We travelled to Sanbona and the Dwyka Lodges following a flight from London - so be prepared for a long trip as the transfer is around 3.5. hours and at least an hour and a quarter is on dirt track - take a sickness bag!
The lodges themselves are very clean, well furnished and with complete privacy for both the plunge pool and the outside shower. The staff are very friendly but could be more attentive, they seem to focus on service at mealtimes and then disappear into thin air!
Food in the restaurant is very good and meals are timed around the safari drives. There was also a good choice of wines, albeit that we drank mainly water because of the heat.
There is also a Spa, which came in very handy, as without any other amenities, I found that I had too much time on my hands. Take a lot of books, as there is no wifi in the lodges.
We saw more a wildlife than we imagined and had a fantastic experience of meeting a troop of elephants at dawn - literally a few feet away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of the Little Karoo, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a three-hour drive from Cape Town, along Route 62. At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona boasts sculpted Cape Fold Mountains, wide open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3, 500 years. Explore all this from your choice of 3 different luxury lodges. Whilst the free roaming Big 5 call Sanbona home, it’s the vastness of the landscape and the raw beauty of the boundless plains that make safaris at Sanbona unique. Explore the 54, 000 hectares of this malaria-free premier, private game reserve for an ultimate safari experience close to Cape Town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge, Gondwana Hotel