Why you should visit Aquila Private Game Reserve this spring

Aquila Private Game Reserve is one of the only places near Cape Town where visitors can see the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape Buffalo). It’s a luxurious haven for overnight stays, and makes for a fantastic day trip too. But there can’t be a better time than spring (September – November) to experience the true magic of Aquila.

Spring at Aquila is baby season

Spring is the time of new life, and Aquila is no exception. The rainy winter has left the landscape lush and green, and wildflowers dot the fields. It’s also the birthing season, and your chances of meeting the newest members of Aquila’s herds are at a peak. Every spring, new arrivals make waves with visitors, like the adorable baby buffalo that joined the herd this time last year.

Newborn Buffalo at Aquila

Good news for conservation

Aquila is thrilled to see new life at the reserve. There are plans to cross over buffalo between Aquila and Inverdoorn, a nearby game reserve, to broaden the genetic pool. Aquila takes conservation initiatives seriously, with a number of projects underway at the reserve.

The reserve is also home to the endangered Cape Leopard, and those who are really lucky may just spot these elusive cats. Having healthy babies from the Big 5 is exciting, because it means that the herds can thrive in the long term.


Aquila Accommodation

Get the most out of your safari experience by spending a few days at Aquila. Accommodation includes either cottages or rooms, with standard, family, and premier options in each. All accommodation packages include game drives and meals. Book early to get a room overlooking the reserve and mountains.

Aquila Pool
Image courtesy of Aquila Private Game Reserve.


There are many safari options to enjoy at Aquila. Early morning safaris start at 7am, just in time to catch the animals as the start stirring, while sunset safaris offer the chance to see the animals coming out of hiding to the watering holes. Afternoon safaris are more convenient for day trippers, and include lunch. There are also full day options, as well as horseback safaris and quad bike safaris for the more adventurous.

Aquila Horseback

The Tranquila Spa

To unwind after a day in the African bush, don’t miss the Tranquila Spa with its large heated indoor pools, steam room, sauna, nail bar, treatment rooms, and outdoor pool. Treatments use natural products that harness the medicinal powers of indigenous plants, flowers, and herbs. Access to the spa is free to guests booked into the Premier Cottages and guests that have stays longer than two nights.


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