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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is in the heart of the Klein Karoo, just a three-hour scenic drive from Cape Town along Route 62 aka the longest wine route in the world. At the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona is all about wide-open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and unique San rock art, some of which date back more than 3 500 years.
You have a generous selection of accommodation to choose from, depending on your preferences and travel group.
Dwyka Tented Lodge is comprised of nine luxury tents with private decks and heated jacuzzies for a secluded, romantic escape. Tilney Manor is a refuge of tranquility. Six spacious open-plan suites, each with their own fireplace and private veranda, cluster around a communal area that includes luxurious lounges and a rim flow pool. Gondwana Lodge is the perfect sanctuary for families, friends and groups, with interconnecting rooms, indoor and outdoor play areas and a child-friendly pool. There is a kids on safari programme that will thrill the little ones with educational and recreational wildlife experiences.
Guests from all three lodges can enjoy the Relaxation Retreat spa with a great variety of therapies and treatments, including a steam room.
Sanbona has its own open land cruisers for game drives at sunrise and sunset, during which you'll see elephant, lion, cheetah, buffalo and numerous antelope species.
Please note: Rates are a guide and subject to change. Please re-confirm rates when booking or enquiring.
FROM CAPE TOWN
An easy 3 hour drive, approximately 270 km from Cape Town. On commencement of the journey, travel on the N1 from Cape Town in the direction of Paarl; continuing on the N1 travel through the Huguenot Tunnel. A tollgate controls this tunnel.
A tollgate fee is payable at the tunnel. The first town is Worcester set in the Breede River Valley. Taking the second turnoff to the right into Worcester, you leave the N1 and the Route 60 (R60) is taken. Follow the signs to the town of Robertson. Once through Robertson, the next town is Ashton.
The R60 becomes the R62 in Ashton. Travel on through Krogmanskloof and Montagu. Continue for approximately 43 km and turn left at “Die Vlakte” and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve sign. Please be advised that the road changes from tar to gravel and the recommended speed limit from there on is 60 km per hour. The main entrance to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is 7 km.
Follow the Route 62 for 175 km via the picturesque Little Karoo villages of Calitzdorp and Ladismith to Barrydale. From Barrydale follow the Route 62 towards Montagu for about 22km and turn right at “Die Vlakte” and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve signs. Continue 7 km to the main entrance.
DIRECTIONS FROM THE MAIN GATE
From the main gate, it is a further 15 km to the welcome lounge where guests will be welcomed. From the welcome lounge, it is 45 minutes to Tilney Manor, 65 minutes to Dwyka Tented Lodge and 55 minutes to Gondwana Lodge. Please follow the relevant signs in the reserve.
The recommended speed limit is 40 km per hour. Do not exit your vehicle. Predators roam free. The main gate closes at 18h00, should your arrival time be later, please advise prior to arrival in order to make arrangements. A daily transfer from the welcome lounge to your lodge is available on request, and must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.
PLEASE NOTE: All times are estimated and subject to road conditions and vehicle types
- Pick-up from welcome lounge at 12h30
- arrive at Tilney 13h15, at Gondwana 13h25
- arrive at Dwyka 13h35.
- pick-up from welcome lounge at 16h00
- arrive at Tilney 16h45
- arrive at Gondwana 16h55
- arrive at Dwyka 17h05 (these guests will not be able to join the afternoon game drive)
- Pick-up from Dwyka Tented Lodge at 11h00
- pick-up from Gondwana Lodge at 11h20
- pick-up from Tilney Manor at 11h35
- arrive at the welcome lounge at 12h15