‘The Rugged Wilderness of Africa and the Thrill of Big Game Spotting…’
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve lies at the foot of the majestic Warmwaterberg Mountain Range on the Western Cape. Once the home of the San tribe, who roamed Africa for thousands of years while living in harmony with nature, this reserve is a place where balance is once again being achieved. Tour the plains and orchards, the mountains and streams and you will find that nature is thriving here in Africa. Wild animals roam freely as nature intended – from white rhinos to elephants, lions to hyenas - and everything in between. Here too you can see the white lion, a gleaming beacon on the African landscape. Nestled amongst the vegetation you’ll find the Sanbona lodgings – three distinct areas where luxury meets with nature with an eco-friendly attitude. You can choose to stay at the secluded Dwyka tents, the family-orientated Gondwana Lodge or the tranquil Tilney Manor suites. Guests here can wake to a sunrise unlike any other and go to sleep with the roar of the animals. Getting back to nature has never been more fun...
In Our Opinion‘Holiday here and you’ll forget the rest of the world exists – this is nature how it was intended to be. The never-ending landscape and the magic of the still air will hold you captive. Holidays will never be the same again.’
A collection of secluded and adventurous tents surrounded by unusual rock formations and the former home of ancient San hunters. The tents are situated on a horseshoe bend of a dry ravine. Expect beautiful views.
12 luxury thatched suites built in the style of typical Karoo homesteads. These suites overlook the Bellair Dam and offer views of the plains and the Anysberg Mountain. There are 6 ground floor suites and 6 first floor suites.
A collection of 6 spacious, open-plan suites. These suites are surrounded by laid-out indigenous gardens, creating a lush oasis setting which overlooks mountains and rolling plains.
Sanbona runs 2 daily game drives – sunrise and sunset ones. Drinks are provided at each of these game drives and guests are offered tea and coffee with early drives and a sundowner drink at later drives. These drives are interactive and guests are asked to let the guides know of their particular interests beforehand so the guide can try to incorporate these into the drives.
The game drives are conducted from comfortable open Landcruisers with a qualified ranger. They can last up to 3 hours and can also feature nature walks, bird watching and rock art viewing. Make sure to watch out for the rare white lions and the Riverine Rabbit, the 13th most endangered mammal in the world.
Animals that you may see on your game drives include:
• White lions
• African elephant
• African buffalo
• White rhino
• Brown hyena
• Black-backed jackal
• Plains zebra
• Riverine rabbit
Families are welcome at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and have a dedicated area in which to stay – the Gondwana Family Lodge. The Gondwana Family Lodge has a dedicated ‘Kids on Safari’ programme which includes indoor and outdoor activities for children and families.
• Interpretive trail through the gardens learning about tracks, plants and animals
• Visiting Rock Art sites
• Sanbona activity book teaches children about wildlife and encourages them to get involved on game drives
• Art activities such as clay making, bead making and face painting
• Sports, stargazing, games and outdoor play area
• Swimming pool
• Scrapbook making
• Documentary DVDs and films
• Children’s books
• Board games
• Children under 4 are not permitted on game drives
• Child minding is available at an extra charge
• Swimming must be supervised at all times