Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is an authentic and contrasting natural space, it serves as a major role player in the conservation realm- which is imparted and intricately woven into our guest experiences. It is a true example of a successful rewilding project on an epic scale within the Western Cape, underpinned by peer reviewed, research-based conservation practice.
Conveniently located along Route 62, a mere 3.5 hours from Cape Town, the reserves aims to create balance where critically important ecosystems, endangered wildlife and flora can prosper. Positioned in a convergence zone of varied biodiversity hotspots of succulent Karoo and fynbos biomes, this 58 000 hectare of big, Karoo sky country offers breath-taking sceneries that will transport you to a place where time stands still and nature takes centre stage.
With a choice of three luxury lodges, each with their own distinct personality and appeal. Dwyka Tented Lodge is opulent, positioned under some nesting Verreaux’s eagles and in the bend of a river. Tilney Manor was designed in true Cape Georgian style, it is perfect for guests in need of an exclusive Karoo experience. Gondwana Family Lodge is the perfect family retreat in its configuration complimented with a tailored Kids on Safari programme to inspire the eco-warriors of the future. Nature drives, walking safaris, rock art and star gazing complete an exciting safari option very close to Cape Town
ACCESSIBLE WITH A NORMAL SEDAN VEHICLE
GUIDED GAME DRIVES
FIELD GUIDE BOOKS
Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Booted Eagle, Southern Grey Tit, Namaqua Sandgrouse, Black-winged Stilt, Jackal Buzzard, Chat Flycatcher, Chestnut-vented Tit Babbler, Ludwigs Bustard, Namaqua Sandgrouse
INFORMATION FOR BIRDERS
The Little Karoo is a well-known birding destination. With the contrast of vast plains, mountains, water-courses, and drainage lines throughout the area, it makes nesting for a variety of species easy. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is home to more than 200 species of birds, a delight for anyone that’s interested in birdwatching. In fact, the banks of the Bellair Dam alone are home to more than 40 species of birdlife, making it a hotspot of avian activity. You can expect to catch a glimpse of birds of prey, such as the Jackal Buzzard or Little Brown Jobs like the Chat Flycatcher. You might even find Chestnut-vented Tit Babblers, mingling with doves, mousebirds, and sparrows. Through our birdwatching activities, you’ll certainly learn about and experience the wonder that is nature. Some species, like the Namaqua Sandgrouse, travel up to 80km in search of water. They collect droplets of water in their breast feathers, and fly back to their nests to deliver it to their chicks. Best of all, whether you love the larger species like the Ludwigs Bustard, or you’re simply delighted by the more delicate ones like the Black-headed Canary, you and your family are in for a treat. Whether you’re on a game drive or simply relaxing at one of our luxury lounges, you can expect to see many rare and beautiful birds.
Succulent Karoo and Fynbos biomes, semi-arid regions.