A Big 5 safari near Cape Town

With a country packed with so many incredible things to do, it’s hard to fit it all in when visiting South Africa. On the one hand, you want to visit Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and on the other hand, you would really like to experience an authentic safari that includes sightings of the Big 5. Aquila Game Reserve has made it their mission to ensure that you can do both. 

Not only does Aquila boast the Big 5, it also allows visitors to experience a safari in a variety of ways. Visitors can follow the traditional route by game vehicle or explore the reserve on horseback or on a quad bike. Visitors can reach Aquila after a 30-45min scenic flight from Cape Town, organised by the reserve. 

Aquila has five Premier Luxury Chalets, two Family Luxury Chalets and several semi-detached Standard Luxury Chalets. All boast private patios or viewing decks while the honeymoon suite has a Jacuzzi. The different chalets can suit a variety of needs from that of families and couples to groups of friends. 


  • Aquila is the closest game reserve to Cape Town, home to the Big 5, and can be reached by car or light aircraft/helicopter
  • The reserve can be visited as a daytrip or for an extended stay 
  • Game-viewing can happen by safari vehicle, quad bike, or on horseback 
  • Indoor and outdoor boma restaurant, 35m saltwater pool, pool bar, cigar lounge, library and curio shop 



Touwsrivier, Western Cape, 6880

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  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Boma
  • Curio Shop
  • Library
  • Conference Facilities
  • Kids Club
  • Pool Bar
  • Cigar Lounge

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