Walking & Camping for an Authentic Safari Experience

  • Nature Walks
  • Fire
  • Open Fire Cooking
  • Birdwatching

The Sanbona Explorer Camp offers adventurous guests an authentic walking safari experience to explore the dramatic landscapes of the Karoo on foot. The camp is located in the heart of the reserve, within a beautifully shaded thicket and comprises luxury tents situated around a campfire. There are also qualified guides available to you in order to enrich your birding, cultural and natural history experiences with opportunities to encounter the Big Five on foot.

The Explorer Camp operates predominantly during the summer months (October – February) with the first trail opening in October and the last closing at the end of April.

Each wilderness trail takes two days to complete, with set departures each Friday. The routes are hosted and guided by an armed qualified guide. Distances walked vary each day but can last up to 4 hours. A game viewing vehicle is also available, and depending on where guests walk that day, the trail may start from camp or depart camp by vehicle to another area of the reserve.

We regret to inform you that no persons younger than 16 years, or older than 60 years will be able to participate in the wilderness trail walks.

Contact Sanbona Wildlife Reserve to book your Explorer space and experience the magnificent Karoo up close and personal.


Walking & Camping for an Authentic Safari Experience

  • Nature Walks
  • Fire
  • Open Fire Cooking
  • Birdwatching

The Explorer Camp offers three canvas tents that can sleep a maximum of two people each. The tents are placed in fairly close proximity to one another, without encroaching on the privacy of the other tents. Wild animals are able to move through the camp at any time and although all safety precautions have been followed in setting up the camp; this remains a reality.

Each tent includes the following amenities:

  • 2 x stretcher beds with sheets, duvets, and pillows
  • En-suite facilities are available on request with bucket shower, chemical toilet, and canvas basin.
  • 1 x Hammock nestled away under a ancient Schotia tree
  • Guest amenities include insect repellent, towels, sanitary bags, as well as biodegradable shower gel and shampoo.


Walking & Camping for an Authentic Safari Experience

  • Nature Walks
  • Fire
  • Open Fire Cooking
  • Birdwatching

A Typical Day at Explorer

The following program is a guideline as all timings are subject to discussions upon arrival.

Day 1 – Arrival at Sanbona (Friday)

Day 2 (Saturday)

  • Early wake up can be expected due to the nature of walking and temperatures during summer.
  • Enjoy muffins, fruit sticks, biscuits, tea and coffee in the lap of Mother Nature.
  • Morning walk commences and can last up to 4 hours, depending on temperatures.
  • Enjoy a hearty brunch upon return to camp.
  • Relax in your hammock, catch up on some rest, or simply adore the wild.
  • A variety of light sandwiches with fresh fruits will be enjoyed for lunch.
  • Afternoon hike.
  • Sundowner drinks are enjoyed in the bush, close to camp.
  • Enjoy dinner and an evening around the campfire.

Day 3 – Day of Departure (Sunday)

  • Early wake up can be expected.
  • Enjoy a breakfast in the bush before departing at 10h00 in order to meet up with the transfer from one of Sanbona’s luxury lodges to be back at the Welcome Lounge by 12h30.
  • A brief walk on morning of departure is optional.

Travelling to Sanbona

Transfers to Sanbona can be arranged with reservations on request at an additional cost. All transfers are handled by accredited car hire and charter companies and must be arranged prior to arrival.

You can get detailed directions to the game reserve here, but if you get yourself lost, contact us on +27 (0)21 010 0028.

Welcome Lodge

Explorer guests are met at the Welcome Lounge, 15km from the main gate and taken to the lodge in order to meet their specialist guide. A complimentary transfer from the lounge to the different lodges is available on request and must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.

There is also secure parking available for vehicles at the Welcoming Lounge for guests who travel to the reserve on their own.

What do You Need to Pack?

  • Clothing in neutral colours that is light in weight, but warm – Bright coloured clothing must be avoided as this can deter wildlife, you should include the following when packing your bag:
    • 3 x Shirts
    • 3 x Shorts
    • 2 x pants (long)
    • 1 x warm jersey or jacket as the evenings can get cold
  • Hiking or trail shoes
  • Sandals for showering
  • Sun block
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Binoculars


Walking & Camping for an Authentic Safari Experience

  • Nature Walks
  • Fire
  • Open Fire Cooking
  • Birdwatching


Check in and Check out Times:

For guests driving directly to the lodges at Sanbona on their own, check in is at 14h00 on day of arrival and check out is at 11h00 on day of departure. Otherwise, guests can meet at the Welcome Lounge and take one of two daily transfers to the lodges.

For more answers you can turn to our frequently asked questions page.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure about anything or require further information on booking procedure or for your stay.

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