Aquila Game Reserve

by Valerie Layton
(Gulf Breeze FL USA)

Heron fishing

Heron fishing

Aquila Game Reserve is a delightful safari camp in western South Africa.

The reserve is a vast area of open valleys and shrub covered hills. Among all of that flora is a great variety of animals from rhinos to springbok.

We stayed in a thatched cottage with great African themed décor. Meals with regional flavors were buffet style to allow for various safari groups to come and go.

Safaris can be a super learning experience. They can also have wonderful rewarding surprises. Sometimes different times of the day can reveal animals in different activities.

Like the early morning when we saw a stunning heron posed in a stream and then in a flash we saw him catch a fish!

Your safari guide is a wealth of knowledge and fun stories. Our guide scooped up day - old elephant dung and declared it didn’t smell. Of course I had to prove that to myself! And he was right.

And what were those black glossy creatures scampering about resembling miniature VWs? Those were the industrious and powerful Dung Beetles, bigger and more amazing than any beetles I’d ever seen!

It just seems that every moment of a safari there is something new to learn and experience. It is a life event everyone needs to enjoy!

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Guiding the Wild arranged perfect guided 26 day tour

by S Wells
(Anchorage, Alaska)

Formerly BushBaby Safaris, our guide Pierre Duval , put together a custom package for our family of 6 that included all stays, airport pickup and drop-off, meals and field guided trips.

From our first and last day stay at the Africa Sky Guest House, meeting with a Zulu shaman for a personal reading, the beautiful Avalone Guest House in St. Lucia that included an excellent guided tour by EuroZulu Tours, with guide Ashley Wormald (an exceptionally knowledgeable guide), the Tembe Elephant Park, Pongola Private Game Reserve-where we did Tiger Fish fishing and went on a Rhino tracking walk, Homestead Villa in Klaserie with excellent guide Carlos, Pungwe Lodge, a short stop in Dullstroom where the Udderlicious milk shake bar is the best, and return to Africa Sky.

We viewed and photographed all the animals you would expect including some exceptional photos of leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, african spotted genet, a pangolin and numerous birds.

This is our third tour with Pierre and we can highly recommend his personalized service for anyone seeking a perfect safari anywhere in Africa, Mauritius or his new Antartica tours.

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