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Aquila Private Game Reserve
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

We – a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children) – stayed at Aquila in April for 1 night.
The cottages: We had a family cottage, which was spacious and clean but with rather basic interior. The bathroom had a bath tub and an external shower; the latter may be nice in summer, but not in the cooler autumn months. Free wifi is available.
F&B: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are buffet style. The choices and quality were not spectacular, but acceptable for a one night stay.
Facilities: The pool was extremely cold and we saw no one using it. There is also a small (basic) play ground with a kind of jungle gym, which the children enjoyed.
The “safari”: I agree with previous reviews: It is not the wild and it is not a safari. Nevertheless, the children enjoyed the fact that they could see and got relatively close to the animals (especially the lions). We were a bit unfortunate with the weather as it was rainy and cold.
Staff: All staff was very friendly; nothing to complain here.
Overall verdict: If one looks for the true African safari experience, one will be very very (!) disappointed. If one, however, like us wants to show the children the big five in a safe, convenient and at least for the children more existing environment than going to a regular zoo, then it is absolutely okay. On the other hand, it is fairly pricy; and in my view too expensive for what is being offered.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Dora_Boots_Swiper
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Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

Ok so you are within a couple of miles of the main road through SA, but that makes absolutely no difference to the fantastic time you are about to have.
We were welcomed with champagne and shown to our chalet. Had a quick dip in the pool before our afternoon safari.
Our guide Daniel was fab, he was very knowledgeable and was happy to answer any questions we may have had. We manage to see all of the 'big 5' during our overnight stay plus so much more including the 'hospital' sanctuary over the road.
Overall great food, great service, amazing experience

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We had very high expectations from Aquila game reserve. On our easter break to south africa, we decided to take in a two night stay with aquila. We were family of five with children.

Firstly, The food is very average. A few variations, the buffet layout was the same every meal. They had some tourists come in for a day trip and there was no table reserved for in house guests for lunch. We were asked to wait in the reception. We thought that was ridiculous. The service overall is very poor. The entire staff is hired from a nearby unemployed village, which we thought was a very noble thing to do. But at the end of the day, this is a 4star property.. The staff has to be trained to do their job right. From smiling faces, to common courtesies. The staff looked unhappy to me. I hope they are paid well and taken good care off.

Through our two night stay, we havent slept a wink during the nights. The mice(as we later discovered) created a racket in our rooms. Running around the room followed by sounds so loud we thought there were animals stampeding. There are no telephones in the room and we were scared. After the first night we complained, and we were told that mice were natural to the forest area and sometimes they do get in. There was no attention given to resolving the problem. During the entire day the guest relation officer has avoided us.

The second night . The sounds started again. We decided to investigate. Behind the wardrobe there was a hole from which mice came into the room. we had to move the wardrobe to discover this. on the base of the wardrobe, was a entire dining area of the mice. Sugar sachets, creamers sachets and nuts. All the paper and foils were the cause of the sound. We then, walked up to the reception at 2am and got the security to come clean the place.

My question is, if the rooms would be kept clean and checked thoroughly, the rodents can be kept out. We were not offered any help to tackle this issue. Had the guests relations focused on solving the issue on the first day we would have had a no problems on the second night.

We demanded a refund for our stay, for which we were asked to email the head office. We send them two emails and have had no response. I will shortly upload pictures of the sachets.

The safaris that were offered during our stay, were copy paste of each other. Every single day and evening we went to the same route, saw the same caged animals, had the champagne and dried fruits next to the lions cage, heard the same information from different guides. We were bored.

South africa is a simply super destination. But animal safarI!! friends, give it a miss and head to kenya next time.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank arvafk
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

We booked to stay here with our 6 and 9 year old daughters and werent sure what to expect. When we arrived we were made to feel welcome and whilst time was planned with a fairly strict itinery, we had a fantastic guide on the game drive and had the same guide for all of the 4 game drives during our 2 day stay.
The kids loved meeting other children and families, and enjoyed the quad biking, pitch and putt and horse riding, the pool was a little cold.
Fantastic opportunitites for photos with the big 5, getting very close to all the animals, with the advantage over a 'real' safari in that you are guaranteed to see animals so perfect for little ones.
The food was good healthy home cooked food and drinks were reasonably priced.
Lodgings were fantastic, esp the out door shower,definitely worth the money and very socially responsible in terms of the running and eco- aspects of Aquila.

Room Tip: no fitness centre, and swimming pool was very cold!
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank ClairH669
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Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

Visited this reserve in February with family from overseas and was very pleasantly surprised.
1stly the scenic drive these is magnificent ! Also loved arriving and being greeted with a big smile and a warm face cloth! As you walk through reception the facilities and very large blue swimming pool seem to be such a welcoming oasis!

Breakfast was tasty and of a large variety.
The game drive was very informative and the animals we saw very beautiful. I must say, having visited some of the larger reserves in the Kruger park, this is a different experience but I can't help having a lot of respect for owners who must have spent a lot of time and effort and money (yikes) to be able to provide this experience to locals and tourists alike who don't have time to make the big expensive trip up north.

For people who gave never seen big 5 or have been to other reserves, but spent 3 hours on a game drive and only seen antelope - this is for you! Photo opportunities are plenty and our overseas family sure left with lots of great shots to make their friends back home very jealous!

They have a rehabilitation centre across the road from the entrance that houses some animals saved from the hunting industry or farmers who caught them in traps and wanted to shoot them. I've seen some people comment that they were tricked by the big 5 comment as leopard is in a cage, but ranger Romeo explained that this leopard was caught by a farmer and was going to be shot before the reserve intervened to look after it.

Wild leopard are present on the reserve bit are nocturnal animals and mostly only spotted at night so people visiting on a day trip will most likely not see them, saying that we did see some tracks!

We were a little disappointed that the kids facilities were not a little more comprehensive- the wooden climbing structure was closed for repair while we were there.

Overall good experience and will definitely go again with our overseas visitors

  • Stayed: February 2013
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1  Thank Tracel224
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