We stayed in dwyka tented village while on honeymoon and what a find. Sanbona is all we wanted and a lot more! The service was second to none, with everyone making you feel very welcome. Bernard deserves a special mention with his warm nature and genuine hospitality, nothing was too much hassle for him and he made our stay by the surprise we had waiting in the tent after our first game drive. The rooms are stunning with indoor and outdoor showers, his and her sinks and a huge bath. As you would expect the nights were silent and the stars amazing.
Every meal we had was stunning, with great wines and service to match. I had read a few reviews saying the drive in was difficult and bumpy in a car but we didn't find this at all, we had a Toyota corolla and it was absolutely fine.
The game drives were brilliant with a wealth of wildlife close by, our game driver really had an all round knowledge of wildlife and the flora and fauna within the game reserve meaning there was always something to look at and learn about. We were lucky enough to witness the white lions attempting to tackle a hippo, they were unsuccessful but was a stunning addition to the drive.
We both had a massage while staying there and again faultless and we both felt thoroughly relaxed by the whole experience. The only downside was the amount of weight we both put on from devouring the perfectly cooked food during such a short stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of the Little Karoo, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a three-hour drive from Cape Town, along Route 62. At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona boasts 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. Explore all this from your choice of 3 different luxury lodges. Whilst the free roaming Big 5 call Sanbona home, it’s the vastness of the landscape and the raw beauty of the boundless plains that make safaris at Sanbona unique. Explore the 54, 000 hectares of this malaria-free premier, private game reserve for an ultimate safari experience close to Cape Town. PLEASE NOTE THAT BOOKING IN ADVANCE is ESSENTIAL FOR VISITS TO SANBONA WILDLIFE RESERVE. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge, Gondwana Hotel