This morning we had an early start to enable us to visit the Aquila Game Reserve in the Hex Valley of the Western Cape. The reserve is shielded by mountains from the oceanic weather systems and so is semi-arid, steppe-like savannah with maquis (Mediterranean) vegetation, with sandy soil and frost and heat shattered rocks.
Travelling in 4×4 safari vehicles with an experienced guide we passed isolated water holes in the Southern Karro Highlands.
We found most of the big five but unfortunately the lions were asleep and the leopards were roaming over the mountains.
After lunch in the bush, we returned to Cape Town.