We had visited Sanbona before, however this was our fist visit to Dwyka. Jan, was our guide, and was the most aggressive animal finder we have ever had at Sanbona. He was determined to find everything that was out there. So on the two drives combined we saw Buffalo, Cheetah, Rhinos, white Lions, Springbok, Eland, Kudu, Giraffes, Zebras and Jackals.
Accommodation at Dwyka is in the form of solid sided 'small dwellings' with tented roofs.these are individually located facing outwards from the central point to give all private views. All have private plunge pools and verandas with outdoor showers. Inside there is a luxurious and beautifully finished bathroom and a separate bedroom with monster sized bed. From the veranda there are good views of the cliff and all of the bird life. There is a central lodge with dining room and lounge. We found the lodge a little bit quiet and too private and our slight preference would be for the more inclusive atmosphere experienced at Tilney Manor. Food was very good but not best ever, lunch and breakfast were particularly good, however the evening meal was not so stand out, the Kudu steak was barely edible, However starters and dessert were excellent. As far as tips and recommendations........try to avoid the back seat in the game drives, its a bit bouncy back there. Bring lots of layers it does get really really cold, we had snow on the mountains all around us. I would also recommend not driving to the villas, but instead arrange a pick-up from the welcome centre. To provide some sense of scale......the front gate is approx 10 mins drive from the nearest tarred road, the welcome centre is a further 13km from the front gate, and the lodge is approx 50 minutes drive from the welcome centre. We have marked the value section down after finding out we could have booked for half-price if we had waited until last minute.....so keep an eye out for good late deals.
All good no real difference between all the 'tents' at Dwyka.
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