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Aquila Safari Lodge is a 4 star establishment in the Southern Karoo.  The reserve is 7500 hectare conservancy in the southern Karoo, and home to the big 5 legends of the wilderness - elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino.

Aquila Game Reserve has two large swimming pools, each with a pool bar overlooking the reserve. There are large dining areas, and cosier cigar bars and lounges. Aquila has a library, curio shop and children’s entertainment area.

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Aquila Game Reserve is the closest private game reserve to Cape Town, being a mere 90 minute drive from the city. Aquila is located in the historic Touwsrivier town, basically a valley sandwiched between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Karoo.


The Karoo town is on the national garden route. Setting the scene are spellbinding landscapes, carpets of wild flowers and wildlife. Accommodation options at Aquila Private Game Reserve are premier, luxury or standard chalets. All chalets are neatly tucked away in the Karoo bush.


Cape Town

Aquila Game Reserve is recognized as a major Cape Town tourist attraction. Aquila has been published in the, “World’s 21 favourite things to do in Cape Town,” and considered one of the top 10 daytrip destinations by Sawabona Magazine.

Aquila offers a wide variety of safaris - day trip safaris, horseback safaris, quad bike safari, overnight and fly-in safaris. There are other activities on offer too like 4 x 4 trails, fishing and golf. Visit our activities page for more.

Aquila Private Game Reserve has gone to massive efforts and expense to source and re-introduce wildlife into the Cape region. A great emphasis is placed on a wildlife conservation educational experience. Aquila offers visitors a complimentary educational introduction to our cheetahs. Cheetahs are captive bred and strictly controlled in the interest of cheetah survival worldwide.


Social Responsibility

Aquila is the proud finalist of an Imvelo Award for our Social Involvement Programme. Aquila provides over 300 jobs to the previously disadvantaged community of Touwsriver. Aquila also sponsors the local cricket team as well as a full time school teacher. Over the past 4 years, Aquila has invested a staggering R20 million into the Reserve and in doing so has been in a position to benefit the local community.

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