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  • Property TypeGame Lodge
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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a highly recommended Western Cape game lodge providing a wildlife experience for discerning tourists visiting Karoo.

About Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Situated between Montagu and Barrydale, only a 3 hour drive from Cape Town, at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountains, 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.

Immerse yourself in a landscape where the wildlife and natural landscape leave you truly captivated and transformed. Take a journey to the Western Cape’s Premier Wildlife Destination, more than a Big 5 wilderness reserve, it’s the vastness of the landscape and alluring stillness that makes Sanbona unforgettable.

At a Glance

  • All meals included
  • All of the Big 5
  • Guided game drives included
  • Malaria-free area
  • Safari / bush walks by arrangement
  • Kids' programme


Dwyka Tented Lodge (King or Twin Room)
Nine luxurious and secluded tents perfectly positioned in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine and surrounded by awe-inspiring rock formations. Exuding an atmosphere of pioneering adventure in this vast landscape, the lodge has been designed to reflect the beautifully weathered landscape and the nomadic lifestyle of the Khoisan hunter-gatherers who once roamed this land.

Gondwana Lodge (King / Twin Room)
This spacious thatched and family friendly lodge offers guests a sense of modern comfort with a touch of bush authenticity with magnificent views of the Anysberg Mountains and Bellair Dam. Interconnecting rooms, indoor and outdoor play areas and a child-friendly pool cater for guests of all ages plus the kids on safari programme offers educational and recreational wildlife experiences.

Tilney Manor
Breathtaking views of the undulating mountains and landscape embrace the historical Tilney Manor in a refuge of peace and tranquillity. The Manor offers six spacious open-plan suites with their own fireplace, leading on to private verandas.


We encourage our guests to jump at the opportunity to discover everything the Little Karoo has to offer in terms of fauna, flora and majestic landscapes.

Game Drives
Traverse this wild landscape with a qualified ranger in a comfortable open land cruiser. During the drive, either in the early morning or at sunset, numerous species of plants, animals, big game and birds can be seen. Sanbona boasts an impressive collection of succulents and wildlife, including, elephant, lion, cheetah, buffalo and numerous antelope species, which are all free roaming within this privately owned 54 000 hectare reserve.

There are more than 200 species of bird. 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.

Nature Walks
There is an array of walks and trails for you to enjoy. Well-informed and experienced rangers can indicate points of interest while divulging important and interesting information about the area.

Rock Art
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 realized then that man and nature together is sustainable.

With the absence of artificial light, the Klein Karoo offers some of the finest stargazing in Southern Africa and is an ideal activity for all guests to enjoy.

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

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • International plug point(s)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone (direct dial)
  • Underfloor heating

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Concierge
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Health spa
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Reception (24 hours)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls


  • Air-conditioning
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Standard conf. equipment
  • Team building facilities

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Rooms & Rates

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Dwyka Tented Lodge

Embraced by striking rock formations, Dwyka Tented Lodge epitomises an atmosphere of seclusion. Nine luxury tents, with private decks and heated Jacuzzis are set in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine.

Qty: 9
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

Tilney Manor

Breathtaking views of the undulating mountains and landscape embrace the historical Tilney Manor in a refuge of peace and tranquillity. The Manor offers six spacious open-plan suites leading on to private verandas. Guest experience Colonial elegance.

Qty: 6
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

Gondwana Family Lodge

This spacious thatched lodge is the perfect sanctuary for families, friends and groups. Offering guests a sense of modern comfort, with a selection of interconnecting rooms, play areas and outdoor pool to cater for kids of all ages.

Qty: 12
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-11 years are allowed; over 11 years treated as adults

“Kids on Safari” program, breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drives, tea, coffee, water, game drive beverages, tourism levy and 15% Vat

All other beverages. These can be settled upon departure.

Guest Reviews

3 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Sanbona Reserve in the cape is without a doubt not to be missed. If you are only visiting the cape and not going to Kruger or one of the private reserves in the North, the this is the place!! Waking up at 6am and going on Safari's was life changing - it was a wonderful experience being only feet away from a free roaming lion, 15 meters away watching a cheetah eating its kill (a Springbok) and seeing all the giraffe and other wildlife.Staff were friendly and the rangers are extremely knowledgeable. A very worthwhile experience!

June 2018

Freya (Washington, DC)

Verified reviewexcellent

Sanbona exceeded all of our expectations! It is exactly what one hopes for when booking a wildlife getaway. The service is unrivalled, many thanks to Alwyn, Bernard and all of the staff who took such good care of us. A very special thank you to Rudi, our game ranger, who shared his extensive knowledge with us and went out of his way to make our game drives memorable. Dwyka Lodge is a little piece of heaven, right here in the Western Cape. Can't wait to return!

June 2011

Stefani (Cape Town)

Need to Know

Response timeSanbona Wildlife Reserve typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome at Gondwana Lodge. Children over the age of 12 are welcome at Tilney Lodge and children over the age of 16 are permitted at Dwyka Tented Camp.

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 12h00
Check-out by 11h00

Payment methods accepted by the propertyDiners, American Express, Visa, Mastercard, EFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since November 2002

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