We went to Aquila as well. As we were unsure of time frames it was perfect. We had a hire car for our 2 weeks in CT and it is an easy drive. We got there late morning had an amazing buffet lunch and safari. The highlight was without a doubt the lions. If it was summer it would have been great to stay a night on the property.
As Rainbow has mentioned the Cable Car is easy and booking on line is the best option - no queuing for tickets but get there early it is very popular on fine days and remember sunscreen!
Happy planning everyone xxx
PS I think I have a donor! Thank you Rainbow for your advice xxx