Close to the renowned Route 62, the malaria free, 540 square kilometres large Sanbona Game Reserve is picturesquely located at the foothills of the Warmwaterberg in the heart of the Little Karoo between Montagu and Barrydale.
The name Sanbona is a creation from the two words “San”, the nowadays common term for the original inhabitants of the region, and “bona”, describing the San’s vision and desire to settle in the Little Karoo.
Having partly been farmland in the 90s, the now protected
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Wildlife Reserve Sanbona was handed back to Mother Nature. It is a success story and the people of the Sanbona Reserve nowadays take huge pride in the fact that it is the only reserve of the Western Cape Province to house the entire Big 5.
The landscape could not be more diverse: Soaring mountains with rugged formations are bordered by wide open plains, both bearing ancient rock paintings. Moreover, a total of 650 plant species and 160 bird species have been counted so far, just to give an example.
The natural beauty is matched by superb accommodation options. The Sanbona Game Reserve offers the discerning guest a choice between four luxurious lodges.
The painstakingly restored Tilney Manor radiates all the charm and elegance of the colonial era. Tilney offers only six finely appointed rooms. Consequently, the flair is highly exclusive and quiet. The personalised service and first-class cuisine are additional perks.
The Khanni Lodge nestles at the heart of an awe-inspiring valley that boasts a number of natural waterholes that make the area just perfect for wildlife observation.
The Dwyka Tented Lodge is set in a horseshoe shaped Karoo gorge framed by dramatic rock formations. The ambience is that of pioneer days, however, without any creature comforts having been sacrificed.
Finally, the Gondwana Lodge is the first choice for families. Gondwana sports magnificent views and, what is more, children will greatly enjoy the “Kids on Safari” excursions!
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