Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa is a family-friendly, Big 5 wildlife experience just two hours from the Mother City.

Aquila is far more than just a bucket-list wildlife experience. The reserve welcomes visitors for excursions with various exciting day-trip itineraries or overnight safari stays.

Various accommodation types are on offer. Enjoy the traditional bush-style cottages or opt for something a little more modern, boasting magnificent views across the reserve. 

The wildlife on this 10 000-hectare conservancy is a true drawcard for guests to take in on a traditional 4×4 game drive, horseback or quad bike. They even offer a private safari for intimate gatherings in the veld. 

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The reserve features a 35m swimming pool with a poolside bar, while an African-style buffet in the restaurant dishes up local cuisine. The cosy bar with a lounge offers the perfect spot for guests to relax after a meal. After dark, gather around the fire pit to exchange stories and toast marshmallows on the braai. A star safari guide is always on hand to help identify the mass of constellations twinkling overhead. 

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At the spa, visitors can relax and enjoy a luxurious African treatment while unwinding after an action-packed day.

How to enter: 

Sign up for a 12-month subscription to Garden&Home (for R439) and stand a chance to win a two-night stay for two people at Aquila Private Game Reserve valued at R19 600. To subscribe call 0875500329 or email [email protected].

Offers are limited to SA and apply to print subscriptions only. Offer ends 25 May 2023. 

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T’s & C’s:

  1. Prize is valid for travel from June 2023 and June 2024, excluding Easter weekends and the peak season of 1 December 2023 to 15 January 2024
  2. Prize for the stay and any related experiences included are non-redeemable for cash and have expiry dates.
  3. Transport is not included to and from the property.
  4. All alcohol and beverages are for your own account unless outlined by the hosts as an inclusion.
  5. All bookings are subject to availability.
  6. Prize bookings cannot be made over public holidays or long weekends. Any exceptions by the manager are a courtesy.