Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa, South Africa

The four-star, family-friendly Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa lies just a two-hour drive from Cape Town.Tuesday, June 13, 2017

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

The four-star, family-friendly Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa lies just a two-hour drive from Cape Town. The 24,700-acre conservancy is situated between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Karoo, and is home to the majestic Big Five.

Various types of accommodation are offered, catering to everything from couples to families of eight. Guests can opt for bush-style cottages with outdoor rock showers or the modern-style Aquila Lodge, which boasts fantastic views across the reserve. The lodge also features conference facilities and a children’s entertainment area.

The reserve’s wildlife is a true draw here: guests can embark on game drives in traditional safari vehicles or choose from more adventurous options, heading out on horseback or riding a quad bike. Whichever mode of transport is chosen,  it’s sure to be a memorable experience. A private safari — complete with traditional South African snacks and champagne — can also be arranged for intimate gatherings while out on the veld.

The reserve features a 35-metre swimming pool with a poolside bar, serving delicious cocktails and ice-cold drinks. Elsewhere, an African-style buffet restaurant dishes up local cuisine, and the cosy cigar bar and lounges offer the perfect spots for guests to relax after a meal.

After dark, guests can gather around the firepit to swap stories and toast marshmallows on the braai (traditional barbecue). And to add to the romantic atmosphere, a Star Safari guide is always on hand to help identify the mass of constellations twinkling overhead.

Relaxation is the name of the game here: at the newly opened luxury spa, visitors can enjoy a luxurious African treatment and unwind after an action-packed day. The spa boasts a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a sauna, a steam room and 10 treatment rooms. A group or couples room adds to the serenity of the spa.

Aquila is far more than just an unforgettable wildlife experience; it’s a luxurious African adventure holiday dedicated to creating memories to last a lifetime.

Need to know

Key facilities

• Spa with 10 treatment rooms
• Conference facilities
• Swimming pool
• Heated indoor pool
• Firepit and braai
• African-style restaurant
• Cigar bar
• Poolside bar
• Lounge areas
• Children’s entertainment area
• Gift shop

Key activities

• Fly-in safari
• Overnight safari
• Combo safari
• Quad bike safari
• Horseback safari
• Day-trip safari

Contact

T: +27 861 7373 783
E: res@aquilasafari.com
aquilasafari.com

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