About Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Only 3 hours from Cape Town, Sanbona boasts 54 000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art. This is a destination not to be missed.
The sheer expanse and stark beauty of the Sanbona gives one a sense of humbleness, the realization of the inconsequentialities of life, a temporary release of the daily stresses of everyday living.
Sanbona allows one to be at peace, allowing one to curl up with a book, seeking solitude and introspection and what's more...
At 54,000 hectares, Sanbona is one of the largest privately owned game reserves in South Africa.
Why choose Sanbona ...
• Only 3.5 hours drive from Cape Town which makes Sanbona the closest free-roaming Big 5 reserve to Cape Town
• The only free self sustaining white lions in the world
• Vast open plains and rugged mountains
• Situated on the famous Route 62
• Variety of endemic bird and animal life
• Highly competent field guides
• Previously home to the San people where one can experience the legacy of the Bushman in the beauty of their rock art
• The only conserved habitat for the highly endangered Riverine Rabbit (13th most endangered mammal in the world)
• Malaria free
• Situated in the heart of the Little Karoo Wine Route, the longest in the world
Dwyka Tented Lodge
Once the range of ancient Khoisan hunter-gatherers dramatically situated in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine and surrounded by awe-inspiring rock formations. These luxurious and secluded tents exude an atmosphere of pioneering adventure in this vast landscape.
Gondwana Lodge offers endless views over the plains of Bellair Dam and onto Anysberg-mountains. Children of all ages are entertained with its exciting “Kids on Safari” program.
Tilney Manor has six luxuriously appointed rooms. This exclusivity ensures that guests can experience personal service and world-class cuisine in an atmosphere of privacy and tranquillity.
Sanbona Explorer Camp
This unique walking experience is ideal for Guests looking for an adventurous & authentic option offering an ambience of a Tented Bush Camp. The Camp is located in a superbly shaded river line, north east of the Reserve. This is a flexible experience for Guests to experience & explore the Sanbona Karoo as we believe that the rigidity of travel needs to be simplified by going back to basics. This Explorer Camp reflects the original Safari of being on foot & sleeping around the fire at night within the comfort of a Mobile Tent.
Sanbona is a place to relax and feel inspired, a magnificent reserve of 54,000 hectares where big cats roam free. Get away from it all and give your team the chance to focus on business strategy and development without being interrupted, in a truly relaxed and inspiring environment.
An entire team-building experience can be tailored to suit your individual requirements, from star gazing, understanding conservation and retracing the steps of the San people, to tracking cheetah and getting a glimpse of the white lions that call Sanbona their home.
One of the true joys of Sanbona is the freedom to do nothing at all in absolute luxury. But for those who choose to venture beyond the comfort of the Lodge, a world of new experiences awaits.
Traverse the landscape of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve with a qualified ranger in comfortable open Landcruisers. During the drive, be it in the early morning or for sundowners, various species of plants, animals, big game and birds can be seen. Sundowner evening drives offer spectacular displays of light as the evening sun sets over the Little Karoo.
For the avid birdwatcher, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is home to more than 200 species. There is a very healthy population of raptors to be seen including African Fish Eagles, breeding pairs of majestic Black Eagles and regular sightings of Black Harrier.
Step into a soothing sanctuary at the Relaxation Retreats at Sanbona. At our Relaxation Retreats, Mother Nature is brought indoors for indulgent pampering. Our body range draws on properties from the world famous indigenous “Fynbos” plant kingdom, eliminating toxins, soothing the soul and rejuvenating the body.
Flora & Fauna
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has about 600 species of plants and it is intriguing to know that various species are flowering at different times throughout the year, although some more prolific between August and September.
Discover the spirit of the Little Karoo on foot and see the many treasures on the Reserve.
The San people of Africa roamed the area for thousands of years until 100 years ago. The /Xam tribe, the nomadic hunter-gatherers living in harmony with nature realised then that man and nature together is sustainable.
Rock Formations & Features
Sheer humbleness is experienced beneath the massive examples of Cape folded mountains and thick veins of quartz, displaying rock features of incredible grandeur formed by the earths tempestuous past more than 350 million years ago. Continental collisions, the submergence of the earth's crust and the cataclysmic influence of the oceans have all contributed to the magnificent landscapes of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.
With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa.