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Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

Duration: 10 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, meet your field guide and embark on an open-vehicle game drive around the reserve.

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 out for hippos and 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 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 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

Between 9am and 10am – guests will be contacted around 7-8pm the evening before with the collection time for the following morning.


10 hours

Return Details

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

Tour Options


6:00 AM

User's Reviews

Image - 12 Oct 2017 -

Steven B

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.

Image - 11 Oct 2017 -

Abigail P

This tour was amazing!

Image - 27 Aug 2017 -

Susan C

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.

Image - 11 Jul 2017 -


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

Image - 01 May 2017 -


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

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