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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge, Gondwana Lodge
5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   R62 between Montagu & Barrydale | Die Vlakte, Montagu 6720, South Africa   |  
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“Dwyka tented lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Unbelievable experience. Outstanding game drive, with fabulous staff attending to every detail.
Quality of accommodations and food were excellent. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a great mini safari.

Room Tip: we wer in tent # 9 which is more secluded than the others but any would be fine
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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Durham, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This review is of the accommodation only. Please see other post for review of the reserve itself. The set up, position and rooms are spectacular offering creature comforts to match any anywhere. We were unfortunate in that the water was cut off for twelve hours and, when it did come back on, it ran black until the pipes cleared. But one has to remember that this is rural Africa, not Cape Town central. Also, the gas fire failed to function.

I cannot echo other reviewers comments about the quality of the food as ours was excellent. What let the place down badly was the service at breakfast. Having risen early to set out for an early morning game drive it is extremely disappointing to have to wait 20 minutes before even a cup of coffee appears. Bear in mind that the maximum number to be catered for is twelve, so they are hardly being presented with a logistical nightmare. I will excuse the first morning when the water was off but there was no excuse for a repeat performance the following day. And the hotel manager can hardly claim that this is something to which he/she is unprepared.

Message to manager. Don't blame your staff - get your act together and oversee what is actually happening.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Stayed one night (new year's eve) at Gondwana lodge. Didn't quite expect a luxury lodge in the middle of nowhere - but it was top notch regarding everything in the rooms! Service at this place is absolutely amazing - one of the best I have ever experienced. This place makes you feel welcome to them, to the savannah and you just want to stay! Dave welcomes everyone and says good bye to everyone and is truly keen that you feel good, thank you! Also thanks to Dale, our ranger who took care of us during game drives and spotted animals very well!

The price is in the upper range, but you get what you pay and this place is worth the premium.

Would recommend this place to anyone!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We were recommended this place from a south African I work with in the UK. And boy did he get this place right. it was amazing. you mainly get south Africans stay here and I never found it in any travel brouchers in the uk. but stay here if you can. the tent we stayed in were beautiful and were in a sun trap and had great plunge pools and roll top baths. The main lodge where we had lunch and dinner was lovely. the food was delicious. don't scrimp eat it all. we also had a Barbie and I got to try osteric which is yummy. On the game drives (2 a day) we say all the animals except the lions. the rangers were informative. we even got to go out on the lake to see the hippos close up which was really special. we were very lucky when we were there as we got to see a full cheeta kill. the staff are very contentious, only two vehichles are allowed around animals at any one time. If you want luxury and see animals in a true environment this is the place for you

Room Tip: We stayed in Dwyka, which are tented rooms, but they are no tent I've stayed in. they are beaut...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Darwin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

The service and safari at Sanbona wildlife reserve was very enjoyable. I had a goal to see, at the very least, zebras, giraffes, elephants, and hippo. I saw all but the hippo but in addition also saw a rhino, cheeta and white lions. The Dwyka tented lodge was great and situated in a beautiful location. Generally the food was good. My only complaint was that the early morning game drive goes from 5:30-9:30am but there is no food other than a rusk that you get before you leave until returning to a full breakfast. For me it was too long to go without food. I would suggest taking something along or perhaps Dwyka lodge could have snacks that are offered mid-drive.
This is a game reserve (the size of Singapore) but I felt it was a good way to have a great introduction to African animals on safari and would recommend this to others.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

My family of four visited Sanbona and stayed at the Dwyka lodge. The site is simply amazing.
Surrounded by a large, tall, curving rock formation populated by baboons, it is a magical. The rooms are magnificent. All the service teams were warm and friendly. Our drives were educational as well as spectacular. The highlight was when a small herd of elephants perched on a hillside decided to get closer to this stupid truck of humans in their right of way. We could almost touched the elephants as they neared us. Scary, but unforgettable. Our rangers taught us about the stars and the rough rugged world of nature; it is not Disney!! The food and the local wine, particularly the Red Star from nearby Breede Valley were first rate. Highly recommended from travelers who have been around the world. ( we actually went in August 2011, sorry just getting around to review.)

Room Tip: Dwyka is the preferred place to stay. Only 10 rooms. Spectacular sight.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Dwyka Tented Lodge means excellent service, perfect style and luxury accommodation, friendly, very well educated and dedicated staff and it feels like home. We enjoyed our stay very much and hope we can come back! Thanks for these perfect days!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: R62 between Montagu & Barrydale | Die Vlakte, Montagu 6720, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Montagu
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 26 Specialty lodging in Montagu
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Hotel Class:5 star — Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge, Gondwana Lodge 5*
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