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Uncover the story Behind sanbona

Immerse yourself in a landscape where wildlife and flora leave you truly captivated and transformed. Sanbona is one of South Africa’s largest privately-owned nature reserves, stretching across 58 000 hectares of rich protected ecosystems within two biodiversity hotspots. This vast track of land in the Little Karoo outside Montagu, a mere 3.5 hours drive from Cape Town along Route 62, is owned by a non-profit company focused on steering conservation to the forefront of the safari experience. Sanbona offers an authentic and contrasting natural space, striving to create a balance where critically important ecosystems, endangered wildlife and flora can prosper for the benefit of future generations. Sanbona offers four different accommodation options, each with their own distinctive style and appeal. Spend the day exploring every corner of this immense reserve, endless open plains and sculpted Cape fold mountains adorned with San rock art, the endemic flora and some of South Africa’s most sought after wildlife.

Accommodation

The Ultimate Luxury Mindful Safari

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve invites you for a high-end, conservation-based nature safari in the diverse landscapes of the unique Little Karoo. It’s the closest true wildlife experience you can find near Cape Town, a short three-hour drive away, offering an exclusive and unique malaria-free safari. From the classic Tilney Manor to Gondwana Family Lodge welcoming children of all ages, there’s something for everyone. Couples will love Dwyka Tented Lodge, set in a secluded horseshoe bend, and if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, Explorer Camp offers an immersive walking safari experience.

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Space and Solitude

At the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona stretches across 58,000ha of awe-inspiring wide-open plains, with mountain tops to gorgeous gorges and a wide array of endemic flowers and foliage. Sanbona offers a Big Five safari experience, yet it is the emphasis on environmental sustainability, ecosystem conservation and authentic wilderness experiences that sets it apart. Enter our ethereal safari destination, where you’ll become one with your surroundings, reaching the ultimate level of inner peace.

Experiences

Witness Conservation First-Hand

Every experience at Sanbona is centered around conservation. Owned by a non-profit company, not only will every cent of your stay go toward our conservation efforts, but you also get to see the results with your own eyes. Our sustainable approach to showcasing the region’s unique biodiversity, the wealth of botanical life and endemic, rare and endangered wildlife means you get to see first-hand how you’re helping us make a difference. From twice-daily game drives, nature walks, San rock art tours, birdwatching, photography and stargazing, let us show you a whole new magical world. At our Gondwana Family Lodge, your little future conservationists can enjoy plenty of child-friendly facilities and our Kids on Safari activities.

Experience true Natural beauty

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Conservation

Conserving Ancient heritage, ecosystems and landscapes

Sanbona’s unique setting and delicate ecosystem is something we respect and strive to protect with everything we do. Conservation is a core value at Sanbona, and, with every visit, you play a vital part in preserving the region for future generations. What started as a dream in 2002 is a reality today. We’re proud to be a highly respected player in conservation as we continue to guard the area’s heritage, ecosystem and landscapes while creating employment opportunities to uplift the local communities.

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Explore stories from Sanbona’s plains

Find out what's been happening in and around Sanbona, our conservation success stories, and more in our blog.

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