Aquila Game Reserve and Spa
This tour takes us in a North , Easterly direction along the N1 past Paarl, through the Huguenot Tunnel and then past Worcester through the beautiful Hex River and once through the valley and up the Matroosberg Mountains where we turn left onto R46 and onto Aquila Game Reserve & Spa, named after the rare and endangered resident Black Eagle and covers ± 10,000 hectare, and for the first time in 250 years the majestic Big 5 now once again roam the Karoo mountains, valleys, rivers and kloofs of the Karoo.
The reserve is set in the Cape`s malaria free fynbos and Renosterveld vegetation area and known for its excellence, and conservation programmes. Aquila offers guests the option of 4 different day trip safari packages with options ranging from the traditional 2 to 3 hour safari game drive to safari`s on horseback or quad bikes.
Other transport options are helicopter and aeroplane flights daily to and from Aquila Game Reserve & Spa. It is advisable to always have warm and waterproof clothing especially in winter and sun screen lotion is a must.
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Sanbona is the premier wildlife destination in the Western Cape, approximately 3½ to 4 hours drive from Cape Town along some very scenic views of the little Karoo at the foot of the Warmwaterberg mountain range, Sanbona has been rated by UK Harpers Queen as one of the top 100 best places to visit in the world, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is not only home to the big 5 in their natural habitat housing the first authentic free roaming white lions in the Western Cape but the reserve offers so much more than just game viewing such as boat safaris on the Belhair dam, guided Wilderness walks, relaxation retreats, stargazing as well as a plethora of fauna and flora and 7 rock art sights over 1,500 years old.
With over 200 bird species including the nesting sites of the Verraux`s (Black) Eagle and over 650 various plant species, this is truely a global biodiversity hotspot and a world heritage site. The Sanbona Reserve offers as standard 2 game drives for every over night stay.