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Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town
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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 vehicle. 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, enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and meet your field guide and embark on an open-vehicle game drive around the reserve.

Watch out for Africa’s famous Big 5 -- African elephants, Cape buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinos – while touring the park, and learn from your guide how the phrase ‘Big 5' came to be coined. Plus, look out for hippos and giraffes.

After your game drive you will return for a delicious buffet-style lunch (included).

After lunch, visit the Eco Synergy Systems Centre, a creative space where guests can see first-hand water-wise vegetable growing. Eco Synergy is a grouping of projects that interconnect and are all reliant on each other.

You will then meet your host for the journey back to Cape Town, arriving in the evening.

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!

Cancellation Policy

Package is not cancellable.


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


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

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for children 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 pick-ups and drop-offs are available from Cape Town City Centre hotels

Departure Time

Departs between 9am and 10am – guests will be contacted around 7-8pm the evening before with the collection time for the following morning. Tour ends between 6pm and 7:30pm.


9 hours

Return Details

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

Tour Options


6:00 AM

User's Reviews

Image - 11 May 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.

Image - 08 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.

Image - 04 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.

Image - 30 Apr 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.

Image - 07 Mar 2018 -

Chelsea R

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.

User's Picture Gallery


Cooling Off

These two young elephants were playing and splashing in the nice cool water







Chilling at the pool




The two male lions


Elephants at the watering hole



The safari car comes as closer to animals as it is possible


Aquila Lodge area

The lodge territory is not very big so that's easy to navigate and walk around


A warm welcome

All guests are treated to drinks when coming to Aquila


The safari area

The are of safari is actually Elim Private National Park, as far as I could see on Google Maps


Great breakfast views

Watching the giraffes and elephants while eating breakfast was a treat!


Sparkling wine and zebras

Half way through the tour, we were able to get out and walk closer to some zebras with our sparkling wine.



The lions were too busy lounging to worry about us but it was crazy how close we were able to get to them!



The elephants got a little up close and personal!


A face only a mother could love

If there's such a thing as an addorable baby rhino, this is it


I see you

Easy to see how well camouflaged this big cat is


Two rhinoceres resting side by side after a hard day

Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari, a beautiful warm day, a jeep drive


Two wildebeest searching green fields

Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari, a beautiful warm day, a jeep drive


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