Because the Dwyka tented lodge was disabled by a flood we had the opportunity to stay at both of the other lodges and each is unique but fabulous. Gondwana is very contemporary and the rooms are large and have full views of the landscape. comfortable furniture and the food is excellent only surpassed by the attentive staff. It is the closest of the two to the game areas so a little less time is spent in the Land Crisers. The game guides are attentive, trained and knowledgeable. That being said don't stay here if you are bothered by children as this is the family lodge and they accommodate young children where the older family can go on the game drives. don't misunderstand , there is plenty of adult activity and the children are mainly only an issue at meals and in the pool, the place is fabulous.
Tilney Manor is just simply a blow your socks off adult retreat. The game drives are similar to the other two but extended because of the location, however the lovely 150 year old manor house reception area and the huge rooms with full verandas and outdoor showers (indoor as well) are a special escape. A full pool and deck area with attentive service , and at least during our stay I felt the food was better than Gondwana and it was fine there. The size (16 guests) and the attentive staff make you feel like its your own African Manor in the wilderness.
- 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