Pack the car and take a drive to the Little Karoo along Route 62, play I-spy and sing-a-long songs and within just three hours, you will arrive at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, the perfect 5-star, malaria-free, family safari destination.

Sanbona is ideal for children to experience Mother Nature at her best with mom and dad knowing they are safe. By promoting the Big 5 and nature conservation across everything we do, our environmentally friendly lodges and the activities we offer guests, kids will return to school and share their stories about their time in the Little Karoo. This is why we take great pride in offering families an educational safari experience at Sanbona, which we hope will create future conservationists for the good of our planet.

Of the three lodges, Gondwana Family Lodge is specifically created for families. It resembles a typical thatched Karoo homestead with inter-leading family rooms, a children’s activity room full of fun, an outdoor play area for sunny days and a large swimming pool. Spending your vacation here ensures entertainment for the whole family.

Mom and dad can put their feet up and be pampered at the Relaxation Retreat with an array of treatments to enjoy. Family game drives are always fun and children from 4 years old and upwards can enjoy being out in the bush with mom and dad and our knowledgeable rangers. Younger children can expect exciting activities and have the time of their lives on the Kids on Safari programme, based at Gondwana Family Lodge.

Interactive welcome packs teach them about the Big and Little 5, their habits and tracks as well as incredible facts about unique flora found on the reserve. When the day is done, kids also receive an educational, fun and interactive book to take back to their room and continue the fun whilst also encouraging them to get involved and share what they have learnt.

Enjoy a delicious family meal, then grab a blanket and cosy up by the fire to share the stories of your day. Little ones can be entertained and looked after by our in house child minding service to enjoy arts and crafts, puzzles, board games, documentary and animated DVD’s, while mom and dad enjoy a glass of wine looking out onto the never ending plains of this Karoo wilderness.