See the Big 5 at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve – the safari gem of the Little Karoo.
The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is near Montagu located at the base of the beautiful mountains in the Little Karoo, it takes about a 3-hour journey from Cape Town on Route 62 to reach it. Stretching over 130 thousands acres of beautiful savannah and mountains, where Africa’s wildlife can be observed on game drives and exciting walking safaris. Unique indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art make this wildlife destination a unique travel experience. This malaria-free wildlife reserve is home to an impressive selection of wildlife and succulents including the ‘Big Five’ and the rare free-roaming white lions.
The Sanbona reserve provides five-star accommodation at three luxurious lodges, namely Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge and Gondwana Lodge. The adventurous Explorer Camp offers a more ‘wild’ safari experience in a tent. Tilney Manor reflects the grace and elegance of the colonial era. Beautifully set in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine surrounded by rock formations, the secluded Dwyka Tented Lodge displays an atmosphere of pioneering adventure in this vast landscape. The Gondwana Lodge provides endless views and welcomes families with children of all ages.
Sanbona is a paradise for birding enthusiasts. The reserve is home to over 200 species of birds, and more than 40 species of the birds call the reserve’s Bellair Dam home. You can spot beautiful birds from the comfort of your lodge, on a game drive or a wilderness walk. Pack your binoculars and get ready to spot a plethora of birds while birdwatching at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.
Whether you choose to set out at sunrise, or seek out Sanbona’s nocturnal creatures after sunset, a game drive is one of the best ways to see wild animals in their natural habitat. Travelling in an open safari vehicle, you’ll see wild animals, birds, and landscapes covered in a variety of plants. Your expert ranger will take you to all of the best wildlife viewing spots, while ensuring that your experience is completely safe.
At Sanbona, there are many ways to explore the reserve on foot. Nature walks, hiking and wilderness trails can be arranged for you during your stay. Guided by experienced and knowledgeable rangers, you’ll learn everything there is to know about the reserve’s fauna and flora. These experiences are suitable for a range of fitness levels. Close-encounters with both large and small animals await you on one of these wilderness walks.
SWith the Bellair Dam situated on the reserve, you can see the Big 5, hippos and the area’s birdlife on boat safaris. The boat will take you to areas that safari vehicles cannot access on sunrise and sunset cruises. The boat’s superb vantage point offers stunning views of birds drinking, feeding and nesting on the banks of the dam, as well as breathtaking views as the sun rises and sets.