Full-Day Safari Aquila Game Reserve from Cape Town | La Vacanza Travel

Full-Day Safari Aquila Game Reserve from Cape Town

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town
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  • 8 hours
  • Cape Town
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable

Overview

This is an interesting tour that is top rated in Cape Town. It affords travelers a rare opportunity to come face to face with the Big 5. The return trip between Cape Town and Aquila is one of the most scenics. It has everything which you can expect, it has dramatic mountains, valleys, vineyards, and an amazing tunnel.
Travelers must book this tour as it also offers a great opportunity to interact with the locals and taste some of the best dishes on offer in South Africa. It is an outdoor adventure coupled with a sightseeing experience. The drive to and from Aquila is worth more than one can expect.
Travelers also learn a lot about the history of winemaking and learn about wine production in South Africa. There is a great opportunity to taste and buy some of the best wines on offer on this tour.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Drive by this popular wine region in Cape Town which draws thousands of travelers annually. There a over 130 wine estates in Stellenbosch some of which offer cellar tours.

They also offer wine tasting experiences and the reason why this is the most popular is because of Stellenbosch University. Thus university draws thousands of international students who help in the marketing of this wine region.

Pass By: Paarl, Paarl, Western Cape

One of the oldest settlements in South Africa first established as a farming community in 1687. Now a major wine producing region of the Western Cape Province.

There is the Afrikaans Language Monument which is one of the major attractions besides visiting the wineries for wine tasting. Paarl is also home to Paarl Rock - one of the two biggest single rock outcrop in the world. The other being the Uluru rock in the central Northern parts of Australia.

There are currently some 560 wineries and this is also home to Nederberg Wine Estate the first ever winery to introduce wine auctioning every year in the world.

Pass By: Franschhoek, Franschhoek, Western Cape

The wine region with the gourmet town of South Africa. The picturesque valley is known to have the best restaurants and chefs according to annual competions in South Africa.

It is also home to the Victor Vester Prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for the last 3 years prior to his release.

It is the smallest of the three but the most attractive because of its history culture and attachment to those who brought the culture of wine and vinegar production to South Africa - the French Huguenots

Pass By: Huguenot Tunnel, South Africa

An almost 4 km long tunnel built under the Du Toitskloof mountains providing a route that is shorter (by 11 km) and faster. This tunnel was constructed by Italian prisoners of war among others.

Work began in 1942 and 1945 because of the World War 1. In 1984 work began ending in March 1988. This tunnel takes you through to an amazing valley with dramatic mountains on both side of the freeway. It takes you to Worcester one of the best wine regions close to Cape Town.

Pass By: Worcester, Worcester, Western Cape

Another wine region along the scenic drive to Aquila located about 120 km from Cape Town.This wine region is best known for its magnificent Cathedral but is also know famous for the world renowned Worcester Porcelain.

Here is also home to piquant Worcestershire Sauce and the most picturesque cricket ground in the country. All this is besides its magnificent wine producing valley.

Pass By: De Doorns, De Doorns, Western Cape

A very small town in the Breed Valley Local Municipality along the freeway to Aquila. This attractive town nestled in a valley is only 7 km from Worcester and after this place you get to Hex Valley.

Hex Valley is also another wine region in the Western Cape Province which produces top quality grapes for export market only.

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

Arrive to a warm welcome of a glass of wine before being ushered in for registration. After registration you are spoiled with a buffet breakfast before you go on a safari drive which could be up to 3 hours.

The safari is conducted by qualified and highly experienced rangers who will provide you with all the necessary information about the wild animals and the landscape. There are stops when ever you encounter some of the animals to afford travelers photo opportunities.

There is also a 30 minute break where you stretch your legs and have a glass of wine.After safari return back to a hearty buffet lunch. You then take a dip in the swimming pool if you so wish before heading back to Cape Town via one winery for wine tasting.

The drive back to Cape Town is 2 hours where you will be dropped at your hotel after a fun and adventure filled day.

Duration: 4 hours

Inclusions
  • Pick up from your hotel and drop off after the tour
  • Up to 3 hour game drive at Aquila game reserve
  • Buffet breakfast, Lunch plus welcome drinks
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water

Exclusions
  • Optional activity like wine tasting
  • Gratuities
  • Optional wine tasting fees of R 60 per person
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up travelers from the hotel lobby


Departure Time

06:30 AM

Voucher info

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

Duration

8 hours


User's Reviews

Adrian_D

08 Nov, 2023

This was a great tour, we got to see a lot of the country side, in addition to the amazing safari at Aquila. The tour is well worth it!

MEGAN F

07 Jun, 2023

Ordain was an awesome guide and full of knowledge. He was patient, kind and friendly and a joy to have for the day in SA!

timgbz

23 May, 2023

Ordain is a great guide in South Africa! It was my first trip to the country. I booked last minute less than 24 hrs. notice and he was at our hotel lobby at 6:30AM to take us on a full day tour of Aquila Safari and we squeezed in a wine tasting at a winery on the way back. I appreciate all the knowledge and history he was able to share and all of the questions I had about the country, culture, food and politics. He's very flexible with our requests as well. By the end of the day, we asked him to pick us up the next morning for a different excursion. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I will Call Ordain next time I visit Cape Town! Thanks!

mchannan41

12 Jan, 2023

We did the full 1 day trip, aquila safari, bus ride was ok, seem to go on forever, guide we had was excellent, assisted on coach and plenty of information about cape town on the way. On arrival, nice friendly greeting, good buffet style breakfast try the sausage, they reyt nice!! Boarded the safari trucks, very bumpy at the back, try to sit further forward. Did see up close, gariffe, hippo's, elephants, welder breast, antelope, springbok, zebra's, rhino's and ostriches, all with a very knowledgeable guide. Sadly the lions didnt come out to play today, not through the lag of the guide trying to find em, more than 3 times circled around. Good toilet stop, plenty of vino flowing n bottled water. Back for a Braai style lunch, enjoyed afternoon in pool, drinking and meeting new friends. Trip back abit shorter as they go through the tunnel, instead of the svenuc route over mountain, the way ya come. Good out, not to be missed.

Peter C

06 Apr, 2022

From the moment we arrived and we’re told our room wasn’t ready and we’re greeted with a sickly sweet fizzy wine I knew we had made a mistake. I booked a family Lodge for the three of us. We were shown into two rooms. One with a view of the hills the other room with only a window overlooking a corridor which you needed to be 5ft tall to see out of……. It was not a great start for our two night stay. Needless to say I went to reception to be told we are full no other rooms available. I felt we had been duped. The booking form clearly shows lodges on stilts. That what I thought I booked still we were there now…. The catering experience was no where near 4* it was school dinners. The waiting staff were all helpful, polite and friendly. The food was ample in quantity but quality was lacking. Lots of Pasta, lots of Salad, lots of Potato lots of Bread and lots of processed cheese and biscuits. We had booked 4 Safari experience…….honestly, only one 2 hour tour in a lorry with 24 others was necessary. The lorry trip was excruciatingly uncomfortable sit at the front if you can. The roads were in an awful condition. The animals were basically fed in the mornings and afternoons after which you were driven around to see them. Three elephants, three lions, three giraffes. Plenty of Springbox buffalo and rhino it was basically a zoo where 4 of the big 5 could be seen. No mention of Leopards though………where were they??? The promises of the Big 5 seemed to be false and there was no mention of where the leopards were…… We agree to spend 1,000rand on a Quad bike Safari. The quad bikes were death traps bent broken! The helmets we were given were very old, filthy and completely disgusting. Finally no TVs in any rooms and the WiFi was a joke…….. no streaming was possible at all and getting on line was almost impossible. When you did get online it dropped out almost immediately which in 2022 was completely unacceptable. Go for a day with low expectations of what you might see and please do not expect to see the Big 5 and you will be fine! We were so very disappointed!!

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Wonderful animal safari

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The big 5 …. No it wasn’t!

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Nam to Cape

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Best time ever ❤️💐

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