Aquilla Game Reserve

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Me in front of the entrance
I guess this is a review and journel mixed together. We got up a drove nearly two hours to experience this place. We found out about it at a tourist office at the VandA.  The drive up was pitch black as we had to be there early. The drive took us through some beautiful wine country and some pretty long tunnels through the mountains. I found myself in awe by the surrounding mountians and wildlife. We say Baboons along the road, birds and even people. There a photo of a man who was out on the man motorway selling grapes. It was quite interesting to see as we were moving pretty fast. We pulled over and he sprinted to sell us a flat of grapes for only 20Rand. They were not the most quality, but for 20 Rand very good.

Back to Aquilla.

Prior to breakfast, you are escorted into a lounge with a fire place and a couple of tvs.
Water, please
There is also a computer in the area that you must pay to access. The assortment of coffees and teas was good as we sat in front of a roaring fire. Had a chance to visit with some nice people from Australia. I think the conversations were a real highlight of the trip. Many of us tourist all wanted to tell each other where we had been and how much we had spent. Very interesting dynamic going on here.

After  we paid our money, 970 Rand per person, which was more than they told us at the VandA, we were seated for breakfast. The buffet style meal was great full of fresh fruits, meats and veggies. They even had smoked salmon. There was a variety of breads, crossants and other pasteries. Fresh juices, coffee and teas. I enjoyed just relaxing while I ate. We say and met some Americans.
Atop the mountain
They were having a good time as well.

We loaded up on various little trucks and headed out to the park. It was still cool, but it was nice. Saw a few animals including two elephants, and a few Springbok. I won't say that I was disapointed, but it was really like driving through a very sparse zoo, with only a few animals to observe. I do understand that it was a game park, but I have seen better in other places. I don't want to be too critical, but it was really not worth the money or the time. But, on the other hand, the meals and the people and just the fellowship with others was fun.

The park tour is about 2-3 hours with a break in the middle where they served us wine and sparkling apple juice. They had real glasses and that made it pretty nice. We saw a couple of lions behind a cage and two atop a mountain.
Springok


We headed back into the lodge and was served a spectacular meal. This was truly the highlight. Meats and stews, fish and veggies, desserts and fruit. I think we sat for over an hour and made glutens out of ourselves. You do have to pay for any drinks which have to be ordered like wine or sodas or bottled water.

The drive home to Cape Town was really nice. Say all of the vinyards and the clouds on the mountains as well as those famous grape sellers. We stopped at a little store along the motorway and bought some good homemade fudge, carmelcorn and other goodies. They also have a very good wine selection in the back.


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Me in front of the entrance
Me in front of the entrance
Water, please
Water, please
Atop the mountain
Atop the mountain
Springok
Springok
Hippos
Hippos
He wanted us
He wanted us
Our tourguide
Our tourguide
They did give us some wine along t…
They did give us some wine along …
Rhino
Rhino
Can you find the zebra?
Can you find the zebra?
One of the two.
One of the two.
The other
The other
The caged beast
The caged beast
Rhino
Rhino
The two elephants
The two elephants
Trying to hold up one of those lod…
Trying to hold up one of those lo…
Some of the cabins on the property
Some of the cabins on the property
At the lodge
At the lodge
Rooms, lodges, on the property
Rooms, lodges, on the property
On our way out
On our way out
A nice shop along the way.
A nice shop along the way.
The man on the street, actually fr…
The man on the street, actually f…
On the road back through the vinya…
On the road back through the viny…
Vinyards even look good in the win…
Vinyards even look good in the wi…
Clouds on the mountains as we retu…
Clouds on the mountains as we ret…
Clouds on the mountains
Clouds on the mountains
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photo by: v10