Acclaimed for service excellence, renewable energy, social responsibility efforts and conservation programmes, Aquila is more than just an unforgettable wildlife experience, it is an experience in luxurious African hospitality, traditional culinary delights, service excellence and the restoration of pride to the indigenous people and the land.
Named after the endangered black or verreaux eagle (Aquila verreauxii), Aquila’s story began in 1999 when its owner, Searl Derman, driven by a desire to share his passion for the wild with Cape Town, set about searching for the perfect piece of land to re-introduce the Big 5 to the Western Cape. He was fortunate enough to come across a nature reserve that would later become Aquila Private Game Reserve.
Situated in the historic town of Touws River, in a valley between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Karoo, the 10,000 hectare conservancy has evolved from its early days of being residence to various antelope species only to becoming the home of the Big 5 – elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as a significant amount of other wild game, which roam freely on the reserve.
Aquila’s purpose is to protect and preserve Africa’s increasingly threatened wildlife and is fully committed to social upliftment, job creation, skills development and various sustainable empowerment programmes. Creating the ideal, sustainable balance between nature conservation and the empowerment of the local community of Touws River is at the core of how Aquila operates.
Situated adjacent to the restaurant is the newly built Aquila Lodge, comprising 3 levels, accessible by a glass panelled lift with magnificent Karoo vistas, with 22 rooms facing the reserve and the mountains and another 22 rooms facing away from the reserve. Modern Afro-chic interior design is used in the lodge.
Aquila's four-star cottages are built largely from rock, thatch and wood to blend with the environment and offer every comfort like roaring log fires, air conditioning, crisp percale linen, rock bathrooms and, in some, alfresco rock showers and in some cases wooden viewing decks.
The triple volume restaurant is perfectly situated to offer breath-taking views of the reserve. The upstairs viewing area enables guests to enjoy cocktails while watching the sun set behind the magnificent Karoo Mountains.
This thatched spacious African- character building is the perfect setting for the extensive buffet-style meals served. Meals to suit all culinary/dietary requirements are prepared by our resident chefs, including traditional South African cuisine.
Complete with wall to ceiling windows for optimal viewing the restaurant can seat 280 - 300 diners in comfort and large log fireplaces set a romantic mood.
Aquila Safari Spa Treatments
Visit the newly opened African spa using natural products that harness the medicinal powers of indigenous plants, flowers and herbs. Featuring; 2 large heated indoor pools, steam room, sauna, nail bar, 10 treatment rooms, a couples or group treatment room and an outdoor pool.
Aquila Infinity Pool
The swimming pool has a length of 35 meters, and features a rim flow as well as ample decking for lounging in the African sun. A wet bar which is well-used in the summer months, finishes off this special area at Aquila. This is situated next to the restaurant.