Here’s Your Sneak Peek of a Cape Town Winter Safari

Cape Town is a dream destination year-round, but there’s something undeniably special about visiting in the winter months (May through October). While the rest of the world shivers at the thought of the cold season, South Africa’s Western Cape enjoys pleasant sunshine and mild temperatures, perfect for exploring the region’s natural beauty. But that’s not the only reason to pack your bags. Here’s why Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa should be at the top of your list for a winter safari experience.

The Benefits of a Winter Safari

Winter brings drier weather, meaning less foliage to obscure your view. This translates to exceptional game viewing opportunities. Relieved from the soaring summer temperatures and spring rains, safari guests have a better chance of spotting Africa’s iconic big 5 animals (lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo, and leopard) against the backdrop of a crisp winter landscape.

In South Africa, animal activity is on the rise in winter. As the days shorten and temperatures drop, animals become more active during the day, searching for food and warmth. With less chance of rain, streams and water sources also become scarce, meaning animals often remain in the areas surrounding water holes. This increases your chances of witnessing fascinating animal behaviour without having to travel far or spend hours searching the expanse of the reserve.

Winter is also a great time to enjoy Aquila’s buffet style restaurants. Expertly prepared by our chefs, steaming plates of traditional South African cuisine and international favourites await you. And, after an adventurous day out on safari, there’s nothing better than returning to your luxurious accommodations to relax by a crackling fireplace and enjoy a glass of wine from the renowned Cape winelands. Aquila’s secluded cottages and luxurious safari lodge suites offer the perfect winter ambience to unwind and reflect on your unforgettable experiences.

Book Your Overnight Winter Safari

Close to Cape Town

Winter is considered the off-season in Cape Town, which means fewer crowds and more affordable prices on flights and accommodation. Every year, from May to October, tourists and locals can find some of the best deals and discounts. Now is your chance to explore Africa’s Mother City’s vibrant culture, iconic landmarks like Table Mountain, and world-class wineries—all within an extended range of affordability and availability.

Cape Town is a great starting point for exploring the wonders of South African and the Western Cape. Voted the second-best city in the world after New York, and scoring the number one spot on the world’s best airports list, Cape Town International airport is your gateway to exploring this must-visit travel destination. Visitors can enjoy scenic drives along Chapman’s Peak, hike Lions Head, swim with penguins, visit Robben island, and even see the big 5 animals on a full day or half day safari to Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa.

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Winter Specials and Discounted Rates

To make your winter safari even more enticing, Aquila Private Game Reserve is offering special discounted rates on overnight stays between May 1st and October 31st, 2024. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience the magic of a Cape Town Big 5 winter safari, complete with all the style and comfort of a four star African safari lodge!

View Aquila’s Winter Specials and Overnight Rates

What’s Included in my Overnight Winter Safari?

An overnight safari at Aquila Private Game Reserve is more than just an immersive experience in the Great Karoo wilderness, it’s an opportunity to experience an authentic big 5 South African wildlife tour while enjoying the rustic luxuries of a four-star safari lodge.

Here’s what’s included in your overnight winter safari: welcome drinks on arrival, buffet-style lunch, an evening game drive, buffet-style dinner, marshmallow braai, Karoo stargazing experience, early-morning game drive, and a buffet-style breakfast.

Download Aquila’s one night or two night safari itinerary.

Man drinking champagne while overlooking the premier cottages at Aquila Private Game Reserve. Man is wearing a jacket and wool cap as it is a winter safari near Cape Town.

Winter Safari Facilities at Aquila

Winner of the 2023 World Luxury Hotel Continent Award for the best private game reserve in Africa, Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa is one of Cape Town’s top attractions—with all the added magic of a traditional South African Big 5 safari.

Overnight and day trip winter safari guests are invited to enjoy Aquila’s world-class facilities and children’s entertainment areas. For our youngest safari-goers, the indoor play area and outdoor kids adventure zone has loads of fun activities and active play areas for children to ‘go wild’ within a safe and secure environment.

For those wishing to relax, unwind, and enjoy the tranquility of the Karoo, don’t forget to book a rejuvenating African spa treatment at Tranquila Spa. From luxurious African wood massages to pedicures and deep cleansing facials, indulge our spa treatments and facilities, featuring an indoor heated pool, outdoor pool, sauna, steam room, and twelve individual and group treatment rooms. Inquire at reception about our spa treatment menu and spa day pass, or take advantage of your free Tranquila Spa access with your stay of two nights or more.

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