Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
If you’re travelling along the renowned Route 62, one of your must-see stops is Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Sanbona lies in the Little Karoo, between Montagu and Barrydale, just shy of 3 hours from Cape Town, but worth every second behind the wheel.
This award-winning wildlife destination is home to South Africa’s Big Five and more, including free-roaming self-sustaining White Lions and the critically endangered, highly-elusive Riverine Rabbit. Book a safari that makes a difference, as Sanbona is active in a range of conservation efforts, including the fight to save the rhino.
Wake up at the crack of dawn and enjoy a flask of coffee as you head out on your open-air guided game drive, where you’ll be met with an abundance of giraffes, elephants, zebra, buck, cheetahs and rhino, as well as approximately 650 different species of plant in this wildly diverse biome. As you train your eye, you’ll begin noticing smaller mammals too, and of course, a viewing of both tawny and White Lions. Sanbona is a natural sanctuary as well as historical site, with rock art dating back more than 3 500 years. From safari game drives to nature walks and relaxation retreats, every moment spent at Sanbona is a moment you’ll never forget.
There are a number of accommodation options, each one as spectacular as the next. Luxury Lodges offer 5-star living, surrounded by ancient volcanic mountains and never-ending vistas, Gondwana Family Lodge is perfect for those travelling with kids, and for the most adventurous, the Sanbona Explorer Camp, an authentic tented bush camp, where guests can go back to the basics and experience Africa hands-on. The Explorer Camp includes 2 nights under some of the most perfect stargazing skies in the country, with daily treks of about 4 hours between un-fenced camping sites, right in the middle of the reserve. It’s definitely one of the most memorable ways to experience your own little piece of Africa.
- Award-winning wildlife reserve, part of a World Heritage Site
- Choose between 5-star luxury accommodation, family lodge or tented camp
- Free-roaming Big Five, over 200 identified bird species and approximately 650 plant species
- Special attractions include White Lions; critically-endangered Riverine Rabbits; Dwarf Blue
- Butterflies, the world’s second smallest butterfly; Black Eagle nesting sites; and 3500-year- old
- San rock art
- Activities include guided open-air safari game drives, guided nature walks, relaxation retreats and stargazing