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Safari Lodge at Aquila

At a mere 2-hour drive from Cape Town, Aquila is the closest game reserve to the Mother City and therefore also the most popular for visitors to Cape Town.  Aquila Game Reserve offers Big 5 Cape Town safari experiences and superb hospitality. Aquila is a 10 000-hectare private game reserve in the Klein Karoo, and although the game reserves close to Cape Town are not as populated as those in the Kruger Park and Eastern Cape, it still provides a good introduction to wildlife and an intriguing experience. The safari drives are hosted by highly experienced and passionate rangers who will guide, educate, and entertain you.  Game drives take place in open 4×4 vehicles twice a day and guests can also join an exciting horseback or quadbike safari. This Cape Town safari affords you the opportunity to see the Big 5 as well as an abundance of wildlife including zebra, giraffe, and a variety of antelope. The reserve is home to a large bird colony and diverse flora across the landscape.

 

Aquila houses a fantastic lodge surrounded by spectacular views, allowing guests to soak in the tranquillity of the African landscapes.  With multiple accommodation options including luxury rooms and cottages as well as family suites, it is the ideal setting for a breath-taking getaway.  Enjoy glorious indoor and outdoor pools surrounded by remarkable scenery and relish world-class cuisine in one of the authentically styled dining areas.  End the nights gazing at glistening African skies before retreating to a haven of luxurious tranquillity.

Activities

  • Big 5 safari drive
  • Quadbike or horseback safari
  • Spa treatments
  • Swimming pool
  • Junior ranger program
  • Eco energy tour
  • Stargazing

Highlights

  • Big five
  • Fossil site
  • Conservation Program
  • 3-,4- and, 5-star accommodation options
  • Bushman’s River

Closest airport

  • Cape Town International 174km
  • Aquila helicopter landing strip

Children policy

Children of all ages are welcome at the game reserve. There may be More Details age restrictions on specific activities at the lodge for safety reasons.

  • Children 0-3 years are free and children 4-11 years are half price.
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Included

2 x Game drives per day, all meals and sun-downers on the game drives.

Excluded

Drinks, additional activities, spa treatments, and transfers..

Seasons

Low: 01 May – 31 October

High: 01 November  – 19 December

& 16 January – 30 April

Peak: 20 December 20 – 15 January

T's & C's

  • All rates are per person sharing rates
  • Single supplement of 50% applicable
  • R1 440 pp return transfer from Cape Town

Accommodation Options

Standard Lodge Rooms

Sleeps 2 Adults

Perfect for those planning on spending all their time outdoors, the Standard Lodge Rooms have twin / queen bed options with a shower en-suite. These rooms do not have a view as they face away from the reserve.

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season R2 830 per per, per night
High Season R2 540 per person, per night
Low Season R2 300 per person, per night

Premier Lodge Rooms

Sleeps 2 Adults

Premier Lodge Rooms have large balconies overlooking the reserve with magnificent views. Rooms have twin / queen bed options with a full bathroom.

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season R4 430 per per, per night
High Season R4 170 per person, per night
Low Season R2 995 per person, per night

Family Lodge Suites

Sleeps 4 Adults

Standard and Premier Lodge Rooms can be combined for an inter-connecting Family Suite. Perfect for a family holiday, but still with plenty of privacy.

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season R4 430 per per, per night
High Season R4 170 per person, per night
Low Season R2 995 per person, per night

Standard Luxury Cottages

Sleeps 4 Adults

The Aquila Karoo Cottages are four-star cottages featuring eco-materials and warm ambiance. Enjoy a private patio, secluded outdoor rock shower and luxurious corner bath.

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season R4 170 per per, per night
High Season R3 850 per person, per night
Low Season R2 830 per person, per night

Family Luxury Cottages

Sleeps 8 Adults

Luxury Family Cottages are semi-detached units near the children’s play area. Featuring gorgeous thatch and exterior stonework, the units display an array of raw, eco-materials from the surrounding area. Children sleep in a charming and cozy loft area overlooking the main bedroom below.

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season R4 170 per per, per night
High Season R3 850 per person, per night
Low Season R2 830 per person, per night

Premier Luxury Cottages

Sleeps 2 Adults

Blending seamlessly into the natural environment, Premier Cottages feature rock, thatch and timber finishes. Thesefour-star cottages offer a wooden deck with panoramic views across the expanse of the reserve. Large rock-feature bathrooms boast a double vanity, Read morebathtub and alfresco showers. Further luxuries include fans, air-conditioning, and cozyfireplaces. The Honeymoon Suite is a romantic haven including its own private alfresco Jacuzzi. Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season R4 910 per per, per night
High Season R4 490 per person, per night
Low Season R4 490 per person, per night

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Getting there

By Road

The reserve is a 2-hour drive from Cape Town on scenic highways. Drive from Cape Town to Ceres on the N1 highway turning onto the R43. Take the R46 turnoff after which the reserve entrance is only 2km further.

 

Flying

Scheduled charter flights and helicopter transfers from Cape Town can be arranged to the reserve. Air transfers are weather dependent.