A taste of Africa at Aquila Private Game Reserve, South Africa

A taste of Africa at Aquila Private Game Reserve

Western Cape, South Africa

Aquila Private Game Reserve

Aquila Private Game Reserve

Recently I was lucky enough to pay a visit to the Aquila Private Game Reserve. A two hour drive from Cape Town takes you through picturesque mountain areas which, at this time of year, still feature beautiful snow caps. The reserve guarantees visitors the big five experience.

Snow capped mountains on the drive to Aquila

Snow capped mountains on the drive to Aquila

Although the reserve is no substitute for the free roaming parks of Pilanesberg and Kruger, Aquila offers visitors the ideal weekend escape. For tourists and business travelers staying in Cape Town, Aquila can be explored in a quick overnight visit. Foreigners get the chance to see elephants, lions and rhinos in a natural environment while enjoying a relaxing break. Ideal for young families and older visitors, your time spent at Aquila is one where you are free to relax by the pool, catch a drink in the bar or read a book on your private terrace. Here your every whim is cared for and buffet-meals are served three times a day where you can eat and eat until your heart is content.

Aquila elephants

Aquila elephants

One of the things I love about this reserve is their eco-friendly conscience. A massive solar panel area covers all the energy needs of the hotel while we were encouraged to use the shampoos and shower gels provided to us as they are eco-friendly and biodegradable. The hotel also provides jobs to the surrounding community and many of the attentive staff at the resort provide for their entire family with the salary they earn here.

Aquila's rescued lions

Aquila’s rescued lions

With regards to the wildlife, the Animal Rescue centre across the road as well as the enclosed lion area (which is located in the reserve area) house big cats that were saved from canned hunting projects. Aquila’s Saving Private Rhino campaign was built in the memory of the late ABSA, an Aquila rhino that was the victim of a tragic poaching event. The project was established to build conservation efforts, raise awareness and train other parks on how to protect their precious rhinos.

Rhinos at Aquila

Rhinos at Aquila

Although the reserve has a limited amount of animals, sightings are guaranteed and the ranger’s know the animals’ habits and traits so they are not afraid to get close – even on the horse rides and quad bike safaris! Ideal for a relaxing weekend break, Aquila provides good food, a tranquil atmosphere and a chance to reconnect with the wild.

Horse back safari

Horse back safari

To check availability and receive our quotes and specials for the Aquila Private Game Reserve near Cape Town, you are welcome to contact us:

South African Tourism Company

Tel:    +27 (0)21 794 9050
Mobile: +27 (0)827 823 142
Fax:    +27 (0)21 794 9995
Email:   res@south-african-hotels.com

Website: http://www.south-african-hotels.com
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