Aquila Private Game Reserve is Cape Town’s ultimate Big 5 safari destination. But, did you know that Aquila is also one of South Africa’s leading conservation and wildlife rehabilitation centres in the Western Cape? Established to protect and preserve South Africa’s increasingly threatened wildlife, the reserve is fully committed to social upliftment, job creation, skills development, land rehabilitation, anti-poaching programmes, youth education projects, eco tourism, and local community development.

Creating the ideal, sustainable balance between nature conservation and the local Touws River community is at the core of how Aquila operates. Read more about “Conservation in the Western Cape” by clicking the button below.

Protecting the Karoo Environment

Habitat restoration is the process of returning a degraded ecosystem to a condition that resembles its natural state. By planting indigenous trees, removing invasive species, and creating a natural fertiliser programme, Aquila is actively reversing the damage caused by human activity and environmental pressures.

Veld Regeneration

Environment Sustainability

Veld regeneration is a process that restores the natural vegetation (plant life) of the area. This involves planting indigenous trees, ensuring sustainable water sources, and maintaining the carrying capacity of the land. By planting roughly 100 trees each month and removing invasive species to free up space for the indigenous trees to flourish, Aquila helps create more sustainable food resources for the animals. This also allows the Karoo veld to return to a healthier state.

Native Species Recovery

Reintroducing Native Wildlife

By fostering the natural habitat, Aquila hopes to witness the return of plant and animal species that historically thrived in the area. This encourages a more diverse and resilient ecosystem. Healthy populations of native species play a vital role in the maintaining the balance of the environment. With a focus on veld regeneration, Aquila is actively working to restore the natural balance of life to the Western Cape’s delicate ecosystem.

The Future of South Africa's Wildlife

Aquila’s mission is to protect and preserve Africa’s wildlife while being fully committed to social upliftment, job creation, skills development, sustainability programmes, wildlife rehabilitation and re-introduction, land rehabilitation, anti-poaching initiatives, eco-tourism, and community support. 

Climate Change Mitigation

The Eco Synergy Centre isn’t a single building, but rather a collection of innovative sustainability projects at Aquila’s Rehabilitation & Conservation Centre (ARC), focused on reducing Aquila’s carbon footprint through various eco-friendly initiatives. This comprehensive programme encompasses a range of interconnected eco-synergy systems, including a waste management plan, worm farms, and biogas plants. These efforts have led to the development of community vegetable and herb gardens, as well as the implementation of an aquaponics system.

Our Initiatives

Aquila Animal Rescue Centre (ARC) supports various rehabilitation programmes, habitat restoration and conservation projects, and wildlife rescue initiatives. Our initiatives include Saving Private Rhino, the Black Eagle project, Orphaned Rhino Calf Orphanage, Cape Leopard Rescue, Lion Rescue, Cheetah Breeding Programme, and more…

Aquila's Animal Rescue Centre (ARC)

ARC (Aquila Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Conservation Centre) is a non-profit section 21 organisation (# 2004/011009/08) established as a rehabilitation centre and sanctuary for wild animals that can never be released back into the wild again.

The Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Conservation Centre (ARC) was established with the primary objective of providing a safe haven for threatened species across South Africa. As Cape Town’s leading game reserve and Big 5 habitat, it wasn’t long before Aquila’s wildlife rescue centre became the largest wildlife rehabilitation organisation in the Western Cape, serving as a temporary home for endangered, injured, and rescued animals requiring care and rehabilitation before their eventual release.

Donations play an important role in our conservation and rehabilitation efforts. Make a donation of your choice or visit our wildlife reserve to help us achieve the important goal of conserving and protecting South Africa’s natural animal heritage for generations to come.