Cape Town, South Africa - Aquila Private Game Reserve, a renowned Cape Town Big 5 safari lodge, has been honoured with the esteemed Halal In Tourism award for Best Muslim-Friendly Game Reserve.

The award was presented during the CrescentRating Global Summit held in Singapore on June 1, 2023. The event, attended by distinguished guests including Ambassadors of Spain and Türkiye, as well as Tourism and other ministers from countries around the globe, recognized Aquila’s outstanding commitment to creating a welcoming environment for all guests of diverse cultures and various faiths.

The owner of Aquila, Searl Derman, expressed his gratification at receiving this prestigious accolade. Derman emphasized that the award spoke volumes about Aquila’s unwavering commitment to welcoming guests from around the globe, irrespective of their cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs.

He further noted that in a time where the world needs more love, understanding, and respect for one another, the recognition of Aquila was especially significant.

Johan van Schalkwyk, the group marketing and trade manager of Aquila Collection, proudly accepted the award on behalf of Aquila Private Game Reserve. 

During his acceptance speech he emphasized that the award went beyond the physical attributes of the reserve, such as the on-site prayer room and the services and facilities offered. He highlighted that the recognition was a testament to the staff’s dedication to ensuring guests have the freedom to express and practice their respective religions and faiths while on a safari in Cape Town.

Aquila Private Game Reserve has long been recognized for its exceptional efforts in social upliftment, job creation, conservation, and sustainable tourism. The multi-award-winning safari lodge has consistently demonstrated its dedication to promoting responsible tourism practices while providing an unforgettable wildlife experience in Cape Town, South Africa. Aquila’s commitment to environmental preservation, community development, and wildlife conservation has garnered widespread acclaim and support, ranging from the respected Lilizela and Imvelo awards, to the Steve Irwin Visionary Wildlife Warrior award, Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award and many more.

The Halal In Tourism award further solidifies Aquila Private Game Reserve’s position as a leading brand in the tourism industry. With its picturesque location near Cape Town and its commitment to inclusivity and diversity, 

Aquila continues to attract visitors from all walks of life. Guests can enjoy a truly immersive big 5 safari experience while appreciating the abundant wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.

As Aquila Private Game Reserve celebrates this prestigious achievement, it remains steadfast in its pursuit of excellence, striving to provide unparalleled experiences for guests through its unwavering commitment to hospitality, cultural understanding, and respect for all.