I got to stay at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve… and yes, it was awesome

by Karisa

Towards the end of April, my friend Dax (from www.relax-with-dax.co.za) invited me along to be his review partner in crime for an awesome 2 night stay at the beautiful Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.

Situated in the heart of the Little Karoo about a 3 hour drive from Cape Town, this private game reserve boasts 58,000 hectares, Cape Fold Mountains, Karoo plains, San rock art, indigenous flora & fauna and the big 5.

With so much wide-open space, you’re getting a completely authentic wildlife experience.  There’s no animal interactions, cages, feedings, or anything like that.  It’s all kept as real as possible, with the animals roaming free and hunting for their own food.  Yes this does mean that you may not see all of the big 5 up close at all times, but with 2 game drives per day (one morning, one evening), you still have plenty of opportunity for some great sightings.

Sanbona has a couple of accommodation options:  Dwyka Tented Lodge – for the ultimate glam camping experience, Tilney Manor – for a bit of romance, the Explorer Camp – for those who want to get down with nature, and then the Gondwana Famiy Lodge which (as the name suggest) is more family-friendly.

We stayed in Gondwana, and just because it’s family-friendly, doesn’t mean it’s less luxurious in any way…  Just look at our little private deck:

And look at this tub!!

I’m going to share a few more pics with you below… But as for the full review – I encourage you to also check out Dax’s blog post (will share the direct link below too)…

The pool area at Gondwana Lodge…

Lunch with this view… #priceless

A “springbokkie” in the bushveld… Yes please!

Sexy sunrise…

Enjoying sunset drinks while on our evening game drive…

My camera is not geared for wildlife photography, but was happy to get this great shot of this gorgeous lady…

On Friday nights they do a big boma dinner. This was definitely my favourite meal…

As you can see, this definitely was an incredible experience.  But yeah, like I mentioned above, do check out Dax’s full review over here…  For rate information, you can also check out Sanbona’s website over here.


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