Project Description

Safari Description

This is our flagship Cape Town safari package, offering an authentic Big 5 safari experience in a well established wildlife reserve. Animals that once roamed the area freely living amongst the San Bushmen for millenia but were eradicated over time, have now been reintroduced into this magnificent wildlife reserve. The Big 5 – Lion, Leopard (rarely spotted in the Western Cape), Buffalo, Elephant and Rhinoceros as well as various other species such as Gemsbok, Springbok, Hartebeest, Eland, Kudu, Black Wildebeest and Zebra will be seen on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Natural small game such as Jackal, Caracal, Aardwolf, Ant bear, Brown Hyena, Grey Rhebuck, Steenbuck, Klipspringer, Grysbok and Common Duiker continue to thrive.

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About the Reserve

Sanbona, a 54000 hectare wildlife reserve offers guests three luxurious lodges surrounded by towering mountains and open plains, allowing clients to relive the legacy of the San people and absorb the beauty of the Little Karoo.  Supporting around 650 species of plants flowering at different times throughout the year, although some more prolific between August and September. There are various floral kingdoms that make up the Reserve, including Acacia Thickets, Nama, Karoo, Renosterveld, Succulent Karoo and Central Mountain Fynbos. Succulents are especially varied and fascinating with names like Baby’s Bottoms, Ostrich Toes and Pig’s Ears.

Impressive rock formations, San Bushman paintings, over 160 bird species and other high profile animal species including free roaming White Lion enable this special safari experience to stay with you long after you have departed this stunning reserve.

Game drives will take 3 – 3.5 hours depending on how much time is spent at each sighting. It is advisable to bring warm clothes along for the drive even in the hot summer months. Your game ranger will provide ponchos and warm blankets and has a bird book and binoculars. Remember to bring your camera and video camera with you.

Itinerary

Departing Cape Town, head out along the N1 through the Du Toit’s Kloof tunnel, joining the beautifully scenic Route 62 after Worcester and then through the towns of Robertson, Ashton and Montagu before arriving a short while later at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Upon arrival at the welcome lounge, enjoy a refreshment before being transferred to your lodge and enjoying a sumptuous lunch before settling into your room / tent.
Sundowner evening drives offer spectacular displays of light as the evening sun sets over the Little Karoo. Traverse the landscape of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve with a qualified ranger in comfortable open Landcruisers. During the drive, various species of plants, animals, big game and birds can be seen in the Karoo bush veld. Upon return, enjoy some pre-dinner drinks and then settle in for a delicious dinner at the lodge before retiring for the night.
Awake to the sounds of the bush and enjoy an early breakfast before departing on another exciting 3 hour game drive as the bush awakens to a new day. You depart the lodge late morning and arrive back at the Welcome Lounge around midday, to meet up with your own vehicle or driver for your onward journey.
Meals included: Breakfast only
Highly recommended:
Take advantage of being on the worlds longest wine route (Route 62) by booking private road transfers which will allow for some leisurely touring, taking alternative routes over scenic mountain passes and offering optional wine tastings (own account) in a choice of either Wellington, Franschhoek, Paarl & Stellenbosch wine regions.

Private road transfers can be provided:
R 4200 each way per vehicle (1-2 persons)
R 5500 each way per vehicle (3-6 persons)
R 6700 each way per vehicle (7-13 persons)

Dwyka Tented Lodge:
Beautifully appointed tents exude an atmosphere of pioneering adventure in a vast and hidden landscape, surrounded by awe-inspiring rock formations which was once the home of ancient Khoisan hunters. Situated on a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine, the lodge with 9 luxury tents has a Relaxation Retreat, communal lounge with fireplace and TV, wine cellar and open air boma.

Tilney Manor
Consists of 3 separate units including 6 large open plan suites, each opening onto private verandas overlooking breathtaking views of undulating mountains and plains. This lush oasis setting of Tilney Manor is surrounded by carefully laid out indigenous gardens.

Gondwana Family Lodge
Overlooking Bellair Dam and resembling a typical thatched Karoo homestead, offering 12 generously proportioned luxury suites, each with endless views over the plains, Anysberg-mountains and beyond. Children of all ages will be entertained with an exciting “Kids on Safari” program.

Explorer Camp (seasonal)
This unique walking experience is ideal for guests looking for an adventurous and authentic option offering an ambiance of a tented bush camp. The camp is located in a superbly shaded river line, north east of the reserve and approximately 30 minutes drive from Dwyka Tented Lodge. This is a flexible experience for guests to experience and explore the Sanbona Karoo as we believe that the rigidity of travel needs to be simplified by going back to basics. This explorer camp reflects the original safari of being on foot and sleeping around the fire at night within the comfort of a mobile tent. Guests will enjoy walks through the magnificent Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, whereby their guide will enhance their experience with birding, cultural history and other natural history of the area.

Please Note
Children are accommodated at Gondwana Family Lodge only.
Adult rates apply to persons (12 years and older) sharing one room or suite. Persons 12 years and older are considered adults and will therefore require their own room/suite at the applicable rates.

2 day Sanbona Safari

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Safari Details

  • Duration: 2 Days | 1 Night
  • Departure: Daily – on request
  • Departure time: 08h00 to 08h30 from Cape Town as a guideline for either self-drive or transfers
  • Language: English
  • Recommended Pre/Post Tours: Half Day City Tour, Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour, Full Day Cape Winelands Tour
  • Children 4-11 years only at Gondwana Family Lodge, no additional cost for children 0-3 years.

Included: All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, tea, coffee, water game drives, guided walks,  game drive beverages, welcome lounge transfers at set times, tourism levy and 14% Vat (all other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure).

Excluded: This safari is a self-drive package and excludes any transport.

Direct road transfers can be provided:
R 3020 each way per vehicle (1-2 persons)
R 4930 each way per vehicle (3-6 persons)
R 6100 each way per vehicle (7-10 persons)

Private road transfers can be provided:
R 4200 each way per vehicle (1-2 persons)
R 5500 each way per vehicle (3-6 persons)
R 6700 each way per vehicle (7-13 persons)

Highly recommended:
Take advantage of being on the worlds longest wine route (Route 62) by booking private road transfers which will allow for some leisurely touring, taking alternative routes over scenic mountain passes and offering optional wine tastings (own account) in a choice of either Wellington, Franschhoek, Paarl & Stellenbosch wine regions.


Rates

  • HIGH SEASON (01/03/2018 – 30/04/2018) :

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Tilney Manor: R 7800 pp
    Gondwana Lodge: R 7800 pp
    Dwyka Tented Lodge: R 8200 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Tilney Manor: R 10100 pp
    Gondwana Lodge: R 10100 pp
    Dwyka Tented Lodge: R 10600 pp

  • LOW SEASON (01/05/2018 – 31/08/2018) :

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Tilney Manor: R 5 900 pp
    Gondwana Lodge: R 5 900 pp
    Dwyka Tented Lodge: R 6 600 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Tilney Manor: R 7 700 pp
    Gondwana Lodge: R 7 700 pp
    Dwyka Tented Lodge: R 8 600 pp

  • HIGH SEASON (01/09/2018 – 30/11/2018 and 01-30/04/2019) :

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Tilney Manor: R 7 900 pp
    Gondwana Lodge: R 7 900 pp
    Dwyka Tented Lodge: R 8 400 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Tilney Manor: R 10 300 pp
    Gondwana Lodge: R 10 300 pp
    Dwyka Tented Lodge: R 10 900 pp

  • PEAK SEASON (01/12/2018 – 31/03/2019) :

    ⇒ Sharing :
    Tilney Manor: R 9 900 pp
    Gondwana Lodge: R 9 900 pp
    Dwyka Tented Lodge: R 10 600 pp

    ⇒ Single :
    Tilney Manor: R 13 100 pp
    Gondwana Lodge: R 13 100 pp
    Dwyka Tented Lodge: R 13 900 pp

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What Clients’ Say

We really appreciate our clients feedback on their African Blue experience as we are constantly striving to improve our service levels and selection of tour and safari experiences.

“Arranged Sanbona Wildlife Reserve”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed 4 March 2016
I found African Blue Tours on the internet while searching for safaris out of Cape Town. David Smith recommended Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, which we enjoy very much. He took us there in person and arranged to have us picked up and take on a short tour of the area south of Table Mountain. I cannot recommend him too highly for personal service and advice.

porterconsultant, Clearwater, Florida