Explore the grandeur of the Klein Karoo at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve regarded as the Western Cape’s Premier Wildlife Destination, near Cape Town on the renowned Route 62, the longest wine route in the world.
Sanbona, part of The Shamwari Group, is a 54, 000 hectare Big 5 wilderness reserve offering five star accommodation at three beautifully appointed lodges –Tilney Manor, Gondwana Lodge and the recently refurbished and reopened Dwyka Tented Lodge. For a unique walking safari there is the seasonal Sanbona Explorer Camp.
Dwyka Lodge is a luxury safari tent experience set on a horse-shoe riverine area, hidden away between breathtaking rock formations, where the landscape is dramatic and magnificent.
Gondwana Lodge boasts fun for families with a large swimming pool, a children’s entertainment room, the Kids on Safari programme and views over the vast plains of the Karoo and the Bellair Dam, which also offers a unique boat safari.
Tilney Manor is the original Manor House, steeped in settler history, with an old world charm, designed in true Karoo-Cape Georgian Manor house style with six large bed-rooms.
The emphasis is on conserving a vanishing way of life and nurturing the land and wildlife. Over the years Sanbona has rehabilitated the land and saved it from the previous overgrazing to preserve the magnificent flora and fauna for future generations.
The area is steeped in history and boasts some of the world’s rarest plant life. Around 600 species of plants can be found with various species flowering at different times throughout the year, Although some more prolific between August and September.
Various ≈ are found on the reserve such as Acacia Thickets, Nama, Karoo, Renosterveld, Succulent Karoo and Central Mountain Fynbos. Succulents are especially varied and fascinating with names like Baby’s Bottoms, Ostrich Toes and Pig’s Ears.
Animals that roamed the area freely, living amongst the San but were once eradicated, have been successfully reintroduced and the Big 5 again live in harmony with the land as well as various other species. Younger guests enjoy the Kids on Safari Programme where they learn the importance of respecting nature; after all they are the next generation of eco-warriors.
The sheer expanse and stark beauty of the Sanbona gives one a sense of humbleness, the realisation of the inconsequentialities of life, a temporary release of the daily stresses of everyday living. Sanbona allows one to be at peace, allowing one to curl up with a book, seeking solitude and introspection.
Tel: +27 (0)41 509 3000