Sanbona Dwyka Tented Camp

Klein Karoo, Eastern Cape, South Africa

At a Glance

  • Sanbona is the first authentic free roaming Big 5 wildlife reserve in the Western Cape

  • A beautiful, exclusive tented camp in a dramatically beautiful location

  • Only a three hour drive from Cape Town, easy for a short safari but with plenty of experiences to enjoy for those wishing to stay longer

  • Very high quality of accommodation, guiding and hosting

  • Enjoy day and night game drives, mountain hikes and walking safaris, river safaris on Bellair Dam

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There is no bad time to visit Sanbona. During the rains the reserve blooms with wild-flowers and during the dry season game is often drawn to the areas of permanent water. The Sanbona team tailors the programme to suit the season and ensure a memorable safari.

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Description

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve occupies a beautiful corner of the Klein Karoo. Just a three hour drive from Cape Town, the reserve is non-malarial and home to the big five. Dwyka Tented Lodge is Sanbona's most exclusive camp.

Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge is an exclusive nine-tented safari lodge in a dramatically picturesque corner of this vast wilderness area. This tented camp is the most luxurious of the accommodation options across the reserve. The spacious tents all have large en-suite bathrooms, king or twin beds and private decks with plunge pools.

The reserve is home to the big five, as well as a wide variety of African wildlife and prolific birding. Guests can enjoy day and night game drives, walking safaris, boat safaris, visits to bushman cave paintings and all sorts of special surprises orchestrated by the professional guiding team.

Sanbona is the finest big game wildlife reserve within easy driving distance from Cape Town. The Klein Karoo is an arid area of the country so the volume of wildlife is not that of other safari areas. However, you will be surprised by the richness of life supported in this area, and blown away with the beauty of the landscape, the quality of guiding and the hospitality of the Sanbona team.

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Accommodation

There are just nine tented suites at Sanbona, seven king and two twins. Each tent features a luxurious en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower and private deck with plunge pool. Some of the tents are positioned slightly closer together, great for families.

Activities

The Klein (Little) Karoo is a jaw-droppingly beautiful corner of South Africa. The reserve gives visitors a great feeling of space with endless views, towering mountains and a wide variety of habitat.

The reserve is home to the big five: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, and the professional guides will give all visitors the chance to track these animals and enjoy memorable sightings. Beside this famous five cheetah, hippo, giraffe, brown hyena and a great variety of general game can be found across the vast area.

The reserve offers a lot of flexibility of experience, day and night game drives, walking safaris, boating safaris on the Bellair dam. Besides the wildlife, Khoisan rock art gives evidence that this area of South Africa was home to the bushman hunter-gatherers. The clear skies of the Karoo, and lack of light pollution make this area one of the best places to enjoy mesmerising night skies.

Experiences

  • Black Water Tubing - Green Route

    Explore the beauty of Tsitsikamma's Plaatbos Nature Reserve through a fun combination of tubing and stand-up paddle boarding.

  • Black Water Tubing - Red Route

    For those who are thrilled with adventure, this is a unforgettable way to explore Tsitsikamma's Goesa Nature Reserve as you journey through beautiful forest and cliff sceneries which opens up to the spectacular Storms River Mouth.

  • Boat Trip on Storms River

    If you like to be on the water, then this boat trip will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.

  • Cable car trip to the peak of Table Mountain

    Table Mountain, at 1086 metres above sea level, forms the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. An impressive natural landmark with a 3km flat plateau at the summit, a cable car trip to the top is the best way to experience its breathtaking views.

  • Game Drives at Sanbona

    Explore the landscape of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve on thrilling game drives in the Big 5 area with a brilliant guide who will teach you all about the bush of this part of Africa.

  • Paddle Up Storms River

    If you like to be on the water, then this two to three-hour kayak adventure will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.

  • Sanbona Boat Safari

    Head out on a boat safari on board the Peregrine, on the Bellair Dam situated in the middle of this vast reserve, and see all of the game from a wholly new perspective.

  • Whale watching on the Western Cape

    Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.

Location & directions

Klein Karoo, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is an easy three hour drive, 270km from Cape Town. The reserve is found in the Klein Karoo approximately 40km past Montagu.

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