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 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.
Standard Cottage 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.
The 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. 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
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. 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.
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.
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.