Take a Big 5 Aquila Safari from AfriCamps at Karoo 1

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AfriCamps at Karoo 1 in Hex Valley offers a family-friendly escape into the Karoo within only 2 hours from Cape Town. Apart from the extraordinary landscape, the tranquil rock pool and the friendly staff, this location is a firm favourite due to its proximity to Aquila Private Game Reserve, which means you can venture on a Big 5 day safari during your AfriCamps glamping getaway!

Your glamping adventure begins the moment you check in at AfriCamps at Karoo 1 which is nestled between remarkable rock faces in the Hex River Valley. On arrival, settle into your fully furnished tent and set off on foot to explore the beauty of this Karoo farm. A short walk from the tents takes you to our iconic kloof pool – an oasis during the hot summer months, and a beautiful sundowner spot year round.

Back at the tent, light the braai and unwind in your outdoor wood-fired hot tub under a blanket of stars. Listen to the peaceful Karoo night sounds and get cosy by the indoor fireplace with your loved ones. Tomorrow an extraordinary wildlife adventure awaits.

AfriCamps at Karoo 1, Hex Valley
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africamps at karoo 1 hex valley big 5 safari south africa glamping
africamps at karoo 1 hex valley big 5 safari south africa glamping

The friendly staff at Karoo 1 are ready to arrange your booking at Aquila Private Game Reserve, less than 15 minutes’ drive away. Upon arrival at Aquila, the sight of majestic horses greets you. Check in at reception where you will meet your guide who will whisk you away on a journey through the expansive 10,000-hectare reserve where you will witness the Big 5 in their natural habitat.

Regular sightings include majestic lions basking in the sun, elephant herds grazing in the distance, or rhino making their way across the plains. Aquila’s experienced guides will lead you on unforgettable safaris, and you can choose from experiencing this from either an open-air 4×4 vehicle, an adrenaline-pumping quad bike, or on horseback.

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africamps at karoo 1 hex valley big 5 safari south africa glamping
africamps at karoo 1 hex valley big 5 safari south africa glamping
africamps at karoo 1 hex valley big 5 safari south africa glamping

After your dose of adventure, check in at Tranquila Spa and indulge in African wood massages, hot stone massages, manicures, pedicures, deep cleansing facials, and more.

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africamps at karoo 1 hex valley glamping south africa

On your return back to AfriCamps, settle in for the evening and make memories over a traditional South African braai. Don’t forget to order our Cook-Your-Own braai baskets, packed with fresh goodies to prepare on the braai. In the morning, prepare our sumptuous Cook-Your-Own breakfast basket, or finish off with a farm breakfast at the restaurant before hitting the scenic road home.

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AfriCamps at Karoo 1, Hex Valley
africamps at karoo 1 hex valley glamping south africa

While you’re there – Other activities in the area

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Die Veldskoen Farm Stall (20km)

Whether you’d like to stock up on preserves, snacks and fine wines, you need to fuel up on coffee, or you’re in for a sumptuous sit-down lunch in the cosy restaurant or the beautiful garden – Die Veldskoen (translating to ‘The Field Shoe’) comes highly recommended. Don’t forget to explore their unique selection of gifts and antiques before you hit the road again!

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Matjiesfontein (78km)

The 50-minute drive from AfriCamps at Karoo 1 to the historic town of Matjiesfontein is certainly worth the trip. Step back a century as you explore iconic landmarks like the Lord Milner Hotel, the Old Post Office, the courthouse and jail, and the old bank building. Don’t miss the railway station and the legendary red bus – remnants of a bygone era. Refuel with a cup of joe at the Coffee House, housed in the town’s historic general store. Matjiesfontein is a must-see pitstop and a journey through time.

How to get there

From Cape Town to AfriCamps at Karoo 1

AfriCamps at Karoo 1 lies just after De Doorns on the N1. From Cape Town, keep on the N1 until you reach the farm’s entrance gate after 141 km. You will pass through the Huguenot Tunnel (toll fees apply), Worcester and De Doorns. From De Doorns, continue another 27 km to the farm’s turnoff (after a pit stop at Die Veldskoen Farm Stall of course). You will spot the white entrance gate with AfriCamps signage just before the Montagu road sign. Continue straight on the gravel road until you reach reception at the hotel.

From AfriCamps at Karoo 1 to Aquila

Your Big 5 safari awaits just a short drive away! Aquila Private Game Reserve is conveniently located 12 minutes from AfriCamps at Karoo 1. Simply head back to the main entrance on the N1, turn left and continue for 12,6 km. Turn left onto R46 for 2.9 km before making another left turn leading you straight to Aquila Private Game Reserve.

This escape will leave you with lasting memories and a renewed appreciation for the beauty and wonder of the Karoo. Book your stay, pack your bags, and get ready to create your own unforgettable glamping story at AfriCamps at Karoo 1!