Aquila Private Game Reserve is an easy two-hour drive from the Mother City through the Huguenot tunnel on the N1. The two hours just fly by thanks to the breath-taking scenery of the Hex River Valley and, despite the worst drought in 100 years, the Karoo.
Aquila is a 10 000 hectare conservancy set in the breathtakingly beautiful Karoo and home to elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino amongst a host of other wildlife. Acclaimed for service excellence, renewable energy, social responsibility and conservation programmes, Aquila is one of the leading game reserves in the country.
I found this game reserve to be more than just an unforgettable wildlife outing; it was an experience in luxurious African hospitality, traditional culinary flair and service excellence.
Experience excellence at Aquila Private Game Reserve
It left me feeling proud of our wonderful country and its many cultures.
The accommodation is luxurious and can be taken at the lodge itself or in the more private, wood and stone-built cottages.
The lodge offers a spa, restaurant, infinity pool, various bars, a curio shop and children’s entertainment area.
I found the staff to be extremely helpful in catering for my every need, my dietary requirements and my busy schedule.
Having visited game reserves in other parts of the country, I found the game drive in the Karoo to be very different and very interesting. The scenery, the plants and the animals’ habits are very different to those of the Highveld and Lowveld.
Safaris may be enjoyed on horseback or on quad bike as well as from the traditional open game vehicle.
Dinner was a medley of mouth-watering South African dishes set around a fire pit. To be outdoors in the Karoo on a cloudless night is an experience all on its own. I will never forget the stargazing.
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