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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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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Nestled at the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains in the heart...
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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Spectacular private reserve in the Western Cape

We throughly enjoyed our time at Sanbona. Stayed at the Dwyka tented lodge which is spectacular in its setting and service. Food was excellent and accommodations were luxerious... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We throughly enjoyed our time at Sanbona. Stayed at the Dwyka tented lodge which is spectacular in its setting and service. Food was excellent and accommodations were luxerious, tasteful and peaceful. Our game drive guides, JB and Nico were tremendous and we were able to see rhinos, lions, giraffes, cheetahs, elephants, zebra, springbok and other game. If you cannot get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The room at the Tilney Manor was luxurious. Food was wonderful and the service that was offered by Ocean was outstanding. It was my wife's birthday and they made sure it was special day. The wildlife is scares as the Karoo can't carry many animal so there is a vast area with few animals. Lions and Cheetahs are collared so... More 

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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Sanbona did not disappoint. It was close enough to Cape Town to enjoy a few days of tranquility in the arid but scenically beautiful Klein Karoo. The game was not abundant but the viewing was of a high quality. Beautiful sunsets.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

There is nothing to disliked all so excellent and staff very good and looked after us very well. Food excellent. we stopped half way for break with drinks an nibble in the open where we could see animals so far away. would go back again.

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Pismo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We had a very satisfying time at Sanbona as we came to enjoy what was there, not to lament its not being, say, the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Our excellent guide got us up close to all the Big 5, as well as one of those lasting visual memories--hundreds (thousands?) of Eland kicking up dust in the evening sky. A... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

A long drive from Cape Town to see almost no game made for a disappointing experience. You can get the same peace and quiet elsewhere in SA for far less money and less inconvenient travel. It is a shame that overseas visitors will see this place as a safari experience when it is certainly not at all comparable to what's... More 

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Karen P, Manager at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, responded to this review

Dear John L, We thank you for your comment and regret that you did not enjoy your stay with us here at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. We would however like to take this opportunity to clarify a few points. Sanbona is located in the semi-arid Little Karoo biome, and is as natural a system as the Western Cape has to offer,... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

My wife and I have just spent 3 nights at Tilney Manor and throughout our stay had very mixed feelings about this place. While the accommodation is lovely and the food and service is good, we found the actual wildlife experience awful. We've had the privilege of travelling fairly widely in Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe) and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

After a long drive from Cape Town we arrived at the Welcome Lounge and greeted by the friendly staff. There was a further 1 hour drive from the Welcome Lounge to the Dwyka Tented Lodge but it was well worth the journey. The accommodation was unbelievable, large room and bathroom which looked out onto the national park. There was even... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Really great, all around experience. The trip to the entrance to the lode from cape town can take around 2.5 hours, but plan for another hour from there to reach accommodation. We stayed at Dwyka, and were very impressed. Excellent value for money. The game drives were excellent with our guide, Pascal...very knowledgeable, passionate. Food, service, ambiance, all excellent

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Outstanding, welcoming staff, food good and game drives morning and evening were brilliant. Accommodation is excellent with views over the mountains, pure peace and tranquility. Highly recommend.

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