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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge, Gondwana Lodge

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Slinfold, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

Luxurious tented rooms at Dwyka Lodge, with charming staff who were far beyond just warm and hospitable, was the perfect base to explore the quite superb reserve that has been created at Sambona. Our guide Jannie took us on 6 'drives' over our three days and the experience was way beyond our expectations. We were amazed at the numerous animal...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had high expectations for our first safari and we weren't disappointed! The tented lodges are beautifully appointed and the staff couldn't do enough to make our stay special, despite our tour operator messing up our booking. Our game drives were efficiently and safely managed in a surprisingly comfortable jeep. Our game driver was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely time at Sanbona capped by special treat of white lions. Get the experienced tour guides- they seem to have that something extra you need to find the animals and the personality to make the trip very special. Only recommendation to Sanbona is keep the menu simple in the evening- better to do a simple Brie well than try to...

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Thank Jeremy J
Reviewed 1 week ago

The reserve is breathtaking and the staff is so lovely. We stayed in the Gondwana Lodge and the room was spotless and the beds were comfortable. Our back patio looked out onto the reserve. Our guide was patient and wonderful, taking his time to ensure that we had the best experiences and saw some amazing animal interactions. In the evening,...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was amazing. Accommodation was brilliant. Everything you could possibly want. Nothing was ever to much trouble for the staff. Food excellent. Great buffet style breakfast. Staff amazing. The safari's were great. Saw lots of the animals. Would definitely recommend this place.

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Thank Carvaj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed one night in January in the tented lodge, Dwyka, and experienced one highlight after another during a simply unforgettable 2 days. From Toya's welcome, to Adrian and the team's hospitality in the restaurant, Jannie's exhilarating walkabouts and expertly mixed sundowners...everyone seemed to go out of their way to make this a very special time for our family. Blown...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We actually stayed at both locations. First night at the dwyka lodges and then and the gonswana lodges. While the dwyka lodges are more modern you do feel less of the local experience which is very important in a safari. Dwyka feels like a five star modern tented lodge. While the gondwana lodges gives you the feeling of the farm...

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Cheshire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed her for two nights in January and were impressed at every turn. We were in the tented lodge, Dwyka, and what a beautiful place. You come upon it (eventually) rising up out of the scrub, but the modernistic style looks wonderful set within the embrace of an enormous surrounding rock cliff. The exquisite meals were served in a...

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have visited Sanbona 4 times now, each time is different but it is always spectacular. The views, food and staff are flawless. The reserve and wildlife are breath taking! They have your hippos, lions, cheetahs, elephants, all kinds of antelopes as well as the zebras, giraffes and bird life to satisfy everyone! My sister has a love for the...

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Happisburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 January 2017

We have just visited South Africa for my 60th birthday. Part of the trip was a stay at Dwyka, we went with no expectations of what the reserve would be like or whether we would see any animals. The experience exceeded our wildest dreams - just an amazing and emotional time. Excellent accommodation, wonderful food & hospitality and our ranger...

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Nestled in the heart of the Little Karoo, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a three-hour drive from Cape Town, along Route 62. At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona boasts sculpted Cape Fold Mountains, wide open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3, 500 years. Explore all this from your choice of 3 different luxury lodges. Whilst the free roaming Big 5 call Sanbona home, it’s the vastness of the landscape and the raw beauty of the boundless plains that make safaris at Sanbona unique. Explore the 54, 000 hectares of this malaria-free premier, private game reserve for an ultimate safari experience close to Cape Town. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge, Gondwana Lodge

Address: R62 between Montagu & Barrydale | Die Vlakte, Montagu 6720, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Montagu
Price Range: R8 457 - R12 830 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge, Gondwana Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 27
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“All the tents are well sited and wonderfully quiet. Ask for one close to reception if you are less mobile”
 of 5 bubbles CheshireJazzlady, 1 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are gorgeous!”
 of 5 bubbles donatellad487, 18 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All nine of the luxury tents are sited in a horseshoe so all equally good”
 of 5 bubbles 396DeniseB, 15 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are fantastic.”
 of 5 bubbles nikb103, 31 Dec 2016 | Read review
“I think all nine rooms are equally as lovely. We stayed in number 8, which was a short walk from the main building and very quiet...”
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