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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

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Btwn Montagu & Barrydale | between Montagu & Barrydale, Montagu 6720, South Africa
+27 21 010 0028
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PLEASE NOTE THAT SANBONA WILDLIFE RESERVE IS A PRIVATE RESERVE & PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. THE RESERVE DOES NOT OFFER DAY TRIPS OR SELF DRIVE GAME VIEWING TRIPS. Nestled at the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains in the heart of the Little Karoo, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve celebrates the spirit of the San people who once roamed this distinctive area. Sanbona and the spirit of the San people welcome you. More than 54 000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art make this a destination not to be missed.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good11%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“game drives” (67 reviews)
“cape town” (55 reviews)
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Hours Today: 00:00 - 23:59
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Btwn Montagu & Barrydale | between Montagu & Barrydale, Montagu 6720, South Africa
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+27 21 010 0028
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"game drives"
in 67 reviews
"dwyka tented lodge"
in 26 reviews
"cape town"
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"on foot"
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"safari experience"
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"two nights"
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"outdoor shower"
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"white lion"
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"amazing experience"
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"wildlife reserve"
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"explorer camp"
in 7 reviews
"herd of elephants"
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"main gate"
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"game park"
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"private game reserve"
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"kruger national park"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sanbona is a private reserve run by a non-profit dedicated to returning at least a portion of the Western Cape to an ecological state pre-farming. They have carefully reintroduced both animals and plants native to the region, and have a full-time ecologist on staff. They...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sanbona is not just a private game reserve. It’s a curated experience. They personalize your stay there- get to know you and tailor your stay to suit your preferences, needs, special occasions. Everything positive you’ve heard and read about Sanbona is true and much more!...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

We had a 3 hour drive to reach Sanbona and on arriving at the gate were directed in to the Welcome Centre about a 15 minute drive on arrival at Welcome Centre we were asked if we would like to drive on to our lodge...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Private reserve just 3 hours drive away from Capetown, a big plus for those who can’t afford the time to get to places like Kruger National Park etc. This place is an acrid dry safari, so don’t expect Serengeti’s rivers and lush green vegetation, especially...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

We spent two nights at Sanbona's Tilney Manor. The staff were most welcoming and the food and accommodation very good. Over four game drives we saw a good range of animals and the rangers worked hard to find them! Ok, the morning drives were a...More

1  Thank Janet C
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

this is a must for anyone in the area not able to get up to Krueger. We stayed in the family camp and there was actually no families which was nice! I would suggest about a 2 night stay is enough but 3 nights is...More

2  Thank chrisito58
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

One of my most memorable trips in South Africa, We arrived at Sanbona after a pleasant 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town through interesting country. On arrival we received a very friendly greeting from the staff at the shaded parking area. From here we were...More

1  Thank Raymushka
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

Sanbona is without a doubt a place not to be missed. Waking up at 6am and going on Safari's was definitely life changing. What an amazing experience being 5 meters away from a free roaming lion, 15 meters away watching a cheetah eating its kill...More

1  Thank Bryce J
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

There are two distinct parts to Sanbona: amazing game drives and outstanding food and accommodation. My wife and I stayed at Sanbona for two nights in one of the Dwyka Lodges, we went on four game drives (two early morning and two late afternoon) and...More

1  Thank willgaski
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

I am not going to waste time in telling everyone how good this safari experience was as really there are no words to describe it, as you have to experience it yourself but as the Americans say it was AWESOME from the Guides to the...More

Thank Stan H
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Megan G
30 July 2018|
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Response from Stan H | Reviewed this property |
Not exactly sure on the check in & out times but we checked in at 1pm & out at 8am as we came from & went back to Cape Town, You would get 2 games drives in afternoon 1st at about 4pm followed by a morning one @ 5.30... More
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teddygirl
18 July 2018|
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Response from Stan H | Reviewed this property |
Hi we stayed at the Gondwana lodge which is a 30min drive from Tilney but at Gondwana I only booked in the morning for an afternoon massage and it was booked to my room
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MariaD58
9 May 2018|
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Response from Sanbona2016 | Property representative |
Good day Thank you for your question. Dwyka Tented Lodge is the premier Lodge on the Reserve. Each unit completely private and with its own jacuzzi. Surrounded by rock formations and a must to experience. You won’t be... More
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