This exquisite African Spa offers treatments using natural products that harness the medicinal powers of indigenous plants, flowers and herbs and are free from petrochemicals, synthetic ingredients, colorants and preservatives.
Aquila Safari Lodge is a 4 star establishment in the Southern Karoo. The reserve is a 10,000 hectare conservancy in the southern Karoo, and home to the big 5 legends of the wilderness - elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino.
Aquila Game Reserve has two large swimming pools, each with a pool bar overlooking the reserve. There are large dining areas, and cosy cigar bars and lounges. Aquila has a library, curio shop and children’s entertainment area.
Aquila Game Reserve is the closest private game reserve to Cape Town, being a short drive from the city. Aquila is located in the historic Touws River town, in a valley between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Karoo.
The Karoo is on the national garden route. Setting the scene are spellbinding landscapes, carpets of wild flowers and wildlife. It is a place of wide spaces, immense horizons, craggy mountain ranges, jutting hills, an ancient seabed, and a massive clear sky at night.
Aquila Game Reserve is recognized as a major Cape Town tourist attraction. Aquila has been published in the “World’s 21 favourite things to do in Cape Town,” and considered one of the top 10 daytrip destinations by Sawubona Magazine.
Aquila offers a wide variety of safaris - day trip safaris, horseback safaris, quad bike safari, overnight and fly-in safaris. There are other activities on offer like 4 x 4 trails, fishing and themed weekend breakaways.
Aquila Private Game Reserve has gone to massive efforts and expense to source and re-introduce wildlife into the Cape region. A great emphasis is placed on a wildlife conservation educational experience. Aquila offers visitors a complimentary educational introduction to our cheetahs. Cheetahs are captive bred and strictly controlled in the interest of cheetah survival worldwide.
Aquila is the proud finalist of an Imvelo Award for our Social Involvement Programme. Aquila provides over 300 jobs to the previously disadvantaged community of Touws River. Aquila also sponsors the local cricket,soccer and rugby teams as well as a full time school teacher. Over the past 4 years, Aquila has invested a staggering amount into the Reserve and in doing so has been in a position to benefit the local community.
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Derman’s altruism for wildlife extends beyond just his passion for opening his reserve to thousands of domestic and international visitors each year. Two hundred and fifty years ago, all of the animals recently reintroduced to Aquila roamed freely around vast areas of the Western Cape. Our growing human population is having a negative impact on not only wildlife in Africa but the world over. Illegal hunting, habitat loss and changes through expanding agriculture and mining, increasing human-wildlife conflict, and civil unrest are all pushing our wildlife towards extinction. Wildlife conservation therefore remains top of Derman and his teams priority list.
The practice of protecting wild plant and animal species and their habitats can be seen throughout Aquila. From the ‘Veld Regeneration Project’, which ensures game friendly indigenous trees are planted monthly and offers all visitors an opportunity to plant a tree, to the raising of orphaned rhino, and even composting from the lodge's restaurant, horses, elephants and worms to organically fertilize the trees, Aquila are doing their utmost to ensure that nature will be around for future generations to enjoy. Regardless of how big or how small, all wildlife plays an important role in balancing the ecosystem and provides stability to different natural processes of nature.
Each Spring the reserve enjoys a bounty of new life and this year was no exception. As the new season sprung, after a particularly dry winter, visitors have been treated to sightings of young zebra, springboks, a variety of game, hippos and even a special new rhino calf. While new life creates joy it also brings with it hope, especially for many species as it comes as no surprise that several of Africa’s precious and unique wildlife are creeping higher up the list of vulnerable or even endangered animals.
In an enormous effort to add to these new offspring, Aquila Private Game Reserve has always committed to further their conservation endeavours by constantly adding new animals to the gene pool. They have now extended their immense efforts in their latest investment into conservation with a multi million Rand commitment. It was an incredibly exciting and surreal start to the day as the Aquila staff welcomed the first seasonal delivery of animals to their new home on Tuesday 5 December 2017.
All hands were on deck to gently usher the first of numerous Cape giraffe off specialised trucks, after making the trip safely from the Eastern Cape to the reserve. And as the hot Karoo sun dipped below the horizon, staff watched in awe as the first of many new eland excitedly bounded into their new environment.
Aquila is already home to a tower of giraffes, as they are collectively known, however the new additions will strengthen the gene pool and ultimately greatly increase their chances of long-term survival.
While the terrifying future of Africa’s rhino, elephant and lion are widely publicised here in South Africa and around the world, few are aware that the global giraffe population has plummeted by up to 40% over the last 30 year. This decline has sadly earned them a spot on the IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red list as being ‘Vulnerable’ - this was announced exactly one year ago. The iconic giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), one of the world's most recognisable animals and the tallest land mammal, is now too threatened with extinction and Derman knew it would be important that Aquila played an increasingly active role in their conservation.
Tuesdays new arrivals is the first delivery of a substantial investment in a variety of game to boost numbers and to strengthen gene pools – an additional 20 buffalo, among others, have been purchased with the first 5 arriving at the reserve in early January 2018
@ 18th December 2017 - Amazing Leopard Sighting at aquila ... Click Here
@ 17th December 2017 - Surprise rhino birth to read more about this ... Click Here
@ 6th December 2017 - Elation as New Wildlife arrive at Aquila ... Click Here
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DATE: 6TH DECEMBER 2017 - ELATION AS NEW WILDLIFE ARRIVE AT AQUILA
The magical story of Aquila Private Game Reserve evolved over 18 years ago from nothing other than pure passion and the strong desire of one man: Searl Derman. The 10,000 plus hectare conservancy is situated an hour and 45 minutes from Cape Town just off the N1, between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Klein Karoo surrounded by spellbinding landscapes.
With Derman’s passion for wildlife and his desire to share his love with Cape Town, the reserve has evolved from its early days of being residence only to a variety of antelope species to becoming the home of the Big 5 – elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as a significant amount of other wild game, which roam freely on the reserve.
The Spa at Aquila adds to already exceptional services and facilities on offer. A masterpiece in luxury, defined by its serenity and the creative use of natural elements. Featuring 2 large heated pools, outdoor pool, steam room, sauna and relaxation area, nail bar, 10 treatment rooms and a domed group therapy room.
FREE SPA OPTION - For 2 & 3 Night stays you will have free access to the Spa Facilities- Treatments are optional at an additional cost. For all other guests the access fee is R250 per person per day and the first treatment booked will be discounted by this amount. Additional treatments on offer at the spa or if you book one of the treatments, the entrance fee, is then included in the treatment. The Tranquila Spa is a place of peace and serenity and as such access is subject to availability. Aquila Spa Opening Hours are from 8am to 10pm.
Cape Town Safari Tours - Aquila Reserve & Spa - Big 5 Safari - Pickups from your hotel or Self Drive to the Reserve
Aquila Game Reserve & Spa - (1, 2, 3 or 4 Day) - Hotel Pickups or Self Drive to the Reserve