White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
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White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

On the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Montagu 6720 South Africa
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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The White Lion Lodge is situated on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve 200 km from Cape Town. Sanbona is home to free self-sustaining White Lions, the Big Five, the endangered riverine rabbit and Cape Mountain Zebras. The privately owned White Lion Lodge offers luxury accommodation for maximum 8 people (4 rooms), exceptional personal service and delicious cuisine. The Lodge lies in the southern part of the Reserve, traverses 30000 ha over the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Is set along a tranquil, remote river valley offering an ultimate Karoo experience.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Pool
Free breakfast
Highchairs available
Car hire
Couples massage
Concierge
Gift shop
Secured parking
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Taxi service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Bidet
Bathrobes
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
iPod docking station
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Trendy
Luxury
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, German

Location

On the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Montagu 6720 South Africa
Getting there
Cape Town Intl Airport
116.3 mi
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William R wrote a review May 2022
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the time you arrive at the lodge your experience starts, you are warmly greeted with a nice cold towel. The drive from Cape Town takes about 3 hours and would HIGHLY recommend going through the Franschhoek pass either going or coming.

There are only 4 units on the property and all are luxurious and large. The private balconies and outside showers are very nice, with you own deck chairs and tables give you a great sense of privacy.

There are 2 safari drives every day, early morning, lasting about 4 hours and an evening one for about 2 hours. Your guide, Israel, has a genuine love of his job and it shows. The sunsets are are spectacular, and even better with a cocktail. Should you choose just to relax and sit by the pool, you will feel very relaxed.

The reserve is NOT a park, its just that, a reserve and you may or may not see the animals. but when you do, it is amazing and natural.

What makes the experience really amazing is the care you get from the staff. As there are only 4 units, everyone has dinner in the dining room. The food is really fabulous. Gerry and Alicia prepare perfectly cooked and presented meals. We were there for 4 days, and every meal was outstanding. They will also cater to vegetarian needs.

All the Yogurt, Muesli and vegetables are all grown or sourced locally. The tomatoes actually have taste.

I will definitely return, and would HIGHLY suggest that you make your reservations as soon as possible.
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: There are no bad rooms
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zen wrote a review Oct 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The White Lion Lodge is a very nice and quiet place to break away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the peace and scenery. The rooms are very nice and equipped with everything you need. Especially cool the outdoor shower, which gives a good start to the day in the morning.

The food is very good and varied. The whole team is very friendly and helpful.

We enjoyed the game drives and they were very pleasant. Attention, in the morning or evening it can be very cold on the truck, so be sure to use the ponchos provided in the rooms.

We were able to see monkeys, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras and many species of antelopes.
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from White Lion Lodge, General Manager at White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Responded 11 Dec 2021
Thank you for the beautiful review. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your stay and the Lodge. We will be looking forward welcoming you back. Gerhild & The White Lion Lodge Staff
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Tracy V wrote a review Apr 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve was an absolute delight! The rooms were beautifully decorated and designed to incorporate the breath taking outdoor views.
Gerry and her team are attentive and polite, making our four days there very special indeed! Israel, the game ranger is knowledgeable beyond all comprehension! The game drives with him were phenomenal! We even saw the endangered Riverine Rabbit!!
On the food side, everything was great, although dinners were largely focused on game, which I don't eat. Suggest more choice here.
Waking up to early morning game drives and then a sundowners drive was a privilege. Thank you all.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Gerhild Cuje-Jakoby, Owner at White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Responded 18 Jul 2021
Thank you very much for the lovely response. It was a pleasure hosting you at the Lodge. After your recommendation, the chef is offering a bigger variety on meat in the evening. Thank you very much for supporting us in such difficult times. Gerhild
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storm76 wrote a review Mar 2023
Selkirk, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
White Lion Lodge exceeded our expectations. It is beautifully laid out and cared for.
The lodges are all well finished and every thing has been taken care of. There are bath robes for winter and summer, extra towels, bath salts. The bottle of wine was a lovely touch.
There are chargeable lights in the rooms for when there is load shedding and the rechargeable torch attached to the room key is a great idea.
There were chocolates each night at turn down time and the mats were put out by the bed.
The food was excellent, plentiful and beautifully presented. We ate out on the deck when it was good weather then inside at night.
Abigail and the other staff couldn't have been more helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
Gerry part owner of the lodge was lovely and was around during the day and sat with us after our meals in the evening. She was full of lots of interesting information about the lodge and the Sanbona reserve.
Isreal who took us on the games drives is the most awesome person. His driving skills are second to none. His knowledge of the area, the animals and the flora and fauna is immense. Isreal did his absolute best to find the animals whether we were in the North or the South part of the reserve.
The surroundings are breath taking and well worth seeing even if there are not huge numbers of animals.
We also went on a walk with Isreal when he pointed out various plants, spider holes, animal tracks etc. Well worth doing.
We would thoroughly recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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gertrautenberg wrote a review Apr 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the White Lion Lodge for 2 nights as a group of 7 and had a great time. The rooms were very nice, with all the features of a 5* hotel. Service was very professional and friendly, with Gerri offering interesting insights into Sanbona and its history. The food was also excellent. The drives with Israel were a real highlight. We had been to Sanbona before, but this time the game drives were better, even if one has to add some driving time to the north as compared to other lodges. Israel made every effort and offered a lot of detail which made it all the more interesting. We were lucky (and fortunate to have Israel!) and saw all the different kinds of animals. However, having read some other reviews, do come with an expectation to see a really well managed reserve, including flora and fauna, which means that the animals have space to move around (as they should) and their density is not as high as in some of the other well-known reserves. If you're looking for a high-quality, professional and friendly stay in a personalised environment, I highly recommend the White Lion Lodge. We will certainly be back. Anyone wanting to see a different animal every 5-10 minutes should go to the local zoo.
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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laura S wrote a review May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is an elegantly designed, very comfortable small lodge that serves delicious meals presented beautifully at a single large table for the small number of guests. Many lovely touches made us feel pampered and our specific interests catered to. The drives delighted us in the extraordinary range of geological formations, endemic plants, and animals found only in South Africa. Gerry was a wonderful host(ess), and Israel a very knowledgeable and considerate guide. Oneof our favorite safari experiences ever.
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Alison B wrote a review Oct 2020
Cape Town, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A beautiful lodge, situated in the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. It was bitterly cold but we were cosy and warm in the room with a gas heater. The facilities are superb, the food excellent. Overall a magnificent stay with friendly staff. If you are going for the big 5 - it isn't the place for you - we were unable to go to the North of the Park due to the COVID restrictions. But if you want to enjoy the beauty of the Western Cape - flora and fauna with a few animal sightings then it is perfect.
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Date of stay: October 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Gemmahouston wrote a review Feb 2020
Hythe, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our four night stay at Whiite Lion exceeded all expectations. Having been fortunate enough to stay in various parks in SA and in East Africa, this visit was superb. Isreal our guide found us all the big five and very close up. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about Sanbona. The lodge with just four suites designed to make the most of the dramatic views was unique. Gerry the manager and her staff spoilt us with excellent meals and the very best wine. We cannot find a complaint and cannot wait to return.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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ianrm2016 wrote a review Jun 2022
Somerset West, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gerry and her staff could not have done more to make our stay so personal and enjoyable. Someone was always on hand to answer any questions and nothing was too much trouble. We will certainly be back - next time for a 3 or 4 day break.
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Date of stay: March 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Heather C wrote a review Sept 2023
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Lodge and the park are absolutely beautiful. We came to the lodge when my husband joined me in South Africa. I had been in Zambia and Kenya for over 5 weeks and had done a Safari experience in each country. We had limited time in South Africa, but my husband wanted to experience a Safari. This was a true Safari experience, and we saw Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Cape Mountain Zebra, Rhino, baboons, springbucks, lion (male) and a Hippo. If you have done other parks the quanity of the animals is very limited but they are in the park.

The lodge has thought thru so many things to make your stay special. They provide ponchos, blankets, rain gear, etc. for your game drives. The landscape of the Sanbona Reserve is stunning, and the time of year we went was beautiful, with flowers popping up everywhere.

I have some food allergies, but the lodge ensured that I had delicious meals and snacks that I could enjoy worry free. The staff and manager of the property are incredibly kind, thoughtful, and hospitable. This lodge is a couples paradise and a great way to step away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

For those that are not used to load shedding, the lodge is in the process of completing becoming self-sufficient on solar. However, the only impact it had on our visit was lack of heated floors (but the gas fireplace was more than enough for a cold day) and low lighting (but that made it all the more romantic).
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Johan J wrote a tip Mar 2024
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go on the the northern safari."
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Marc R wrote a tip Feb 2024
Montreal, Canada149 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do the North park runs."
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Heather C wrote a tip Sept 2023
16 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be aware of loadshedding and understand that this is not Kruger or other larger game perserves. This place has its own beauty and does sustain the big 5."
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Nicola T wrote a tip Sept 2023
Liverpool, United Kingdom36 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure take beanies and gloves"
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William R wrote a tip May 2022
Fort Lauderdale, Florida42 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are no bad rooms"
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£375 - £386 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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What are some of the property amenities at White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Afrikaans.
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