We sent our Office Manager, Judith, on a full-day Safari tour at Aquila Private Game Reserve, so breath-taking she had this to share:
The day started early, way too early for my liking, but it was definitely worth it. After a 2 hour drive we got to Aquila and were welcomed with a glass of bubbly. I ended up being the only one taking one, but hey who can say no to some bubbly?!
Before we went on the Game Drive, we helped ourselves to a nice breakfast from a big buffet. So after we were all nicely fed (we would have definitely been a great lunch for the lions at that time) we set out in one of the Aquila Jeeps. The drive took about 2 hours and it was truly amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and fun; he gave us information about every single animal that we saw. And we saw lots of them, from Hippos to Giraffes, Zebras, Springboks, Rhinos, Elephants and Lions and more.
My first highlight was just a few minutes after we started the drive, we saw a tower (the term for a group of giraffes…see I learned something) of 3 giraffes not too far from our vehicle, looking right at us. I could now go on and on about Giraffes as probably the coolest, badass animals ever, but that would be taking it a bit far. After seeing lots of different animals we set out to the lion enclosure and we were so lucky since they were 2 male and 2 female lions chilling in the shade under some rocks and bushes right by the pathway. Seeing lions so close was a truly amazing experience.
We then had a little pit stop with some more bubbly, another highlight (just kidding… I wasn’t complaining about another glass though). After getting back to the lodge there was another big buffet set up (so yeah people, prepare yourselves for lots of food) After eating way too much there was still time to chill at the pool, for a quick swim and to check out their Animal Rescue & Conservation Center before we made our way back to Cape Town. All in all, it was a really nice day and experience and I would go again any time.