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Sanbona, a tribute to the San people, is a vast 54,000 hectare wildlife reserve that can be found beneath Warmwaterberg Mountain, in the Little Karoo. It boasts five star accommodation in this arid desert with its undulating mountains and plains. At first glance it might appear uninhabited but there's an enormous variety of wildlife waiting to be discovered as well as some rock art dating back as far as four thousand years.

Male lion, Sanbona Game ReserveSanbona offers a unique experience where the emphasis is not entirely on finding all the large game but in having a leisurely time in finding the animals and understanding how all the smaller species of flora and fauna contribute to the ecosystem as a whole. The Big Five are all present, although the sparse vegetation means game in general is not as concentrated as some other reserves, like the Kruger. As well as tracking and viewing the wildlife within the reserve, the other real attraction is the stark, inspiring scenery for which the Karoo is rightly famous.

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    Accommodation choices for Sanbona Game Reserve

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Sanbona Game Reserve. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Sanbona Explorer Camp, Sanbona Game Reserve

      Sanbona Explorer Camp

      Simple

      Sanbona Explorer Camp is a simple dome tented camp, used on the Explorer two day walking trips. This is an incredible way to get a really unique safari experience, and learn far more than you would on a normal game-drive safari.

    • Dwyka Tented Lodge, Sanbona Game Reserve

      Dwyka Tented Lodge

      First Class

      Dwyka tented lodge nestles into a natural amphitheatre with towering cliffs rising around most of the circumference of the lodge. Your private deck overlooks the dry riverbed running along the base of the cliffs, and boasts a dip pool and outside shower.

    • Sanbona Gondwana Lodge

      Gondwana Lodge

      First Class

      Gondwana Lodge is a very child friendly lodge with amazing safari programmes for kids. Located in Sanbona Game Reserve, it's a perfect spot from where you can enjoy great game viewing and take a few days just to relax.