When you enter the gates to San Bona game reserve you have a 15 minute drive over gravel tracks to the lodge and the last bit it quite bumpy. On arrival you are welcomed with refreshing towels. From this moment on it only gets better ( and better). There are four lodges, all exquisitely furnished, and the main house. The lodges face north in a deep valley and are laid out so that they are quite private. The normal programme is to have a game drive each day starting at 5.30 and an afternoon drive on the first afternoon to learn about the flora and fauna. We chose to only have the one early morning drive and one night drive starting at 7.30. The guide, Israel, has an amazing knowledge, most of it first hand from his upbringing in this type of country. The only disadvantage to White Lion is that it is one hours drive to get to the start of the area where most of the game is. Game drives are a lottery but our last day was excellent with close up contact with elephants and giraffes. White Lion is effectively all inclusive with all meals and drinks included and we paid just under £1000 for a couple for three nights with all game drives included. The staff cannot do enough to make your stay enjoyable, informal and friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The White Lion Lodge is situated on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve a 3 hours drive from Cape Town. Sanbona is home to free self-sustaining White Lions, the Big Five and the endangered riverine rabbit. The privately owned White Lion Lodge offers luxury accommodation, exceptional personal service and delicious cuisine. The Lodge lies in the southern part of the Reserve and is set along a tranquil, remote river valley offering an ultimate Karoo experience. ... more less
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