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Aquila Overnight Safari

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Duration of tour
2 days
Private

Transport Type

4x4 Jeep & Van
Departs when minimum requirements met

Overview

This overnight safari trip is ideal for visitors to Cape Town who only has limited time to see the Big5 animals and other local wildlife. Real Africa, real close to the Cape.

Travel in comfort to the closest Game Reserve to the Cape, and overnight at the private and malaria-free Aquila Game Reserve in the midst of the southern Karoo semi-desert region. After your lunch, hop onto the open-air safari vehicle and let the ranger guide you to the animal sighting spots on an included sunset game drive. Learn about how the so-called ‘Big Five’ - African elephants, Cape buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinos - got their nickname as you keep your eyes peeled for any sign of them as well as giraffes, hippos and other animals.

Head back to the lodge after sunset for dinner, and a night's stay at the luxury lodge accommodation. After breakfast and your included morning 4x4 safari, you'll be transfered back to your Cape Town. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Start

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
End

Cape Town / Stellenbosch
 
Distance
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500
km
Tempo
Packed pace
Ideal For
Couple
Friends
Family

Itinerary guideline

This itinerary guideline can run in reverse or a different order.
Day 1-2
Karoo Region

Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.

 After late morning arrival, check-in and enjoy an South African style lunch. Then your guide is ready to take you on your afternoon game drive in a special addapted 4x4 vehicle.

This Big 5 safari experience is an ideal inclusion in your Cape Town holiday itinerary. Enjoy a great diversity of wildlife and natural Karoo beauty with the opportunity to capture wildlife reintroduced to it's natural habitat. Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa is a four star family friendly safari destination just 2,5 hours’ drive from Cape Town. The 10 000 hectare conservancy is situated between the Langeberg and the Outeniqua Mountains in the Western Cape, South Africa, and home to the majestic Big 5 legends: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, and rhino.

Game drives are offered on traditional 4x4 open-top safari vehicles, and after the game drives there is plenty of leisure time to enjoy the Karoo surroundings and other optional extra optional activities (charged extra) on offer; like visiting the optional Spa for treatments, Quad Bike Experience, Horseback Safari Adventure or enjoy your free time at the large sparkling swimming pool with poolside bar.

As the day get darker, it's time for dinner, exchanging stories of the day's safari sightings and then it's time to sleep, breakfast and repeat...

A peacefull sleep awaits at the Aquila Lodge and the premier rooms are spacious, modern and cosy while offering magnificent views of the reserve. Relax and enjoy unforgettable sunsets from the balcony or patio. 

After your included morning 4x4 safari, you'll be transfered back to the Cape.

 

 
 
 
 
 
Stay Package

Accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

End with a late afternoon early evening drop-off at your Cape Town accommodation.

Included

Small Group

Maximum 13 guests per vehicle or guide. 

This scheduled group tour requires a minimum number of travellers to operate.

Local Guide

Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide during transfers and profesional game ranger on game drives.

Transport

Transfers to included tour highlights. 

Pick-up + Drop-off

There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.

Accommodation

1 night accommodation according to your stay package selected.

Fullboard Meals

1x Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included per night's stay

 

Safaris
  • Sunset afternoon 4x4 Safari game drive
  • Sunrise morning 4x4 Safari game drive
Included Activities & Entry fees
  • Aquila 4x4 Safari

Excluded

✕ Optionals

This optional activity can be added to your journey as per rates listed in the itinerary.

  • Spa Access
  • Spa Treatments
  • Quad Bike Experience
  • Horseback Adventure
✕ Travel Insurance

You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance. 

✕ Drinks

You can purchase additional meals + drinks on tour.

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My passion for hiking gave me a deep appreciation for being surrounded by nature... With some of my local and international must-visit outdoor spots already ticked off from my travel wishlist, I'll always be dreaming about my next adventure. Being part of the travel industry since 2016, especially my recent position as an airline ticketing and customer care consultant; helping fellow travellers plan their perfect holiday perfectly aligns with my love to share our uniquely diverse cultures and places with the world. - Tammy Mackriel

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Why You'll Love It

  • Spot most of South Africa’s Big Five animals on a 4x4 game drive at Aquila Private Game Reserve surrounded by the natural Karoo beauty.

Terms & Conditions

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Payment Policy: 10% deposit to reserve. Full payment 14 days prior.
*Buy Refund Protector policy for full refund

10% deposit or part payment is allowed up to 14 days before the departure date. Full payment is required to confirm a booking if made lass than 14 days before.

Buy the 10% non-refundable Refund Protector on the day of initial deposit to be eligible for a 100% refund up to 2+ day cancellation notice.

Cancellation / Refund Policy: 30 day notice for partial refund or 90% voucher

 

  • Cancellation at least 30 days prior to tour departure date = 90% travel voucher of value paid or 20% cancellation fee 
  • Cancellation 29 to 8 days prior to tour departure date = 60% travel voucher or 50% cancellation fee
  • Cancellation within 7 days prior to tour departure date or no-show will not be granted a refund or voucher

Read the full terms online at https://hotspots2c.co.za/agent#terms  

  • Transfer fees and forex conversion costs charged by the banks will be billed to you.
  • Cancellation fees are caculated on the total value of the booking.
Child Policy: No children under 8 years

Children under 8 years are not allowed.

Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult and book a private room.

Children under 18 years are not allowed to stay or book a dorm sharing room package.

Minors under 18 years are not allowed to consume alcohol and will require adult consent to partake in some optional activities.

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South Africa

  

11 official Languages Spoken

Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa

How to say hello?

Molo – Xhosa

Sawubona - Zulu

Hallo - Afrikaans

Dumela - SeSotho

 

Electricity – Volt & plug

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.

Measurements 

Metric System

 

WiFi/Internet Access on tour 

WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.

 

When to go

South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however, Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.

The shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.

Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all-time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather. 

The Garden Route enjoys a Mediterranean Oceanic climate, which is intrinsically temperate and mild almost all year round. Summers are warm to hot, and winters are cool. Second only to Hawaii, the Garden Route is acclaimed for having one of the mildest climates in the world.

However, the winter rain season can cause some delays for outdoor activities but the mild sunny days and the appeal of seeing the Southern Right Whale migration makes the Cape Whale Coast & Garden Route an ideal destination during the European summer holidays. You can expect cool mornings and evenings, but usually the climate remain bright and sunny during the day.

 

Best time to go where?

Jun-Jul ( mid winter) = Safari in Kruger region

Jan-Feb ( mid summer) = Cape Town city or beach destinations along the Cape Coast

Year-Round = Moderate weather in the Garden Route region

 

Public Holidays

With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.

1 Jan   New Year's Day
21 Mar   Human Rights Day
30 Mar   Good Friday
2 Apr   Family Day
27 Apr   Freedom Day
1 May   Workers' Day
16 Jun   Youth Day
9 Aug   National Women's Day
24 Sep   Heritage Day
16 Dec   Day of Reconciliation
17 Dec   Day of Reconciliation Holiday
25 Dec   Christmas Day
26 Dec   Day of Goodwill

 

Visa & Travel docs

Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).

Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries

 

What to pack

We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:

  • For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the country gets rain. A light jacket or wrap is a good precaution. Don't forget a swimming costume.
  • The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures plummet, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg (some nights go below 0ºC), so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season (your average here will be between 10-20ºC).
  • Always bring a hat - the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sunblock a firm part of your skin care kit.
  • Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
  • For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard and kit yourself out like David Livingstone, out to explore Africa for the first time.
  • For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route. If you are simply going out to get a bite to eat, a general “no shirt, no shoes - no service” rule applies, so as long as you are fully clad, your attire should not be an issue.
  • When travelling with Hotspots2c we encourage reasonably sized bags for multi-day tours and we are able to accommodate bags that are on average under 20kgs. For one and two day tours, a light backpack is encouraged. 

  

Health & Safety

There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.

The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your doctor or a local travel clinic on what is recommended for your country to visit South Africa.

 

For more info about the safety regulations on tour - please see https://hotspots2c.co.za/ideas/safetravels

 

South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Here are some tips: ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation or keep valuables at a safe place. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.

 

Getting Around 

South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.

There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.

From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.

 

Money 

Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping. 

Tipping

  • Tour Guides and Drivers – Tipping on tour is neither expected nor compulsory, however, should you wish to tip the team on the road you are welcome to decide on a value that match the level of service received. A recommendation usually range from R50 to R200 per person per day.
  • Restaurants and Bars - Tipping in restaurants is the norm and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill. Many restaurants will add a 10% service charge to a bill if the number of guests exceeds six or ten.
  • Hotels - At hotels you may also leave money to housekeeping at the end of your stay. Porter fees may already be included in your quote, and will be listed under your tour package inclusions.
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