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About Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

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.

The malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is around a three-hour scenic drive from Cape Town in the heart of the Little Karoo, along Route 62 – the world’s longest wine route.

Explore a wilderness sanctuary while staying at your choice of three luxurious lodges, each of which is surrounded by ancient folded mountains and endless vistas.

Our luxury lodges operate independently, each of which being fully staffed with their own management team, chef brigade, hosts and hostesses and experienced field guides. Each option at Sanbona offers a unique and enriching experience under the African sky.

Take it all in when you visit Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. 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.

Rates are inclusive of all meals, all non-alcoholic beverages, two game drives, guided walks, game drive beverages, tourism levy and 15% VAT (All other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure). Families staying at Gondwana Family Lodge will also have access to the Kids on Safari Program.

Safari: Traverse the landscape of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve with a qualified ranger in comfortable open landrovers. During the drive, be it in the early morning or for sundowners, various species of plants, animals, big game and birds can be seen.

Spa: The Spa at Sanbona overlooks ancient rock formations and undulating mountains and plains. While the rejuvenating forces of nature cradle you, we deliver a range of world-class treatments and holistic modalities to balance and energise your being.

Wedding Venues: There is no more romantic place for a Bush Wedding than at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.

Conference Venues: Sanbona Wildlife Reserve offers a venue with a difference. A private boardroom for 12 delegates with standard audio-visual and conference equipment is available at Tilney Manor.

Family friendly: Gondwana Lodge is the perfect sanctuary for families. 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 wildlife experiences.

Romantic: Dwyka Tented Lodge epitomises an atmosphere of seclusion and romance for the honeymooners or romantic getaway.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 25 hours
  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 66
  • Check-in: 12:00
    Check-out: 11:00
  • Reviews: 4 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Garden
  • Swimming Pool
  • Jacuzzi/Hot-tub
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Vitality Collection
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Conference Venues
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Cosy
  • 24H. Security
  • Air conditioning
  • All inclusive
  • Balcony
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Bath
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Double bed
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Full board
  • Health Spa
  • Lounge
  • Lunch
  • House Keeping
  • Massage
  • Mini fridge
  • Minibar
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Patio
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Safe
  • Sauna
  • Shower
  • Shuttle service
  • Special offers
  • Wake-Up service
  • Kids Stay Free
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 5 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Please refer to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Terms & Conditions when booking.


SAVE 35% South African Resident Special - Guests staying must be South African Residents

Stay between 01 Dec 2021 and 20 Dec 2021 and get 35% off on selected rooms.

  • 2 night min stay (check-in between 01 Dec 2021 and 20 Dec 2021)

SAVE 42% South African Resident Special - Guests staying must be South African Residents

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  • Gondwana Family Lodge Gondwana Family Lodge Sleeps 3 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 12 Spacious thatched lodge presents guests with a sense of modern comfort with a touch of bush authenticity. Selected room... see more
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      • Dwyka Tented Lodge Dwyka Tented Lodge Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 9 Embraced by striking rock formations, a luxury tent epitomises an atmosphere of seclusion with private decks and heated... see more
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          • Tilney Manor Tilney Manor Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 6 Spacious open plan king/twin suite exemplifying the historic and colonial elegance of the manor with private veranda... see more Features:  Twin beds, King beds, En-suite, Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Tea and Coffee Facilities see more Twin beds, King beds, En-suite, Balcony/patio, Air-Conditioning, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer
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              Reviews for Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

              4 guest reviews Reviews of

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              Anonymous, American Samoa
              06 October 2009

              All the game you could wish to see, great food, great service. Beautiful rooms.We stayed at Gondwana camp, with its great pool, and boma. The weekend was a friends wedding, and they staff were amazingly accommodating.

              Jose Manuel Prieto, Spain
              31 January 2008

              We spent a fantastic day in the reserve... we only missed to see the stars because it was cloudy. Next time we'll try to stay at least 2 days.

              Anonymous, South Africa
              26 October 2007

              Beautiful accommodation, great service, food to die for and brilliant game viewing. An extra special place.

              Malcolm Hudson, United Kingdom
              16 January 2007

              Exhilarating Safari, Superb Cuisine, Luxurious Accommodation,excellent friendly staff, and five wonderful white lions. Our stay was all we wished for plus the excitement of the visiting puff adder!!! Truly a superfantastic safari, wished it could have been longer,maybe next time. Along with Table Mountain and the Penguins at BouldersSanbona and the White Lions are a MUST.

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              Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is 0.1km from the centre of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve , the nearest airport 205.1km (George Airport).
              *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling