Having booked a stay at Tilney Manor 6 months ago, we arrived at the Gatehouse which is 7 km from the main road. We were told that we would be transferred to the new Dwyka Tented Lodge accommodation which is some 45 km away from the Gatehouse into the Reserve. After protracted telephone calls with the Lodge Manager at Dwyka it transpired that there had been some issues over our accommodation and that we had not been informed prior to leaving the UK that we would not be able to stay at Tilney Manor as we had booked.
Although we would not have chosed the tented accommodation due to personal preference, we had no choice but to accept the change of accommodation and proceeded to Dwyka which consists of the main game lodge, 9 individual tented lodges and a spa lodge. The accommodation lodges are of a very high standard and are located at the foot of a sheer cliff face, thus, sheltered from wind etc, although the short walk from the main lodge was very dark on a night.
We had a 2 night stay at Sanbona during which time we had 4 game drives seeing numerous animals and even walking up to several of them including giraffe, cheetah and white rhino. Our ranger, Jehanne, was excellent and really took the time to make sure that we saw everything. The wildlife reserve is massive (as large as Singapore!!) and it is worth bearing in mind that you are not seeing animals every few minutes and they have to be sought out. For us, this was not a negative aspect.
With regard to the issues in relation to our booking, Mantis have apologised and the staff at Sanbona could not have been more courteous and helpful about the situation.
Highly recommended and we would certainly return to Sanbona.
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