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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

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Address: btwn Montagu & Barrydale, Montagu 6720, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0)41 509 3000
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Nestled at the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains in the heart of...

Nestled at the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains in the heart of the Little Karoo, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve celebrates the spirit of the San people who once roamed this distinctive area. Sanbona and the spirit of the San people welcome you. More than 54 000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art make this a destination not to be missed.

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Wow, I loved it here!!!

We stayed in the Tilney Manor which was immaculate. The room was a good size and i loved the open plan Bathroom with the bath in the middle. The views were beautiful and my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Liphook, United Kingdom
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Liphook, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in the Tilney Manor which was immaculate. The room was a good size and i loved the open plan Bathroom with the bath in the middle. The views were beautiful and my favorite part was obviously the safari the ranger Chris was very knowledgeable and managed to find the heard of Elephants which was a sight to behold.... More 

1 Thank sophiecope1
Brussels, Belgium
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180 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must, this reserve is run as it should be. Preserving nature as intact as possible. The landscape is awesome and everything is down to the detail to perfection. Rangers are very knowledgeable and try to give everyone a special feel the tented lodge is wonderful, the food is outstanding. Not to be missed

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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We chose Sanbona as it was one of the few game reserves that allowed the animals to roam free and fend for themselves, little realising what a gem we had found. The game drives were excellent due both to the knowledgeable rangers and the small number of vehicles and guests. Each drive encompassed history, geography, geology, ecology as well as... More 

1 Thank YPsham
Geneva, Switzerland
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66 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Having been fortunate enough to have been on quite a few safaris before we can easily say that Sanbona is the best game reserve we've ever visited! It is epic and completely different, a huge expanse of Karoo barrenness apparently a quarter the size of Kruger. The desert like, mountain adorned remoteness teamed with a lush lake strewn valley floor... More 

2 Thank Howzit_CT
Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We stayed for two nights over a weekend and stayed in both Gondwana and Dwyka. We had the most incredible time experiencing the Karoo over four game drives. The food, drinks and accommodation are all outstanding and cater for an incredibly large variety of tastes. The game drives we experienced were absolutely first class. I can not speak highly enough... More 

1 Thank AussieTravellerBP
Bern, Switzerland
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234 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Discover a completely different Nature to what you may have seen in other reserves. The rock formations, the mountains, the vegetation and the landscape are unique. The animals’ encounters are exceptional and inimitable. The team is very helpful, truly interested in you, eager to help and to satisfy you. Various activities make your stay unforgettable. Meals are great, nicely prepared... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

A special option within Sanbona is doing an explorer camp, where 6 people max sharing 3 tents within the reserve, attended by a camp manager who makes daily your tents with real beds and ensuite chemical toilet and who cooks your meals over the camp fire around which we all huddle in the evening and a gun wielding ranger who... More 

2 Thank Erikvanstrien
London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

We went back to basics on the explorer camp. Had a great time and our guide Danie was really knowledgeable. Would recommend this for anyone wanting a safari with a difference. We went on hike through the safari looking for lions, elephants, rhino and cheetah. We got up close with all 3. The safari is good as it has the... More 

2 Thank Bettyblue76
Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

My boyfriend and I arrived at Sanbona's gate without making a booking, but the team at Gondwana Lodge swiftly made arrangements to accommodate us. The staff and rangers were warm and friendly, and the food was excellent - especially the buffet spread on the Saturday night that included South African dishes like bobotie, ostrich steak and traditional desserts. Our experienced... More 

1 Thank Caroline_of_CT
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55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

I have done a couple of safaris, and to those traveling in the Cape Town region, and wanting the Game experience at reasonable distance, I would definitely recommend this one. The Dwyka tented camp is superbly designed and integrated into the surroundings. The karoo landscape is stunning and makes you feel far in the bush, remote from all. Game is... More 

1 Thank KristinMW

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