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About Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

We are 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.

Game Drives: Traverse the landscape of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve with a qualified ranger in comfortable open Land cruisers. 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.

Bird watching: 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.

Relaxation Retreat: 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 and 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.

Nature Walks: 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 and 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.

Stargazing: With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa.

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.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 2 hours
  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 54
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 4 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Conference Venues
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 5 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
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Reviews for Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

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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

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