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Are you torn between a wildlife holiday and a trip to see the sights of the Mother City? You can have both the affordability of great hospitality and the luxury of an African Safari when you stay in Cape Town City Accommodation.

The Big Five Is Closer Than You Think

Aquila Game Reserve is a Big Five Nature Reserve located just 2 hours from Cape Town, near Touws River in the Karoo.

This premier destination caters to the nature lover with a range of one day activities to please even the most discerning traveller. These include guided game drives, horseback safaris, quad bike excursions into the wilderness and visits to the onsite rehabilitation centre.

The reserve is located in a malaria-free area, so the only advance planning you need to do is your booking. You can arrange for a shuttle to pick you up at your Cape Town accommodation or enjoy the fruits of the Southern Karoo highlands wine route along the way if you choose to self-drive.


Aquila Nature Reserve is a 10 000 hectare swathe of valleys, rivers and kloofs nestled between the picturesque Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains.

The reserve is a role player in several conservation initiatives:

Rescue and Rehabilitation

The enclosures are home to several lions rescued from the horrors of canned hunting as well as a leopard and cheetah breeding pair. This project has been responsible for releasing 3 mountain leopard into the wild, along with numerous porcupines, owls, lynx and other small animals.

Saving Private Rhino

Free counter-poaching training courses held at Aquila have led to several victories in the field of rhino poaching, including a R30 million ivory bust in the Western Cape. This initiative has recently expanded to include a rehabilitation centre and orphanage for rhinos affected by poaching. The facility is not open to the public but you can do your bit by donating to this important cause which works towards getting rhino back into protected wild spaces where they belong.

Eco Initiatives

All the fruit, fish and vegetables used on the reserve are produced on site with any excess donated to soup kitchens. Waste from the fish and plants are used as fertilizer and in the biogas plant.

What’s on Offer

The luxury doesn’t end with your game viewing activities when you visit this Western Cape Reserve.
Afterward, let the kids loose in the play area while you sample some of the nourishing home grown fare at the onsite restaurant or indulge in a pampering spa treatment.

Why not add a touch of the African wilderness to your Cape Town holiday with a visit to Aquila Private Nature Reserve?


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