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White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

On the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Montagu 6720 South Africa
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The White Lion Lodge is situated on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve 200 km from Cape Town. Sanbona is home to free self-sustaining White Lions, the Big Five, the endangered riverine rabbit and Cape Mountain Zebras. The privately owned White Lion Lodge offers luxury accommodation for maximum 8 people (4 rooms), exceptional personal service and delicious cuisine. The Lodge lies in the southern part of the Reserve, traverses 30000 ha over the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Is set along a tranquil, remote river valley offering an ultimate Karoo experience.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Pool
Free breakfast
Highchairs available
Car hire
Couples massage
Concierge
Gift shop
Secured parking
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Taxi service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Bidet
Bathrobes
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
iPod docking station
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
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Non-smoking rooms
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Luxury
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, German

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On the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Montagu 6720 South Africa
White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
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Cape Town Intl Airport
187.1 km
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Tim K wrote a review Yesterday
Vancouver, Canada5 contributions
The White Lion Safari Lodge was spectacular! There were six of us and we were all so impressed from the moment we arrived. The place is beautiful, as is each suite. The highlights were the three safari rides with Romeo as our guide. He has such rich knowledge and respect for the animals. We were blown away with what we saw. We could not have had a better guide. In between rides, we were treated to amazing meals by Alisha, and drinks and anything else we needed were provided by Gerry, Abby and Megan. This is truly a 5 star experience.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Barry Q wrote a review 01 Mar
North Vancouver, Canada2 contributions
I can’t say enough great things about the White Lion. The lodge was impeccable and beautifully appointed, the staff were welcoming and friendly and went out of their way to make our trip perfect. Our guide Romeo, had a special connection to the land and the animals and our safari experience was beyond our expectations. Close encounters with elephants, lions, cheetahs giraffes, etc…. His professionalism shone through and his wonderful sense of humour made each outing fun exciting. If you are looking for boutique safari experience. This is the place !
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Leonora B wrote a review Feb 2024
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Worth every penny - from the delicious meals, fabulous rooms, luxurious hot tub and pool, and especially the incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff who went above and beyond. We especially enjoyed a glass of champagne as the sun was setting on the afternoon drive!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Marc R wrote a review Feb 2024
Montreal, Canada100 contributions27 helpful votes
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Wow. Where to start! Lodging comfort and services plus plus plus! The staff is beyond what you imagine. We (6 gay men.... I was worried coming here without knowing if we would be accepted/comfortable here) had an awesome stay. This is South Africa as Gerry remind Tim and I, most places do not need to announce whether they comfortable or not, everyone is welcome! This country is open minded and we did not feel it was an issue. Gerry is a wonderful host. She took a lot of time to speak with our group and was knowledgeable of the park and local info. She has a great wine knowledge and guided us for our adventure to come in wine country, with some suggestions. Everything was awesome. Romeo our guide was s000000o amazing and professional. We learned so much and his passion for the creatures that make up this reserve is evendent. He even stopped to pick up a small turtle which blocked the road and moved it gently to the path. He made sure the two full morning we chose for our runs would be perfect to capture the most we could imagine. We even gat to have close encounters with the elephants and cheetahs. Each visit is what it is and you have to accept what you get. We really lucked out and he is an excellent tracker. Riding a safari jeep is rough expect it and do not complain ...please. The front seats are more comfortable but the back ones are a fun ride. Try to switch it up. Drives to the north you see more animals. Staff food and drinks are beyond what we had expected. This place is really great. Gourmet meals and awesome cocktails and wines. Beautiful plating, the food was art and everything was cooked and seasoned perfectly. One in our group has picky eating issues and the staff made special plates for him. You will love it all. We could have enjoys another night. Be generous with your tipping they work hard and deserve it. Loved the experience. Look no further this is an awesome safari experience. I did Kruger park in the past, but this was better first, because of location close to Capetown but more because of the animals, the vast terrain, the passion of the staff and for what is Being created here. Come support them and the Sanbona.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Do the North park runs.
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Margit W wrote a review Feb 2024
Wiesbaden, Germany3 contributions
The Lodge and the game drives was amazing. Romeo made a very good job. He found all animals we want to see. The meals and everything at the lodge were excellent and everything was perfekt organized. We had a lot of fun.
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dklapthor wrote a review Feb 2024
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The food was not up to standard and always cold. The travel to see the big game was very long and the roads where very bumby. The lodge is super nice and staff are very good and helpful. Only complaint was the food.
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NijnD wrote a review Feb 2024
Amsterdam, The Netherlands41 contributions11 helpful votes
If you are looking for something special, secluded, that includes an abundance of nature and animals, this is your place - if you can get in. And you get to be part of something bigger than yourself: help conservation efforts. We were truely impressed with this successfull project for which one has to have a long breath. Well done people of Sanbona, we thank you.
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600ankes2023 wrote a review Dec 2023
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We had two perfect days with Gerryś very friendly team of the white lion lodge - nature, silence, animals, food, wine, wonderful room….. The game drive with Romeo was absolutely exciting! We come again!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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timm1203 wrote a review Dec 2023
Morfelden-Walldorf, Germany226 contributions84 helpful votes
Accommodation was delightful with attention to detail. Food for breakfast and dinner was excellent – if only just enough for lunch. One lunch we “dared” to ask for seconds - upon which an assortment of fingerfood was hastily prepared from the deepfreezer. We know the Karoo is a different setting for gamedrives altogether - However, the guide Romeo made the drives all around unpleasant. On the first game drive he greeted us with “we’ll probably wont see much but we’ll try”. Well. We saw one hippo. Some antilope in the distance, a baboon. He seemed listless and bothered. No information was volunteered – only when prompted did he share information about the karoo and its individuality. The game drives weren’t fun at all. The group taking advantage of the drive in the morning spent 7 hours on the vehicle. En route to the northern part of the reserve they were told that the white lions (!) had been killed a few weeks prior – so there weren’t any lions in the reserve currently. A brief information beforehand would have been appreciated. After the lengthy drive in the morning he clearly did not feel like taking the other guests out on the afternoon game drive. He was even more subdued than the previous day. Again had to be prompted to divulge more information about the area, its animals and flora/fauna. When stopping for a sundowner the ordered Gin and Tonic came without the tonic. As only one beer and one coke had been packed for the other couple – no drinks were available. All in all – a beautiful setting – nice accommodation – good food – lousy game drives.
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jvanbu341947 wrote a review Oct 2023
Ronse, Belgium1 contribution
We had a wonderful game stay with a lot of wild animals to see. And this in a 5 star lodge with 6 stars staff. They made it an to memorise and sharing experience and even a day with 4 season wheater moments could not diminished it.
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R 9,020 - R 12,575 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
What are some of the property amenities at White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Afrikaans.