brief

Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa
9 hours
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Led by a local guide
All entrance fees included
Lunch included
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Aquila Safari Private Game Reserve, R46, Touws River, 6880, South Africa

Included: welcome drink on arrival, 3 hour open vehicle game drive, & buffet lunch.

Drinks and all extras are for your own account

Duration: 5 hours


  • Lunch
  • Game Drive
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (English Driver only)
  • Professional Game Ranger - English speaking only
  • Entry/Admission - Aquila Safari Private Game Reserve


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town, 1 Lower Buitengracht, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Traveler pickup is offered
Should your Hotel not be listed, please contact us so we can confirm if we would be able to pick up and drop off from your hotel.

Should guests meet at the starting point, guests are to contact us 24 hours prior to departure in order for us to provide collection time.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for children aged 2 and under
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Tour accommodates maximum 8 guests, however there will be more guests at the Reserve and on the game drive.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

It is a Must if you go to Cape Town... My wife and I had the experience of seeing the big 5... Elephant, Lion, Rinos, Jaguar and Buffalos... We loved it... Excelent guide!!! And it was a great to see the animals free...
• Submitted 03 Dec 2019
We had plenty of time to get to Aquila, the pickup was very helpful. Stopped for snacks along the way, had a welcome drink and a delicious lunch once we reached Aquila. Then, we were off for about 2.5 hours where we saw 4/5 of the Big 5. Return trip was quiet since we were all tuckered out, but again being dropped off right at our hotel was very helpful.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful landscape of this reserve - a wonderful introduction to our trip to South Africa. Friendly and informative guides and nature at its' best!
• Submitted 22 Jul 2018
A lovely day out of the city to try and spot the big 5. The transfer from the hotel was very convenient and our guide at Aquila was very knowledgeable about all of the animals in the park. We saw elephants, giraffes, hippos, springbok, rhino, zebras and an added bonus was seeing the Elephants at the watering hole having a mud bath in the midday sun.
• Submitted 10 May 2018
This is a great way to head on safari from Cape Town. Convenient pick-up from our hotel to drive down to Aquila where we had some time for lunch before our game drive. We were lucky enough to see 4 of the big 5 and our guide was very knowledgeable.
• Submitted 08 May 2018
This is an excellent tour to experience a game drive whilst in Cape Town. We saw lots of animals and our safari driver had some great knowledge on the drive about the animals and the game reserve.
• Submitted 04 May 2018
Great day out to see the Big 5 (4 in our case!). The Aquila reserve is beautiful and it was fantastic to get close to the elephants, rhinos and zebras. It is a bit of long drive from Cape Town but it was worth it after the afternoon we had.
• Submitted 30 Apr 2018
Great tour! Convenient pick-up in Cape Town, comfortable drive to Aquila, delicious lunch, and amazing game drive! I would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to see African wildlife without travelling too far from the city.
• Submitted 07 Mar 2018
Excellent trip. The Park was such fun. We saw lions about 4ft from us, luckily looking well fed, zebra, ostrich, springbok, giraffe, elephants, baboons and wilderbeast. The guide Nickolas was excellent. Full of interesting facts, and answering questions fired at him by the passengers. The preceding lunch was of very high quality, and all in all would highly recommend this tour. The only negative was that there was a mix up at the start and passengers were not ready for pick up so we added 1.5hrs to the 2.5hr trip to the Game Teserve.
• Submitted 03 Mar 2018
This was a really good excursion! Aquila Game Reserve is about two and a half hours drive in air-conditioned minibus from Cape Town that included a 15 min comfort break along the way. On arrival we were treated to a drink of sparkling wine or water, followed by a very good buffet lunch. The safari lasted over 2 hours and our driver/guide was excellent. During the safari, there was a stop along the way at a small open-air café with toilet facilities and another free drink! We saw lions, elephants, rhinos, zebras, hippos, giraffes, wildebeests, springboks....... Aquila is an excellent, well run, private game reserve and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
• Submitted 29 Jan 2018
This was a wonderful introduction to wild animals in South Africa. The reserve is small, but one can get quite close to the animals for great photos. Our guide was knowledgeable, funny, and navigated our flat tire in the middle of the ride with expertise.
• Submitted 12 Oct 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 11 Oct 2017
Excellent! Saw 4 of the big 5. Didn't see the leopard but saw all the others plus other animals as well. You get 1 bathroom break 1 hour into the drive to the Reserve. Left reserve about 3:30pm, no bathroom break stop none need it but wasn't offered either. Lunch was good but you have to pay for drinks. Went in end of August and was cold 42 degrees F. Had to get jackets in gift shop but found out later they provided blankets in the jeeps. All animals were on the right side of the jeep during my tour. Of course we were seated on the left. But still was able to see and take some amazing photos. All 7 lions were so close to our jeep.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2017
Good experience at a private game reserve. The safari guide provided useful information on the animals.
• Submitted 11 Jul 2017
Amazing safari and knowledgeable safari guides. The park was absolutely beautiful and the accommodations were way above my expectations!
• Submitted 01 May 2017
This tour was great! My wife did not feel she could do the full safari so we thought we would do the Sarfari lite tour. We were completely satisfied, the tour was even better than we expected. The reserve is relatively small, but adequate, the tour trucks we able to locate the animals in fairly short order. We saw antelope, hippos, rhinos, elephants, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, elands, lions, and ostriches. The elephants were mt favorite, I had seen elephants in habitat at zoos and perserves. They basically stand around and interact with other elephants some, this trip we were lucky this time to see them at a mud hole about 30 yards. They were very active sloshing and spraying themselves and each other. Each one would knee down, sloshing, and spraying, it was great. Our tour guide was knowledgable and friendly. I would highly recommend this tour for those looking for a less physical experience.
• Submitted 28 Apr 2017
This safari began with a pickup from our hotel in CapeTown. The mini-bus picked up a few more passengers and we were on our way. Aquila is 180 KM north of CT, so it's about a two hour drive, including a rest stop. Our pickup was at 9:00 AM and we got to Aquila around noon. We were greeted with a glass of champagne and then treated to a full buffet lunch. Drinks at lunch are extra. A pair of peacocks paraded around the lunch tables.We were then off in a safari truck,seating around 8. At the first watering hole we saw hippos and springboks. Moving on we encountered six rhinos and one elephant, that wanted to play with them. Then three ostriches sauntered by. We saw antelopes all over the place, then an Eland Antelope - big, along with three giraffes. Then it was on to see some lions - several females and a couple of males - all from the truck - no barriers. Then to rest stop way back in the bush, where we were again offered champagne to kill the dust - very classy! Then a leisurely drive back to the main lodge. All during the ride,our driver explained about the animals - their behaviour, for example, when a female rhino urinates she aims her considerable flow at a plant to water it for future use.The safari itself was more than a couple of hours which was more than adequate. It was very exciting to see all these animals in their natural habitat, with no fences or barriers to obstruct our view. Zoos will from now on be disappointments. This is a very worthwhile excursion and should not be missed! We got back to CT around 6:30, for full days outing. Don't miss it!
• Submitted 12 Apr 2017
The tour was great just there weren't that many animals.
• Submitted 20 Mar 2017
Nine of us had an amazing day at the Aquila Game Reserve. We had a glass of fizz on arrival, then a fabulous breakfast, then a three hour safari, had amazing views of some animals and not so amazing views of others, but as the animals aren't in cages you take what you get on the day! My son did this trip a week before us, and his photos of most of the animals were fantastic. Half way round the Safari we had another glass of fizz, then returned to a lovely lunch. We sat by the pool until our pick up time to return us to our apartments! The elephants wandered down to the watering hole opposite the swimming pool! On leaving the Reserve there were Baboons sitting on the road.
• Submitted 24 Jan 2017
This was a wonderful tour with a chance to see all the key wild animals in a natural setting. The fact that the park is dedicated to healing and caring for animals illegally trapped is an added plus.
• Submitted 17 Nov 2016
A truly awesome experience. Wonderful memories. xx
• Submitted 01 Jul 2016
Outstanding! This group is doing great work with the animals! We were So close up! We have Wonderful pictures! Kudos to the wonderful staff who prepared breakfast and our lunch. The best food in South Africa!
• Submitted 01 Apr 2016
Amazing, although a game reserve with fencing, all of the animals had acres of space to wander around, for a day trip if you dont have to time to do a full on safari, this is it, be prepared to get up early though, 5.30am start from Cape Town City and camps bay area,
• Submitted 16 Mar 2016
This is a great safari taster. We were only in Cape Town briefly on a cruise ship and it was great to be able to have a safari experience so close to Cape Town, in only one day. We managed to see all of the Big Five, even though the leopard was in the rehab centre at the time. The tour was well organised and ran smoothly and the guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Being greeted with a glass of champagne upon arrival was a pleasant surprise! Can definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 26 Feb 2016

In Brief

Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa
9 hours
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Led by a local guide
All entrance fees included
Lunch included