Aquila Private Game Reserve
A visit to the Aquila Private Game Reserve yields views and photo ops of elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, buffalo, and more. No matter how much time you have available, there’s a tour to fit most schedules, from half- or full-day tours to overnight packages. Most packages include a safari tour (or multiple, if you’re staying longer), buffet lunch, buffet breakfast, welcome drinks, and transfers from central Cape Town. Private tours of Aquila, which sometimes include private transfers from Cape Town, are also available.
Things to Know Before You Go
The reserve has a children's entertainment area, suitable for toddlers to preteens, with indoor and outdoor activities; it's open daily.
Those staying overnight must bring proof of identification.
Children of all ages may participate in game drives; quad bike and horseback safaris have a minimum age of 16.
All game drives are guided by rangers; there is no self-drive option within the reserve.
The reserve also runs an Animal Rescue Center that helps rehabilitate and rescue animals.
How to Get There
There are a variety of ways to get to Aquila, which is about a 2-hour drive from Cape Town. By private vehicle, take the N1 highway out of Cape Town towards Worcester and through the Cape Winelands, then take the R46 turnoff to Ceres; the Aquila entrance is about 1 mile (3 kilometers) on the left. You can also add transportation to any game drive package, or arrive via scenic plane or helicopter.
When to Get There
Cape Town and the surrounds have a warm, dry climate from October to April. The weather is a bit cooler in the Southern Karoo Highlands than in the city itself, so pack accordingly. The animals are most active in the early morning and after dusk; booking a morning or evening safari offers the best chance of seeing maximum wildlife.
Aquila’s conservation efforts are focused within the Aquila Rescue Center (ARC), a piece of land located across from the reserve that provides a home to rescued, abused, and/or captivity-bred animals that can never be released into the wild. The population includes lions, leopards, and crocodiles, among others.