Get There

Transfer Options to Aquila

Aquila offers a variety of transfer options to suit every need. Our scheduled departure options will make your Big 5 safari experience even more memorable. Choose from an economy class standard share transfer, to the most romantic and scenic fixed wing fly-in option.

Self Drive

Follow the scenic N1 out of Cape Town CBD towards Worcester and through the Cape Winelands. Situated under two hours from the CBD, guests will take the R46 Ceres turnoff from the N1 and find the Aquila entrance to the left (about 3km).

Standard Transfer

Aquila offer schedule departure mini-bus transfer services from most CBD hotels to the reserve. This is an economy class option, sharing with 10 guests and offering day and overnight options.

Private Transfer

Enjoy an intimate Luxury Private Transfer that offers a white glove service with air conditioning. This service accommodates from one to 4 people, we pick up from all Cape Town hotels to Aquila Private Game Reserve.


The most romantic fly-in safari option from Cape Town – including luxury private transfers from most CBD hotels and welcome drinks on arrival. With a minimum of two people, the 25 to 50m scenic flight over the Cape Winelands will leave you breathless, by a fixed-wing plane or helicopter.

Big 5 Game Reserve in Touws River

Please note that no entry to the Private Game Reserve is allowed without a prior confirmed booking from the Aquila Collection Head Office.

The Private Game Reserve is situated under 2 hours from Cape Town city, 10km before Touws River in the Karoo.

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Directions to Aquila Private Game Reserve: 

  • Follow the N1 highway from Cape Town for approximately 130km.
  • The road will take you past Paarl, through the Huguenot tunnel, past Worcester, De Doorns and through the Hex River Valley.
  • Approximately 30 km after De Doorns and just past the road sign indicating “10km to Touws River,” you will get to the R46 turnoff to Ceres.
  • Take the turnoff to the left. Follow the road for approximately 3km.
  • You will find the Aquila Private Game Reserve main entrance on your left-hand side.


Cape Town Central Reservations

Contact the Aquila Collection Cape Town Head Office: 

Day Trip and Overnight Transfer Terms and Conditions

  • Standard road transfers are offered in share arrangement and services in Toyota Quantums.
  • Return transfer: Cape Town Hotel – Aquila Safari – Cape Town Hotel.
  • Transfers are not offered with our Early Morning and Sunset Safari programmes.
  • Pick-ups and drop-offs are from all Cape Town city centre hotel establishments.
  • Please contact reservations for other pick-up locations.
  • Duration of transfers are approximately 2.5 hours depending on the pick-up and drop-off locations and time spent at the half-way restroom stop.
  • Private transfer rates are added to the standard per person rate.

Fly-In Terms and Conditions

  • A minimum of 2 pax apply to all options of transfer and travel / flight times are estimates as travel is per route, and not time.
  • Aircraft and vehicles may change due to availability or number of pax.
  • Flights are weather dependent and may be changed to road options should flights be cancelled.
  • Standard payment and cancellation terms apply.
  • In the unlikely event of a cancellation of a booking, travel insurance must cover our cancellation terms.
  • In the event of any flight delays or cancellations, Aquila Private Game Reserve is in no way responsible for any loss whatsoever. Please ensure adequate travel insurance is taken out to cover any eventualities.