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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...

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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Fantastic time on the Explorer camp

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Bettyblue76
Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Caroline_of_CT
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53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank KristinMW
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at Dwyka Tented Camp...it half mooned by a cliff face which gives one a sense of security in this vast expanse as this is one of the biggest reserves in the extreme southern part of South Africa...which is very close to Cape Town. The game drive experience is exceptional as the guides are world class rangers with years... More 

Thank AngiM
Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent Safari with a lot of game . Large herd of elephants etc. Very comfortable jeeps and very good rangers . We did Mala Mala and Kruger and Sanbona is certainly as good taking into account that it is so close to Kaapstad/Frenchhoek. The tented camp is beautiful with an excellent cuisine. .

Thank Sorros
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We stayed for 3 nights over Xmas 2012 and it was the most amazing place ever. The daily safari trips were wonderful and the animals all beautiful and free. The white lionesses and their baby cubs were the highlight of our stay and to wake up on Xmas morning and set off at 6.30am all sleepy only to see two... More 

Thank mcevoyrobinson
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We stayed at the Explorer Camp for two nights, this consisted of three tents located deep within the Reserve. Our guide Danie was quite simply superb, he was so knowledgable and professional in every way and gave us such a great insight into the workings of the Reserve not just focusing on the animals but on the whole eco system,... More 

Thank Chris S
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We stayed in Dwyka in Sanbona and went on 4 game drives. The morning drive starts at 6:30am and the afternoon drive begins at 3:30pm. Both drives last approximately 3 to 3.5 hours. The wildlife reserve itself is enormous (the size of Singapore apparently) so you would think it would be difficult to find the animals but all the Rangers... More 

Thank Conor1985
Matteson, Illinois
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We stayed at Gondwana Lodge for two nights and had the opportunity to go out on 4 drives. Two morning and two evening. We were up close and personal with a wide variety of wildlife from the white lions, to the cheetahs, to giraffes and zebras. Actually too many to mention. With the experienced rangers we never felt threatened or... More 

Thank Carol G
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

A personal and friendly safari. Was amazing to get so close to wild animals!!!! The guide we had Jannie is fantastic and very knowledgeable. Had the best time ever!! Thank you to sanbona for making dreams come true!! X

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