Gondwana at Sanbona: A Family Safari Escape near Cape Town

Gondwana at Sanbona: A Family Safari Escape near Cape Town

A wildlife paradise for grown-ups and children.

At 58 000 hectares, this rugged and peaceful reserve in the Klein Karoo is almost the same size as Singapore! Tucked into the majestic Warmwaterberg Mountains and surrounded by ancient rock formations that were once home to the Khoisan people, Sanbona offers the type of seclusion that makes the rest of the world seem a million miles away.

The malaria-free reserve offers a choice of three lodges, but Gondwana is best-suited for a stylish family getaway.

The lodgings

The lodge’s 12 suites have a distinct African-safari aesthetic, and each has its own private balcony boasting unhindered views of the endless plains. Interleading rooms and sleeper couches for larger families can be arranged. There are no room keys (though you can latch your door for privacy when you’re inside), which speaks to the safety and remoteness of the setting.

  • 12 suites with a king-size bed and sleeper couch (interleading suites available too)
  • private deck overlooking the Anysberg Mountains and Bellair Dam
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower, free-standing bath, and twin basins
  • fully-stocked mini-bar
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • electronic safe
  • complimentary wifi
  • international dial telephone
  • shared lounge and dining area in the main building
  • reserve-facing pool and shaded terrace
  • communal boma and outdoor braai

Kids on Safari at Gondwana

Sanbona Gondwana Family Package

This exciting programme of educational and recreational wildlife experiences is designed to stimulate and inspire tomorrow’s eco-warriors. The evening scorpion hunt and storytelling around the fire with braaied marshmallows are undeniable highlights, and there’s also a skull garden trail that takes them through the gardens to learn about the lifecycle of various plants and animals on the reserve.

Sanbona Kids Programme

On arrival, kiddies receive a Welcome Pack that includes a Sanbona Activity Book filled with interactive activities (such as collecting dung!). The supervised playroom is stocked with toys, games, DVDs and books – and is conveniently close to the spa – so grown-ups can languish or enjoy a game drive while kiddies play (since children under 4 are unable to go on the drives).

While you’re there

Sanbona Elephant Game Drive

The two daily game drives are the main event – and, naturally, what most visitors are here for. Our guide Thomas was a font of information (did you know that buffalos are the priciest beasts; one recently fetched R163 million!) and patience!

With its sacred setting, wonderful facilities and proximity to Cape Town, it’s no wonder Sanbona is considered the Cape’s premier wildlife destination. And, of course, the dazzling array of wildlife, featuring the legendary Big Five.

Distance from Cape Town 3.5 hours
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Cost SA Residents Rate: R4 550 full board, per person sharing (was R9 390)
R2 275 children 4 – 11 years (was R4 695)
Free children 0 – 3 years
Where to find it Route 62, between Montagu and Barrydale

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