We stayed in Tilney Manor for a night en route to Cape Town during our honeymoon. We booked the manor to try & make the experience very different from our first safari but were still disappointed. Although the suite was gorgeous and featured a gas fire & free standing bath the experience did not live up to our first safari. The food was average, and only 1 staff member really stood out as giving the 5 star experience you would expect. The game drives were great & we had some excellent sightings - white lioness on the move, cheetah and her 4 cubs, lots of elephants & rhinos, our guide Dale was really friendly & knowledgeable too but the group they put us in for the drives was unfortunate! Worth a visit as close to Cape Town & lots of animals but not the real wild feel you get in some other safaris, nor the 5 star experience you expect especially on honeymoon.
- 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. PLEASE NOTE THAT BOOKING IN ADVANCE is ESSENTIAL FOR VISITS TO SANBONA WILDLIFE RESERVE. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge, Gondwana Hotel