Sanbona, where the famous white Lions of Timbavati can be seen roaming the 54 000ha, wildlife reserve in the Klein (little) Karoo.  Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is one of two private wilderness regions in South Africa, also known as one of Africa’s most remarkable eco-friendly wilderness areas.

© White Lions at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

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Sanbona’s three luxury lodges – Dwyka, Tilney Monor and Gondwana is only a three hour drive from Cape Town. Dwyka with 9 luxury tents, featured in this post, is situated in the heart of this reserve in a perfect horseshoe bend, in a dry riverbed, were you’ll be immersed into this majestic landscape.   This area is managed with strict wilderness protocols.  Dwyka Tented Lodge is surrounded by awe-inspiring rock formations, laid down more than 250 million years ago, and once home to the ancient Khoisan hunters.  The lodge with 9 luxury tents has a Relaxation Retreat, communal lounge with fireplace and TV, wine cellar and open air boma.

© Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge
  • 2005 The 100 Best places in the World by UK Harpers & Queen
  • 2009 Dwyka Tended Lodge, a luxurious tented lodge received the Green Leaf Award
  • 2009 Gondwana Family Lodge received the Green Leaf Award (Wilderness Foundation)
  • 2011  Best Sustainable Tourism Investment at the Africa Investor Tourism Investment Awards

© Dwyka Lodge-sundeck and reflection pools
© Dwyka Lodge-Lounge 
© Dwyka Lodge-Dining
© Dwyka Lodge-Tented Bedroom
© Dwyka Lodge-Tented Bathroom
© Sanbona Spa
© Sanbona Game Drives
© Sanbona Cheetah with Cubs
© Sanbona Main Pool
The Rock art at Sanbona is a legacy of the now extinct /Xam, Bushmen and pastoral Khoe-Khoen herders. There are 7 recorded sites on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, with paintings dating back to more than 3500 years.

© Sanbona Bushmen Rock Art
Sanbona Explorer Camp
This unique walking experience is ideal for guests looking for an adventurous and authentic option offering an ambience 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.

© Sanbona Camping Safari Look forward to your next visit here at  until then travel safe...