Safari Packing Guide

Packing Guide for Aquila Private Game Reserve

Are you planning a trip to Aquila Private Game Reserve, Cape Town’s most popular Big 5 safari destination? The key to an unforgettable experience lies not just in your itinerary but also in your packing.

Whether you’re visiting in the summer months, when the African sun shines down on the reserve, or in the winter months, when the Karoo nights are cold but clear, now you can pack your bags with confidence, grab your camera, and get ready for a wild adventure of a lifetime!


(December - February)


Expect hot and dry conditions.

Packing Essentials

Light, breathable clothing, high-factor sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat, comfortable walking shoes, and sunglasses. Pack swimwear for poolside relaxation, insect repellent for malaria-free mosquitos which may bite, and keep an eye out for festive events if you’re visiting around Christmas or New Years.


(March - May)


Mild temperatures with rare rainfall.

Packing Essentials

Layers for cool evenings, a rain jacket, a warmer jacket for game drives on open vehicles amongst the elements, comfortable walking shoes, and insect repellent for the occasional mosquito.


(June - August)


Cool to cold temperatures, especially at night.

Packing Essentials

Warm clothing, including jackets, gloves, scarves, and thermal layers. Binoculars for wildlife spotting.


(September - November)


Pleasant temperatures with occasional rain.

Packing Essentials

Light layers, light jacket, a mix of short and long-sleeved shirts, comfortable walking shoes, and a camera to capture the blooming landscape.

General Packing Tips

Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please ensure you pack appropriate shoes for every safari itinerary. Horseback safaris and quad bike safaris require closed shoes. Closed shoes are also recommended for traditional big 5 game drives. 

Remember your swimwear for the Aquila’s stunning infinity pool and scenic pool bar. For colder months, you can still enjoy our indoor heated pool, sauna, and steam room if you’re looking to book a Tranquila Spa treatment.

Please back any necessary medications or prescriptions for your trip. We recommend consulting your pharmacy for advice or ordering a standard medical travel kit from your doctor before your trip. Although many medications are available in Cape Town, remember to pack over-the-counter meds such as headache and nausea relief before embarking on your safari adventure.

Especially in the warmer months, please wear a wide-brim hat and sunscreen while walking around the reserve or out on a game drive. Come prepared to spot the Big 5, no matter the distance, with a pair binoculars and a camera with a good zoom lens for wildlife photography. 

Always bring something warm to wear along with you on game drives. Even in the warmer months, a light jacket or wind-breaker is always a good idea for game drives. You will be venturing out into the middle of the reserve in open safari vehicles and will be exposed to the elements for a few hours.

Weekly Weather Forecast

Weather conditions in Touws River, Cape Town, can vary. We want you to have the best possible experience at Aquila Private Game Reserve, so please remember to check the weather forecast and plan your itinerary before your trip.