Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa is roughly two hours’ drive from Cape Town, making one of the closest places to see the Big Five. If you’re after a truly special luxury safari trip, it’s the perfect place to go. Here are the top luxury experiences you can have at Aquila.
Get a massage
The Tranquila Spa offers a variety of luxurious treatments, using natural products that harness the medicinal powers of indigenous plants, flowers, and herbs. Facilities include two large heated indoor pools, a steam room, a sauna, a nail bar, private and couples’ treatment rooms, and an outdoor pool. Try the signature treatment, the Tranquila Body Ritual.
Arrive in style
Arrive for your Big 5 Safari by helicopter or plane, and enjoy the stunning views as you fly over the Hex River mountains and vineyards. You’ll be blown away by the tall rugged peaks, ridges, and waterfalls as you approach Aquila. You can opt for a day trip, or stay overnight. If you’d prefer to stay a little closer to the ground, the luxury private transfer option offers pickups from all Cape Town hotels, and includes white glove service.
Sip cocktails in the pool
Long summer days are best enjoyed with a coktail and a dip. At Aquila, you can enjoy both at the Pool Bar. Speciality coktails are served poolside, so you can cool off with a drink in hand and watch the sun sink low over the African bush.
Go on a sunset safari
Sunset is a magical time in the bush. As the sun goes down, animals start to stir and make their way to the watering holes. There are few things as wonderful as watching the herds in the golden light. The Sunset Safari at Aquila includes a welcome drink, followed by a selection of teas, coffee and snacks, and a three hour game drive. The safari is led by an experienced guide who will share amazing stories and facts about your surroundings and the wildlfie you’ll see.
Stay in a luxury cottage
Spend the night in luxurious comfort in one of Aquila’s Premier Cottages. They’re set into the hillside, offering total privacy. The wood, stone , and thatch cottages work in harmony with the surrounding rock. Each en-suite bathroom is unique with twin hand basins and a bath and toilet. The cottages offer a wooden deck with panoramic views across the expanse of the reserve, as well as fireplaces for the winter months. The Honeymoon Suite boasts a private alfresco hot tub. The rate includes two Big 5 game drives, a complimentary bottle of wine, lunch, dinner, and breakfast.
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