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Lots of fauna to view in this reserve. I did not appreciate the driver for the tour tailgating most of the way on the return trip.
We only had a few days in Cape Town and wanted to see as much as possible. This tour gave us the opportunity to experience a game reserve within a couple of hours drive of Cape Town. Pick up arrangements worked well ( very early start! ) excellent breakfast provided on arrival at the reserve followed by approx 3 hour tour. Bit disappointed we didnt see giraffes but did see lots of other animals and quite close up. Lunch was provided, again good, before making the trio back to our hotel. Good value trip
The driver that collected us to the hotel and then took us to the game reserve didn't speak to us and tell us the timings of the day which was annoying as to begin with we felt that we were in the dark about where to go and what to do. The game reserve trip itself was excellent and breakfast and lunch was delicious.
An African safari was on my "bucket list". I was in Cape Town on business and only had 1 day. Aquila proved to be a very good option. We saw all but one of the big 5 without having to look very hard. The food at lunch was fine but there was no where to sit and the ostrich farm was an utter waste of time but overall a good day.
The game reserve visit was very well presented from the early morning pickup to the early evening return to the hotel. We were shown all the big 5 by a very knowledgeable and friendly "gamepark ranger". Breakfast and lunch were provided and were excellent value for content and quality. Overall a good day out!!!!!!
Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari "a poorman's Krueger National Park Safari", a quite good option for a busy Cape Town visitor. We saw a lot of wild African animals.
Definitely worth doing if you only have a short time in Cape Town, as location is only a couple of hours drive away. Although not as large as some of the game reserves in other parts of South Africa. This tour gives you a real taste of safari life especially as our guide was very informative.
It was good to see 'The Big Five' animals around the park. Tour was great with well informed guides. Good food at breakfast and lunch.
It was a very pleasant day out. Our driver from the hotel to Aquila was very kind and did everything he could to make the group happy. Doing a tour around the game reserve is nice, and enjoying the swimming-pool inside after the tour was great. However, it is not the real safari experience - animals are few, kept separate from each other in some cases. And we also had the truck that had to drive us around the reserve broken down, it took a long time for us to get a new truck and the change was managed poorly.
No onboard guide, driver was terrible, very poor driving skills, the reserve was fine, good guide/ driver
Trip from Cape Town Hotels was uneventful but not very informative. The reserve main lodge is very nice. Good food (breakfast and lunch) were included as well as champaign stop at the midpoint of the 2 hour safari tour. The safari felt like Noah's Ark ( two of these, two of those) and is more of a small park than the vast plains teaming with wildlife that we hoped to see.
Pleasant day however be aware the animals are pretty regimented, 2 elephants 2 giraffes etc hardly on safari but lovely setting and lunch etc
If this is the only safari trip you have ever been on then you will enjoy it. It is more like a drive round a huge wildlife park than I imagine a safari to be. Having said that you are practically guaranteed to see loads of animals wandering around (and some rescue ones in pens). The breakfast and lunch were very good indeed and the place itself is stunning. Worth a visit but don't expect "Wild at Heart".
If you want a nice day out with a comfortable bus ride, good buffett lunch and friendly guide then you wont be dissappointed, however if you want to see native animals in their natural environment then I would say this reserve is not for you.
The actual grounds and scenery at the reserve is stark and barron. The animals stand around within the very large grounds basically waiting to be fed and have tourists gawk at them.
Very dissappointing have seen better at my local zoo and especially Singapore zoo.
A good option if you can't get to Kruger or the Serengeti. The reserve is in its infancy, but we saw hippo, rhino, elephant, zebra, ostrich and lion. The food is excellent. Didn't do the ostrich farm so can't comment.
beautiful excursion with the good and nice driver of the Spingbok
The lodge and food was great.. Our guide Daniel was awesome and was very knowledgeable. We were incrediblely close to the animals. It just didn't feel like we were really in the bush with wild animals. It felt like a larger version of Disney's Animal Kingdom.
I went into this knowing I wasn't getting a real safari. But even then it was still pretty lousy. Two elephants, one giraffe, two rhinos. The lions are kept in a cage and they pretend like you're lucky to see them. It's all staged and really not worth the trip.
Not worth the travel there. One giraffe, one buffolo, 6 zebra, one oryx, two elephants, etc etc. A trip to the local zoo would have been better. PA system on troop carrier was inefficient and those at the back could not hear.
Well, many things were great, but we did not see one single giraffe or zebra, which was a real dissapointment. From your ads you show giraffe and zebra--so felt we should have known that.
As far as pick up and delivered-we were on time, but the driver seemed rushed, and engaged otherwise. This is the driver of the pick up van from hotels.
We had a good mix of people doing this together, so that helped with group dynamics.The guide on the actual safari was great, and knowlegeable and hospitable. He was very informed, sincere and genuine, and does a great job for you. He probably needs to be compensated more, because he makes the tour. This is strictly my personal opinion, and I did not have a conversation with anyone regarding salaries, but he is the one keeping everyone happy and comfortable.
Breakfast and lunch was good, and the setting good also.It was good to see you are using solar power and taking care of our planet.Your driver of the actual jeep did a good job too, especially parking and moving so we could snap photos, etc.The ostrich farm was ok, and educational if one wanted to know abt. ostrich.
This was way below expectation. Expected to see a wide range of animals and birds but saw only a handful. Did not give a feeling of a safari. It is a big cost for a very short game drive with limited animals. We did not see the elephants or the zebras as the drive was further made short when it started raining. The breakfast & lunch were good. For the cost of the programme as a whole, it was not worth it.
Ernest Michael M
I expected more animals on the reserve. Staff in the restaurant were a bit abrupt when when I sat at the wrong table.
I WILL NOT RECOMMEND, 2 ANIMALS OF EACH KIND DOES NOT MAKE A GAME PARK!!
Waaaay overpriced for what it was. During the 2 hour drive to the place, there was no commentor or travel guide. The driver was a speeder. WE had coffee free at breakfast, but was charged for it at lunch time, something we call gouging. AFter lunch we hung around for two hours doing nothing. The guide in the 4-wheeler was hard to understand with his broken English and had somewhat of a chip on his shoulder by the way he responded to questions directed at him. Save your money.