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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Western Cape, South Africa


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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Highlights

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a malaria-free reserve making it safe for families with children. It offers easy access from Cape Town and the reserve offers activities for children. Sanbona is home to white lions and big game as well as the rare riverine rabbit. The White Lion Project at Sanbona that aims to return white lions to the wild has proved to be a success.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Nature Activities

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve consists of 54 000 hectares of rolling mountains and indigenous fauna and flora. Qualified rangers will accompany guests on game drives conducted in open 4x4 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.

Sundowner evening drives offer spectacular displays of light as the evening sun sets over the Little Karoo. Returning to the Lodge, nocturnal animals can often be seen.

Animals to look out for at Sanbona include white lion, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, black rhino, leopard, wildebeest, brown hyena, hippo, zebra, ostrich, springbok, kudu, red hartebeest, and many other antelope. Other activities include guided nature walks, photography, bird-watching, rock formations and features, trout fishing, a Wellness Centre, and spectacular star gazing.

How to Get there

Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for guests from most airports in South Africa to Cape Town International which is the closest airport. Private air charters as well as private road transfers can be arranged into Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. The drive from Cape Town to Sanbona will take approximately two and a half hours. Guests can self-drive from anywhere in South Africa to Sanbona.

Seasons and Climate

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve offers a warm to hot climate, making it one of the best year-round destinations in the world. Most provinces enjoy a summer rainfall with occasional afternoon thunderstorms, which are spectacular to see.

At Sanbona winter (April-August) temperatures range from 7.1 degrees Celsius (44.8 degrees Fahrenheit) to 19.5 degrees Celsius (61.3 degrees Fahrenheit) and 25.4 degrees Celsius (77.8 degrees Fahrenheit). Peak rainfall (500-650 mm) occurs in spring and autumn


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Areas within Sanbona Reserve

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Tilney Manor

Tilney Manor Lodge offers privacy and exclusivity with only 6 luxurious safari suites guests can enjoy an intimate and romantic safari experience in the heart of the Little Karoo in the game rich Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.

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Gondwana Lodge

Gondwana Lodge offers a private location in the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Overlooking Bellair Dam and resembling a typical thatched Karoo homestead, offering 12 luxury suites, each with endless views over the plains, Anysberg mountains and beyond.

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Dwyka Tented Lodge

Dwyka Tented Lodge offers luxury and charm situated in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine and surrounded by extraordinary rock formations. The tents are luxurious and secluded and offer a safari experience from a bygone era with vast open spaces and magnificent views.

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