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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.


  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Led by a local guide
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included

  • What You Can Expect

    Leave the bright lights of Cape Town behind and set off to the Aquila Game Reserve by air-conditioned coach. After a journey of roughly two hours, you’ll arrive at this incredible, malaria-free game reserve in the heart of South Africa’s southern Karoo.

    On arrival, meet your game ranger guide and embark on an Open vehicle game drive around the park.

    Watch out for Africa’s famous Big Five -- African elephants, Cape buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinos – while touring the park, and learn from your guide how the phrase ‘Big Five’ came to be coined. Plus, look for hippos, giraffes.

    After your Game Drive you will return for lunch (included).

    Aquila Game Reserve is well known for its large natural wetland, and so the bird-watching opportunities here are plentiful. Home to more than 170 different species of bird, the park is actually named after the endangered Black Eagle (Aquila). Keep your eyes open as you explore the park and you might be lucky enough to see one!

    After 2 and half hours of touring the park on your game drive, meet your host for the journey back to Cape Town, arriving in the late afternoon.

    Cancellation Policy

    Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

Customer Reviews



Good experience at a private game reserve. The safari guide provided useful information on the animals.



Amazing safari and knowledgeable safari guides. The park was absolutely beautiful and the accommodations were way above my expectations!



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.

Eugene S


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!



The tour was great just there weren't that many animals.



  • Lunch
  • Game Drive
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Professional guide

  • Exclusions

    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Food and drinks, unless specified

    • Additional Info

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for child aged 2 and under
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Toilets are available on coaches with a seating capacity of 28 to 44 passengers. There are no toilets on the 15 seater Sprinters and Minivans. Vehicle used will depend on passenger numbers on the day
      • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

      • Voucher info

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

        Departure Point

        Please note: complimentary pickups and drop offs are from City Centre, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Green Point and Sea Point Hotels.

        Departure Time

        9am and 10am

        Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.


        10 hours

        Return Details

        Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Tour Options


6:00 AM
Starting From 12357
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Picture Gallery

  • Cooling Off
  • Zebras
  • Aquila Lodge area
  • A warm welcome
  • The safari area
  • Great breakfast views
  • Sparkling wine and zebras
  • Lions!
  • Elephants
  • A face only a mother could love
  • I see you
  • Two rhinoceres resting side by side after a hard day
  • Two wildebeest searching green fields

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