Under the stewardship of non-profit conservation organisation the Caleo Foundation, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a pioneer of conservation, reserve development and eco-tourism. Recognised as one of South Africa’s largest privately-owned reserves, Sanbona stretches across 58 000 hectares of the wide open plains of the Klein Karoo and is known as the Western-Cape’s premier wildlife destination. It is situated close to Montagu, a three-hour scenic drive from Cape Town along Route 62, and offers an authentic safari experience in a malaria-free area. Sanbona is a sanctuary for indigenous flora and fauna, including the Big 5, but it is the vastness of the landscape and the alluring isolation amid the raw beauty and boundless plains which sets it apart. Sanbona offers guests a choice of four different lodges and camps: Dwyka Tented Lodge; Tilney Manor; Gondwana Family Lodge with its Kids on Safari programme; as well as the seasonally operated Explorer Camp.




GPS Co-ordinates

  •  S 33° 45’ 10.414”
  • E 20° 33’ 15.39”

Closest main airport

  • Cape Town International Airport

Closest major city

Cape Town  ( approximately 3 hours away )

Travel time from the major cities

Cape Town   –  approx. 3 hrs


No. of rooms

Tilney Manor- 6 suites

Gondwana Family Lodge- 12 Suites

Dwyka Tented Lodge- 9 Luxury Tents

Explorer Camp- 3 Tents

Room Categories

Tilney Manor – Luxury Suites

Gondwana Family Lodge – Luxury Suites

Dwyka Tented Lodge – Luxury Suites

Explorer Camp is an entry level camping experience

Room Facilities

Tilney Manor- Private veranda, En-suite bathroom with shower, twin basins and free-standing bath in the centre, His and her outdoor showers, Air conditioning, Fireplace, Tea and coffee making facilities, Private minibar, Electronic safe, International dial telephone

Gondwana Family Lodge- En-suite bathroom, shower, twin basins and free standing bath, Private minibar, Tea and coffee making facilities, Electronic safe, International dial telephone, Air-conditioning, Underfloor heating, private deck or balcony

Dwyka Tented Lodge- Private deck with Spa bath, En-suite bathroom, shower,

 twin basins and free-standing bath, Outdoor shower, comfort cooling/heating, Private minibar, Tea and coffee making facilities, Electronic safe, International dial telephone

Explorer Camp- 2 x Fold out aluminium stretchers with individual sleeping   bags (down) and pillows, 1 x Three tier cupboard (small), 1 x LED light for night time use, 1 x Outside hand basin (warm water is supplied on request or at first light in the morning), En-suite bio box toilet (portable), 1 x Hammock nestled away under ancient Schotia trees, Guest amenities include insect repellent, toilet paper,  towels, tissues, sanitary bags as well as bio-degradable  shower gel and shampoo

Average price of rooms

2019: from ZAR 6,575 per person sharing per night to ZAR 11,800 per person sharing per night

Explorer Rates: from ZAR 5,860 to ZAR 6,690

Rate Includes

2 x game drives per day, guided wilderness walks, all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, vat and tourism levy.

Season Specials



List of facilities/activities available for guests:

  • Tilney Manor- Relaxation Retreat with steam room and sauna, Lounge with fire place and television with satellite channels, Gift boutique, Wi-Fi, In and outdoor dining facilities, Rim-flow swimming pool
  • Gondwana Family Lodge- Relaxation Retreat with steam room, Lounge with fire place and television with satellite channels, Gift boutique, Wi-Fi, Open-air dining boma, Outdoor pool with shallow area, Children’s playroom with television, Outdoor play area for children
  •  Dwyka Tented Lodge- Relaxation Retreat with 2 therapy rooms, Lounge with fire place and television with satellite channels, Gift boutique, Wi-Fi,  Open-air dining boma, Wine cellar
  •  Explorer Camp- All meals are prepared and enjoyed under the Karoo skies

    Ablutions: 2 x Outside showers shared by all guests (water is heated via the sun or on cold days via a fire for extra warmth). Each tent has an en-suite bio box toilet (portable) with canvas for privacy.

  • All luxury lodges offer complimentary WiFi | Please note that there is no mobile reception or WiFi at Explorer Camp
Restaurant & Dining
  • Rates include all meals
  • South African inspired cuisine
  • Meal times vary- dependant on the seasonal safari schedule.
  • Are their set times and menus for children’s meals: Yes
Guests should bring

Warm jacket as the evenings and early morning can get cold, additional gloves, scarves and beanies should be brought along in winter.

Hiking or trail shoes

Sun block




Important Information
  • The reserve is an immense 58,000ha in size. Guests must be aware of the travelling time within the reserve. It is a 1 hour drive from the Main Gate to the first lodge within the reserve, this travel time must be factored in when planning an itinerary.
  • We do offer a complimentary shuttle from our Welcome Lounge which is located 15kms (20 mins) into the Reserve to the various lodges. There are two set departure times: 12h30 and 16h00. Please note that guests opting for the 4pm shuttle will not be able to participate in the afternoon game drives.
  • Explorer Camp only operates during our warmer months: Octoberà April and has a set departure of a Friday for 2 nights. The focus of the camp is on wilderness walks, walks depart form the camp on foot to track out game and absorb the wilderness areas
  • Tilney Manor welcomes persons 12yrs and older
  • Dwyka Tented Lodge welcomes persons 16yrs and older
  • Gondwana offer the full Kids on Safari programme, as well as complimentary child-minding during game drive hours in our kiddies play room
  • No persons under the age of 14yrs are permitted on wilderness walks
  • No children under the age of 4yrs is permitted on game drives




Reservations: T: +27 (0) 21 010 0028