EXPLORER CAMP

Walking & Camping for an Authentic Safari Experience

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.

Regretfully, no persons younger than 16 years are able to participate in the wilderness trail walks.  Restrictions apply to persons over 60 years, please contact us for the criteria.

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Contact Sanbona Wildlife Reserve to book your Explorer space and experience the magnificent Karoo up close and personal.

EXPLORER CAMP

Walking & Camping for an Authentic Safari Experience

The Explorer Camp offers three canvas tents that can sleep a maximum of two people each. The tents are placed in fairly close proximity to one another, without encroaching on the privacy of the other tents. Wild animals are able to move through the camp at any time and although all safety precautions have been followed in setting up the camp; this remains a reality.

Each tent includes the following amenities:

  • 2 x stretcher beds with sheets, duvets, and pillows
  • En-suite facilities are available on request with bucket shower, chemical toilet, and canvas basin.
  • 1 x Hammock nestled away under a ancient Schotia tree
  • Guest amenities include insect repellent, towels, sanitary bags, as well as biodegradable shower gel and shampoo.

EXPLORER CAMP

Walking & Camping for an Authentic Safari Experience

A Typical Day at Explorer

The following program is a guideline as all timings are subject to discussions upon arrival.

Day 1 – Arrival at Sanbona (Friday)

Day 2 – (Saturday)

  • Early wake up can be expected due to the nature of walking and temperatures during summer.
  • Enjoy muffins, fruit sticks, biscuits, tea and coffee in the lap of Mother Nature.
  • Morning walk commences and can last up to 4 hours, depending on temperatures.
  • Enjoy a hearty brunch upon return to camp.
  • Relax in your hammock, catch up on some rest, or simply adore the wild.
  • A variety of light sandwiches with fresh fruits will be enjoyed for lunch.
  • Afternoon hike.
  • Sundowner drinks are enjoyed in the bush, close to camp.
  • Enjoy dinner and an evening around the campfire.

Day 3 – Day of Departure (Sunday)

  • Early wake up can be expected.
  • Enjoy a breakfast in the bush before departing at 10h00 in order to meet up with the transfer from one of Sanbona’s luxury lodges to be back at the Welcome Lounge by 12h30.
  • A brief walk on morning of departure is optional.

Travelling to Sanbona

Transfers to Sanbona can be arranged with reservations on request at an additional cost. All transfers are handled by accredited car hire and charter companies and must be arranged prior to arrival.

You can get detailed directions to the game reserve here, but if you get yourself lost, contact us on +27 (0)21 010 0028.

Welcome Lodge

Explorer guests are met at the Welcome Lounge, 15km from the main gate and taken to the lodge in order to meet their specialist guide. A complimentary transfer from the lounge to the different lodges is available on request and must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.

There is also secure parking available for vehicles at the Welcoming Lounge for guests who travel to the reserve on their own.

What do You Need to Pack?

  • 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
  • Sun block
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Binoculars

EXPLORER CAMP

Walking & Camping for an Authentic Safari Experience

FAQs

Check in and Check out Times:

Check in is at 14h00 on day of arrival and check out is at 11h00 on day of departure. Otherwise, guests can meet at the Welcome Lounge and take one of two daily transfers to the lodges.

All Explorer guests arrive at Dwyka Tented Lodge for lunch before transfer to the Explorer Camp.  On departure, guests will be taken to Dwyka Tented Lodge and transferred from there to the Welcome Lounge.  If you are driving yourself, then please meet at Dwyka Tented Lodge.

For more answers you can turn to our frequently asked questions page.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure about anything or require further information on booking procedure or for your stay

The seasonal Sanbona Explorer Camp offers adventurous guests an authentic two-day walking safari experience to explore the dramatic landscapes of the Karoo on foot. Qualified guides assist to enrich your birding, cultural and natural history experiences whilst encountering the Big Five on foot. Three beautifully appointed canvas tents sleep two guests each and the Explorer Camp operates from October until the end of April.

Explorer Camp Rates, Terms & Conditions

  • Sanbona Explorer Camp is sold as a two-night walking trail package; therefore two (2) nights are automatically booked and payable at the time of reserving this unique
  • The Explorer Camp operates during the summer months with the first trail in October and the last trail at the end of April.
  • Each trail is 2 nights with a set arrival of Friday of the
  • The walking trails are hosted and guided by an armed qualified walking
  • Distances walked vary each day but can last up to 4
  • A game viewing vehicle remains in camp and will be utilised depending on where guests walk that day, the trail may start from camp or depart camp by vehicle to visit another area of the reserve.
  • We regret that no persons younger than 16 years will be able to
  • Participants older than 60 years will be required to provide a medical clearance certificate in order to
  • Please ask your reservations consultant for more information regarding a third night at any our five star, luxury

Adults travelling:

  • Adult Sharing rates apply to persons (16 years and older) sharing one tent.
  • Single Adult rates are only applicable when one adult is staying by him/herself in one
  • Note that all tents can sleep a maximum of two
  • Above mentioned rates are inclusive of all meals, beverages, walking activities, tourism levy and 15%
  • All rates are subject to change without prior
  • A minimum stay of two nights (Friday and Saturday) must be booked per

Travel Information

Insurance

  • We highly recommend that travel insurance is taken

Special Catering/ Outsourced Meals

  • Please note that the outsourcing of any certified meals (i.e. Kosher or Halaal) will incur an additional surcharge per person per day.

Transfers / Gate Times

  • Transfers to and from the reserve can be arranged with reservations on request at an additional
  • Terms and Conditions relating to Road transfers apply, and are available on request/as addendum to this document.
  • All transfers are handled by accredited car hire and charter companies.
  • A complimentary transfer from the welcoming lounge, located 15 kilometers into Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, is available and recommended for all guests to make use of when reserving the Explorer The following itinerary recommendation/ outline has been provided:

Day 1, day of arrival (Friday)

  • All guests arrive at the Sanbona Welcome Lounge by 12h00
  • Road transfer to a luxury lodge at 12h30
  • Meet your specialist guide who will host you for lunch at one of Sanbona’s luxury lodges
  • Transfer in an open game viewing vehicle to the Explorer Camp
  • Camp orientation, followed by afternoon walk
  • Sundowner snacks and drinks are enjoyed upon return to camp
  • Enjoy dinner and an evening around the fire

Day 2 (Saturday)

  • Early rising can be expected due to the nature of walking and temperatures during summer
  • Enjoy muffins, fruit sticks, biscuits, tea and coffee amongst mother nature
  • Morning walk commences and can last up to 4 hours, depending on temperatures
  • Enjoy a hearty brunch upon return to camp
  • Relax in your hammock, catch up on some rest or simply adore the wild
  • A variety of light sandwiches with fresh fruits will be enjoyed for lunch
  • Afternoon hike
  • Sundowner drinks are enjoyed in the bush, close to camp
  • Enjoy dinner and an evening around the fire

Day 3, day of departure (Sunday)

  • Early rising can be expected due to temperatures during summer
  • Enjoy a breakfast in the bush before departing at 10h00 in order to meet up with the transfer from one of Sanbona’s luxury lodges to be back at the welcome lounge by 12h30
  • A brief walk on morning of departure is optional

Payment

  • Balance will be required 60 days prior to
  • Sanbona Wildlife Reserve reserves the right to release bookings, should payment not be received by the requested
  • Any discrepancies on the confirmation/pro forma invoice must be addressed at the time of booking, otherwise the invoice amount will be applied and will be due and payable regardless.
  • All bank charges are for the account of the tour operator and will not be paid by Sanbona Wildlife

Cancellations

  • Only written cancellations will be accepted; please ensure you receive an acknowledgment of cancellation from
  • A fee of 50% of the booking value will be charged if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to
  • A fee of 100% of the booking value will be charged if cancellation is less than 30 days prior to
  • All reservations must be cancelled through/ via the original booking channel; failure to do so will result in full payment being

What to advise prior to arrival

  • Where does the reservation originate from?
  • How will guests arrive and depart?
  • What time will guests arrive and depart?
  • Do guests have any special occasion to celebrate?
  • Do guests have any special dietary or other requirements?
  • Contact number and email where guests can be contacted prior to arrival

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