Sanbona Gondwana Family Lodge

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Nestled under the 350 million-year-old Warmwaterberg Mountains, in the heart of the Little Karoo which forms part of the famous Garden Route, lies the malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.


  • Sanbona Gondwana Family 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

You should know

  • Children of all ages welcome at Sanbona Gondwana Family Lodge
  • Child rates are applicable to children from 4 years up to and including 11 years; irrespective of whether children are sharing with adults or staying in their own room/suite (single or sharing).
  • 0 to 3 years old are accommodated at no additional cost, on a sharing basis only with adults.
  • Persons under the age of 4 years are not permitted on game drives.
  • Complimentary child minding is available in the kiddie’s entertainment area during game
    drives and the course of the day.

The detail

With views of the magnificent Anysberg Mountains and overlooking the Bellair Dam, Gondwana Family 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. Interconnecting rooms, indoor and outdoor play areas and a child-friendly poolcater for guests of all ages plus the programme offers educational and recreational wildlife experiences.

Sanbona Gondwana Family Lodge boasts six suites on the ground floor and six suites on the upper level. Each Luxury Suite features a king-size bed or twin beds, en-suite bathroom with double vanities, bathtub and shower; air conditioning, under floor heating, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, in-room safe, and private deck or balcony. The suites can accommodate two adults and one child, subject to the availability of rooms with sleeper couches.

The lodge facilities include a lounge with fireplace and television with satellite tv, outdoor boma, swimming pool, gift boutique, children's playroom with television, relaxation retreat with steam room outdoor play area, and Wi-Fi.

Experienced guides accompany guests on early morning and evening open-vehicle game drives, as well as bush walks that afford guests the opportunity of exploring the fauna, flora and smaller wondrous creatures of the African bush. There are numerous rock art sites that date back more than 3 500 years, depicting the spiritual beliefs and lives of the fascinating San.

Sanbona boasts a variety of wildlife including the famous Big Five, various species of 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.

Price includes

  • Prices are inclusive of the “Kids on Safari” program, 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 lodge and welcome lounge, tourism levy and 15% VAT (daily conservation levy and all items of a personal nature are excluded and must be settled prior to departure).
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Rates & Pricing

All promotions for this lodge are shown below, you can also view all current safari specials here.
Stay 4 nights, Pay 3 nights: Valid - 01 May 2023 – 30 September 2023
Last minute SPECIAL
Honeymoon SPECIAL
Receive a complimentary bottle of bubbly, welcome platter, romantic turn down and private bush picnic when booking your honeymoon or anniversary
$ 400 USD
$ 300 USD
$ 400 USD
SPECIAL - Great news, you appear to be from a SADC country and can enjoy the discounted rate shown!
Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
With specials, we always use the best promotion available, please contact our experts for more guidance.
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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!
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.
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 !
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
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!
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