When holidaying in South Africa, there can be no doubt that a safari is one of the most remarkable things that you can do.

Seeing some of nature’s finest creations up close in the wild is a truly unique experience that you should endeavour to include on your itinerary.

Even if you are visiting the famous city of Cape Town, you are in luck as the Aquila Game Reserve is located  close by – the tours will even pick you up and return you to your hotel as a part of the package!

A serene contrast from the hustle and bustle of the city, this beautiful park will allow you to catch a glimpse of some of the most majestic animals in Africa, all in the safety of this highly-organised reserve.

Of course, the Big Five of Africa are all here and it’s these incredible species that draw many tourists from the city to Aquila each year.

Keep your eyes peeled for African elephants, rhino, Cape buffalo, leopards and, the most impressive of all, the mighty lion.

As well as these graceful beasts, you will also have the chance to see hippos, giraffes and the endangered black eagle, from which the park gets its name.

What’s more, there are over 170 different species of bird at the Aquila park, due to its huge natural wetland area. This type of land is an ideal place for birds to thrive and so the skies are full of interesting creatures for you to spot.

There are many different options in terms of how you go about your safari, ranging from one night stays, day trips, quad bike safaris and fly-in options.

You will also be provided with lunch and a professional, experienced guide to accompany this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The park is only a short drive from the city centre, making it very easy for tourists to take a day out from their visit to Cape Town and explore the wilder side of South Africa.

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Helen Millward Travel Consultant