Big 5 at Aquila Private Game Reserve

Aquila Private Game Reserve is a 4 star luxury Game Lodge and Spa, situated in Touwsrivier, less than 2 hours drive from Cape Town. With Cape Town being a top travel destination for overseas tourists, Aquila is the perfect place to encounter Africa’s Big 5. I recently spent 2 days at Aquila with my family, and it was an amazing experience!


Aquila Safaris places emphasis on wildlife conservation and environmentally friendly tourism, affording guests the opportunity to get up close with the Big 5. Day trips from Cape Town or overnight safaris are options. An overnight stay includes 2 games drives, all meals and an ‘Out of Africa’ experience. Horseback and quad bike safaris are also available. Accommodation choices range from standard cottages to premier lodge rooms, to luxury family suites, all with incredible views overlooking the reserve.

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Panoramic vistas and wide open spaces greeted us on our evening game drive, as we stopped off at the watering hole to watch the wildlife congregate before nightfall. The safari guides have a wonderful knowledge of, and love for the animals, making every game drive a memorable experience.

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An early morning game drive is followed by a visit to the Animal Rescue & Conservation Centre, where Leopard and Cheetah can be viewed. The ‘Saving Private Rhino’ initiative has been established by Aquila to fight poaching in Africa. At present, Aquila is home to an orphaned rhino, who is closely guarded. Lion conservation is also top priority, and Aquila is a sanctuary for lions saved from ‘canned hunting’. Lion viewing at Aquila is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience!




Sadly, drought has adversely affected wildlife in Africa in 2016, and grazing was being supplemented when I visited. We pray for rain in 2017.

Aquila has recently opened a Spa, and if you’re looking for an escape from the heat, or just a haven to restore and unwind, this is the place. With an outdoor pool, and 2 indoor heated pools, heaven awaits. 5 Star treatments will leave you feeling rejuvenated and restored.



A children’s entertainment centre is an added bonus, with endless activities on offer…for young and old. Babysitting services are also available, by prior arrangement. Aquila caters for all ages, making it a perfect place for families to stay.


Aquila Private Game Reserve, a place where memories are made…I will return.


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