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Big Five Game Reserve Near Cape Town

Aquila Safari Lodge is a 4 star big five game reserve near Cape Town situated the Southern Karoo. The big five reserve is a 7,500 hectare conservancy in the southern Karoo, and home to the big 5 legends of the wilderness – elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino.

This big five game reserve near Cape Town has two large swimming pools, each with a pool bar overlooking the reserve. There are large dining areas, and cosy cigar bars and lounges. Aquila has a library, curio shop and children’s entertainment area.
This big five game reserve near Cape Town is the closest private game reserve to Cape Town, being a short drive from the city. Aquila is located in the historic Touws Rivier town, in a valley between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Karoo.

The Karoo is on the national garden route. Setting the scene are spellbinding landscapes, carpets of wild flowers and wildlife. It is a place of wide spaces, immense horizons, craggy mountain ranges, jutting hills, an ancient seabed, and a massive clear sky at night.

Cape Town
Aquila Game Reserve is recognized as a major Cape Town tourist attraction. Aquila has been published in the “World’s 21 favourite things to do in Cape Town,” and considered one of the top 10 daytrip destinations by Sawubona Magazine.

Aquila offers a wide variety of safaris – day trip safaris, horseback safaris, quad bike safari, overnight and fly-in safaris. There are other activities on offer like 4 x 4 trails, fishing and themed weekend breakaways. Visit our activities page for more.

Aquila Private Game Reserve has gone to massive efforts and expense to source and re-introduce wildlife into the Cape region. A great emphasis is placed on a wildlife conservation educational experience. Aquila offers visitors a complimentary educational introduction to our cheetahs. Cheetahs are captive bred and strictly controlled in the interest of cheetah survival worldwide.

This big five game reserve near Cape Town is the ultimate African safari getaway, a Big 5 Game Reserve close to Cape Town, which is found less than two hours’ drive from the city.

Adventure quad-biking on hilly roads, roaming the woods on horseback, slow champagne sunset safaris, and close encounters with the Big Five are only a few of the things you can expect on an Aquila Cape Town Safari.

Aquila Cape Town safari options:

  • Day Trip Safari
  • Horseback Safari
  • Quad bike Safari
  • Combo Safari
  • Overnight Safari
  • Fly In Safari

Aside from the Big 5, Aquila is home to hippo, giraffe, buck and over 170 different species of bird. Safaris include full course buffet breakfasts, picnics at rock pools, and etched-in-memory animal encounters.

Enquire on this big five game reserve near Cape Town to make your Cape Town safari reservation today.

Overnight accommodation in luxury chalets, Accommodation includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and a game drive, Two 3 hour game drives in 4×4 vehicles daily, Cigar Bar, Conferencing, Wildlife including the Big 5, Curio Shop and Outdoor swimming pool.

Family Luxury Chalets

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Luxury Safari Lodge Accommodation

  • Semi detached units
  • Special attention paid to privacy
  • Plush furniture and earthy decor
  • En-suite bathroom with toilet and corner bath tub
  • Back to nature outdoor shower
  • Each chalet has a log fire and fan
  • Each chalet has a coal stove, and tea and coffee making facilities

Premier Luxury Chalets

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Premier Safari Lodge Accommodation

  • 5 premier luxury chalets available
  • Plush furniture and earthy decor
  • En-suite bathroom with toilet and corner bath tub
  • Back to nature outdoor shower
  • The honeymoon suite boats a Jacuzzi
  • Each chalet opens up onto a private patio
  • Each chalet has a log fire

Cape Town Safari
Aquila premier luxury chalets combine a Cape Town safari with supreme standards of comfort. All Chalets are designed with an eye for luxury.

All Chalets have tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar, and feature fans and air conditioners. Not compromising on luxury, high quality woven cotton fabric linen is used throughout.

Room configuration:

  1. Chalet 6: Sleeps 4 (Family unit)
  2. Chalet 7: Sleeps 2 (Twin sharing)
  3. Chalet 8: Sleeps 2 (Queen size bed)
  4. Chalet 9: Sleeps 2 (Queen size bed)
  5. Chalet 10: Sleeps 2 (Twin sharing)

Standard Luxury Chalets

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Standard Luxury accommodation is a collection of semi detached units. Chalets have thatch roofs and feature exterior stone work.

Each unit is a unique contemporary African design.

In keeping with the design and flow of the architecture at Aquila, the Standard Cottages do not compromise on your experience or the standard of luxury.

Each has its own patio, corner bath and outdoor rock shower.

Cottages are equipped with mini bars, air-conditioning, fans and feature ‘coal’ stoves for the extra bit of warmth and cosiness in winter months.


Cape Town Safari
Aquila semi detached units combine a Cape Town Safari with luxury accommodation. All chalets have been built from natural materials found on the reserve such as rocks, river pebbles, reeds and wood.

Chalets sleep up to eight people. Not compromising on luxury, quality percale linen is used throughout. Chalets are snug and leisurely, and were made with the outdoors in mind.

Aquila Game Reserve Cape Town
Aquila Game Reserve Cape Town gives guests the chance to encounter Africa’s legends of the wild. Daily transfers to Aquila can be arranged for those not staying at the reserve.

Day drive safaris are two to three hours long. Safaris are available for evening and early morning game viewing. For the adventure seeker, guests can experience a unique quad-biking experience.

Aquila Game Reserve Cape Town also offers one or two day fly-in safaris. Flights are 20-30 minutes long. Guests fly over the majestic Hex River Mountains – the second highest mountain range in the Western Cape Province.

Aquila Game Reserve has a conference centre with a dance floor and buffet area. The conference centre can seat up to 92 pax. There are two breakaway rooms and an option to strategise in the Boma restaurant. Aquila has an impressive activities list. Traditional game drives, safaris on horseback, quad biking, 4 x 4 mountain trails, visits to ancient rock art sites, and so much more.

Cape Town Conference Centre at this big five game Reserve Near Cape Town
Conferencing and Banqueting Floor Plan

The main inside area of the conference room is 125m2 (25m x 5m) with a thatch circular outside boma area of 36m2.

Two Breakaway Rooms

  • 10m2 (2mx5m)
  • 5m2 (2mx5m)

Seating Capacity

  • 48 pax (8 x 6 tables) including dance floor and buffet set up inside – bar at reception
  • 92 pax (8 x 12 tables) dance floor, buffet and bar set up in boma area
  • 80 pax cinema style – tea and coffee station at reception or in boma area
  • 56 pax U-Shape style – tea and coffee station at reception
  • 80 pax cocktail style with bars and buffet

Catering and Bar Facilities

All hot meals are prepared by our internationally acclaimed Executive Chef and served in our African boma-styled indoor/outdoor restaurant. Majestic Karoo Mountains and valleys are the idyllic dining backdrop.

Platters can be served in our conference area with tea, coffee and/or other beverages.
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided on request.

Conference equipment

Conference equipment consists of DVD, TV, Data Projector & Screen, Flip Chart and White Board. Other specialised equipment can be arranged on request.

Other services

The Aquila Sales and Marketing team will assist you with all your functions, special events and conferencing needs. Any requirements can be accommodated within the premises to make your event as memorable as possible. Customised packages are available on request.

South Africa Conference Venue
Aquila game reserve is a unique South Africa conference venue. Aquila Game Reserve is a four star establishment and boasts all the features associated with an exceptional safari lodge. The reserve has a conference centre with two breakaway rooms, Boma Restaurant & Cigar Bar. There are 2 large swimming pools, each with a pool bar, and overlooking the reserve.

Aquila is an outstanding South African conference venue with a host of wildlife safaris. Safaris include full course buffet breakfasts, picnics at rock pools, and etched-in-memory animal encounters. Aquila is an ideal executive getaway close to the city.

Enquire on this big five game reserve near Cape Town to make your Cape Town safari reservation today.

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Rate From R1650 WINTER. Summer and high peak POA
WiFi WiFi
Country South Africa
State/Province Western Cape
distance: 2,646 Miles
Address 1992 Kliprand Street, Touws River 6880, South Africa

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