Game Reserves close to Cape Town
Aquila Private Game Reserve
Also recommended for FIRST TIME SAFARI tourists or groups with children aged 6-16.
Founded over 14 years ago by Searle Damon, the reserve is a TWO hour drive from Cape Town at a higher altitude characterised by open scrubland and dry terrain typical of the Karoo part of the country.
Game drives are in the morning at 10am and in the afternoon at 130pm. A buffet lunch is included
Temperatures are extremely high in Summer and can be very cold in mid-Winter. It is possible to see 4 of the Big 5 here, but that is never guarenteed because these animals are wild, of course.
They have the same collection of animals on their estate, but in addition they have a cheetah enclosure.
The lions are kept in a separate part of the reserve to allow for animal populations to flourish.
Searle is at the fore front of raising funds to protect rhinoceros because, at the current rate of poaching, the animal will be extinct before 2022. You can read about his fund-raising project at www.savingprivaterhino.org