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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

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Address: Btwn Montagu & Barrydale | between Montagu & Barrydale, Montagu 6720, South Africa
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+27 21 010 0028
00:00 - 23:59
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Sun - Sat 00:00 - 23:59
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Nestled at the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains in the heart of...

Nestled at the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains in the heart of the Little Karoo, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve celebrates the spirit of the San people who once roamed this distinctive area. Sanbona and the spirit of the San people welcome you. More than 54 000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art make this a destination not to be missed.

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"A Magical Safari Experience..."

Loved my two nights at the Dwyka tented lodge- what a beautiful place. The staff at Sanbona were all wonderful - smiling, caring, attentive - from the entrance gate all the way to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Laura B
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved my two nights at the Dwyka tented lodge- what a beautiful place. The staff at Sanbona were all wonderful - smiling, caring, attentive - from the entrance gate all the way to the lodge . I would never have imagined I could walk and watch a cheetah feeding so close and the white lions were beautiful. Our guide ,... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our time in sanbona and all the rides. Our guide Nico was very knowledgeable, he had a good eye for spotting animals and our kids liked him a lot. Very good food (we ate a lot!) and it would've been needed more time to enjoy the facilities as well (we spend onlY one night there)

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're looking to do a safari near Cape Town this should be the one. The experience is incredible well refined from beginning to end and supported by a dedicated team of professionals. Comfort is the priority every step of the way but the food, lodging and staff are world class. Our guide (Yanny) was absolutely outstanding and went above... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sanbona is the second largest private reserves in the world. Staffed by a team of knowledgeable, caring rangers and care takers, the trip really opened my mind and heart to beautiful Africa. We stayed 2 nights in the Gondwana Lodge for families and had a relaxing, fun-filled experience. Our young ranger was enthusiastic and passionate about his work. He shared... More 

1 Thank liyenne
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I spent 3 magical days and nights at the Wildlife reserve at Gondwana camp . We saw 4 of the big 5. Walked with out guide to track elephants , giraffe and other animals . We saw a cheetah kill a young springbok on Second evening . Our guide Owen was incredible . Very highly recommended .

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first safari. We were able to see 4 of the big five. I was impressed with everything there. We stayed in Dwyka the tents and well work it. Each tent has its private view of the mountain backdrop, private deck with outdoor jacuzzi, inside bathtub and shower. But, the outdoor shower was preferred. The service was great,... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I spent 3 days/2 nights at Sanbona as part of our honeymoon and it was phenomenal. We stayed at the Dwyka tented camp and it was luxurious at the same time as feeling completely remote. The staff was friendly, ready to lend a hand whenever possible and the food was even better. The game drives were something... More 

2 Thank Brian B
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

This is still a relatively new game park, with the advantage of being near enough to Cape Town for a couple of nights away, but remote enough to feel as though you are truly in the wilderness. It's great at the moment, but will get better and better as the years go by. At the moment, there are no animals... More 

2 Thank ADWL71
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Still in it's infancy, Sanbona will be fabulous in several years time. Don't waste your time on the south side of the fence. Nothing to see.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

I spent 3 days at Dwyka tented camp - it was luxurious and an amazing experience! The guides were fantastic - Marco took us to see some of the most amazing animals in their own habitat. He was respectful of the animals, and also our own comfort levels as his guests. His knowledge and motivation for what he does made... More 

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