South African Lodges

Aquila Private Game Reserve

R46 Ceres
Ceres Road
Western Cape
South Africa
Lodge Type

The Aquila Private Game Reserve nestles in a Big 5, malaria-free game reserve which is from Cape Town a two-hour scenic drive. This 4,510-hectare private nature reserve is rich in Khoi-San and Boer War history and is home to three new biomes of vegetation set in the most magnificent Karoo mountains, valleys, rivers and kloofs.

Premier Cottages:

Are on the hillside of the reserve providing privacy and tranquillity. These cottages are in harmony with the rock which is a principal focal point in the large bathrooms and alfresco showers. They are constructed of wood, stone and thatch and feature fans, air conditioners and fireplaces. Each en-suite bathroom is unique, with twin hand basins, bath, and toilet. The Premier Cottages offer a wooden deck with panoramic views across the expanse of the reserve. The luxurious Honeymoon Suite boasts an outdoor Jacuzzi.

Luxury Family Cottages:

The Aquila Family Chalet at the lodge provides a small fridge, tea, and coffee making facilities and feature a fireplace. These chalets are under thatch and feature stonework from the area. All have bathrooms with outdoor showers.

  • Luxury Family Units 31 & 38 hosts six guests
  • Luxury Family Units 32 - 37 sleep, four guests
  • Both the Premier Cottages and the Luxury Family Units have tea and coffee making facilities and a mini bar.

Standard Cottages: Each has its patio, bath, and outdoor shower. Cabins have a small fridge, fans and heaters for that extra bit of warmth and cosiness in the colder months.

  • Cabin 11 - 30: Sleep 2 per cottage (Twin sharing)


Main Lodge provides the perfect setting for the grand buffet-style meals served. Meals to suit all dietary requirements are available including traditional South African cuisine. The restaurant can seat 180 diners in comfort, and large log fireplaces set a romantic mood. The restaurant opens up to a sunken boma area - a unique design feature to Aquila.

Cigar Bar

Originally the homestead, this building has been redesigned into an elegant, yet intimate colonial style Cigar Bar. It provides one with the opportunity of enjoying an after-dinner nightcap in front of the roaring log fire while sampling the quality cigars on offer.

Public Lounges

There are two open bars; the one in the restaurant, and the other one adjoins the Cigar Bar. Both feature large leather sofas in which to relax, read a book or catch up with friends. The restaurant lounge has an open fireplace, and the Cigar Bar room offers DSTV facilities.


This Aquila wood-panelled 'study' style room with its large fireplace offers many valuable reference books as well as novels for the guests' enjoyment.

Swimming Pool

A manicured lawn surrounds the salt water pool with comfortable sun lounges and waiter service.


Under thatch, the Conference Boma is an addition to the big Conference Center and can seat up to 40 guests. It is ideally positioned to use in conjunction with any conference & team building. Outdoor sunken boma is situated adjacent to the Restaurant and can seat 64 guests.


Aquila morning and evening safari drive with qualified field rangers in open 4x4 vehicles; the safari drives range between two and three hours with sparkling wine, grape juice, water and snacks such as biltong, 'drowners', nuts and dried fruits served at various lookout points. Blankets and raincoats are made available to guests on the 4x4 vehicles. Specially designed ladders are used to assist guests embarking and disembarking the vehicles.

Horseback Safari

  • Minimum age requirement is 15 years old.
  • There is a maximum of 9 people per safari, guided by one of the rangers.
  • Duration: 2 hours

Quad Bike Safari

  • Minimum age requirement is 17 years old.
  • There is a maximum of 10 people per safari guided by two Rangers - 1 guest per vehicle.
  • Duration: 2 hours


The Reserve is home to Africa's Big 5: elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and the rare leopard. Giraffes and hippos can also be seen here. It is also is home to lions which have been saved from the 'canned hunting' trade. They are Barbary Lions, a close relative of the extinct Cape Mountain Lion.

The reserve is also proud to have the first rhino to be born in the Western Cape in 200 years. Other game on the reserve such as Black Wildebeest, Burchell's Zebra, Springbok, Gemsbok, Steenbok, Caracal (Lynx), Blesbok; Bat Eared Fox, Ostrich, Klipspringer, Duiker, Greyback, Baboon, Black Backed Jackal, Eland and Red Hartebeest.


The malaria-free reserve and its natural wetland is home to 172 species of birds and is also home to several breeding pairs of the rare and endangered black eagle. Karoo Chat, Rufous-eared Warbler, fairy flycatcher and yellow-bellied remotely can be found on the reserve. Lark-like Bunting and black-headed canary move in after the rainy season. In the summer months, the booted eagle is a regular visitor and the rainy season attracts flamingos to the Aquila reserve.

Our opinion

Aquila Game Reserve is a great one-night getaway for business people travelling to South Africa who would like an opportunity to see what Africa is famous for - it's wildlife. Although the reserve has the Big Five, there is only one or two of each species, and the cats are not free-roaming. Aquila in no way replaces a safari holiday but is ideal for those people who want something close to Cape Town and only have a day or two to spare. The accommodation is comfortable and the food rustic and delicious.

Below detailed information about the Aquila Private Game Reserve is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Bar Fridges in Room
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Fireplace
  • Housekeeping
  • Tea and coffee making facilities



The main lodge at Aquila provides the perfect African setting. The restaurant serves extensive buffet-style meals, featuring traditional South African cuisine. The restaurant can seat 180 diners in comfort and the open log fireplaces set a romantic mood.

Safari activities

Aquila Private Game Reserve is a 7500-hectare park and is home to the big 5 - elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino. All game drives are in an open 4 x 4 safari vehicle and are lead by experienced guides.

Activities also extend beyond traditional safaris. Safari activities include horseback safaris, quad bike safaris, game drives and fly in safaris. All safari activities include an optional free visit to ARC (Aquila's Rescue Centre found on land adjacent to the Reserve

Nearby activities
  • Matjiesfontein Village visits
  • 4x4 mountain trails
  • Karoo National Park visits
  • Trout fishing
  • Cherry Picking
  • 9 and 18 hole golf courses.

Conference Centre

Aquila offers a unique conference venue that features a meeting room, two breakaway rooms and a thatch outdoor boma area. Platters can be served in our conference area with tea, coffee and other beverages.

The main conference room seats 80 people cinema style and 56 people in U-shaped seating. Activities and team-building events can be tailor-made according to a group's needs.

Conference equipment: 

  • TV
  • Overhead projector
  • Flip chart
  • White board
  • DVD/ CD player.

  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Children's playground
  • Conference venue
  • Hotel Bar
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
Day Itinerary
  • 12h00 Welcome drinks upon arrival at the Aquila Game Reserve
  • 12h30 Lunch
  • 14h00 Check into Cottage
  • 16h00 Game Drive and visit to the Animal Rescue Conservation Centre
  • 19h00 Dinner
  • 07h00 Early morning Game Drive
  • 09h00 - 10h00 Breakfast
  • 10h00 - 11h30 Time at leisure

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Safari drives
  • Wake-up call
Malaria Status and Animals
  • Situated only 2 hours from Cape Town, Aquila Reserve is malaria - free reserve.  Apart from being a Big 5 Reserve, Aquila is home to hippo, giraffe and over 170 different species of bird.

Children Activities
  • Aquila Private Game Reserve features a kids clubhouse with many activities on offer for children to enjoy. A 9 hole putt-putt course, kiddies quad biking course and an extensive jungle gym are all found in the children's area. Children can also enjoy pony rides and movie and pizza nights.

Social Responsibility
  • Aquila is proud to be the largest job creator for the nearby town of Touwsriver. For a city with a 97% unemployment rate, Aquila provides over 120 jobs. Aquila is also the sponsor of a full-time teacher in the community and a local cricket team. Aquila feature's its solar power facility, which covers the daily energy requirements of the reserve. All toiletry products provided in the room are eco-friendly and biodegradable. 

    The Animal Rescue & Conservation Centre is on site at the reserve. The centre provides homes for many big cats that were previously doomed to "canned" hunting facilities. On the reserve, an anti-poaching unit is also found where rangers from other reserves can be trained with regards to Rhino conservation methods.

Available Rooms

Family Luxury Cottage 4 Sleeper

# Rooms:

Cottage features:

  • Privately situated
  • Fans
  • Air conditioners
  • Fireplaces.
  • En suite bathrooms with twin hand basins, bath and toilet
  • Own patio with stunning views
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Best quality percale linen

Room configuration:

  • Chalet 6: Sleep 4 (family unit)
  • Chalet 7: Sleep 2 (Twin sharing)
  • Chalet 8: Sleeps 2 (Queen size bed)
  • Chalet 9: Sleep 2 (Queen size bed)
  • Chalet 10: Sleep 2 (Twin sharing)
Single Room R7280
Double Room R7280

Family Luxury Cottage 8 Sleeper

Single Room R13100
Double Room R13100

Luxury Premier Cottages King

Single Room R5100
Double Room R6800

Luxury Premier Cottages King and Twin

Single Room R5100
Double Room R6800

Standard Lodge Room

Single Room R2670
Double Room R3560

Premier Lodge Room

Single Room R4740
Double Room R6320

Luxury Cottage

Single Room R4000
Double Room R5340

Aquila Private Game Reserve Specials

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Great time at Aquila, the family and I had a great time, we enjoyed the game drive & enjoyed the Boma Dinners.









Aquila is the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing weekend break. The food was great, the peace and quiet was ideal and the facilities are top class. The horseride safari was a great experience however the reserve has limited animals on site. I would not replace a visit to Kruger or Addo with one to Aquila.





GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -33.352468

Longitude: 19.936618


1. Take the N1 from Cape Town for approximately 131km.
2. The road will take you past Paarl, through the Huguenot tunnel, past Worcester, De Doorns and the Hex River Valley.
3. Approximately 31 km after De Doorns and just past the road sign indicating 11km to Touws River
4. Take the R46 turnoff to Ceres.
5. Take the turnoff to the left. Follow the road for approximately 3km.
6.You will find the Reserve's main entrance on your left-hand side.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star

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