Aquila Safari Lodge

About Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa

Located in a valley between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Karoo is the award-winning 4-star Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa. The reserve is a 10,000-hectare conservancy and is home to the Big 5 – elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as a significant amount of other wild game which roam freely. Aquila’s purpose is to protect and preserve Africa’s increasingly threatened wildlife and is fully committed to social upliftment, job creation, skills development and various sustainable empowerment programmes.

Built with natural stone features, thatch, light and dark wood and decorated in earthy colours, Aquila has a definite African character that blends in with the natural surroundings. The main lodge facilities include a restaurant offering world-class buffet-style meals with an upstairs viewing area that enables guests to enjoy cocktails whilst watching the sun set behind the magnificent Karoo Mountains. There is a smaller outdoor boma restaurant, cigar bar and lounge, swimming pool, swimming pool bar, conference centre, a children's entertainment area, library, and curio shop.

For those seeking rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul, the Tranquila Spa uses natural products that harness the medicinal powers of indigenous plants, flowers and herbs and are free from petrochemicals, synthetic ingredients, colourants and preservative. The Spa features 2 large heated indoor pools, steam room, sauna, nail bar, 10 treatment rooms, a couples or group treatment room and an outdoor pool.

Aquila offers its guests a unique opportunity to experience the reserve’s natural flora and fauna by vehicle, quad bike or on horseback. Guests have the option of tailor making their overnight packages or choosing from 4 different day trip safari packages. For those guests with limited time, Aquila offers a Big 5 safari experience only two hours from Cape Town. Choose from a half day, full day or overnight safari packages.

For guests who opt to overnight at Aquila, there are a variety of luxurious accommodation options catering to families, couples, honeymooners and conference groups. These accommodation options include Standard, Premier and Family Lodge Rooms as well as the Luxury, Family and Premier Cottages.

Safari Options

  • Early Morning Safari - Half Day
  • Afternoon Safari - Half Day
  • Sunset Safari - Half Day
  • Morning Safari - Full Day
  • Horseback Safari - Full Day
  • Quad Bike Safari - Full Day
  • Combo Safari - Full Day
  • Overnight Safari
  • Fly-In Safari
  • Fly-In Safari Two Days - 1 Night

Facilities at a glance

  • Restaurant
  • Boma
  • Swimming pool
  • Cigar Bar
  • Lounge
  • Pool Bar
  • Conference centre
  • Children's entertainment area
  • Library
  • Curio Shop

Aquila Lodge

Situated adjacent to the restaurant is the newly built Aquila Lodge, comprising 3 levels, accessible by a glass panelled lift with magnificent Karoo vistas, with 22 rooms facing the reserve and the mountains and another 22 rooms facing away from the reserve. Modern Afro-chic interior design is used in the lodge.

Standard Lodge rooms

  • Twin beds - can be made to Queen size bed
  • Shampoo, Hair Conditioner and Body Lotion
  • Tea and Coffee making facilities
  • No view of the reserve
  • USB charging points
  • Air conditioning
  • Gowns & Slippers
  • Shower en-suite
  • Bar Fridge
  • Safe
  • Fans

Premier Lodge Rooms

  • Bathroom en-suite – bath and separate shower (views from the bath)
  • Large balconies overlooking the reserve with magnificent views
  • Sleeper couch (suitable for a small child under 12)
  • Shampoo, Hair Conditioner, Body Lotion
  • Twin beds – can be made to Queen beds
  • Tea and Coffee making facilities
  • USB charging points
  • Air conditioning
  • Gowns & Slippers
  • Bar Fridge
  • Safe
  • Fans

Family Lodge Suites

  • Consists of a Premier Room and a Standard Room interconnecting through a passageway.
  • 2 Twin beds – can be made to Queen beds – in each room
  • Shampoo, Hair Conditioner & Body Lotion
  • Tea and Coffee making facilities
  • Balcony off Premier Room
  • USB charging points
  • Air conditioning
  • Gowns & Slippers
  • Bar Fridge
  • Safe
  • Fans

Aquila Cottages

Aquila's four-star cottages are built largely from rock, thatch and wood to blend with the environment and offer every comfort like roaring log fires, air conditioning, crisp percale linen, rock bathrooms and, in some, alfresco rock showers and in some cases wooden viewing decks.

Luxury Cottages

  • Feature “coal‟ stoves for that extra bit of warmth and cosiness in the colder months
  • Cottages are equipped with minibars (on request)
  • Corner bath and outdoor rock shower.
  • Private patio
  • Sleeps 2
  • Fans

Premier Luxury Cottages

  • Wooden deck with panoramic views across the reserve
  • En-suite bathroom with toilet and corner bathtub
  • Positioned on the hillside to offer privacy
  • Each cottage opens up onto a private patio
  • The honeymoon suite boasts a Jacuzzi
  • 5 premier luxury cottages available
  • Plush furniture and earthy decor
  • Back to nature outdoor shower
  • Each cottage has a log fire
  • Air conditioners
  • Fans
  • Cottage 6: Sleeps 4 (twins sharing and double bunks)
  • Cottage 7: Sleeps 2 (Twin sharing)
  • Cottage 8: Sleeps 2 (King size bed)
  • Cottage 9 (Honeymoon Suite): Sleeps 2 (King size bed)
  • Cottage 10: Sleeps 2 (Twin sharing)

Family Luxury Cottages

  • Semi-detached units situated in close proximity to the children’s play area
  • 1 loft room overlooking the main bedroom (sleeps 2 children)
  • En-suite bathroom with toilet and corner bathtub
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • 1 Main Bedroom (Sleeps 2 adults)
  • Back to nature outdoor shower
  • Minibars (on request)
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Units 31 & 38 sleeps 8 guests (2 en-suite bedrooms with king size beds, upstairs 4 x 3⁄4 beds)
  • Luxury Family Units 32 – 37 sleeps 4 guests

Accommodation Types

Bedroom in Standard Room at Aquila

Standard Lodge Rooms

Max Guests:
2 persons

Standard Lodge Rooms have twin beds which can be made up to Queen size beds, they look away from the reserve and have a shower en suite. These rooms do not have a view.

Bedroom in a Premier Lodge Room at Aquila

Premier Lodge Rooms

Max Guests:
2 persons + 1 child

Premier Lodge Rooms have large balconies overlooking the reserve with magnificent views. Full bathrooms with separate showers and views from the baths. 2 x twins beds which can be made up to Queen size beds

Bedroom in a Family Lodge Suite at Aquila

Family Lodge Suites

Max Guests:
2 persons + 1 child

The Standard Lodge Room and the Premier Lodge rooms are connected by a common passageway. The entrance to the passageway may be locked (as can both bedrooms) forming a private and safe place for families.


Rates

Valid: 16 Jan to 30 April 2019

Luxury Cottages: from R 2 690 pps per night
Family Luxury Cottages: from R 2 940 pps per night
Premier Cottages: from R 3 430 pps per night


Standard Lodge Rooms: from R 1 795 pps per night
Premier Lodge Rooms:: from R 3 430 pps per night


Luxury Family Suites:

1st and 2nd Adult: from R 3 185 pps per night
3rd and 4th Adult: from R 1 795 pps per night
Children aged 4-11: from R 890 pps per night

Luxury Cottages:
Minimum of 2 adults & 1 Child

Luxury Cottages: from R 2 080 pps per night
Family Luxury Cottages: from R 2 160 pps per night
Premier Cottages: from R 3 430 pps per night


Standard Lodge Rooms: from R 1 625 pps per night
Premier Lodge Rooms:: from R 2 285 pps per night


Luxury Family Suites:

1st and 2nd Adult: from R 2 285 pps per night
3rd and 4th Adult: from R 1 625 pps per night
Children aged 4-11: from R 820 pps per night

2 Game drives daily in the Big 5 reserve

Lunch, dinner & breakfast.

Stays of 2 nights may substitute the the game drive with a horseback safari.

A 3 night stay may substitute a game drive with a horseback safari and a quadbike safari

2 and 3 night stays have free access to the spa facilities. Treatments are an additional cost.

All are subject to availability


SAFARI RATES

FULL DAY TOUR: Morning Safari | Horseback Safari | Quad Bike Safari

Valid: 16 Jan to 31 October 2019


Morning Safari Approximately 2 - 3 Hours

Children Welcome

A 2 to 3 hour safari, led by an experienced guide who will able to answer any questions you have as well show you the what the reserve has to offer. Lunch follows where after you will have time to relax by the pool side or enjoy one of the other activities on offer.

per person fromR 1 580 BOOK NOW

Horseback Safari Approximately 90 minutes

no experience required

An alternative safari option to experience the natural wonders of Africa. Stalking game gets closer than ever when you're saddled-up and ready to ride. No experience is necessary for the Aquila horseback safari day tour. There is a Max passenger weight of 95kg.

per person fromR 1 860 BOOK NOW

Quadbike Safari Approximately 1 -2 hours

min age 16

The quad bike safari day tour through the 10,000 hectare conservancy of Aquila Private Game Reserve on 250CC Horsepower quad bikes are guided by qualified game rangers. The minimum age requirement is 16 years and there is a Max passenger weight of 95kg.

per person fromR 1 860 BOOK NOW

Combo Safari All Day

2 Activities, morning and afternoon

The quad bike safari day tour through the 10,000 hectare conservancy of Aquila Private Game Reserve on 250CC Horsepower quad bikes are guided by qualified game rangers. The minimum age requirement is 16 years and there is a Max passenger weight of 95kg.

per person fromR 2 610 BOOK NOW

Arrive at the reserve at 9 for breakfast

At 10.00

If you have chosen to do them morning Safari it departs at approx 10.15 and takes 2 to 3 hours.
The horseback safari and the quadbike safari takes place in the afternoon whether you have them as a combo package or on their own

You may choose to combine the 2 - 3 hour game drive with either the Horseback Safari or Quad Bike Safari. for a full day of tour activity

if you are only doing one of the Safari activities the rest of your time can be spent at leisure exploring Aquila. You can also add on a spa treatment
Please speak to the consultant about what will suit your day best.

If you have chosen to transfer to Aquila from Cape Town your transfer leaves Aquila at 16h00.

Itinerary for the Full Safari Day Tour

06h45:
Depart Cape Town to Aquila
(Scheduled transfer - Aquila transport. Discuss your pick up place with your Consultant, or drive yourself to Aquila) 09h00: Welcome drink served on arrival

09h15: Buffet Breakfast

10h15: Game drive or time at leisure until 14h00 / Horseback Safari and Quad Bike Safari

12h45:
Buffet lunch. After lunch, time at leisure:

14h00
Horseback Safari or Quad Bike Safari or Time at leisure

Optional extra activities:

Pre-book to avoid disappointment.
Spa Treatments

Complimentary extra activities:

Relax Poolside, Visit the Curio shop, Visit the Aquila labyrinth or play a game of giant chess. Relax in the lounge bar (complimentary)

16h00: Schedule transfers depart for Cape Town arriving back between 6 and 7pm.

The above tours include the following:
Buffet breakfast with juice, coffee & a selection of teas, buffet lunch, 2 to 3 hour game drive with a juice or water, use of Pool, Lounge Bar, Labyrinth, Giant Chess access to Curio shop.
Excludes: Refreshments other than mentioned, Items of a personal nature, curio shop purchases, horseback safari, quadbike safari, access to Spa Facilities and treatments.

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Valid: 16 Jan to 31 October 2019


Morning Safari Approximately 2 - 3 Hours

Children Welcome

The early morning safari ensures that you get to be on the game drive as the animals start stirring. 07h00: Welcome drink served on arrival (Tea, Coffee & Rusks). 07h30: 2 to 3 hour Game Drive with pre packed Continental Breakfast

per person fromR 1 030 BOOK NOW

Afternoon Safari 2-3 hours

Children Welcome

The 2 to 3 hour safari departs at 13:30. The safari is led by an experienced guide and includes a lunch. All safaris are conducted in open safari vehicles. 12h00: Welcome drink served on arrival, 12h15: Buffet Lunch, 13h30: Game drive

per person fromR 1 180 BOOK NOW

Sunset Safari 2 -3 hours

Children Welcome

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. All safaris are in an open 4 x 4 safari vehicle. 15:00: Welcome drink served on arrival followed by a selection of teas, coffee and snacks, 15:15: 2 to 3 hour Game Drive.

per person fromR 820 BOOK NOW
Notes

All rates exclude transfers unless otherwise stated.
Transfer Rates from Cape Town are R 712pp (2019) return
NB departure times to and from Aquila are strictly adhered to. Transfer is approx 2.5 hours.
Private transfers can be quoted separately.
Private Safaris can be arranged at an additional cost of approximately R 2 176 per vehicle per safari

Rates exclude: All beverages, use of telephones, mini bar, optional excursions. All children are welcome. Under 4 - no charge, 4-11 years of age - 50% off.
Itinerary and collection times are guidelines and subject to seasonality.