Sanbona Safari

We like Sanbona Game Reserve for the following important reasons:

  1. It is a three-hour drive from Cape Town, which means it can easily be combined with a Cape Town based holiday.
  2. The property is massive. 54,000 Hectares massive.
  3. It offers both a dream getaway for couples and honeymooners (Dwyka Tented Lodge) and the ideal family holiday at Gondwana Lodge. And for small groups who want to drink good Scotch till late in the evening by a roaring fireplace? Tilney Manor is a great option.
  4. It offers alternative vegetation to the dense bushveld of the Kruger. The Klein Karoo is beautiful in a very different way, and the Big 5 roam free on the Sanbona property.

Malaria free, conveniently located and great value – the only demerit is that is very popular, so we need to lock down the rooms ASAP once you express interest.

Why overnight safari?Typical itineraryAs part of a Garden Route tour itinerary
While a day trip to Aquila offers a great taste of what the safari experience could be, nothing beats total immersion in the wild. Sanbona offers this, with our particular favourite Dwyka tented camp. There is something to be said for being completely immersed in the African karoo plains, where your walk back to your tented camp might be accompanied by the sounds of the great predators lurking nearby…

A typical two-night package at Dwyka would look like this:

8am departure from Cape Town, 11am arrival at Welcome Lounge Sanbona.

After check in and lunch at the lodge, time to relax before going on the first of your game drives. You will have four opportunities over the next two days to explore the vast wilderness and hopefully catch a glimpse of Africa’s famed wildlife. Weather permitting, you will also be treated to the wonderful African cuisine on offer and enjoy at least one night dining out under the stars.

After your final game drive, your return to the welcome lounge to be transported back to Cape Town will be bittersweet – but the memories will remain forever.

Added as a one or two night overnight as part of the garden route itinerary.

Typically this combines well with Oudtshoorn and Knysna. Game drive in the morning, and visiting the legendary Cango Caves in the afternoon before a barbecue under the stars on a working Ostrich Farm. And that would only be the beginning…