Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is near Montagu located at the base of the beautiful mountains in the Little Karoo, it takes about a 3-hour journey from Cape Town on Route 62 to reach it. Stretching over 130 thousands acres of beautiful savannah and mountains, where Africa's wildlife can be observed on safari drives and exciting walking safaris. Unique indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art make this wildlife destination a unique travel experience. This malaria-free wildlife reserve is home to an impressive selection of wildlife and succulents including the 'Big Five' and the rare free-roaming white lions.

The Sanbona reserve provides five-star accommodation at three luxurious lodges, namely Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge and Gondwana Lodge. The adventurous Explorer Camp offers a more 'wild' safari experience in a tent. Tilney Manor reflects the grace and elegance of the colonial era. Beautifully set in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine surrounded by rock formations, the secluded Dwyka Tented Lodge displays an atmosphere of pioneering adventure in this vast landscape. The Gondwana Lodge provides endless views and welcomes families with children of all ages.

  • Tilney Manor
  • Dwyka Tented Camp
  • Gondwana Lodge
  • Explorer Camp.

Tilney Manor

Sanbona Tilney Manor consists of three separate buildings including six sizeable open plan suites each of which provides lovely views from the private verandas over the mountains and plains in the far distance. Indigenous gardens surround the lush oasis setting of Tilney Manor.

  • Outdoor rim-flow swimming pool
  • Relaxation Retreat with two therapy rooms steams room and sauna
  • Lounge with fireplace and television with satellite channels
  • Perimeter electric fence
  • Outdoor dining facilities
  • WiFi.

Suite features:

  • International dial telephone
  • Air conditioning
  • His and her outdoor showers
  • Private mini bar
  • Fireplace
  • Television
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Electronic safe
  • Private veranda
  • En-suite bathroom (shower, twin basins, free standing bath).

Dwyka Tented Lodge

The Luxury Tents are encircled by beautiful rock formations. These deluxe tents exude an atmosphere of pioneering adventure in this vast and beautiful landscape.

  • Bar & Lounge with fireplace and TV
  • Dining area with fireplace
  • Relaxation Retreat with 2x therapy rooms
  • Gift Boutique
  • Wine cellar
  • Open air boma.

Luxury Tent features:

  • King and twin bedded tents
  • Indoor and outdoor showers
  • Private minibars
  • Private plunge pools
  • Private decks
  • Underfloor heating
  • Air conditioning and cooling/heating
  • International dial telephone
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Electronic safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Fitted international adapters.

Gondwana Lodge

Twelve spacious suites overlook Bellair Dam, which resembles a typical thatched Karoo homestead. Endless views of the Anysberg-mountains, over the plains, and beyond can be admired from the Gondwana Lodge. Children of all ages can be accommodated here, and an exciting “Kids on Safari” program awaits the younger guests.

  • Bar & Lounge with fireplace
  • Dining area with fireplace
  • Relaxation Retreat with 2 x therapy rooms and steam room
  • Gift Boutique
  • Swimming Pool with a shallow area
  • Perimeter electric fence
  • Children's playroom with TV
  • Open Air Boma.

Suite features:

  • King and twin bedded
  • Inter-leading Rooms are available
  • Indoor showers
  • Private minibars
  • Private patio & balcony
  • Underfloor heating
  • Air conditioning and cooling/heating
  • International dial telephone
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Electronic safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Fitted international adapters.

Explorer Camp

The Explorer Camp is a camping experience reminiscent of safari days gone by. Guests camp in traditional unfenced tents and enjoy daily walks into the reserve to explore nature at its best. This experience is ideal for well-travelled guests who are looking for something different and would like to get back to life.


Thrilling outdoor activities await guests whereby they get to learn about the indigenous wildlife and the vegetation. Safari drives are conducted early in the mornings and late in the afternoons while visitors also have the choice to participate in the exciting walking safaris and the boat trips.

  • Game watching
  • Bird watching
  • Boat safari
  • Wellness at the health and beauty spa
  • Nature walks
  • Rock art
  • Stargazing


The Gondwana Family Lodge features spacious family rooms, a kids activity room, a lawn and outdoor play area, as well as an outdoor swimming pool for families to enjoy. Child minding services are offered at an additional cost for kids under the age of 4 years as they are too young to participate in the safari drives.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Interpretive trail
  • Visit the sites where the San people left their Bushman paintings
  • Activity Book
  • Social, sporting and art activities (bead making, clay making activities, face painting, star gazing)
  • Swimming pool.

Indoor Activities:

  • Scrapbooks, paper, scissors, glue crayons, pencils & paints
  • Puzzles of varying sizes and difficulties covering a broad age range
  • Documentary DVD on various conservation topics and animals, animated movies
  • Entertaining and educational children's books
  • Fun board games
  • Babysitting ( at an additional charge for children under four as they are too young to take part in Safari Drives).


The reserve provides an ideal setting for a team of delegates to focus on business strategy and development without being interrupted, in a beautiful and inspiring environment. A team-building experience can be tailored to suit individual requirements which include stargazing, understanding conservation and retracing the steps of the San people, tracking cheetah and getting a glimpse of the white lions which are home at this Reserve.

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Stay 3 nights and save 10%

Enjoy a 10% discount on your accommodation when booking 3 nights or more at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve for selected dates.

Included in the rate:

  • breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drives, guided wilderness walks, tea, coffee, water, game drive beverages, tourism levy and 15% VAT (all other beverages are excluded and must be settled upon departure).

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature (telephone calls etc.)
  • All other beverages

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only valid when staying for 3 nights or longer
  • Subject to availability
  • Not valid during Easter, Block out dates apply
  • Valid 1 April 2018  - 30 September 2018 (excluding 30 March - 2 April 2018) and 1 April - 30 April 2019 (excluding 18 - 23 April 2019)
  • Valid 1stApril 2019- 30th September 2019; 1st April 2020- 30th April 2020
    EXCLUDING: 18th- 23rd April 2019 10th- 13th April 2020