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Place Category: Activities and Outdoor and Adventure

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    Aquila Private Game Reserve, just under a two hour scenic drive via the N1 from Cape Town, is named after the rare and endangered Black Eagle that thrives in the area. Proclaimed a Private Nature Reserve in 1985, this 4 star, Big 5, malaria free, 10,000 hectare conservancy is steeped in Boer War history and boasts 3 pristine biomes of vegetation set in the magnificent Karoo mountains, valleys, rivers and kloofs.

    Aquila has been recognized alongside major tourist attractions such as Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch and Robben Island as a must-see Cape destination.


    4 Star accommodation is available in Cottages and a Lodge. Aquila sleeps a total of 168 guests sharing and 81 single occupancy in 77 rooms.

    Aquila Cottages

    • Cottages

    The Premier Cottages are positioned on the hillside to offer privacy and have been built in harmony with the rock, which is a

    principle focal point in the large bathrooms and alfresco showers. They are constructed from wood, stone and thatch and

    feature fans, air conditioners and fireplaces. Each en-suite bathroom is unique, with twin hand basins, bath and toilet. The

    cottages offer a wooden deck with panoramic views across the expanse of the reserve.

    • Luxury Family Cottages

    These units are semi-detached with attention paid to privacy. Units are equipped with mini bars (on request), tea and coffee

    making facilities and feature indoor fireplaces for that extra bit of warmth and coziness in the colder months. They are under

    thatch and feature exterior stone work using raw materials from the area. The large en-suite bathrooms feature corner baths

    with outdoor showers.

    • Standard Cottages

    In keeping with the design and flow of the architecture at Aquila, the Standard Chalets do not compromise the experience nor standard. Each has its own patio, corner bath and outdoor rock shower. Cottages are equipped with mini bars (on request), fans and feature “coal‟ stoves for that extra bit of warmth and coziness in the colder months.

    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.

    Premier Lodge Rooms have large balconies overlooking the reserve with magnificent views. Full bathrooms with separate showers and views from the baths. 2 x twin’s beds which can be made up to Queen size beds Premier Suites: Room 23.6m2, Balcony 10.8 m2, Bathroom 7.5 m2.

    Standard Lodge 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. Standard Room: Room 16.8 m2, Bathroom 3.65 m2.

    Lodge Family Units: The above 2 room types can be converted to Luxury Family Suites. They interconnect by a common passage way. The entrance to the passageway may be locked, as can both bedrooms, forming a private and safe space for families.

    Amenities & Activities

    Restaurant l Conference Centre l Cigar Bar l Pool Bar l Public Lounge l Curio Shop l Children’s Playarea l Garden Labyrinth l Swimming Pools l Tranquila Spa l The Reserve l Wildlife l Birdlife

    Safaris l ARC Aquila Rescue and Conservation Centre


    Overnigh Safaris

    Horse-back Safaris

    Quad bike Safari

    Star Safari


    Aquila Private Game Reserve is proud to have been Finalist in the Western Cape provincial Lilizela Awards for Service Excellence and the World Luxury Travel Awards. In addition, Aquila has been a finalist of FEDHASA’s prestigious Imvelo Responsible Tourism awards for 3 consecutive years and winner in 2014 of the Lilizela Imvelo Award, for best economic impact by a large tourism establishment in South Africa, promoting the local economic development of communities for ensuring industry sustainability. In 2015, we added the National Best Social Involvement programme to our list of accolades for our work to revive and uplift the community of Touws River. This award is particularly important to us as we have strong social upliftment policies in place and we

    take this aspect of our business very seriously. Aquila was first runner up in the National category for Best Single Resource Management Programme, Energy, as well as Best Economic Impact.

    In 2015 Aquila also scooped the Sanlam Top Destinations award in the Game Lodge category.


    Take the N1 from Cape Town; 10km before Touws River turn left onto the R46 to Ceres. The entrance is 2km further on the left.

    33.3522° S, 19.9356° E


    Conference enquiries: Email: corp@aquilasafari.com

    Website: www.aquilarescuecentre.org



  • Address: R46 Ceres, Ceres Road, Touwsriver
    ceres western cape
    Western Cape
    South Africa
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