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.
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.
Sanbona is also an ongoing conservation project that aims to restore the ecological balance in a landscape formed during cataclysmic times 350 million years ago. As part of our conservation efforts, we have reintroduced animals that once roamed the area freely, but were eradicated due to farming. The Big 5 and various other species such as the rare riverine rabbit,jackal, caracal, aardvark, brown hyena, gemsbok, springbok, hartebeest, eland, kudu and zebra can now all be seen on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.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 jacuzzi's 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.Tilney Manor
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.
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Activities:
Take it all in when you visit Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. We encourage our guests to jump at the opportunity to discover everything the Little Karoo has to offer in terms of fauna, flora and majestic landscapes.
You will traverse this wild landscape with a qualified ranger in a comfortable open land cruiser. During the drive, either in the early morning or at sunset, numerous species of plants, animals, big game and birds can be seen.
The entire reserve offers an array of nature walks, hiking and wilderness trails for you to explore. Well-informed and experienced rangers can indicate points of interest while divulging important and interesting information about the area.
One of the great wonders to experience at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is the night sky. Free from light and city pollution, the Klein Karoo offers some of the finest stargazing in Southern Africa and is an ideal activity for all guests to enjoy.
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Clothing & Accessories:
Clothing in neutral colours that is light in weight, but warm – Bright coloured clothing must be avoided as this can deter wildlife, you should include the following when packing your bag:
3 x Shirts
3 x Shorts
2 x pants (long)
1 x warm jersey or jacket as the evenings can get cold
Hiking or trail shoes
Sandals for showering
Health & Climate:
South Africa enjoys a warm climate year-round. For the duration of the colder months, (April – September) you can expect temperatures that range from 7 – 22°C. During the warmer months (October – March), temperatures range from 16 – 36°C. Rainfall is generally low and scarce, averaging only 2 or 3 days per month.
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.