Safari game drives, luxurious spa treatments, horseback riding in the wilderness and stargazing – here’s why Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa is the ultimate family getaway!
Looking for the ultimate family-friendly getaway? Look no further than Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa. Located just two hours outside of Cape Town, Aquila is the place where you can get up, close and personal with Africa’s Big 5 (lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard and elephant), pamper yourself with luxurious spa treatments, go horseback riding or quad biking in the wilderness, play mini-golf or giant chess, get cosy around a bonfire, go stargazing in the night’s sky; whilst enjoying sumptuous home-style meals and 4-star accommodation. Aquila has it all.
Get to know the Big 5 – Safari Game Drives
It will feel like you’re the main character in a National Geographic documentary when you venture through Aquila’s 10 000-hectare reserve in an open-air safari vehicle. Not only is the reserve home to Africa’s Big 5, but it’s also swarming with other African wildlife including hippos, springboks, ostriches, wildebeests, zebras and giraffes.
Watch the giraffes stretch their necks to the tallest branch or the lions playfully cuddle together. If you’re lucky, you may even witness a herd of elephants pass by and you’ll get to see firsthand just how gigantic they are. Your guide will be on hand to provide commentary on every single wildlife encounter. You will have the opportunity to attend many game drives during your stay and every adventure promises a different experience. The sunrise game drive for instance is the perfect start to your morning as the giraffes are usually visible then, while the lions are more active during the sunset game drive. And if it’s a bit chilly outside, fear not as Aquila has you covered with cosy blankets to keep you warm throughout the trip.
Horseback Riding and Quad Biking through the Safari
Saddle up and enjoy an equestrian experience like no other. Horseback riding is the best way to explore the reserve at a calm and steady pace as you take in the scenery and meet the wildlife. Quad Biking on the other hand is a faster and more exhilarating experience as you race across the reserve with the wind in your face and the adrenaline pumping.
Indulge in an unforgettable relaxation experience at the spa
Aquila’s luxurious African spa offers all the holiday relaxation and serenity you’ll need to unwind. Their spa facilities include a relaxation area, an outdoor pool and a nail bar, as well as an indoor heated pool, steam room and sauna which are perfect alternatives to keep you warm and cosy on a cold day.
The spa also offers a selection of hair, skin, body, hands, and feet treatments using natural products which are free from petrochemicals, synthetic ingredients, colourants and preservatives.
Children’s Entertainment Area
While the adults unwind at the spa, the kids can enjoy a day out at the play area. From mini-golf, giant chess, bicycles, and a jungle gym to an indoor playroom filled with games and activities to keep the little ones busy.
The Junior Ranger Programme on the other hand is an edutainment adventure experience that takes your kids out on a thrilling journey through the reserve. Here they’ll put their scientific skills to use tracking down spoors, dung, trees, plants and rocks to learn more about the wildlife and the world around them. Experience the majesty of the Jurassic period with Aquila’s outdoor dinosaur exhibition. Here you’ll be transported back in time surrounded by awe-inspiring statues of these magnificent creatures. The exhibition also features a large dino egg where kids can climb inside and pretend to be hatchlings. The exhibition is located right next to the Eco-Synergy Tour.
Unwind in Nature
Take in the scenic views of the surrounding mountains and greenery as you soak up the sun and listen to the calming sounds of nature. Enjoy a drink or cocktail from the nearby poolside bar and maybe go for a dip in the crystal-clear pool as you spot an elephant roaming on the outskirts of the reserve.
Night-Time Activities: Stargazing and Bonfires
Get ready for an exciting night under the stars! Roast some marshmallows and get cosy around the blazing bonfire as you gaze up at the celestial views of the night sky. Prepare to be thrilled as a knowledgeable guide takes you on a journey through the night sky, sharing fascinating details about the constellations that surround us followed by an up-close encounter with the stars and moon through a telescope.
Spoiled for Choice
You’ll be spoiled for choice with Aquila’s buffet-style offerings. From vegetarian, vegan and meaty to mouth-watering local classics and sweet treats – Aquila caters to every type of taste bud out there. Plus, their food is halal-friendly, so everyone can enjoy a scrumptious meal together.
The Ultimate African Stay
Enjoy the ultimate African family accommodation experience like no other. From rustic bush-style cottages that come with outdoor rock showers to stylish African lodges with scenic views, and unique décor. Each room format comes with a family-style upgrade whether you are travelling with a family of four, six or eight.