Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
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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. At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona boasts 58 000 hectares of sculpted Cape Fold Mountains, wide-open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3 500 years.
Sanbona is also an ongoing conservation project that aims to restore the ecological balance in a landscape formed during cataclysmic times 350 million years ago. Travel through 3 different biomes, and many habitats, including the quartz fields of the succulent Karoo, a very special habitat characterized by beds of angular quartz debris and home to a flora of stunning minute succulent shrubs.In Room Facilities:
* DWYKA TENTED LODGE:
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.
For those who enjoy a distinct safari experience, but also appreciate luxury, these tents invoke the feeling of a pioneering adventure in a vast landscape.
Each luxury tent can sleep a maximum of two adults.
* TILNEY MANOR:
Breathtaking views of the undulating mountains and landscape embrace the historical Tilney Manor in a refuge of peace and tranquility. The Manor offers six spacious open-plan suites with their own fireplace, leading on to private verandas.
* GONDWANA FAMILY LODGE:
With views of the magnificent Anysberg Mountains and overlooking the Bellair Dam, Gondwana Lodge is the perfect sanctuary for families, friends and groups. This spacious thatched lodge offers guests a sense of modern comfort with a touch of bush authenticity. 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.
Each of the lodges features a Relaxation Retreat, which offers an extensive menu of treatments and therapies to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.Area Information:
There are over 600 types of flora within Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Various species bloom at different times throughout the year, but, in this region, flowering occurs more prolifically between August and September.
Sanbona is at the forefront of an on-going conservation project that aims to restore the ecological balance in the area. Approximately half of the surrounding landscape used to be livestock and agricultural farms, which have since been removed which has allowed the various floral kingdoms that make up the reserve to flourish. Plant life that inhabits this region of the Western Cape includes Acacia Thickets, Renosterveld, Succulent Karoo and Central Mountain Fynbos. Species of succulents are especially varied and fascinating with names like Baby’s Bottoms, Ostrich Toes and Pig’s Ears.
As part of our conservation efforts, we have reintroduced animals that once roamed the area freely, but were eradicated due to farming. The Big 5 and various other species such as gemsbok, springbok, hartebeest, eland, kudu and zebra can now all be seen on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.
Other animal species that continue to thrive thanks to the efforts of Sanbona include natural small game such as the jackal, caracal, duiker, aardwolf, aarvark, brown hyena, grey rhebok, steenbok, klipspringer and grysbok.
A riverine rabbit population was discovered on Sanbona in 2006, and as these animals are only known to exist in the central Karoo, they are incredibly rare.Moreover, this species of rabbit is the 13th most endangered mammal in the world. Sanbona is currently only one of two protected areas that provide riverine rabbit populations with sufficient space and diversity for their ecological processes to function naturally.Property Facilities:
In addition to luxury accommodation, guests can enjoy the many facilities available at the lodges, namely:
*Open air dining boma's
*Outdoor pool with stunning views
*Lounge with fireplace and TV with satellite channels
*Relaxation Retreat Spa
*Complimentary wireless internet
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.
You will 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.
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.
The entire reserve offers an array of nature walks, hiking and wilderness trails for you to explore. Well-informed and experienced rangers can indicate points of interest while divulging important and interesting information about the area.
Let yourself and your family or travelling companions experience Sanbona Wildlife Reserve from a different angle. With the vast and impressive Bellair Dam situated on the property, guests can enjoy our boat safari activities, from the comfort of our spectacular vessel, The Peregrine. This tour is subject to water levels in the Bellair Dam as Sanbona is situated in a water-scarce area.
One of the great wonders to experience at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is the night sky. Free from light and city pollution, the Klein Karoo offers some of the finest stargazing in Southern Africa and is an ideal activity for all guests to enjoy.
Back at the lodges, take time for yourself to enjoy our Relaxation Retreat with an extensive menu of therapies and treatments, a serene ending to a fun-filled day.
|Property Type||Guest Lodge, Game Lodge|
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We spent Christmas at Dwyka lodge which exceeded our expectations in terms of quality, service and game drives. The attention to customer service was excellent and couldn't be faulted.
Their covid protocol is strictly adhered to in these challenging times and great to see.
Christopher our ranger has been at San Bona for 12 years, which shows in his passion and knowledge to give each guest a truly memorable experience.
I have no hesitation in highly recommending San Bona as a must go destination.
Thank you to the San bona team
Martin and Joc
Despite the cost Dwyka Tented Camp is undoubtedly the place to stay for anyone from Europe in particular due to the currency exchange rate and the facilities. There were 4 of us and each of us enjoyed immensely the knowledge of our Ranger Nico his ability to provide the access to the range of predators, with some exceptions due to time of day etc, but close ups of Lions, Rhino, elephant,various buck and extremely memorable that of a fully wild Cheetah on a kill walking within 5 yards of us and ignoring our presence, none of us will forget that particular encounter. The Staff at Dwyka are exceedingly attentive little if anything has to be requested it's provided. The final touch at your tent is the welcome jacuzzi on a cool day very warming after your game drives. All in all a wonderful experience not to be forgotten.
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