A New Era for MICE Industry with Unique, Remote Hosting Capabilities

Cape Town, March 2024

In February 2024, the Aquila Collection unveiled an unparalleled luxury safari fly camp in the Western Cape, marking a significant innovation in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) industry. This distinctive mobile fly camp hosted a group of 150 guests in 75 meticulously designed tented units for an exclusive overnight experience at the esteemed Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa, setting a new benchmark for luxury safari experiences in Cape Town.

The introduction of this mobile, pop-up fly camp represents a groundbreaking development in the Western Cape’s MICE sector. It introduces the flexibility to establish unique, pop-up accommodations ranging from the Overberg and Karoo regions to the outskirts of Cape Town and the West Coast, within the diverse locations owned by the Aquila Collection.

Each tent, designed for double occupancy, is situated on a portable deck and is equipped with plush duvets, cushions, and a mattress bed to ensure maximum comfort. The tents feature a furnished stoep (veranda), an ensuite hot shower, and eco-toilet, along with USB charging facilities and lighting, blending luxury with the rugged charm of the wilderness.

The camp’s debut catered to a MICE group seeking an extraordinary Cape Town safari adventure. The itinerary included a warm welcome with entertainment and lunch at the main lodge, a safari to spot the Cape Town Big 5, and culminated at the remote, luxurious pop-up tented safari camp for a bush braai dinner with entertainment. The experience concluded with a sunrise safari followed by breakfast at the main lodge, after guests enjoyed a night of comfort and a hot, pressurized morning shower.

This new facility offers a bespoke addition to any Cape Town itinerary, enriching the ever-popular Western Cape travel options with a combination of city stays, winelands tours, and safari camping adventures, creating dreamlike itineraries for travellers.

The Aquila Collection boasts a portfolio of lodge properties and facilities across the Western Cape, including notable names such as Aquila Private Game Reserve, Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve, and Kuganha Tented Camp, among others. This addition to the MICE offerings enhances Cape Town group itineraries with unparalleled accessibility from the city.

Following its initial use, the camp is completely dismantled, leaving no trace behind, embodying the ethos of sustainability and respect for nature. This innovative, pop-up experience is flexible, customisable, and offers a night under the stars in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations, alongside once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

With 25 years of experience in providing safari adventures in Cape Town, Aquila is dedicated to offering unique accommodation, experiences, and activities that cater to both international guests and locals. The new fly camp is perfectly suited for private and exclusive high-end group safaris, incentive groups, and unique corporate events, setting a new standard in luxury and immersive travel experiences.

Johan van Schalkwyk

Group Marketing and Trade Manager