Seated at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountain Range in the heart of South Africa’s Little Karoo, Sanbona pays tribute to the San people who made this arid environment their home for centuries. Sanbona has an alluring atmosphere of stillness, an air of isolation amid the raw beauty and boundless plains. Sanbona and the spirit of the San people welcomes you.
Sanbona, invites you to explore a special wilderness sanctuary, offering five star accommodation at three luxurious lodges and a back to nature Explorer Camp adventure, surrounded by ancient volcanic mountains and endless vistas.
Gondwana Lodge (the family friendly lodge)
Overlooking Bellair Dam and resembling a typical thatched Karoo homestead, offering 12 generously proportioned luxury suites, each with endless views over the plains, mountains and beyond. Children of all ages will be entertained with an exciting “Kids on Safari” program.
Upon arrival, your hosts will discus activity options for your family taking the family’s size, children’s ages and the weather into consideration. Child minding facilities are available at an additional cost for children younger than 4 years as they are not allowed to join game drives.
Outdoor Kids Activities
There is an interpretive trail through the garden of Gondwana where your children learn about animals that occur on the reserve as well as tracks, important plants etc.
Visit the sites where the San people left their legacy on the rock faces at Sanbona, where the ranger will interpret the scene so that your children can create their own ‘rock’ art.
The Sanbona Activity Book is educational and fun, teaching children about the wildlife at Sanbona and at the same time encouraging children to get involved in the game drives, often requiring the ranger’s assistance to answer some of the questions.
Children can partake in various social, sporting and art activities such as bead making, clay making activities, face painting, star gazing.
Scrap books, paper, scissors, glue crayons, pencils and paints are provided, as well as puzzles of varying sizes and difficulties covering a broad age range. There are documentary DVD’s on various conservation topics and animals, and animated movies. There is a selection of entertaining and educational children’s books, and fun board games.
Children younger than 4 years are not permitted on game drives. Child minding is done by lodge staff and can be arranged with reservation prior to arrival at an additional cost.
There is an outdoor dining area, an outdoor pool with shallow area, a children’s playroom with TV, outdoor play area for children, as well as a lounge with fire place and TV with satellite channels.
For the adults, there are two therapy rooms and a steam room.
Suites can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults sharing with 1 child, subject to availability of rooms with sleeper couch.
Tilney Manor consists of 3 separate units including 6 large open plan suites, each opening onto private verandas overlooking breathtaking views of undulating mountains and plains. This lush oasis setting of Tilney Manor is surrounded by carefully laid out indigenous gardens.
Facilities include a rim-flow swimming pool, therapy rooms, steam room and sauna, lounge with fire place and television with satellite channels, in and outdoor dining facilities.
All suites can sleep a maximum of 2 adults per suite.
Beautifully appointed tents exude an atmosphere of pioneering adventure in a vast and hidden landscape. Dwyka Tented Lodge is surrounded by awe-inspiring rock formations which was once the home of ancient Khoisan hunters. Situated on a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine, the lodge with 9 luxury tents has a Relaxation Retreat, communal lounge with fireplace and TV, wine cellar and open air boma.
Lodge Facilities include an open-air dining boma, a lounge with fire place and TV with satellite channels, a wine cellar, two therapy rooms, and Wi-Fi.
All tents can sleep a maximum of 2 adults per tent
Sanbona Explorer Camp – walking safaris (min. age 16)
This walking experience is ideal if you are looking for an adventurous and authentic option offering an ambience of a tented bush camp. The camp is located in a superbly shaded river line, north east of the reserve and approximately 30 minutes drive from Dwyka Tented Lodge.
This is a flexible experience for you to explore the Sanbona Karoo and go back to basics. This camp reflects the original safari of being on foot and sleeping around the fire at night within the comfort of a mobile tent.
You will enjoy walks through the magnificent Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, whereby your guide will enhance your experience with birding, cultural history and other natural history of the area.
The Explorer Camp operates during the summer months with the first trail in October and the last trail at the end of April. Each trail is 2 nights with a set departure each Friday of the week. The walking trails are hosted and guided by an armed qualified walking guide. Distances walked vary each day but can last up to 4 hours each.
A game viewing vehicle remains in camp and depending on where you walk that day, the trail may start from camp or depart camp by vehicle to visit another area of the reserve.
No persons younger than 16 years or older than 60 years will be able to participate. However, if a medical certificate can be provided exceptions to the upper age limit will be allowed.
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