Safari with Big 5

A once-in a-lifetime opportunity to see Africa’s Big Five – rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard. Don’t forget your camera!

Aquila Private Game Reserve, just under a two hour scenic drive via the N1 from Cape Town, is named after the rare and endangered Black Eagle that thrives in the area. Proclaimed a Private Nature Reserve in 1985, this 4 star, Big 5, malaria free, 10,000 hectare conservancy is steeped in Boer War history and boasts 3 pristine biomes of vegetation set in the magnificent Karoo mountains, valleys, rivers and kloofs.

Aquila has been recognized alongside major tourist attractions such as Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch and Robben Island as a must-see Cape destination.

Overnight Safaris:

By Road

Self-drive guests to check in at 14h00 and check out 10h00.

Day one:

If you are using the Aquila transport then a representative of Aquila Private Game Reserve will collect you at your hotel where you will travel via the scenic Du Toitskloof Pass and through the Winelands to Aquila Private Game Reserve.

  • A welcome drink will await your arrival whilst you relax at either one of the swimming pools in summer, or whilst enjoying a roaring log fire in our lounge in winter.

Enjoy lunch in the restaurant and check into your room at 14h00.

Depart for your game drive with one of our experienced rangers and enjoy sparkling wine served at one of various look out points en-route. (This includes a visit to “ARC” (Aquila Rescue and Conservation Centre) positioned close to the Reserve- Donations welcomed at this Non-Profit Organization)

Return to the lodge and restaurant for an authentic African dinner or traditional South African braai (BBQ) and overnight in one of our Luxury, Premier or Family Luxury Cottages. After dinner join the ranger next to the open air boma on a star safari.

Day two:

  • Early morning game drive.
  • Full buffet breakfast. Check out 10h00



4 Star accommodation is available in Cottages and a Lodge. Aquila sleeps a total of 168 guests sharing and 81 single occupancy in 77 rooms.


Aquila has all of the Big 5 – elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and rare Cape mountain leopard – and is also home to giraffe and hippo. Aquila is also proud to host the first rhino to be born in the Western Cape in 250 years. Large herds of game are also found on the reserve such as black wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, springbok, gemsbok, steenbok, caracal (lynx), blesbok, bat eared fox, ostriches, klip springer, duiker, greybuck, baboon, black backed jackal, eland and red hartebeest.

Aquila experienced a rhino birth boom towards the end of 2015, unfortunately one of the calves born was rejected by its Mother, Aquila had to make the choice of uplifting the calf and hand rearing this orphan. This is an 18month long journey. The calf is being looked after by ARC and is housed in a separate boma on the main reserve. Guests visiting the reserve are able to view him on their game drives, this will be under strict supervision at Aquila’s discretion.


Aquila and its natural wetland is home to 172 species of birds and is also home to several breeding pairs of the rare black eagle, after which the reserve has been named. Karoo chat, rufous-eared warbler, fairy flycatcher and yellow-bellied eremomela can be found on short walks into the surrounding wilderness. Lark-like bunting and black-headed canary move in after the rainy season. In the summer months the booted eagle is a regular visitor and the rainy season attracts flamingos to the reserve.


Aquila offers Overnight and Day Trip Safaris. Day trip safaris are offered as full day or half day options.

Aside from the ever-popular Game drive day trips, Aquila offers Horseback Safaris and Quad Bike Safaris or a combination of all three. Aquila has by far the greatest selection of game in the Western Cape and was rated by SAA’s Sawubona In-flight Magazine as “One of the Best Day Trips‟, right up there with Cape Point and Table Mountain.

Activities on the Reserve at an additional rate:

Game Drives: Morning and evening game drives with qualified field rangers in safari vehicles. Blankets and raincoats are made

Available to guests during the winter season. Specially designed ladders are used to assist guests embarking and disembarking the vehicles.

Horse-back Safari:

Minimum age requirement is 16 years old. Maximum of 8 people per safari.

Guided by one of our rangers. Duration: 2 hours (Approx.)

Quad bike Safari:

Minimum age requirement is 16 years old. Maximum of 10 people per safari.

Guided by two rangers. 1 guest per vehicle. Duration: 2 hours (Approx.)