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Overview

At the foot of the 350 million year old Warmwaterberg Mountains, in the heart of the Little Karoo, lies the Cape’s premier wildlife destination, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. This arid, stark landscape, home to the San for centuries, has an alluring tranquillity and raw beauty.

Just three hours’ drive from Cape Town along the scenic Route 62, Sanbona sprawls across 54 000 hectares of rugged mountains and vast plains. Sanbona is home to an impressive variety of succulents, birds and wildlife, including the only free-roaming white lions in the world.

Guests at Gondwana Lodge experience the majesty of the panoramic vistas over the Bellair Dam and the spirit of the San in a wilderness sanctuary surrounded by ancient volcanic mountains. Outstanding service and private, luxurious 5 star accommodation create a soothing ambience where guests find instant release from the stresses of daily life.

Children's Program
We take great pride in offering children fun experiences at Sanbona that will create future conservationists for the good of our planet.

The Gondwana Family Lodge resembles a typical thatched Karoo homestead. With family rooms, a children’s activity room, spacious lawn, outdoor play area, and pool. Spending your vacation here ensures entertainment for the whole family.
Upon arrival at Sanbona, kids can expect to have the time of their life through our Kids on Safari packages. With exciting activities planned, interactive welcome packs and even child minding services on request, mom and dad won’t have to worry about a thing.

Accommodation

Gondwana Lodge is the only Sanbona lodge that accommodates children. The lodge offers twelve luxurious suites, two of which have a sleeper couch to accommodate a child sharing with two adults. The six ground floor suites have private decks, whilst the six upstairs suites offer private balconies. Inter-leading rooms are available.

Wildlife

Sanbona offers the Big Five, and has the only free-roaming self-sustaining white lions in the world.  The reserve is home to a variety of large and small antelope, zebra and wildebeest, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, and small game such as black-backed jackal and caracal. Evening game drives provide the opportunity to see nocturnal creatures, such as the aardwolf, brown hyena and porcupine.

Sanbona is home to the critically endangered and highly elusive Riverine Rabbit, which is the thirteenth most endangered mammal in the world and the second most critically endangered species in South Africa. Several endemic tortoises are found in the reserve, as is the Dwarf Blue butterfly, the second smallest butterfly in the world.

Over 200 bird species have been identified in the reserve, which has important raptor nesting sites, including that of the Verreaux’s Eagle. African Fish Eagles, breeding pairs of majestic Black Eagles and Black Harrier are regularly sighted. Other interesting bird species include the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, the Cinnamon-breasted Warbler seen only at dawn, the Booted Eagle, the Namaqua Sandgrouse and the Southern Grey Tit, with its thirteen different calls. The Bellair Lake provides a wetland habitat for a myriad of water birds, including kingfishers, Black-necked Grebe, Black-winged Stilts, and Maccoa Duck.

Extra Info

Children
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted on game drives.
Children under the age of 3 are accommodated free, while 4 to 11 year olds pay 50% of the adult rate.
Children aged 12 and over pay the full adult rate.

Directions

BY AIR:

•  Flights to Cape Town International

• Transfers to lodge are available

BY ROAD:

From Cape Town

An easy 3 hour drive, approximately 270 kms from Cape Town.

• Travel on the N1 from Cape Town in the direction of Paarl; continuing on the N1 travel through the Huguenot Tunnel.

• A tollgate controls this tunnel.

• The first town is Worcester set in the Breede River Valley.

• Taking the second turnoff to the right into Worcester, you leave the N1 and the Route 60 (R60) is taken.

• Follow the signs to the town of Robertson.

• Once through Robertson, the next town is Ashton.

• The R60 becomes the R62 in Ashton.

• Travel on through Krogmanskloof and Montagu.

• Continue for approximately 43 km and turn left at “Die Vlakte” and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve sign.

• Please be advised that the road changes from tar to gravel and the recommended speed limit from there on is 60 km per hour.

• The main entrance to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is 7 km.

From the main gate:

• A further 15 km to the welcoming lounge where guests will be welcomed.

• From the welcoming lounge, it is 45 minutes to Tilney Manor, 65 minutes to Dwyka Tented Lodge and 55 minutes to Gondwana Lodge.

• Please follow the relevant signs in the reserve.

• The recommended speed limit is 40 km per hour.

• Do not exit your vehicle. Predators roam free.

• The main gate closes at 18h00, should your arrival time be later, please advice prior to arrival in order to make arrangements.

• A daily transfer from the main gate to your lodge is available on request, and must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.

Please note: You will need to pay a gate entrance fee of R160 per vehicle and R40 per person.The entrance fee can only be confirmed at the time of making your reservation (Prices subject to change)

Reviews


My significant other and I were craving a little getaway and really wanted to spoil ourselves but didn't want to travel too far from home. Sanbona was recommended to me and after doing a bit of research I decided to book this. We set out from Cape Town mid morning and arrived there at a very reasonable 13h00 after an easy 3hour drive. The staff were welcoming, with bottled water offered to us at the gate. I expressed my concern about my petrol level (we had left the previous town 43km back with no pumps in site since, and I misjudged my tank) so they suggested I park my car at the Welcome Lounge 13km into the reserve, and they would take us the rest of the way (a further 40km on gravel to Gondwana). Kobie, the manager of Gondwana also later arranged for 5 liters of petrol from their lawnmower supply to be sure I got back to Montagu!!) Arriving at Gondwana, again the staff were very welcoming. We got a hot towel on arrival as well as a sip of juice. After a short tour of the lodge, we were shown our suite - it was HUGE! Modern decor with a hint of rustic. The terrace just as big, stepping right out into the bush (a small electric fence was discovered much later as it's not easily seen but necessary for the animals of course). And the bathroom, just heavenly. The restaurant was waiting for us for lunch. We also got to order our drinks for the afternoon game drive. We were then introduced to Brenda, our guide who took us on a total of 5 drives over the next three days. The game viewing was amazing, including Elephant on our first day. Giraffe, Rhino, Zebra, Kudu, Springbok and various other smaller wildlife awaited us on day two. Lions (white and tawny) and Cheetah's were seen on day three. Brenda was a great guide, with a world of knowledge on fauna and flora. Radio communication between the guides ensured the best possible game viewing. Included in the rate is a full three meals a day (cold breakfast buffet as well as a hot menu, three course lunch and dinner) and 2 game drives per day (one on arrival day and optional one of departure day). There is a small spa on site with a steam room to the guests disposal (FOC). We were properly spoilt and enjoyed every minute of our stay. We would love to go back and can recommend Sanbona to anyone. And a big THANK YOU to all the staff members who contributed to this memorable getaway.

Natasha

Nous avons eu le bonheur de passer 48 heures en famille dans ce lodge et il restera un de mes plus beaux souvenirs de ce voyage. Personnel au petit soin, restauration fine et délicate, excellent confort, ranger formidable, ... Bref, la perfection !

Amelie

A big Thanks for a great weekend!!! All at Sanbona - Paul and Gondwana Staff, thanks for yet another great experience of a place which anyone can call home away from home!!! Not only was it a breakaway from Cape Town and all the noise, its was a weekend planned to make some great memories!! And Yes, at Sanbona we did get that!!!! Thanks a mil

Meg

This is the most amazing safari experience and so close to Cape Town. The staff are incredibly friendly and from arrival you feel like royalty! My 9 year old had a fantastic time in this family friendly lodge. We had our own ranger and saw most of the big 5 and so close up! The accommodations were personalised and extremely comfortable. This is a true safari experience, just like Kruger. There are no fences to be seen. The mid game drive snacks/drinks are a treat as are the menus at the lodge. My picky eater even managed to find a favourite at every meal! I am going back at the first opportunity!

Serryanne

Stayed for two nights with my little girl, 21 months, husband and my parents. It is a longish drive but it's actually quite exciting as you are already looking out for animals, a few of which you will see even before you check in! The rooms are lovely, beautiful views from bed and bathroom, and the setting overall is spectacular. Service very good, food lovely, and a good choice of wines. The drives were interesting we saw everything apart from the elephants, and I particularly liked the rock art. Roman our guide was very good. All the staff were very friendly and helpful, and there is a kids room and outside area which our little girl loved (she is too young to do the drives so we took it in turns to stay behind). We all loved it!

Gracie

At the foot of the 350 million year old Warmwaterberg Mountains, in the heart of the Little Karoo, lies the Cape’s premier wildlife destination, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. This arid, stark landscape, home to the San for centuries, has an alluring tranquillity and raw beauty.

Just three hours’ drive from Cape Town along the scenic Route 62, Sanbona sprawls across 54 000 hectares of rugged mountains and vast plains. Sanbona is home to an impressive variety of succulents, birds and wildlife, including the only free-roaming white lions in the world.

Guests at Gondwana Lodge experience the majesty of the panoramic vistas over the Bellair Dam and the spirit of the San in a wilderness sanctuary surrounded by ancient volcanic mountains. Outstanding service and private, luxurious 5 star accommodation create a soothing ambience where guests find instant release from the stresses of daily life.

Children's Program
We take great pride in offering children fun experiences at Sanbona that will create future conservationists for the good of our planet.

The Gondwana Family Lodge resembles a typical thatched Karoo homestead. With family rooms, a children’s activity room, spacious lawn, outdoor play area, and pool. Spending your vacation here ensures entertainment for the whole family.
Upon arrival at Sanbona, kids can expect to have the time of their life through our Kids on Safari packages. With exciting activities planned, interactive welcome packs and even child minding services on request, mom and dad won’t have to worry about a thing.

Gondwana Lodge is the only Sanbona lodge that accommodates children. The lodge offers twelve luxurious suites, two of which have a sleeper couch to accommodate a child sharing with two adults. The six ground floor suites have private decks, whilst the six upstairs suites offer private balconies. Inter-leading rooms are available.

Sanbona offers the Big Five, and has the only free-roaming self-sustaining white lions in the world.  The reserve is home to a variety of large and small antelope, zebra and wildebeest, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, and small game such as black-backed jackal and caracal. Evening game drives provide the opportunity to see nocturnal creatures, such as the aardwolf, brown hyena and porcupine.

Sanbona is home to the critically endangered and highly elusive Riverine Rabbit, which is the thirteenth most endangered mammal in the world and the second most critically endangered species in South Africa. Several endemic tortoises are found in the reserve, as is the Dwarf Blue butterfly, the second smallest butterfly in the world.

Over 200 bird species have been identified in the reserve, which has important raptor nesting sites, including that of the Verreaux’s Eagle. African Fish Eagles, breeding pairs of majestic Black Eagles and Black Harrier are regularly sighted. Other interesting bird species include the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, the Cinnamon-breasted Warbler seen only at dawn, the Booted Eagle, the Namaqua Sandgrouse and the Southern Grey Tit, with its thirteen different calls. The Bellair Lake provides a wetland habitat for a myriad of water birds, including kingfishers, Black-necked Grebe, Black-winged Stilts, and Maccoa Duck.

Children
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted on game drives.
Children under the age of 3 are accommodated free, while 4 to 11 year olds pay 50% of the adult rate.
Children aged 12 and over pay the full adult rate.

BY AIR:

•  Flights to Cape Town International

• Transfers to lodge are available

BY ROAD:

From Cape Town

An easy 3 hour drive, approximately 270 kms from Cape Town.

• Travel on the N1 from Cape Town in the direction of Paarl; continuing on the N1 travel through the Huguenot Tunnel.

• A tollgate controls this tunnel.

• The first town is Worcester set in the Breede River Valley.

• Taking the second turnoff to the right into Worcester, you leave the N1 and the Route 60 (R60) is taken.

• Follow the signs to the town of Robertson.

• Once through Robertson, the next town is Ashton.

• The R60 becomes the R62 in Ashton.

• Travel on through Krogmanskloof and Montagu.

• Continue for approximately 43 km and turn left at “Die Vlakte” and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve sign.

• Please be advised that the road changes from tar to gravel and the recommended speed limit from there on is 60 km per hour.

• The main entrance to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is 7 km.

From the main gate:

• A further 15 km to the welcoming lounge where guests will be welcomed.

• From the welcoming lounge, it is 45 minutes to Tilney Manor, 65 minutes to Dwyka Tented Lodge and 55 minutes to Gondwana Lodge.

• Please follow the relevant signs in the reserve.

• The recommended speed limit is 40 km per hour.

• Do not exit your vehicle. Predators roam free.

• The main gate closes at 18h00, should your arrival time be later, please advice prior to arrival in order to make arrangements.

• A daily transfer from the main gate to your lodge is available on request, and must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.

Please note: You will need to pay a gate entrance fee of R160 per vehicle and R40 per person.The entrance fee can only be confirmed at the time of making your reservation (Prices subject to change)

My significant other and I were craving a little getaway and really wanted to spoil ourselves but didn't want to travel too far from home. Sanbona was recommended to me and after doing a bit of research I decided to book this. We set out from Cape Town mid morning and arrived there at a very reasonable 13h00 after an easy 3hour drive. The staff were welcoming, with bottled water offered to us at the gate. I expressed my concern about my petrol level (we had left the previous town 43km back with no pumps in site since, and I misjudged my tank) so they suggested I park my car at the Welcome Lounge 13km into the reserve, and they would take us the rest of the way (a further 40km on gravel to Gondwana). Kobie, the manager of Gondwana also later arranged for 5 liters of petrol from their lawnmower supply to be sure I got back to Montagu!!) Arriving at Gondwana, again the staff were very welcoming. We got a hot towel on arrival as well as a sip of juice. After a short tour of the lodge, we were shown our suite - it was HUGE! Modern decor with a hint of rustic. The terrace just as big, stepping right out into the bush (a small electric fence was discovered much later as it's not easily seen but necessary for the animals of course). And the bathroom, just heavenly. The restaurant was waiting for us for lunch. We also got to order our drinks for the afternoon game drive. We were then introduced to Brenda, our guide who took us on a total of 5 drives over the next three days. The game viewing was amazing, including Elephant on our first day. Giraffe, Rhino, Zebra, Kudu, Springbok and various other smaller wildlife awaited us on day two. Lions (white and tawny) and Cheetah's were seen on day three. Brenda was a great guide, with a world of knowledge on fauna and flora. Radio communication between the guides ensured the best possible game viewing. Included in the rate is a full three meals a day (cold breakfast buffet as well as a hot menu, three course lunch and dinner) and 2 game drives per day (one on arrival day and optional one of departure day). There is a small spa on site with a steam room to the guests disposal (FOC). We were properly spoilt and enjoyed every minute of our stay. We would love to go back and can recommend Sanbona to anyone. And a big THANK YOU to all the staff members who contributed to this memorable getaway.

Natasha

Nous avons eu le bonheur de passer 48 heures en famille dans ce lodge et il restera un de mes plus beaux souvenirs de ce voyage. Personnel au petit soin, restauration fine et délicate, excellent confort, ranger formidable, ... Bref, la perfection !

Amelie

A big Thanks for a great weekend!!! All at Sanbona - Paul and Gondwana Staff, thanks for yet another great experience of a place which anyone can call home away from home!!! Not only was it a breakaway from Cape Town and all the noise, its was a weekend planned to make some great memories!! And Yes, at Sanbona we did get that!!!! Thanks a mil

Meg

This is the most amazing safari experience and so close to Cape Town. The staff are incredibly friendly and from arrival you feel like royalty! My 9 year old had a fantastic time in this family friendly lodge. We had our own ranger and saw most of the big 5 and so close up! The accommodations were personalised and extremely comfortable. This is a true safari experience, just like Kruger. There are no fences to be seen. The mid game drive snacks/drinks are a treat as are the menus at the lodge. My picky eater even managed to find a favourite at every meal! I am going back at the first opportunity!

Serryanne

Stayed for two nights with my little girl, 21 months, husband and my parents. It is a longish drive but it's actually quite exciting as you are already looking out for animals, a few of which you will see even before you check in! The rooms are lovely, beautiful views from bed and bathroom, and the setting overall is spectacular. Service very good, food lovely, and a good choice of wines. The drives were interesting we saw everything apart from the elephants, and I particularly liked the rock art. Roman our guide was very good. All the staff were very friendly and helpful, and there is a kids room and outside area which our little girl loved (she is too young to do the drives so we took it in turns to stay behind). We all loved it!

Gracie

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Dates PPS Single Unit Sleep
04 Jan 2022 — 31 Mar 2022 $ 785 $ 1,021 2 people
01 Apr 2022 — 30 Apr 2022 $ 616 $ 801 2 people
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Inclusions: 
Above mentioned rates are inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drives, guided walks, tea, coffee, water, game drive beverages, tourism levy and 14% Vat (all other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure).