Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Welcome to the Western Cape’s Premier Wildlife Destination.

Nestled in the heart of the Little Karoo, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a three-hour drive from Cape Town, along Route 62. At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona boasts 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. Explore all this from your choice of 3 different luxury lodges. Whilst the free roaming Big 5 call Sanbona home, it’s the vastness of the landscape and the raw beauty of the boundless plains that make safaris at Sanbona unique. Explore the 58, 000 hectares of this malaria-free premier, private game reserve for an ultimate safari experience close to Cape Town.


  

Welcome to the Western Cape’s Premier Wildlife Destination.

 

 Seated at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountain Range in the heart of South Africa’s Little Karoo, Sanbona pays tribute to the San people who made this arid environment their home for centuries. Sanbona has an alluring atmosphere of stillness, an air of isolation amid the raw beauty and boundless plains. Sanbona and the spirit of the San people welcomes you.

 

Nestled in the heart of the Little Karoo, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a three-hour drive from Cape Town, along Route 62. At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona boasts 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. Explore all this from your choice of 3 different luxury lodges. Whilst the free roaming Big 5 call Sanbona home, it’s the vastness of the landscape and the raw beauty of the boundless plains that make safaris at Sanbona unique. Explore the 54, 000 hectares of this malaria-free premier, private game reserve for an ultimate safari experience close to Cape Town.

Tilney Manor

For uncompromised views of fauna and flora at Sanbona, Tilney Manor Lodge consists of three separate units making up six large open plan suites, which can accommodate larger parties. All suites can sleep a maximum of two adults, three of which boast King sized beds, and the remaining three each have twin beds.

Suite Features

 

      • Air conditioning

 

      • International dial telephone

 

      • Tea and coffee making facilities

 

      • His and hers outdoor showers

 

      • En-suite bathroom with shower, twin basins and freestanding bath in the centre

 

      • Private mini bar

 

      • Electronic safe

 

      • Fireplace

 

      • Private veranda

Dwyka Tented Lodge

Beautifully appointed tents exude an atmosphere of pioneering adventure in a vast and hidden landscape. Dwyka Tented Lodge is surrounded by awe-inspiring rock formations which was once the home of ancient Khoisan hunters. Situated on a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine, the lodge with 9 luxury tents has a Relaxation Retreat, communal lounge with fireplace and TV, wine cellar and open air boma.

Tent Configuration

All luxury tents can sleep a maximum of 2 adults per tent

      • 2 Twin bedded Luxury Tents

 

      • 7 King bedded Luxury Tents

 

Tent Features

 

      • Comfort cooling/heating

 

      • En-suite bathroom, shower, twin basins and free-standing bath

 

      • Outdoor shower

 

      • Private deck with plunge pool

 

      • Private minibar

 

      • Tea and coffee making facilities

 

      • International dial telephone

 

      • Under floor heating

 

      • Electronic safe

Gondwana Lodge

Overlooking Bellair Dam and resembling a typical thatched Karoo homestead, offering 12 generously proportioned luxury suites, each with endless views over the plains, Anysberg-mountains and beyond. Children of all ages will be entertained with an exciting “Kids on Safari” program.

Suite Configuration

Suites can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults sharing with 2 children, subject to availability of rooms with sleeper couch.

6 Suites on ground floor with private deck

      • 2 Twin bedded Luxury Suites

 

      • 4 King bedded Luxury Suites (2 with sleeper couch)

6 Suites upstairs with private balcony/viewing deck

      • 2 Twin bedded Luxury Suites

 

      • 4 King bedded Luxury Suites (2 with sleeper couch)

 

Suite Features

 

      • Air conditioning

 

      • Under floor heating

 

      • Private minibar

 

      • Private deck or balcony

 

      • Tea and coffee making facilities

 

      • Electronic safe

 

      • International dial telephone

 

      • En-suite bathroom with shower, free standing bath and twin basins

SANBONA EXPLORER CAMP 

The camp site is unfenced to provide the true explorer ambience and tents are placed in fairly close proximity without encroaching on another tents privacy. Wild animals are able to cross through the camp at any time and although all safety precautions have been followed in setting up the camp; this remains a reality.

      • Tents: 3 x Mobile canvas (camping) tents sleeping a maximum of 2 people each

 

      • Meals: All meals are prepared and enjoyed under the Karoo skies

 

      • Ablutions: 2 x Outside showers shared by all by guests (water is heated via the sun or

 

      • on cold days via a fire for extra warmth).

 

      • Each tent has an en-suite bio box toilet (portable) with canvas for privacy.

Tent details

      • 2 x Fold out aluminium stretchers with individual sleeping bags (down) and pillows

 

      • 1 x Three tier cupboard (small)

 

      • 1 x LED light for night time use

 

      • 1 x Outside hand basin (warm water is supplied on request or at first light in the morning)

 

      • En-suite bio box toilet (portable)

 

      • 1 x Hammock nestled away under ancient Schotia trees

 

      • Guest amenities include insect repellent, toilet paper, towels, tissues, sanitary bags as well as bio-degradable shower gel and shampoo

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Location

 

NOTE : For the foreseeable future, road works will be taking place in and around Montagu/Barrydale. Guests should please be aware that this could cause delays to their arrival time at Sanbona’s main gate and thereafter the Welcome Lounge in order to take the internal transfer to the lodges.

Sanbona is situation on the Route 62 between Montagu and Barrydale.

From Cape Town

An easy 3 hour drive, approximately 270 kms from Cape Town. On commencement of the journey, travel on the N1 from Cape Town in the direction of Paarl; continuing on the N1 travel through the Huguenot Tunnel. A tollgate controls this tunnel. A tollgate fee is payable at the tunnel. The first town is Worcester set in the Breede River Valley. Taking the second turnoff to the right into Worcester, you leave the N1 and the Route 60 (R60) is taken. Follow the signs to the town of Robertson. Once through Robertson, the next town is Ashton. The R60 becomes the R62 in Ashton. Travel on through Krogmanskloof and Montagu. Continue for approximately 43 km and turn left at “Die Vlakte” and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve sign. Please be advised that the road changes from tar to gravel and the recommended speed limit from there on is 60 km per hour. The main entrance to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is 7 km.

From the main gate, it is a further 15 km to the welcoming lounge where guests will be welcomed. From the welcoming lounge, it is 45 minutes to Tilney Manor, 65 minutes to Dwyka Tented Lodge and 55 minutes to Gondwana Lodge. Please follow the relevant signs in the reserve. The recommended speed limit is 40 km per hour. Do not exit your vehicle. Predators roam free. The main gate closes at 18h00, should your arrival time be later, please advice prior to arrival in order to make arrangements. A daily transfer from the main gate to your lodge is available on request, and must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.

From Oudtshoorn

 

      • Follow the Route 62 for 175 km via the picturesque Little Karoo villages of Calitzdorp and Ladismith to Barrydale.

 

      • From Barrydale follow the Route 62 towards Montagu for about 22km and turn right at “Die Vlakte” and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve signs. Continue 7km to the main entrance.

 

Transfers / Gate Times

 

      • Transfers can be arranged with reservations on request at an additional cost

 

      • All transfers are handled by accredited car hire and charter companies

 

      • All transfers must be arranged prior to arrival

 

Transfers from the Welcoming Lounge

A complimentary transfer from the welcoming lounge to the different lodges is available on request and must be booked at least 72 hours in advance; please contact reservations in order to book these.

Arriving Guests

Departing Guests

Pick up time

Lodge

Time of arrival

Lodge

Departure Time

Arrival at Welcoming Lounge

12h30

Tilney Manor

13h15

Dwyka Tented Lodge

11h00 – 11h15

12h15

Gondwana Lodge

13h25

Gondwana Lodge

11h20 – 11h35

12h15

Dwyka Tented Lodge

13h35

Tilney Manor

11h45 – 12h00

12h15

16h00

Tilney Manor

16h45

Gondwana Lodge

16h55

Dwyka Tented Lodge

17h05

Please Note:All times are estimated and subject to road conditions and vehicle types.

Co-ordinates

 

      • Tilney Manor: S 33˚ 45’ 10.414” E 20˚ 33’ 15.39”

 

      • Gondwana Lodge: S 33˚ 43’ 36.679” E 20˚ 36’ 2.323”

 

      • Dwyka Tented Lodge: S 33˚ 41’ 48.95” E 20˚ 36’ 15.64”

Game Drives
Interactive game drives, lasting up to 3 hours, take place in the tranquil moods of sunrise and sunset. You are guided by your game ranger in an open game viewing vehicle and you are asked to share any particular interests with your ranger who will try to incorporate these into your game drive. On game drives guests will enjoy a sundowner drink at sunset and coffee/tea at sunrise. No persons under the age of 4 years are permitted to join game drives.

Guided Nature Walks
Qualified walking guides provide the opportunity for guests to experience the excitement of tracking, bird, insect, plant and animal dropping identification. No persons under the age of 16 years are permitted to join the nature walks. Kindly ensure to request this activity at the time of booking accommodation as nature walks are subject to the availability of qualified guides.
Visit Rock Art Sites
Rock art sites date back to more than 3500 years and depict the spiritual beliefs and lives of the San Bushmen and KhoiKhoi people of Southern Africa. The San Bushmen, referred to themselves as the “first people”, and lived an aboriginal lifestyle as hunter gatherers throughout Southern Africa. The KhoiKhoi or “men of men” were nomadic pastoralists that utilized vast areas of the present Western Cape to graze their herds of cattle and sheep. The legacy of both people and especially the spiritual experiences of the San with their God “Kaggen” are portrayed in the caves and on the rock faces of Sanbona and provide a glimpse into the lives of Africa’s original people. Kindly ensure to request this activity at the time of booking accommodation.

Relaxation Retreats
Various treatments can be enjoyed at our Relaxation Retreats which are situated at Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge and Gondwana Family Lodge. Treatments can be booked prior to arrival with reservations. Kindly visit our website for the latest list of treatments available.

Stargazing & Story Telling
With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa. Interpretations about the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere are given by knowledgeable guides. Romantic stories of gods and goddesses banished to the heavens are woven into astronomical facts and unfolds before your eyes. Discover the ancient myths of the stories told by the San about their visions of the stars.

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CONTACT US

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, R62, Montagu, Western Cape, South Africa, 6720

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