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Aquila Private Game Reserve: Sunset Safari with Entry Fee

Aquila Private Game Reserve: Sunset Safari with Entry Fee

Experience African hospitality at its best at the Aquila Private Game Reserve with a sunset safari accompanied by a game ranger. Get tickets to the park, sip on a welcome drink, savor refreshments, and relax by the pool. Upgrade to spa treatments on site. Arrive at Aquila Private Game Reserve by 3:00 PM. On arrival, a welcome drink will be served followed by a selection of teas, coffee, and snacks. At 3:15, you will start your 2-3 hour game drive. After a hot day in the African bush, the animals are just starting to stir, moving towards the watering holes and coming out of the shade. The safari is led by an experienced guide who will share exciting inside stories and facts about your surroundings, easily rousing your inner wild side. While at the reserve you can enjoy a number of complementary activities. You can relax poolside, browse the curio shop, visit the Aquila labyrinth or play a game of giant chess. Join this tour to witness wild animals and enjoy a magical sunset experience. 

5 Day Garden Route Private Safari from Cape Town

5 Day Garden Route Private Safari from Cape Town

Depart from Cape Town at 8am and travel on N1 to the R62 Wine Route. Continue from Worcester to Robertson to Montagu until we reach Oudtshoorn on the R62 Wine Route. Stop-over in Oudtshoorn and visit a wildlife Ranch for a guided tour. Depart from Oudtshoorn going past George and Wilderness. Reach Knysna in the evening. Knysna, a picturesque town nestled between lush forests and a stunning lagoon. Overnight at aha the Rex Hotel or similar in Knysna. Day 2 depart from the hotel after breakfast and head to Addo National Park for a game drive. Addo National Park is the 3rd largest game reserve in South Africa. It is also home to the big 5. We are likely to see a lot of animals including some of the big 5 as we drive around the park. Addo National Park has the largest elephant herd in South Africa. We depart from Addo National Park in the afternoon and head to Bloukrans Bridge where there is the world’s highest bungy jump (own expense). Thereafter we head back to aha the Rex Hotel in Knysna or similar for the night. Day 3 depart from the hotel after breakfast and head to Robberg Nature Reserve, a mere 30 minutes drive from Knysna for a 2 hour hiking. Thereafter visit one of the white sand beaches in Plettenberg Bay to relax and for lunch (own expense). Depart from Plettenberg Bay and head to Knysna Heads, beautiful scenery and views of Knysna with great photo opportunities. Relax at Knsyna Quays in the afternoon. Jump into the sunset boat cruise at 5pm. We take the sunset cruise on the Knysna Lagoon. Enjoy the afternoon sail on Knysna lagoon that provides close views of all the iconic sights along the way. Sit back and soak up the spectacular scenery, a truly unique experience. Overnight at aha the Rex Hotel or similar in Knysna. Day 4 depart from Knysna after breakfast and head to Swellendam for a brief tour of one of South Africa’s oldest town. is a town steeped in history, surrounded by natural beauty, and renowned for its Cape Dutch architecture. From Swellendam we proceed to Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa. Cape Agulhas, situated at the southernmost tip of Africa where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, offers a unique blend of natural beauty, maritime history, and rugged coastal landscapes. From Cape Agulhas proceed to Hermanus for the night. Day 5 tour of Hermanus after breakfast. Excellent whale watching in season. Depart from Hermanus after lunch and head to Benguela Cove Wine Estate for wine tasting of 5 top different wines. Thereafter proceed to Betty's Bay to view the endangered African Penguins. Thereafter proceed on the very scenic Whale Coast Route to conclude the tour in late afternoon in Cape Town.

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(92 reviews)

Aquila is an unmissable experience. An oasis in the Karoo. Luxury safari resort, with outdoor pool, firepit, large beautiful thatched spa and reception. Excellent food and kind staff make this a highly recommended safari.

Wow Max, you did us proud! What a great tour, Max was a knowledgeable guide with a great sense of humour, who went above and beyond. So much appreciated, especially for my granddaughters first bush drive!

Fantastic tour with an amazing guide who was super knowledgeable. We saw all the Big 5 in all there glory amongst other fantastic animals. It is very well worth the money. Highly recommend.

The guide was great and knew the entire reserve very well. The refreshment was delicious and the entire resort was in great condition

We loved the whole experience! Can’t recommend enough