Aquila Game Drive

Named after the endangered black eagle, Aquila’s story began in 1999 when its owner, driven by a desire to share his passion for the wild with Cape Town, set about searching for the perfect piece of land to re-introduce the Big Five to the Western Cape. He came across a nature reserve that would later become Aquila Private Game Reserve.

Situated in the historic town of Touws River, in a valley between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Karoo, the 10,000-hectare conservancy has evolved from its early days of being residence to various antelope species only to becoming the home of the Big 5 – elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard – as well as a significant amount of other wild game, which roam freely on the reserve.

You’ll head out on a safari vehicle with your guide from your accommodation, on a half-day safari adventure. Make sure that on board you have your binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, guidebooks and sunglasses. You’ll have the opportunity to go out in the morning, afternoon or for a sunset drive; and something special will be spotted. Your guide will answer any questions you may have whilst you are out.

If you are on a morning game drive you’ll enjoy a continental breakfast, while in the afternoon you’ll enjoy a buffet lunch. If you opt for a sunset game drive welcome drinks and snacks are included.

After a 2 to 3-hour safari you’ll return to your accommodation where you can enjoy other activities such as spa treatments, quad bike and horseback safari.


  • Opportunity to spot the Big 5 in the Western Cape

  • Listen to exciting inside stories and facts about Aquila, easily rousing your inner wild side

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I was lucky enough to live and work across South Africa, and I miss the excellent gourmet food and award-winning wines, perfect for enjoying in front of dramatic mountain ranges. I also had an amazing experience diving with seals; the water was freezing but it was definitely worth it!

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