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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Warmwaterberg, R62

Sanbona Wildlife ReserveSanbona Wildlife Reserve is only 3 hours from Cape Town, at the foot of the Warmwaterberg, between Montagu and Barrydale on the famous R62. An ideal safari stop, malaria free Sanbona boasts 54 000 hectares of mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, unusual rock formations and rock art. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is home to the only free-range white lions in South Africa.

Animals: Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhinoceros as well as various other species such as Cheetah, Hippopotamus, Giraffe, Gemsbok, Springbok, Hartebeest, Eland, Kudu, Ostrich, Black Wildebeest and Zebra can be seen on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Natural small game such as Jackal, Riverine Rabbit, Caracal, Aardwolf, Ant bear, Brown Hyena, Grey Rhebuck, Steenbuck, Klipspringer, Grysbok and Common Duiker continue to thrive.

Bird watching: For the avid birdwatcher, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is home to more than 200 species. There is a very healthy population of raptors to be seen including African Fish Eagles, breeding pairs of majestic Black Eagles and regular sightings of Black Harrier.

Game Drives: Traverse the landscape of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve with a qualified ranger in comfortable open Land cruisers. Sundowner evening drives offer spectacular displays of light as the evening sun sets over the Little Karoo.

Relaxation Retreat: Step into a soothing sanctuary overlooking ancient rock formations and undulating mountains and plains for indulgent pampering. Enjoy sauna and steam room facilities as well as a hydro baths to further enhance the relaxation experience.

Nature Walks: From gentle strolls to challenging trails, discover the spirit of the Little Karoo on foot and see the many treasures on the reserve. An optional walk with the guidance of a ranger can be arranged to cater for individual needs.

Rock Formations and Features: Sheer humbleness is experienced beneath the massive examples of Cape folded mountains and thick veins of quartz, displaying rock features of incredible grandeur formed by the earths tempestuous past more than 350 million years ago.

Stargazing: With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa.

Children at Sanbona: Outdoor and indoor facilities, including child minding are all on offer. Children under 4 are not allowed on game drives for safety reasons.

Directions to the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve: From Cape Town, drive to Montagu; continue for 43km and turn left at “Die Vlakte” and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve sign; drive for 7km on a gravel road to the main gate. From the main gate, allow an hour to get to your accommodation. Do not exit your vehicle. Predators roam free. The main gate closes at 18h00. Tel: +27 (0)41 407 1000

Information on accommodation and prices

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