A mere three-hour drive from the bustling centre of Cape Town along Route 62 lies Sanbona Wildlife Reserve – a secluded sanctuary that’s home to the Big Five, ancient San rock art, and over 58 000 hectares of sacred untouched landscape.
Nestled in the majestic Warmwaterberg Mountains in the heart of the Little Karoo, the malaria-free wildlife reserve is the Western Cape’s answer to a luxe Kruger experience, with three luxury lodges, each offering their own unique charm and tailored experience.
Secluded sanctuary: Dwyka Tented Lodge
Driving along the dirt road through the reserve, a majestic mountainous bowl in the distance will catch your eye. It’s only once you start nearing it that you realise it’s where you’ll be spending your evening.
A sacred, hidden place, Dwyka Tented Lodge is surrounded by 350-million-year-old rock formations that were once home to the San and Khoi-Khoi people and their 3 500-year-old paintings, which can still be seen at various points around the reserve.
Unlike anything you’ve experienced before, the tranquil sense of solitude immediately transports you back to what it may have been like before civilization – with just nine luxury tents enhancing the sense of intimacy and seclusion.
Generously spaced out at the foot of the mountain, the nine tents offer ultimate comfort and privacy. Sleeping two adults in either king or twin beds, the tents each have a Jacuzzi-clad private deck (faced out of sight from your neighbour), an outdoor and indoor shower, a bath, private mini bar, tea-and-coffee-making facilities, air conditioning, and dramatic cliff-facing views.
All you need (and more)
All meals are included in your stay, and include a buffet or hot breakfast option, a three-course light lunch, and dinner – either served as a three-course option inside the cosy dining room, or as an outdoor braai in the open-air dining area under the stars.
The main lounge offers guests full access to a fully equipped bar, fireplace, and wi-fi. There is also an on-site wine cellar for you to select your own, a gift boutique, and a Relaxation Retreat with two therapy rooms for spa treatments.
Conservation management is the foundation upon which Sanbona was established, and will always remain its top priority. So you can imagine just how perfect the reserve is for an escape out and about in nature.
With an abundance of activities on offer during your stay, including two game drives each day (one in the morning and one at night), a boat safari on the dam (dependant on water levels), nature walks, bird-watching, a kid’s safari, rock art and rock formations discovery, flora and fauna, photography, and stargazing, you can experience the magic of it all.