Cape Town Accommodation


Western Cape

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve at the foot of the Warmwaterberg, in the heart of the Little Karoo, between Montagu and Barrydale on the famous Route 62, the vision of the San is becoming a reality. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, 54 000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous fauna and flora, rock formations and rock art make this a destination not to be missed. Specialist guiding is a key element in providing a memorable and varied experience. The name Sanbona is a combination of the "San" people who roamed this area for thousands of years and "bona" which represents their vision in order to position this portion of the Little Karoo. Be it a journey of rejuvenation and self-discovery or absorbing the various essences and activities, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve represents in true form the philosophy of the Mantis Collection - taking care of the small things in life.


Dwyka Tented Lodge
Embraced by striking rock formations, Dwyka Tented Lodge epitomises an atmosphere of seclusion. Nine luxury tents, with private decks and heated jacuzzis are set in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine. The lodge stands proud within the beautifully weathered landscape reflecting the nomadic lifestyle of the Khoisan hunter-gatherers who once roamed this land.

Gondwana Lodge
With views of the magnificent Anysberg Mountains and overlooking the Bellair Dam, Gondwana Lodge is the perfect sanctuary for family, friends and groups. This spacious thatched Lodge offers guests a sense of modern comfort with a touch of bush authenticity. Kids on Safari programme offers educational and recreational wildlife experiences.

Tilney Manor
Breath-taking views of the undulating mountains and landscape embrace the historical Tilney Manor in a refuge of peace and tranquillity. The Manor offers six spacious open-plan suites leading on to private verandas. Guest experiences include authentic Karoo cuisine, luxurious lounges and rim flow pool. Indulge your senses at the Relaxation Retreat while witnessing a pure a Karoo sunset.

Kids on Safari at Sanbona
Gondwana Family Lodge resembling a typical thatched Karoo homestead with family rooms, children activity room, spacious lawn, outdoor play area, and pool will ensure entertainment for the whole family.

Upon arrival, your hosts will discus activity options for your family taking the family's size, children's ages and the weather into consideration. Child minding facilities are available at an additional cost for children younger than 4 years as they are too young to join game drives.

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Game Drives

Interactive game drives, lasting up to 3 hours, take place in the tranquil moods of sunrise and sunset. You are guided by your game ranger in an open game viewing vehicle and you are asked to share any particular interests with your ranger who will try to incorporate these into your game drive. On game drives guests will enjoy a sundowner drink at sunset and coffee/tea at sunrise. No persons under the age of 4 years are permitted to join game drives.

Guided Nature Walks
Qualified walking guides provide the opportunity for guests to experience the excitement of tracking, bird, insect, plant and animal dropping identification. No persons under the age of 16 years are permitted to join the nature walks. Kindly ensure to request this activity at the time of booking accommodation as nature walks are subject to the availability of qualified guides.

Relaxation Retreats
Various treatments can be enjoyed at our Relaxation Retreats which are situated at Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge and Gondwana Family Lodge. Treatments can be booked prior to arrival with reservations. Kindly visit our website for the latest list of treatments available.

Stargazing & Story Telling
With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa. Interpretations about the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere are given by knowledgeable guides. Romantic stories of gods
and goddesses banished to the heavens are woven into astronomical facts and unfolds before your eyes. Discover the ancient myths of the stories told by the San about their visions of the stars.

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Seated at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountain Range in the heart of South Africa’s Little Karoo, Sanbona pays tribute to the San people who made this arid environment their home for centuries. Sanbona has an alluring atmosphere of stillness, an air of isolation amid the raw beauty and boundless plains. Sanbona and the spirit of the San people welcomes you.


  • UK Harpers & Queen, one of the 100 best places in the world 2005
  • One of South Africa’s largest privately owned wildlife reserves
  • The first authentic free roaming “Big 5” wildlife reserve in the Western Cape
  • Free roaming self-sustaining White Lions
  • Home to the critically endangered and highly elusive Riverine Rabbit
  • Home to the Dwarf Blue butterfly, the second smallest butterfly in the world
  • Over 200 identified bird species
  • Important raptor nesting sites, including the Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle
  • The Bellair Lake provides a wetland habitat for a myriad of water birds. Cruises can be enjoyed with a qualified guide and skipper
  • Approximately 650 plant species
  • Conserves vegetation types of the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes which are proclaimed Global Biodiversity Hotspots, characterised by exceptionally high species diversity and endemism
  • The Fynbos Biome is a part of the Cape Floristic Kingdom, a World Heritage Site
  • Rock art sites dating back to more than 1 500 years
  • Stargazing is rated amongst the best in Southern Africa


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