Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge

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Embraced by striking rock formations, Dwyka Tented Lodge epitomises an atmosphere of seclusion.

Highlights

  • Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge epitomises an atmosphere of seclusion
  • Nine luxury tents, with private decks and heated plunge pools
  • Enjoy interactive sunrise & sunset nature drives, guided nature walks & stargazing

You should know

  • Guests 16 years & older are welcome at Dwyka Tented Lodge.

The detail

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.

Surrounded by spectacular ancient rock formations and on a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine dotted with thorn trees, Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge offers guests a secluded and luxurious safari adventure. A pioneering ambiance envelops guests in this awe-inspiring location, once the domain of Khoisan hunter-gatherers. The friendly staff provides excellent service to ensure guests a comfortable and memorable stay.

Dwyka Tented Lodge’s nine indulgently appointed luxury tents offer accommodation for a maximum of eighteen guests in either king-size or twin beds. The spacious tents have sumptuous open plan bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. Each tent offers a private secluded deck with a refreshing spa bath, offering magnificent views over the stark, rugged landscape. Small touches, such as an African legend on your pillow each night, are indicative of the great attention to detail of the lodge.

The lodge facilities include an open-air dining boma, lounge with fireplace, satellite television, wine cellar, gift boutique, two spa therapy rooms, and Wi-Fi.

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.

Activities offered on the reserve include game drives, nature walks, spa treatments, San rock art, boat safaris, and stargazing.

Price includes

  • Prices are inclusive of 2 daily game drives, guided wilderness walks, all meals, non-alcoholic beverages (a limited selection of house beers, wines will be included from 1 May 2023), all game drive snacks and beverages, internal reserve transfers between the lodges and welcome lounge, tourism levy and 15% VAT.
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Packages that include this lodge

3-Day BIG 5 Safari near Cape Town
Inclusions:
2 nights at 5-Star Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Private deck with heated plunge pool
All meals, a limited selection of house beers, wines and soft drinks
Return transfer from Cape Town (location of your choice) to Sanbona
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Sorros.
A beautiful lodge in a magnificent environment at just 3 hours from cape town.We made several safaris in Africa and where not sure this would be a " real " safari but we where wrong . We saw elephants, giraffes, rhino's, white lions, cheetahs, zebras etc. Sanbona wildlife reserve takes extremely good care of its animals and the rangers of their visitors. Go there !
Jennifer
We stayed in the Tented Lodge for 2 nights and it really didn't disappoint!! We loved the hot tub on the deck and even spotted shooting stars from it in the evening. Our ranger (Yani) was amazing and seemed to truly love his job as he was so passionate and knowledgeable - thank you Yani, you made our honeymoon extra special! We saw so many animals and experienced some great close up encounters!! The food is great and you get plenty of it! The staff are just wonderful and will do anything for you. It's only about 3.5 hrs from Cape Town so a very easy drive. I would highly recommend!!
Mr Warrington
We stayed here on our 3 week SA trip for 3 nights. Coming through the main gate and having a 40km drive before reaching the Dwyka tented camp we realised we were going to be in for a treat. Hot towels and smiling staff welcomed us as we drove up to the main building. We were soon shown to our gorgeous tented lodge only a few meters away from the main building. We were totally speechless by the interior which was so beautifully done and nothing overlooked. A jacuzzi in the deck outside, an outside shower, loungers, gorgeous bathroom and bedroom. Once inside you were in your own little heaven and completely private. So, on top of that we had delicious food, amazing game drives with Casper who was full of enthusiasm and managed to get us close up to all the animals (even on foot). We did not want to leave this wonderful place.
Michael
Private game reserves have often been associated with being glorified zoos with the animals being kept in enclosures and fed by humans rather than hunt for themselves. This why when I selected Sanbona based on reviews I had read here and the fact that it was reasonably close to Cape Town, I was hoping for something totally different and unique and Sanbona was exactly that. With an area of about 54,000 hectors for the game reserve, animals roaming freely in their natural habitat, grazing and hunting for themselves this was as close as I could get to a National Park. What makes Sanbona special is the luxurious accommodation that this reserve has. In our case we stayed at Dwyka Tented Lodge which was complete luxury along with the unique experience of living in the center of the game reserve in a tent. Both the food and service at the reserve was top class. But really what made this place more endearing were the game drives with our ranger Gerard who was really good at his job,giving us a lot of information on the animals and their behavior and trying to get us the best possible sightings. Honestly I'd highly recommend this place if you want to have a luxurious stay with the experience of staying in the wild (however a warning note for people who go there expecting a 100% success rate in terms of sighting all the big 5 at one go.. remember this is Zoo.. no one can guarantee this in the wild.. go for the experience.. its absolutely worth it)
Jill
We stayed here on our 3 week SA trip for 3 nights. Coming through the main gate and having a 40km drive before reaching the Dwyka tented camp we realised we were going to be in for a treat. Hot towels and smiling staff welcomed us as we drove up to the main building. We were soon shown to our gorgeous tented lodge only a few metres away from the main building. We were totally speechless by the interior which was so beautifully done and nothing overlooked. A jacuzzi in the deck outside, an outside shower, loungers, gorgeous bathroom and bedroom. Once inside you were in your own little heaven and completely private. So, on top of that we had delicious food, amazing game drives with Casper who was full of enthusiasm and managed to get us close up to all the animals (even on foot). We did not want to leave this wonderful place.
Stephen Hunter.
We stayed at the Dwyka Tented Lodge from 27 to 29 Oct 2014. We were warmly welcomed by Kobi du Preez and his team for a fabulous stay. The tented lodges are comfortable, spacious, brick walled lodges with tented roofs - extremely comfortable, all mod cons and a jacuzzi to boot. It can be worrying taking a jacuzzi with a baboon keeping a wary eye, and although baboons can be strong and dangerous, I am afraid humans win on a man to man basis, if you know what I mean. Our guide was Jani, who never failed to find all the big (and small) and all very interesting animals, with elephants, giraffes, lions right alongside the Jeep on many occasions. Format of the day was an early start to see all the animals up and about, back to the Lodge for a fantastic breakfast, then relax (the animals all seek shelter in the heat of the day anyway). A second trip in the late afternoon also saw many animals, with the additional benefit of a sun-downer served from the bonnet of the Jeep. One word of WARNING - if you follow the directions on the Sanbona web site, it is over 50km from the main R62 road to the Dwyka Tented Lodge and the road is claimed to be a gravel road but it is not - it is simply appalling and NOT to be attempted other than in 4WD vehicle. My rental Toyota only just made it and we almost got caught in sand traps at least twice. It was a very nerve wracking journey. Even more annoying is the fact that we found that there is an alternative entrance (the Western Gate) just 5km from the Dwyka Tented Lodge, which would have been so much easier. I STRONGLY recommend that you make arrangements to get picked up by their shuttle from the Welcome Lodge and leave your car there for the duration of your stay. Anyway don't get me wrong - this is a FANTASTIC RESORT, a fantastic team (their smiles never slipped when I was ranting about the drive up) and a fantastic chance to see big and small game close up. Wonderful memories of this trip will stay with me for a long time.
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Feb 17, 2024
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Everyone has seemed to care a lot about my wife and me. Communication has been good via email, especially with the difference of eight hours of time zones.
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Feb 16, 2024
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Feb 7, 2024
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Feb 6, 2024
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Feb 4, 2024
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