We were booked in over the weekend (05 & 06 July 2014).
I was expecting a less than perfect experience due to it being out of season. Although the price was expensive being a "local" - what we received was totally worth every cent I spent.
We were greeted by a staff member on arrival, with welcome drinks and a small induction to the weekends activities. I would like my review to be in two parts namely the staff and then the activities.
The staff were beyond amazing, they all had warm smiles and the attitude of family members. No request was too big or too small, they made you feel welcome and really went the extra mile to accommodate us. You don’t need to ask, they actually suggested things like extra firewood for the rooms fireplace, wine glasses and wine for the rooms, hot water bottles, extra blankets and even gloves and scarves (at a minimal cost). They were up early to attend to our needs - everyone was absolutely phenomenal right down from the gardeners to the General Manager - Mr Basson. Thank you to all for your attentiveness and willingness to serve us.
The activities were well planned and the game drives were something else, we saw everything and out of past experience - a game drive is only going to be as fun as the other guests and then the ranger. My ranger for the trips was Mike - he went out of his way to make our trip and stay memorable. He did small things for us like allow us great photo ops with the animals (we got out of the truck to get photos of the giraffes in the background and he also broke away from the convoy for us (we were the truck right at the back and the diesel fumes were bad.... so he 'shot left.... problem solved). He was also willing to stop at every single animal we saw for photos and he did not constrict us to a schedule. He absolutely made our trips what they were.
The food was also superb, there was never a lacking of anything.... and it was delicious, we could not have asked for better. The beds were comfortable and HUGE... could sleep a family of 4 in one bed easily.
Like I said in my introduction, the price was expensive for a single day and being a local.... but, for what we received it was worth every single cent and I am also without a doubt going to go back there again, soon very soon.
I would not recommend more than two or three days because you are so busy and active that you need a day or two to recover from the getaway. I also feel the curio shop was a little overpriced but in saying that the proceeds from that shop supplement the anti-poaching campaign "saving private rhino" and once you see these animals in the bush you realise it is a drop in the ocean and worth it.....
I would also like to say thank you to every single person whom had a hand to play in serving us the weekend - you all show passion for the job at hand and it all contributed to an unforgettable stay.
I have some amazing pictures and even the sub-zero temperatures contributed to our amazing experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa is a family-friendly, Big 5 safari destination just 2 hours' drive from Cape Town. Experience luxurious African hospitality with world-class facilities and services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquila Private Game Reserve Cape Town, South Africa