Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
- Considered the Western Cape’s Premier Wildlife Destination!
The malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is around a three-hour scenic drive from Cape Town in the heart of the Little Karoo, along Route 62 – the world’s longest wine route.
At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona boasts 54,000 hectares of sculpted Cape Fold Mountains, wide-open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3,500 years, plus a unique boat safari.
More than a Big 5 wilderness reserve, it is the vastness of the landscape, the alluring stillness and isolation amid raw beauty and boundless plains that make Sanbona unique.
Accommodation at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve:
Dwyka Tented Lodge
Secluded Luxury. Embraced by striking rock formations, Dwyka Tented Lodge epitomises an atmosphere of seclusion. Nine luxury tents, with private decks and heated Jacuzzis are set in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine. The lodge stands proud upon the beautifully weathered landscape reflecting the nomadic lifestyle of the Khoisan hunter-gatherers who once roamed this land. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at the Relaxation Retreat, which offers an extensive menu of treatments and therapies. Dine alfresco in the boma or unwind in the communal lounge.
Tranquility amidst a secluded oasis. Breath-taking views of the undulating mountains and landscape embrace the historical Tilney Manor in a refuge of peace and tranquility. The Manor offers six spacious open-plan suites leading on to private verandas. Guest experiences include authentic Karoo cuisine, luxurious lounges and a rim flow pool. Indulge your senses at the Relaxation Retreat that boasts a steam room and sauna while witnessing a pure African spectacle – a Karoo sunset.
Gondwana Family Lodge
The ideal setting for a family getaway. With views of the magnificent Anysberg Mountains and overlooking the Bellair Dam, Gondwana Lodge is the perfect sanctuary for family, friends and groups. This spacious thatched Lodge offers guests a sense of modern comfort with a touch of bush authenticity. Interconnecting rooms, indoor and outdoor play areas and a child-friendly pool cater for guests of all ages plus the Kids on Safari programme offers educational and recreational wildlife experiences. A Relaxation Retreat with an extensive menu of therapies and treatments, including a steam room offers a serene ending to a fun-filled day.
A guided walking experience exploring the bush. This seasonal camp offers adventurous guests an authentic walking experience to explore the Karoo while sleeping in luxury tents and enjoying evenings around a campfire. The camp is located along a beautifully shaded riverbed and qualified guides enhance birding, cultural and natural history experiences with opportunities to encounter the Big 5. The Explorer Camp operates during the summer months (October - April) and each wilderness trail takes two days to complete, with departures each Friday.
Food and rooms were excellent. Game was sparse, the drives were too fast, mostly at 45-50kms per hour. Overall standards do not warrant 5-star in my opinion - try Phinda for 5-star comparisons.
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The privately owned White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a perfect place for individuals, sole use of a group or a family. The Lodge is a combination of contemporary décor with Karoo sandstone, timber, thatch, airy free flowing spaces.