An amazing place. We stayed at the Gondwana Lodge and although it can look basic, it is in fact excellent. The rooms are very spacious with a large bathroom. Our room looked out onto the lagoon. Even from there we saw african wildlife. The lodge is well run and the food is excellent given the remoteness of the place. (It is 31 km (20 miles)) from the gatehouse on dirt roads. Even the drive in is an experience. We had booked in for 2 game drives but in fact, we had 3 as the ranger just told us to come along on the day we checked out. The drives start at dawn and last about 3 hours and again at sunset. Trevor, our warden, was brilliant. He made the drives a lot of fun as well as informative. The last drive was just my wife and I and he made it very special for us. At one point, we were having a cup of coffee surrounded by 11 curious giraffes, 7 relaxing rhinos (including a calf) and several Eland. During the stay we saw lions, hippo, elephants, hyena, cheetahs as well. Ostriches and tortoises are also around. We even stalked the cheetahs out of the landrover.
Overall a great romantic and lovely place
- 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