We stayed at Aquila Game Reserve on 23 & 24 September 2013. The resort is well kept, tidy and clean. I thought the lawn could do with watering - as it would add to the aesthetic look of the resort - if they just used the automatic sprinkler system already in place. The rooms, regardless of what chalet/room you stay in - are in good clean order and are of a standard 3 to 4 star hotel. The restaurant is well run, with ample food from the buffet.
We enjoyed a sunset and sunrise game drive. The game ranger was knowledgable enough to give sufficient basic facts about the various wildlife. We did see the Big 5, and I personally loved getting up close with the lions. The Reserve keeps the minimum number of each of the wild animals - enough to give the tourist site of each species. So do not expect teeming heards. This is due largely to the size of the property and what it can comfortably sustain.
The animals, although wild and in a 'natural' habitat - I felt are so used to been gawked at 3x a day by tourists taking game drives .... that they are almost tame. As a result, you can virtually drive right up to them and they will not flinch.
My opinion is that Aquila may excite tourists who have NEVER seen wild animals before and this is their first experience. However, if you have had the privilage of seeing wild animals in bigger numbers and at bigger game reserves ... this experience could be a little disappointing.
My overall opinion of Aquila is absolutely "down the middle of the road". I cannot give it a poor rating, but neither can I rave about it. I'm just neutral.
"Little" things could be improved, like: (1) the curio shop was closed at 15h45 already, despite a sign advertising they are open to 16h00 (2) when providing our bill after meals, they never supplied a pen to sign the bill with (3) the window of the game drive vehicle was never cleaned before a game drive, so we were forced to look through a dirty window (4) we were supplied with wood in our chalet to make a fire - but no matches or fire lighters were supplied ... and one or two more observations that I could list here - but wont. These are small things - but were frustrating enought to take away "slightly" from the overall experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa is a family-friendly, Big 5 safari destination just 2 hours' drive from Cape Town. Experience luxurious African hospitality with world-class facilities and services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquila Private Game Reserve Cape Town, South Africa