Big 5 Day Trip Safari

Top 5 Reasons to Go on a Big 5 Day Trip Safari

Cape Town, 05 December 2023

A Big 5 safari day trip is the BEST way to see South Africa’s iconic wildlife without having to travel far from the city. Our TOP Cape Town safari experience is, hands down, Aquila’s Full Day Big 5 Safari tour. Not only does Aquila welcome guests of all ages, but this family-friendly safari day trip includes a traditional South African guided game drive, welcome drinks, a buffet-style breakfast and lunch, infinity pool, wet bar, children’s outdoor entertainment area, and other incredible facilities.

Read more for our top 5 reasons to go on a day trip safari at Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa, located just under two hours from Cape Town’s city centre.

1. See the Big Five

Aquila is home to Africa’s iconic Big Five animals: lion, elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, and buffalo. Known for their strength, power, and beauty. While Aquila is a natural wildlife reserve and sightings are not always guaranteed, full day safari guests will have the opportunity to spot all five of these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. Day visitors can also see giraffes, hippos, springbok, wildebeest, cape foxes, eland, zebra, ostriches, over 150 native bird species, and much more.

2. Enjoy a Big Five Game Drive

Aquila’s full-day safari includes a traditional, 2.5 – 3 hour long big 5 safari game drive. Led by experience game rangers in open-back safari vehicles, day visitors will have plenty of time to explore the Karoo wilderness and see all the amazing wildlife Aquila Private Game Reserve has to offer.

And, for the more adventurous safari-goer, Aquila offers the unique opportunity to upgrade your full day safari to a combo safari. Subject to time and availability, visitors can book an additional horseback or quad bike safari outride. 

3. Close to Cape Town

Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa is located just two hours from Cape Town, South Africa, making it the perfect day trip for visitors to the city. This means you can enjoy all the excitement of a Big 5 safari without having to travel far. Imagine seeing the big 5 in one day and being back in Cape Town that same night, giving you more than enough time to experience the city’s amazing nightlife.

Aquila’s close proximity to Cape Town makes it the ideal day trip safari choice for backpackers, tour groups, and budget travellers looking to experience a real safari on their trip to the city.

4. Indulge in a Buffet Breakfast & Lunch

Another reason why we love Aquila’s Full Day Big 5 Safari are the TWO buffet-style meals included in your booking. Upon arrival at the reserve, guests are greeted with refreshing welcome drinks while checking in, and are invited to enjoy a delicious buffet-style breakfast before embarking on a big five guided game drive. 

Day visitors are also welcome to relax and enjoy the stunning lodge facilities, pool and wet bar before tucking into a savoury buffet-style lunch as the afternoon winds down—paving the way for your departure back to the city. Naturally, Aquila’s Full Day Big 5 Safari stands out for its exceptional value, unforgettable memories, and double the safari fun!

5. Safari in Style

Day visitors are invited to experience Aquila’s world-class facilities and luxurious safari lodge, featuring a spacious restaurant, infinity pool and wet bar, children’s entertainment zone, and green lawns offering panoramic views of the reserve. 

Aquila’s safari lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind after your Big 5 game drive adventure. Subject to availability, Guests are also invited to inquire at reception about booking a luxury African spa treatment at Aquila’s Tranquila Spa, where a sauna, steam room, indoor pool and rejuvenating spa treatments await.