Aquila Safari Lodge is a 4 star establishment in the Southern Karoo within Aquila Private Game Reserve, located in the historic Touws River town, in a valley between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Karoo. Setting the scene are spellbinding landscapes, carpets of wild flowers and wildlife.
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 is the closest private game reserve to Cape Town, being a short drive from the city.
The Karoo is on the national garden route. 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 has two large swimming pools, each with a pool bar, overlooking the reserve. There is a large African-style dining area, and two smaller dining areas - all with blazing log fires and smoky cigar bars. A library, curio shop and children’s entertainment area is also available.
The Restaurant Lounge has a large feature fireplace and the Cigar Bar lounge has DSTV facilities. The restaurant Built from natural materials found on the reserve such as rocks, river pebbles, reeds, wood and thatch to blend with the surrounding environment, this spacious, high ceilinged, African character building with large fireplaces is the perfect setting for the superb buffet meals served.
The intimate colonial style Cigar Bar offers one the opportunity of enjoying an after dinner nightcap whilst enjoying the quality cigars on offer in a tranquil environment with the Aquila trademark large fireplaces. Pool Bar Situated off the swimming pool and next to the restaurant this African styled bar seats approximately 20 guests overlooking the pool area.
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.
The reserve brings the outdoors inside, using earthy tones and decor in browns and beiges, thatch, slate and rock elements. Special attention has been paid to chalet privacy and unbridled picture-perfect views of the reserve.