Most times when people consider Cape Town for a holiday destination, they don’t immediately think of the lovely Mother City being a safari location.
It’s true to say that most people visit for the beauty of the white sand beaches, the coastline vistas, the vibrant green of the vineyards and of course the iconic Table Mountain and historic Robben Island.
But, holidays are finite in time and South Africa is a huge country. You don’t want to be spending your precious time off from work feeling as frazzled as you do travelling to work each day.
So why not consider a magnificent combination of a beachside, sun, sea and sand holiday with that ultimate experience of a wildlife safari, all conveniently brought together within the Western Cape region of the country?
The Western Cape takes in the highly diverse countryside of the Karoo desert and the abundant grape growing regions around Stellenbosch and the West Coast, as well as the famous Garden Route … a story for another day … and of course the greater Cape Town area! From one extreme to the other!
The Karoo is spread over some 400,000 square kilometers, rather more semi-desert than one might image a sea of sand such as the Sahara, which supports its own vigorous flora and fauna whilst the grape growing activities of the Winelands have become well known throughout the world for their abundance.
However, it is the very sparseness of this huge area that gives it its majesty. Imagine being so far away from the streetlights of town, so that gazing up into the night sky becomes a thing of wonderment with so many twinkling stars it is hard to believe you haven’t seen them all before!
It is here in this oasis of peace and tranquility you will discover many of the Western Cape’s game reserves. In particular, one game reserve boasts of its ability to show you the “Big 5” – leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino – a 4 star relaxation heaven a stone throw journey of under two hours from Cape Town. Even quicker if you elect to take the 30 minute flight from the Waterfront!
It is not only the “Big 5” you will see, Aquila is home to hippos, giraffe and over 170 different species of bird, a veritable feast for the eyes and a chance to see these magnificent animals in the wild.
Whilst the animals enjoy the rugged terrain and sparsity, you don’t have to suffer the same fate. Aquila offers premier accommodation from which to take your game drives and choices include horseback safaris, quad bike safaris and of course the more traditional kind.
As well as the safaris on offer, Aquila includes visits to ancient rock art sites and ostrich farms. Even trout fishing, cherry picking and mountain trails are available. Should you feel those withdrawal symptoms catching up with you, there is even an 18 hole golf course to stretch your legs around.
Combining a stay in Cape Town itself with the excitement of a safari makes for the perfect holiday and really does marry together the essence of a South African vacation in one destination.
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