The day started out with the driver arriving at the wrong pickup location at the back of the hotel rather than the lobby. So we were about 15-20 minutes delayed. My husband and I were not able to sit together for the 2 hour ride because others on the ride were apparently staying overnight at Aquila and had luggage in the seats rather than in the back of the van. My recommendation would be for the tour company to arrange for separate transportation for overnight guests and their luggage. I'm not sure what the reason was but the driver was also stopped by the police on the trip - perhaps due to erratic driving. The safari drive and lunch were fairly nice. It lasted about 90 minutes and we saw 4 out of the 5 Big Game animals.
The safari was excellent and managed to see 3 of the big 5. Our guide was excellent too.
Lunch was included in the trip but Tea and coffee had to be be paid for.
I feel Viator was quite expensive to book through and it was much cheaper actually booking in cape town in the square.
All in all our trip was excellent to aquila but i would definately shop around for better price
We were offered a 10 discount initially on the Viator web site but then it disapears and you dont actually get it.
After paying 1,000 for 3 seperate trips i think we should have got this as new customers
We visited the Aquila Game Reserve in July 2017. We had an excellent driver and wove our way through beautiful scenery until we reached the reserve. We were greeted with sparkling wine and buffet lunch before climbing into an open truck to visit the wildlife. Our safari driver provided us with lots of interesting information and made every effort to show us all the animals, especially the white Rhinos. While it is not the same as a back country safari, this is an excellent way to see African wildlife, especially if you are time constrained. We recommend this tour to anyone visiting Cape Town.
This tour was great! My wife did not feel she could do the full safari so we thought we would do the Sarfari lite tour. We were completely satisfied, the tour was even better than we expected. The reserve is relatively small, but adequate, the tour trucks we able to locate the animals in fairly short order. We saw antelope, hippos, rhinos, elephants, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, elands, lions, and ostriches.
The elephants were mt favorite, I had seen elephants in habitat at zoos and perserves. They basically stand around and interact with other elephants some, this trip we were lucky this time to see them at a mud hole about 30 yards. They were very active sloshing and spraying themselves and each other. Each one would knee down, sloshing, and spraying, it was great.
Our tour guide was knowledgable and friendly. I would highly recommend this tour for those looking for a less physical experience.
I found it tough to rate this trip, as on one hand I was disappointed and on the other I enjoyed it. But I'll explain my reasons..
When originally booked I was informed that this tour was to begin at 6am and be done around 2.30pm. Early start I know but I thought it was ok as with the 2hour drive we would start early and see moe animals before it got to hot. We also had some friends arriving in Cape Town that day so had arranged to meet up in the afternoon.
The day before the tour I was informed by SpringBokAtlas that we were now to be picked up at 9.10am. I emailed back a few questions and to find out why it had been my bed back and their response was short and sweet ignoring a few questions. After a few emails back and forth and getting no where all i knew was I was being picked up 9.10am sharp and would be back 5pm.
Following morning we got picked up at 9.30am and arrived at Aquila around 11.30am. The site was very clean and we were well looked after upon arrival. We were treating with a glass of bubbles and shown where the pool facilities was and also the complimentary buffet lunch. We got told that we needed to be outside the front at 1.15pm to get onto the trucks for the tour.
The tour itself was really good and informative, our guild was very knowledgeable and told us facts and showed us around the reserve. We saw the 2 Elephants they have though at a distance Rhinos close up, springboks, elands, baboons, water buffaloes and Lions about 2meters away. Our truck did get a puncture but the repair men came out quick and fixed it. Not F1 quickness but faster than most beak down recovery trucks.
We arrived back at 4pm and left 4.30pm returning to Capetown at 6.30pm hour later than advised so we were rushed to get out and meet our friends.
So happy with the reserve, I know their are better ones in SA and if we had been on the earlier trip in the cooler weather then maybe have seen more. But what we did see was incredible.