We decided to spoil ourselves while in Cape Town with a private safari. The welcome was unfriendly and totally disinterested. The food was awful. Boarding school type food that for the most part was unidentifiable. No labels. Tasted awful and the air conditioning was blowing very warm air on the food. A huge health hazard. Other guests were talking to is and expressing the same fad opinions.
Chalets and setting pretty but such a wasted opportunity. Other parts of resort need sprucing up.
The safari did not live up to their website. We were told up front we probably wouldn't see the leopard. It is very limited with 2 elephants, 2 buffalo, 4 rhino, one giraffe and few other assorted animals. The most disappointing was the lions in enclosures. We were told that they could roam in their own areas but both times we went they were in small enclosures eating food given by staff, I now find out they are rescue lions but this is not really what you expect when you advertise the big 5!
Over road, crocs, cheetahs and lions in smallish enclosures that are just not right. The lions were pacing .
Ethically if I had known I would never have gone and considering what we paid I felt cheated. This was not a real safari!
- 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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- Aquila Private Game Reserve Cape Town, South Africa