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SANBONA WILDLIFE RESERVE

At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains in the Little Karoo lies the unique safari destination of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.  Three Luxury Lodges and an adventurous Explorer Camp nestle in 58, 000 hectares of sculpted Cape Fold Mountains and wide-open plains.  Take a three-hour scenic drive from Cape Town to the heart of the Little Karoo, along the Route 62, to an unforgettable, malaria-free  private game reserve.

Experience a huge diversity of indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3, 500 years, plus a unique boat safari and thrilling game drivesConservation is paramount at Sanbona and every guest contributes to preserving this wilderness for future generations.

More than a Big 5 wilderness reserve, it’s the vastness of the landscape, the alluring stillness and isolation amid raw beauty and boundless plains that make Sanbona unique.

Please note that Sanbona is a private reserve and booking in advance is essential.

WHY TRAVEL TO SANBONA?

NOT FOR PROFIT

EXCLUSIVITY

Only 55 beds in 58,000 hectares

ACCESSIBLE AND MALARIA FREE

Only 3.5hr drive from Cape Town

AUTHENTIC

Free-roaming and self-sustaining wildlife

FULL BOARD

Rates include all nature-based activities, meals and selected beverages

BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT

Unique endemic flora

NOT FOR PROFIT

Registered NPC, all profits
sustain the conservation
efforts

ACCOMMODATION

Immerse yourself in a landscape where wildlife and flora leave you truly captivated and transformed. Surrounded by open plains and rolling mountains, guests can experience 5 star accommodation in a choice of three luxury lodges each with their own distinctive character and style, or the seasonal Explorer Camp.
Dwyka Tented Lodge
Secluded Tented Lxury Safari

Set in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine and concealed by striking rock formations, the eco-friendly Dwyka Tented Lodge epitomises an atmosphere of secluded luxury.

Gondwana Family Lodge

Overlooking the Bellair Dam, and resembling a typical thatched Karoo homestead, Gondwana Lodge has been designed for families. Children of all ages are entertained with the exciting Kids on Safari programme.

Tilney Maor

Offers privacy, tranquillity and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and plains. The historical Tilney Manor is a lush oasis within carefully laid out indigenous gardens.

Sanbona Explorer Camp

An authentic walking adventure to explore the Karoo while boasting a true camping experience by sleeping in mobile luxuriously appointed tents around a camp-fire. The camp is located within a beautifully shaded thicket in the heart of the reserve.

LATEST REVIEWS

  • star rating  We had a wonderful 3 night 4 day stay at Dwyka Tented Lodge : but don’t be confused by tented... Only the roof is like a tent canopy. It’s 5... read more

    KeepItSimple16
    4/04/2021

    star rating  Our first trip to Sanbona was as a couple and I recall that we had an amazing time. Fast forward almost 9 years with our 2 young children (7 years... read more

    Olga M
    12/13/2020

    star rating  Sanbona continues to meet and exceed expectations... Beautiful setting - loved the flowers, knowledgeable rangers, friendly team, excellent service, comfortable accommodation. We'll be back again!

    JenCC
    10/25/2020
  • star rating  Great place - excellent destination. all the staff very welcomimg and helpful with plenty of smiles! very comfortable rooms, delicious food.
    Game drives - 4 in 2 night stay -... read more

    Tessa C
    3/27/2020

    star rating  We only stayed 1 night but it was an amazing experience. The tented lodges were so luxurious. The lunch, dinner and breakfast was of the highest quality. Staff were lovely... read more

    wheelerwp
    3/21/2020

    star rating  We really enjoyed our trip to sanbona, however, a couple of days before we were due to fly out to South Africa we were advised that they had made a... read more

    emhams
    3/06/2020
  • star rating  We were lucky enough to spend three fabulous nights at TILNEY MANOR. The hotel only has 8 rooms so there is never any crowding. The rooms are spacious, luxurious and... read more

    Rosi-Alexander
    3/06/2020

    star rating  This is a tough review to write !!

    Firstly the lodge – Dwyka - absolutely brilliant – hard to find fault because there were none ! The bed was... read more

    Mike G
    2/12/2020

    star rating  Depart from Mother City, head out on the long and winding road (3 hours), ROUTE 62, voted by CNN Travel as the world’s best road trip destination. At the foot... read more

    ursulab911
    1/27/2020
  • star rating  I chose Dwyka Tented Camp at Sanbona for 3 main reasons: accessibility from Cape Town without the need for a flight; luxury of accommodation; and ethos regarding conservation. I was... read more

    897SarahW897
    1/26/2020

    star rating  We visited Sanbona Wildlife reserve in November 2019 for one Night and we had two occations with safari.
    We did not see big five or similar. The animals are... read more

    sandrakC8686UE
    12/09/2019

    star rating  What an experience, absolutely fantastic trip to celebrate our dads 60th.
    We stayed at Dwyka Tented Camp the accommodation is outstanding, with your own private hot tub. ... read more

    BackPacker600394
    11/23/2019

WILDLIFE RESERVE VIDEO

See what you’ve been missing. As the dawn of each day brings something new in the animal kingdom, we capture what we can and post them here, to keep you up to date.

ROUTE 62 INTERACTIVE MAP