Discover the Diverse Wildlife of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Set within a vast 58,000-hectare nature reserve in South Africa’s Little Karoo, Sanbona Gondwana Family Lodge offers an immersive natural experience. Just a 3.5-hour drive from Cape Town along Route 62, this expansive privately-owned sanctuary is dedicated to conservation, preserving vital ecosystems, endangered wildlife, and unique flora across two biodiversity hotspots. Here, you can explore diverse landscapes, from open plains to rugged Cape fold mountains adorned with San rock art, all while seeking out sought-after wildlife.
Located at the base of the Warmwaterberg Mountain Range, Gondwana Lodge overlooks Bellair Dam and the majestic Anysberg Mountains. This spacious thatched lodge combines contemporary comfort with an authentic bush ambiance, making it an ideal sanctuary for families, friends, and groups. The engaging Kids on Safari program offers educational and recreational wildlife experiences for young explorers. Come, experience an atmosphere of serenity and isolation amidst raw beauty and expansive plains, a tribute to the ancient San people who thrived in this arid environment for centuries. Sanbona and the spirit of the San people warmly welcome you.
Perched above the picturesque Bellair Dam, Gondwana Lodge is a charming homage to the traditional thatched Karoo homestead. It comprises 12 generously proportioned luxury suites, each thoughtfully designed to provide endless views across the sprawling plains, the majestic Anysberg Mountain, and beyond. The lodge welcomes families with children of all ages and offers an engaging “Kids on Safari” program to ensure everyone has a memorable stay.
The suites can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults sharing with 1 child, available in either a king or twin bedded configuration. Among the 12 suites, 6 are located on the ground floor, featuring a private deck for guests to enjoy the serene surroundings. The other 6 suites are situated on the second level, each with a private balcony and viewing platform to take in the breathtaking vistas. For added flexibility, all rooms come with sleeper couches suitable for one child under the age of 12 years. Additionally, there are four pairs of rooms with interleading access, providing convenience and spacious options for families.
Explore the terrain of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve alongside a knowledgeable ranger in comfortable open Landcruisers. Whether it’s an early morning expedition or a sunset journey, you’ll have the opportunity to spot various plant species, wildlife, big game, and a multitude of birds.
Sundowner evening drives provide a remarkable spectacle as the setting sun casts its warm glow over the enchanting landscape of the Little Karoo.
Embark on a journey to embrace the essence of the Little Karoo by exploring it on foot and discovering the many hidden treasures within the Reserve.
You can opt for a guided walk led by a knowledgeable ranger, tailored to meet your specific preferences. Whether you choose a leisurely stroll to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the native flora and fauna or decide on challenging trails that lead to secluded vistas, the allure of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve will reveal itself.
Whether you prefer a gentle walk or an adventurous trek to a remote rock pool, offering an opportunity to rejuvenate in its refreshing waters before returning to your lodge for a sumptuous meal, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has all this and more to offer.
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve offers an unparalleled stargazing experience, considered among the finest in Southern Africa. With the absence of artificial light, the night sky here becomes a canvas of celestial wonders.
Our knowledgeable guides will accompany you on a journey through the Southern Hemisphere’s constellations, blending romantic tales of gods and goddesses ascending to the heavens with fascinating astronomical insights. You’ll have the opportunity to uncover the ancient myths and starry visions of the San people.
As the perfect conclusion to a blissful day at Sanbona, sit back and reflect under the mesmerizing canopy of African skies, where the boundless expanse of infinite galaxies unfolds before your eyes. It’s a moment of connection with the universe that will leave you in awe.