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Spend a full day at the Aquila Game Reserve, the closest one to Cape Town, on this safari tour. Get excited to see the ‘Big Five’ game animals and endangered species such as the ‘Aquila’ Black Eagle on this worry-free trip, which includes pickup at your Cape Town city center hotel. This is one of the easiest safari tours near Cape Town, on a private and malaria-free game reserve.


  • Safari day trip to Aquila Game Reserve from Cape Town
  • Spot South Africa’s Big Five animals on a game drive around this malaria-free private reserve
  • Watch out for endangered species like snow leopards
  • Lean about the reserve’s wild animals and birdlife from your game ranger guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari

Begin your day with a pickup at your central Cape Town hotel in an air-conditioned coach, and travel in comfort to the private and malaria-free Aquila Game Reserve about 2 hours away in the midst of the southern Karoo semi-desert region.

Meet your guide and game ranger when you reach the reserve, and from there climb into an open-air safari vehicle to begin your game drive.

Learn about how the so-called ‘Big Five’ - African elephants, Cape buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinos - got their nickname as you keep your eyes peeled for any sign of them as well as giraffes, hippos and other animals. The Aquila Game Reserve is particularly known for its abundant bird species, thanks in part to a large wetland area. There are over 170 species of birds that make their home in the park, including the endangered ‘Aquila’ Black Eagle from which the reserve takes its name.

At the end of a 2.5-hour safari drive, return for lunch (included) and then meet up with your host once again for the drive back to Cape Town. Return to the city by late afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Lorna F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Nine of us had an amazing day at the Aquila Game Reserve.
We had a glass of fizz on arrival, then a fabulous breakfast, then a three hour safari, had amazing views of some animals and not so amazing views of others, but as the animals aren't in cages you take what you get on the day!
My son did this trip a week before us, and his photos of most of the animals were fantastic.
Half way round the Safari we had another glass of fizz, then returned to a lovely lunch.
We sat by the pool until our pick up time to return us to our apartments! The elephants wandered down to the watering hole opposite the swimming pool!
On leaving the Reserve there were Baboons sitting on the road.

Thomas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a wonderful tour with a chance to see all the key wild animals in a natural setting. The fact that the park is dedicated to healing and caring for animals illegally trapped is an added plus.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A truly awesome experience. Wonderful memories. xx

Terry United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Outstanding! This group is doing great work with the animals! We were So close up! We have Wonderful pictures! Kudos to the wonderful staff who prepared breakfast and our lunch. The best food in South Africa!

Andrew B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Amazing, although a game reserve with fencing, all of the animals had acres of space to wander around, for a day trip if you dont have to time to do a full on safari, this is it, be prepared to get up early though, 5.30am start from Cape Town City and camps bay area,


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This is a great safari taster. We were only in Cape Town briefly on a cruise ship and it was great to be able to have a safari experience so close to Cape Town, in only one day. We managed to see all of the Big Five, even though the leopard was in the rehab centre at the time. The tour was well organised and ran smoothly and the guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Being greeted with a glass of champagne upon arrival was a pleasant surprise! Can definitely recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent trip, wonderful food and drink, amazing guides and outstanding setting

Amberly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our driver, Denver, was awesome and got us safely to and from Aquila Game Reserve. Once we arrived, the bubbly wine and breakfast started the safari on the right foot! We boarded the safari vehicles and started on our journey through the reserve. The animals are fantastic and it was just so neat to see them in action! Just realize that this is a reserve and not a national park- the animals are fenced in and it can feel like a wild zoo and not an actual safari. It doesn't limit the danger, though. We got pretty close to the lions, the rhinos were still treated as dangerous, and the guides still have to keep you safe. Half way through the tour, we were able to get out and walk around with another glass of bubbly near the zebras. The tour ended with a fabulous lunch! After lunch, we lounged in some chairs by the fire pit. There is also drink service at this time. It was an amazing day! Loved every bit of it!

Jodi P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The game reserve was great, and the animals were a pleasure to watch. The buffet breakfast and lunch were super.

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Beautiful!!!!! Totally beyond expectations.

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