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“Wonderful family friendly holiday with every details considered.”

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Aquila Private Game Reserve
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Wonderful family friendly holiday with every details considered.”
Reviewed July 12, 2012 via mobile

Spent one night the reserve with a family of 12. We took up four rooms and had four children under four. We were treated like royalty from when we arrived. From the wonderful women in the dining rooms who treated our children like their own to Bheke our knowledgeable safari driver to Andre the south African cowboy who guided us in our horseback adventure. Every single member of staff provided us with exemplary service. In fact when we left we discovered we had lost a mobile phone. Upon calling the ranch they were quick to recover and keep the phone in safe keeping. We collected it the next day directly from the General Manager Neil Bisson. Kudos to the Aquila team. A job well done.

  • Stayed July 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Certainly not a Kruger National Park, but what can you expect, it's only two hours from Cape Town. Is it like a big European Zoo, no not really, it's far better than that, the animals are right there, I did the game drives and quad biking, both excellent fun.

The estate would be a great place to hang out for a couple fo days, sit arounfd the pool etc, horse ride maybe, think about it there's more to life than The Big Five (even though you are almost guarenteed to see them all).

The accom and food/drink are excellent too, we were led around by Tyler (think big bokker type) in his open 4*4, a great sense of humor and knowledge of the park. Beware of the seasons, in June the mornings are cold, take a coat.

I went on my own while at a business trip loose end, would I'd take my family back if they were in SA with me? Yes I would EOS.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

We saw all of the big 5 animals on each day of our stay. The staff were very welcoming and always willing to help. The details were all taken care of and our days were completely hassle-free. The food and rooms were good. The weather was cold, but this is the norm for this time of year. I will be recommending Aquila to friends.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

Our whole family decided to go away for the weekend. None of us were at a game reserve before, so it was a first for all. We had 2 full days of adventure! Quad biking, game drives, horse rides and awesome meals! :) My sister has 2 kids and they had plenty of activities to keep them occupied. Spacious grounds, beautiful scenery and awesome company. A great family weekend!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Hannover, Germany
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

Finally the management of the Aquila Game reserve has decided to refund me a part of the stolen money. But still don´t leave your valuable articles in the room during game drive!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Cape Town
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

We (2 moms with daughters) visited Aquila Game Reserve for one night in the easter holidays. Everything seemed relaxed and friendly, we felt comfortable and safe. When we returned from our afternoon game drive my friend noticed that her cash (R4000=EUR400) had been stolen from her purse which she had left in the room. We immediately notified reception and the security personel as well as managment on duty called the police. We spent the evening giving statements and were told, a thorough investigation would be underway. The next morning we were promised that the report had gone to head office who would contact us.

The lodge has no safe facilities in the rooms or behind reception. We did not call housekeeping or maintenance to the room, so we felt safe enough to leave our bags in the rooms. There were no signs of burglary. We were not advised to take our handbags onto the open plan landrover during the game drive.

We felt the situation was handled poorly and unprofessional. Despite complaint letters and queries to head office, noone called when promised and to date we are still waiting for an apology statement and a compensation for the inconvenience. In the meantime my friend has returned to Germany, Despite of having a wonderful holiday in Cape Town alltogether, Aquila has left a bad impression of Africa in her holiday memories.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Paris
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Definetely not a safari but a really good experience. We got to see the big 5 and the kids were thrilled. We enjoyed the road trip from Cape Town, beautiful scenery. The place itself is very nice if not exceptional. I do agree that the lunch buffer was average but the breakfast was one of the best we had during our whole trip. Also the early morning drive was a great moment as we saw the sun rise on the veld. I definetely recommend this place.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Aquila Private Game Reserve
Address: Route 46, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #27 of 125 Specialty Lodging in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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