Aquila Game Reserve and Spa Afternoon Safari

The Aquila Safari Private Game Reserve in the Karoo proposes this safari to view the Big 5 in a natural setting: elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, leopard and lion.

Aquila Game Reserve Highlights

  • 3-hour afternoon safari with welcome drinks and buffet lunch
  • View the Big 5: elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo
  • Game reserve set in the Southern Karoo highlands


Set in the pristine southern Karoo highlands, against a backdrop of dramatic mountains, the Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa offers an exciting taste of adventure just two hours from Cape Town. Aquila is home to a variety of game, including the African ‘big five’ consisting of elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and Cape buffalo. On a three-hour afternoon safari, guests will be introduced to these majestic animals, while under the care of an experienced guide. Enjoy welcome drinks upon arrival, before being whisked off in a traditional bush vehicle for a game viewing experience that won’t soon be forgotten. Return in time to relax at Aquila’s five-star reserve where a buffet lunch completes the afternoon experience.

About the Reserve

The owner of Aquila, Searl Derman, is well-known for having vast knowledge of Cape and African wildlife. Derman felt there was a need for an affordable, authentic safari experience to be available to Cape Town locals and visitors. With this vision in mind, he opened the Aquila Private Game Reserve in 2001, naming it after the rare black eagle, or Aquila Verreauxii. The reserve is a four star, malaria free conservation area that has come to be one of Cape Town’s most notable attractions.

Aquila Game Reserve Contact Information and Opening Times


Booking essential

Phone: +27 (0)21 430 7260

Aquila Safari Private Game Reserve

Advice for visitors

Guests can opt to use a shuttle service to travel to Aquila, or they can self-drive to the reserve. The trip from Cape Town is about two-hours long. After a buffet lunch, the game drive lasts approximately three-hours. Although a great way to see game at Aquila, there are also other opportunities to see animals. Adventurous visitors may also want to try horseback safaris, fly-in safaris, or a quad bike safari through the reserve.

Did you know

The Aquila Rehabilitation and Conservation Centre (ARC) is an outdoor sanctuary sponsored by the reserve that is dedicated to facilitating once doomed ‘canned lions’. These lions live out the remainder of their lives in the comfort and safety of lush one hectare fenced camps. The ARC is also home to rescued leopard and cheetahs that are cared for as part of a cheetah breeding programme.

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