Aquila Game Reserve

The closest game reserve to Cape Town is Aquila Private Game Reserve. Aquila offers a high standard big 5 safari experience right on Cape Town’s doorstep. Not only will you have the safari experience, but overnight in luxurious accommodation with superb hospitality and enjoy the exciting activities they offer.

Time:3 Days
Lodge or Tented camps
Cape Town
Safari lodge close to Cape Town

About Aquila

Aquila Private Game Reserve is one of the most popular and closest game reserves in the Cape Town area and it only takes 2 hours to get there. Aquila is a 10 000 hectare private game reserve found in the Klien Karoo and is home to the big 5 as well as a large variety of incredible South African wildlife. With the game reserve’s close proximity to Cape Town, the safari experiences at Aquila have really made a name for itself.

At Aquila Game Reserve the safari drives are two to three hours long and take place in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. During the safari, a highly experienced guide will tell you everything there is to know about the wildlife and what you will be seeing during the trip. And, you will know that no matter what animals you are going to see, you will be safe and secure in the 4×4 safari vehicle. Aquila Game reserve offers unique safari experiences all year round.

Aquila Game Reserve is known for their magnificent wildlife and for their warm African hospitality. The game reserve offers different accommodation options that will ensure that you can afford the safari trip. From more affordable options to luxurious options. For a game reserve close to Cape Town, our overnight safari at Aquila Game Reserve is a great option.

All safaris are booked through Safaris Down South.

The Safari Experience

Once at Aquila you are going to be welcomed with a cocktail upon arrival, checked in and shown around the lodge. The day starts off with a buffet lunch and some leisure time. In the afternoon you will go on your first safari drive and enjoy the African sunset out in the bush. Dinner will be served later in the evening and then it’s time to sit back relax.

The following day you will have the option of going on the morning or afternoon safari. Morning safaris are at sunrise and afternoon safaris take you into the sunset. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served true African style at the lodge. If you are not on a safari you can sit back, relax and enjoy the calmness of nature. You can also choose to take part in additional safari options and activates during the afternoon. After a day at the game reserve you’ll have some leisure before dinner is served. The night is yours to unwind, star gaze and enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings. On the day of departure you’ll be up bright and early. A sunrise safari starts off the day, followed by a buffet breakfast, before you checkout and depart to Cape Town or your onward destination.

Activities at Aquila

Aquila Game Reserve offers some really exciting activities and additional safari options. You can choose to join an additional safari drive or take part in a quadbike or horseback safari. For the more adventuros souls you can even book a skydiving experience. You will also have full access to the spa treatments and the swimming pool during your stay. Ask for the options when you make your booking as these activites do need to be booked in advance and are subject to availablity. These extra activites and safaris at the game reserve are not included and you do need to pay extra for them.

From Our Safaris

Take a look at photos from Aquila Game Reserve.

Essential Information

During your stay you will be able to go on one scheduled safari per day and all meals are included. Excluded in the overnight safari at Aquila Game Reserve are the SPA treatments, the quad bike and horseback safaris, skydiving, shop purchases and drinks.



  • Check in
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Enjoy the lodge
  • Sunset game drive
  • Dinner


  • Sunrise game drive
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Time at leisure
  • Buffet lunch
  • Optional extra activities
  • Sunset game drive
  • Time at leisure
  • Dinner


  • Sunrise game drive
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Checkout


Getting There

The fastest route is a 2 hours drive from Cape Town and follows the N1 highway. Transfers are regularly arranged on request.

Accommodation Options

For a great wilderness experience, mixed with luxury and comfort, then the Aquila Game Reserve’s accommodation options should be considered. With two main choices to choose from, the Aquila lodge or the Aquila cottages, you can still choose the accommodation that is best for you.

The Aquila lodge is just beside the restaurant and is newly build. The lodge offers 22 different rooms facing the reserve and the mountains. And 22 more rooms that are facing away from the reserve. With the Aquila lodge, you have three different options.

Standard Lodge Rooms

These rooms don’t have a view and are facing away from the reserve.

PriceR1704 – R2096 per person, per night
Sleeps2 Adults
Includes2 x Big 5 game drives, lunch, dinner & breakfast

Premier Lodge Rooms

They have balconies that are facing the reserve with great views.

PriceR2396 – R3544 per night
Sleeps2 Adults
Includes2 x Big 5 game drives, lunch, dinner & breakfast

Family Lodge Suites

This is a standard lodge room that is connected with a premier lodge room via a passage. This is ideal for families.

PriceR1704 – R3544 per night
Sleeps4 Adults
Includes2 x Big 5 game drives, lunch, dinner & breakfast

The Aquila cottages are four star cottages mostly build from rock, thatch, and wood to blend with the environment. It offers everything you need to have a luxurious stay, like air conditioners, log fires, rock bathrooms and some has wooden viewing decks. There are also three different cottages that you can choose from.

Standard Luxury Cottages

Comes with own patio and corner bath

PriceR2180 – R3210 per night
Sleeps 4 Adults
Includes2 x Big 5 game drives, lunch, dinner & breakfast

Family Luxury Cottages

They are semi-detached and close to the children’s play area.

PriceR2264 – R3336 per night
Sleeps 4 or 8 Adults
Includes2 x Big 5 game drives, lunch, dinner & breakfast

Premier Luxury Cottages

They are situated on the hillside to offer privacy. Build mostly in rock to blend in with the environment.

PriceR2396 – R3544 per night
Sleeps2 Adults
Includes2 x Big 5 game drives, lunch, dinner & breakfast


Booking a safari with us is easy. Fill out the contact form and lets get started. If you are good to go just let us know and we will book you straight in, alternatively we will be back in touch in just a minute to assist you with any questions or personal requests. We are always happy to assist and love to help you plan your perfect experience with us.

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