Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town

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  • 9 hours
  • Cape Town
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


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.

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Stop At: Aquila Private Game Reserve, R46, Touws River, 6880, South Africa

Included: welcome drink on arrival, 3 hour open vehicle game drive, & buffet lunch.

Drinks and all extras are for your own account

Duration: 5 hours

  • Lunch
  • Game Drive
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (English Driver only)
  • Professional Game Ranger - English speaking only
  • Entry/Admission - Aquila Private Game Reserve

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for children aged 2 and under
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Tour accommodates maximum 8 guests, however there will be more guests at the Reserve and on the game drive.
  • Cullinan Guided Journeys strictly follow the SA Government approved TBCSA Health and Safety COVID-19 Protocols. Should guests present COVID-19 symptoms, COVID testing and quarantine will be at their own cost. We recommend that you ensure that your guests take adequate personal travel insurance cover before departure from home.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Currently this tour departs Fridays and Saturdays only until 30 April 2021 (this is subject to change)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • * Guests are required to bring along own face mask. * All passengers are required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel on our tours
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Should your Hotel not be listed, please contact us 48 hours so we can confirm if we would be able to pick up and drop off from your hotel.

Departure Time

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Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town
11/1/2022 - 12/19/2022

Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
12/20/2022 - 1/15/2023
Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
1/16/2023 - 10/31/2023
Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Voucher info

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


9 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


25 Jan, 2023

We had a fantastic time. The shuttle picked us up from our accomodation and was timely and comfortable. We drove for about an out before stopping to grab a snack or use the bathroom. After that we finished off the drive before getting a buffet lunch then going out on this safari. We were out for roughly 2 hours and our driver was very knowledgeable. There was lots of free drinks provided which was handy considering it was quite hot. We had an amazing time


21 Jan, 2023

The day started quite well. The night before our trip we were told that pickup would be at 09:10. It was good that we were at reception early because our driver, Sam was there at exactly 09:00. It was 2 hours to Aquila but Sam made a quick stop at a rest area half-way into the drive. It was also a stop for Sam to give us the forms for us to sign that even if they are negligent Aquila is not responsible for anything that happens. It was then another 45-minutes to the park. Once at Aquila it was a welcome drink and then into lunch. We got to the park at 12:00 and the game drive was to be at 1:30. We had to meet at area B at 1:15 for the game drive. The line for lunch took another 1/2 hour and that left 45 minutes for lunch. Lunch is a buffet. It was chicken-a-LaKing, fish, lamb curry and various vegetables. There was a grilled vegatable platter but that and the fish had way too much garlic and we could not eat it. The chicken was dry. Desert was fresh fruit and cake. Anything to drink is extra including water. It was then onto the drive. All the vans were going to leave for the game drive at the same time. There were way over 100 people at lunch. Much more then we expected as we had been on many safaris in Africa. Don’t worry our driver said, you will see the big five of Africa. They loaded 26 people in an open looking army truck. Four in the back seat then two together on either side of the aisle. We sat in the back even though the driver said the back is the most bumpy. We were there for photography and thought the back would be better for taking pictures. The precautions said no children under 8 were allowed in the game drive. So why were there two young children under 5 - go figure! At 1:30 PM it is the hottest time of the day. In our experience game drives are very very early or afternoon when the sun begins to set. While they say there are no fences - that is not true. The entire reserve is fenced and you are next to the highway. The driver said to guard against pouchers. The area where the two lions are is double fenced to protect the other animals. It seemed our driver knew exactly where to go to see the various animals. He was correct we saw the big five. On our drive around the area we saw: Ostriches Hippo Water Buffalo Elan Lion and Lioness Giraffe Rhino Elephant Wildebeest Zebra A few birds It was a 2-hour game drive with a 20-minute rest stop to use the bathroom and to buy refreshments. The only difference between this and the Bronx Zoo is at the zoo they have signs for the different animals. If you ever took a game drive at a safari park at home this is very similar. You only see a few of each animal. When we’ve been on real safari game drives you see herds of game animals - not just a few as here at Aquila. When we got to the giraffe area the driver didn’t even stop for photos. I guess because it was close to the 2-hour time of the “safari” he didn’t want to stop. At the back of the truck we could not hear the driver talk about the animals. At photo stops He would stop the truck and talk but really did not give the people on the other side of the truck equal time for photos. We had to be done by 3:30pm for the 4pm return to CapeTown. We left the park exactly at 4:00 and after our quick stop at the rest area we were back to out hotel at 6:30. This was over priced and a tourist business for people who never went to a zoo. If you just want to see The Big Five outside of a cage and don’t have the time do a real safari then do this game drive. Or save your money and go on a real safari.


17 Jan, 2023

The driver who took us from Cape Town to the Aquila Game Reserve and back was excellent. He was an excellent driver and knowledgeable guide. The entire experience at the reserve was awe inspiring. The animals, facilities, guides were all great


17 Jan, 2023

We got to ride 2 1/2 hours in un air conditioned van in 80/90 degree heat. Also when we got there, animals were being fed in certain locations. MOre like a zoo instead of a safari.


16 Jan, 2023

This is a great trip especially for someone who has never done a safari. It’s good to keep in mind that this is a reserve so while the animals roam freely they are contained to a spacious 24000 acres. You will see the big 5 and many other animals. The highlight for me was the baby Zebra and seeing my friends react to seeing all of these animals in Africa. Some were brought to tears having realized they never thought they’d actually see an African elephant in Africa. We were greeted with a welcome drink and a delicious buffet lunch before we boarded our safari vehicles. We had a wonderful day.

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