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Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Game Drive
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (English Driver only)
  • Professional Game Ranger - English speaking only
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

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Opening hours

  • 11/1/2022 - 12/19/2022

    Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • 12/20/2022 - 1/15/2023

    Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • 1/16/2023 - 10/31/2023

    Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Pickup details

Should your Hotel not be listed, please contact us 48 hours so we can confirm if we would be able to pick up and drop off from your hotel.

What To Expect

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 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 your 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.

Aquila Private Game Reserve

Included: welcome drink on arrival, 3 hour open vehicle game drive, & buffet lunch. Drinks and all extras are for your own account

5 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for children aged 2 and under
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Tour accommodates maximum 8 guests, however there will be more guests at the Reserve and on the game drive.
  • Cullinan Guided Journeys strictly follow the SA Government approved TBCSA Health and Safety COVID-19 Protocols. Should guests present COVID-19 symptoms, COVID testing and quarantine will be at their own cost. We recommend that you ensure that your guests take adequate personal travel insurance cover before departure from home.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Currently this tour departs Fridays and Saturdays only until 30 April 2021 (this is subject to change)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips

Although a long drive to the reserve, it was worth it.
It is a Must if you go to Cape Town, My wife and I had the experience of seeing the big 5, Elephant, Lion, Rinos, Jaguar and Buffalos, We loved it, Excelent guide!!!
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Good Reserve and worth the trip from Cape Town
Mark_B, Feb 2022
Within a good distance of Cape Town, excellent driver and lunch was very reasonable on arrival. Guides were knowledgable and plenty of animals to see within the park. Would definitely recommend for those seeking a day trip out.
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Good Afternoon, Thank you for taking the time and provide us with your feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your Safari tour with us.
Amazing experience
Linda_W, Oct 2022
Fantastic place with wonderful buffet lunch, very informative guide and got to see many different types of animals.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Good Morning, Thank you for taking the time and providing us with your feedback. we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Safari excursion.
What a day
Stephen_B, Jun 2022
What an amazing experiance, lucky enough to see Lions, Hippos, Zebra, Elephants and Giraffes to name a few, the whole day was next level from start to finish.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Good Afternoon , Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the Safari.
Safari Adventure Fulfilled
Rhuneisha_F, May 2022
We HIGHLY recommend that anyone coming to Cape Town make this a must do on your list. We saw the majestic big five creatures (except the leopard because they are nocturnal) up close and got photos that rival anything we’ve seen or read. The elephants are hilarious. The guides are so knowledgeable. Ours was an amazing teacher that was very caring and protective of the animals. Be prepared for a bumpy but fun ride. Lunch on site is incredible. Treat yourself and thank us later.
Response from Host, May 2022
Good Afternoon Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are thrilled you had such an amazing time on safari with us.
Day Safari from Cape Town
Stephen_H, Dec 2019
It was a great day trip from Cape Town. We managed to see Ostrich, Springboks, Hippos, Rhinos, Lion. Having been on safari in Kenya a number of years ago, it is not comparable with the Kenyan Safari experience.
Response from Host, Dec 2019
Good Morning, Thank you for taking the time and providing us with your feedback. we are glad that you enjoyed your day safari with us.
Going in Safari to Aquila Reserve
JoseJuan_E, Dec 2019
It is a Must if you go to Cape Town... My wife and I had the experience of seeing the big 5... Elephant, Lion, Rinos, Jaguar and Buffalos... We loved it... Excelent guide!!! And it was a great to see the animals free...
Response from Host, Dec 2019
Good Afternoon, Thank you for taking the time and provide us with your feedback. We thrilled you had enjoyed your Safari.
This was a really good excursion...
Stephen_H, Jan 2018
This was a really good excursion! Aquila Game Reserve is about two and a half hours drive in air-conditioned minibus from Cape Town that included a 15 min comfort break along the way. On arrival we were treated to a drink of sparkling wine or water, followed by a very good buffet lunch. The safari lasted over 2 hours and our driver/guide was excellent. During the safari, there was a stop along the way at a small open-air café with toilet facilities and another free drink! We saw lions, elephants, rhinos, zebras, hippos, giraffes, wildebeests, springboks....... Aquila is an excellent, well run, private game reserve and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
Great tour! Convenient pick-up in...
Chelsea R, Mar 2018
Great tour! Convenient pick-up in Cape Town, comfortable drive to Aquila, delicious lunch, and amazing game drive! I would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to see African wildlife without travelling too far from the city.
This is a great way to head on safari...
mhawke, May 2018
This is a great way to head on safari from Cape Town. Convenient pick-up from our hotel to drive down to Aquila where we had some time for lunch before our game drive. We were lucky enough to see 4 of the big 5 and our guide was very knowledgeable.
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We visited the Aquila Game Reserve...
Catherine G, Oct 2017
We visited the Aquila Game Reserve in July 2017. We had an excellent driver and wove our way through beautiful scenery until we reached the reserve. We were greeted with sparkling wine and buffet lunch before climbing into an open truck to visit the wildlife. Our safari driver provided us with lots of interesting information and made every effort to show us all the animals, especially the white Rhinos. While it is not the same as a back country safari, this is an excellent way to see African wildlife, especially if you are time constrained. We recommend this tour to anyone visiting Cape Town.
Great day out to see the Big 5 (4 in...
Bast, Apr 2018
Great day out to see the Big 5 (4 in our case!). The Aquila reserve is beautiful and it was fantastic to get close to the elephants, rhinos and zebras. It is a bit of long drive from Cape Town but it was worth it after the afternoon we had.
The safari was excellent and...
jacqueline a, Oct 2017
The safari was excellent and managed to see 3 of the big 5. Our guide was excellent too. Lunch was included in the trip but Tea and coffee had to be be paid for. I feel Viator was quite expensive to book through and it was much cheaper actually booking in cape town in the square. All in all our trip was excellent to aquila but i would definately shop around for better price We were offered a 10 discount initially on the Viator web site but then it disapears and you dont actually get it. After paying 1,000 for 3 seperate trips i think we should have got this as new customers
This is a great safari taster. We...
haypeg, Feb 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.
fantastic, pick up great, people...
Ms_L, Oct 2013
fantastic, pick up great, people friendly, helpful, was greatred with chanmagane for breakfast, lovely crowd, very disabled friendly. even the animals came outy to play(if uv not got time to visit kruga, u have to go there!, they have all the big 5), so go go go, and your in cape town, just visit well wort it, photos to follow
We only had a few days in Cape Town...
Lynda C, May 2013
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
If you don't have time to go to a...
Jennifer M, Apr 2011
If you don't have time to go to a national park to see animals in the wild, this is the next best thing to do. Our driver to the game reserve was very good and informative. It is just over 2 hours from Cape Town, but the scenery is really pretty and takes you through wine growing areas. On the reserve we saw lots of animals including elephants, rhinos (plus baby), zebras, giraffe etc. The reserve greets one with sparkling wine and breakfast. After the safari, lunch is served - a really fabulous lunch. On the way back we stopped at an ostrich farm and had a tour, which included seeing 3-day old ostriches. I very much enjoyed the excursion and liked the fact that it was a small group.
This is an excellent tour to experience...
sarahm, May 2018
This is an excellent tour to experience a game drive whilst in Cape Town. We saw lots of animals and our safari driver had some great knowledge on the drive about the animals and the game reserve.
Definitely worth doing if you only have...
Elizabeth W, Apr 2007
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.
Excellent trip. The Park was such...
Jill B, Mar 2018
Excellent trip. The Park was such fun. We saw lions about 4ft from us, luckily looking well fed, zebra, ostrich, springbok, giraffe, elephants, baboons and wilderbeast. The guide Nickolas was excellent. Full of interesting facts, and answering questions fired at him by the passengers. The preceding lunch was of very high quality, and all in all would highly recommend this tour. The only negative was that there was a mix up at the start and passengers were not ready for pick up so we added 1.5hrs to the 2.5hr trip to the Game Teserve.
Excellent! Saw 4 of the big 5...
Susan C, Aug 2017
Excellent! Saw 4 of the big 5. Didn't see the leopard but saw all the others plus other animals as well. You get 1 bathroom break 1 hour into the drive to the Reserve. Left reserve about 3:30pm, no bathroom break stop none need it but wasn't offered either. Lunch was good but you have to pay for drinks. Went in end of August and was cold 42 degrees F. Had to get jackets in gift shop but found out later they provided blankets in the jeeps. All animals were on the right side of the jeep during my tour. Of course we were seated on the left. But still was able to see and take some amazing photos. All 7 lions were so close to our jeep.


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