Dwyka Tented Lodge at Sanbona: A Safari Glamping Experience with a Design Edge

Dwyka Tented Lodge at Sanbona: A Safari Glamping Experience with a Design Edge

Bold interior design echoes the untamed landscape outside.

Starry skies, gentle dawns and spectacular sunsets against a backdrop of striking rock formations and wild, weathered landscapes… Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is an extraordinary place where a complete break from the outside world is guaranteed.

Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge Aerial

The 58 000-hectare reserve, the Cape’s premier Big 5 destination, is home to four accommodation options, but Dwyka is the only adults-only lodge (Explorer Camp is an adults-only walking safari). Nestled in the horseshoe bend of a ravine in the Klein Karoo, it is a small, intimate safari camp where couples can enjoy sheer luxury in the most extraordinary surroundings.

Wild design

Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge Design

Combining textures, graphic fabrics, leather, raffia, timber and terrazzo, interior designers GDF Design Lab gave Dwyka a sophisticated modern (South) African update. The lodge’s public spaces (bar, dining room and sitting areas) are filled with custom furniture made by some of South Africa’s top designers and craftsmen, namely Meyer von Wielligh and John Vogel. Their brave, fresh and exuberant creations give Dwyka a design edge and make staying here rather special.

Suite seclusion

Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge Bedroom
Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge Bathroom
Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge Common Deck

There are just nine tented suites, spaced apart for privacy. Under the canopy of your luxury tent is everything you need:

  • a king-size bed with crisp white linen
  • a living area with a fully stocked mini-bar
  • a bathtub for two with a view
  • indoor and outdoor showers
  • a deck with panoramas of the wilderness
  • outdoor seating and table for private in-room dining

Sanbona Dwyka Tented Lodge Open-Air Dining

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily in the dining room or in the open-air dining area. There is an exclusive-use Relaxation Retreat for spa treatments, and the main lodge has a wine cellar and boutique.

Endless exploration

Sanbona Landscape

Each day offers the possibility of new adventures: an early-bird morning boat cruise (depending on the rainfall and water level of the dam); visiting ancient San rock-art sites; a wilderness walk and picnic; a twilight game drive and sundowners in the bush; a three-course dinner beside the campfire in the boma.

Distance from CT 3 hours
Cost From R4 550 per person sharing per night (SA Residents’ rate)
Where to find it Route 62 between Montagu and Barrydale

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