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  • Important Info
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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.

Customer Reviews

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.

Abigail P


This tour was amazing!

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.



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!



  • 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

        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
Starting From 12371
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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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