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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge, Gondwana Lodge

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Scotland
Reviewed 14 November 2014

We spent 4 nights at Sanbona , one at the lovely Dwyka and 3 at Tilney, our personal favourite. As before we loved the breathtaking scenery, the extremely comfortable ( and very attractive accommodation) , the wildlife encounters and the fabulous staff. The Dwyka tents are incredibly stylish but we prefer the uninterrupted views from the rooms at Tilney and...

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 12 November 2014

Private game reserves have often been associated with being glorified zoos with the animals being kept in enclosures and fed by humans rather than hunt for themselves. This why when I selected Sanbona based on reviews I had read here and the fact that it was reasonably close to Cape Town, I was hoping for something totally different and unique...

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2Thank Michael0703
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 November 2014

We stayed at the Dwyka Tented Lodge from 27 to 29 Oct 2014. We were warmly welcomed by Kobi du Preez and his team for a fabulous stay. The tented lodges are comfortable, spacious, brick walled lodges with tented roofs - extremely comfortable, all mod cons and a jacuzzi to boot. It can be worrying taking a jacuzzi with a...

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2Thank StephenHunter
Colonia de Sant Pere, Spain
Reviewed 23 October 2014

We stayed here on our 3 week SA trip for 3 nights. Coming through the main gate and having a 40km drive before reaching the Dwyka tented camp we realised we were going to be in for a treat. Hot towels and smiling staff welcomed us as we drove up to the main building. We were soon shown to our...

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1Thank Jill B
Reviewed 22 October 2014

The Sambona reserve is vast area with a vibrant flora and fauna. By the good guides, i've seen in only 2 days 3 of the big 5. The Tilney Lodge has only six rooms, but these are very large (for 2 pers.) and well furnished (incl. Outside shower if you like). Only the alarm time of 6:30 for the morning...

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1Thank Thomas S
Nr Warrington
Reviewed 6 October 2014

We stayed for 4 nights in the Dwyka tented lodge accommodation of Sanbona, and were blown away by the whole experience. The lodge itself was beautifully furnished and had an outdoor hot tub and shower area in addition to high quality indoor bathroom and shower area. The lodges are beautifully furnished with plenty of storage, and are about as far...

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2Thank mb1605
Reviewed 5 October 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the Tented Lodge for 2 nights and it really didn't disappoint!! We loved the hot tub on the deck and even spotted shooting stars from it in the evening. Our ranger (Yani) was amazing and seemed to truly love his job as he was so passionate and knowledgeable - thank you Yani, you made our honeymoon extra...

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1Thank Jennifer S
Cape Town
Reviewed 1 October 2014

We visited Sanbona, this passed weekend and where blown away by the staff, the food and the service we received during our visit. We stayed at the Tilney Manor and WOW, excellent accommodation and lodge set up. We have both been on safari in Kruger and Sabi and I work in the travel industry and had high expectations regarding game...

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2Thank WWW-CapeTown
Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 16 September 2014

We have stayed at Gondwana several times and have not been disappointed. An easy drive from Cape Town (rather than the long trek to other parts of SA to get into the bush!), and the highlight is that the animals are free-roaming over 50000+ hectares - no bomas and pens here to keep them separate. A truly wild experience, with...

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Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 8 September 2014

I loved my time at Tilney Manor - the game drives were great fun and the ranger (Alvin) was a wealth of knowledge. Karen and the Tilney Team catered for all your needs and provided a relaxed yet welcoming environment in which to unwind. I cannot wait to return - I highly recommend this Manor (AAA+). Rebecca Newsome (New Zealand)

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Nestled in the heart of the Little Karoo, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a three-hour drive from Cape Town, along Route 62. At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona boasts sculpted Cape Fold Mountains, wide open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3, 500 years. Explore all this from your choice of 3 different luxury lodges. Whilst the free roaming Big 5 call Sanbona home, it’s the vastness of the landscape and the raw beauty of the boundless plains that make safaris at Sanbona unique. Explore the 54, 000 hectares of this malaria-free premier, private game reserve for an ultimate safari experience close to Cape Town. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge, Gondwana Lodge

Address: R62 between Montagu & Barrydale | Die Vlakte, Montagu 6720, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Montagu
Price Range: $816 - $1,446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Tilney Manor, Dwyka Tented Lodge, Gondwana Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 27
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“Dwyka Tented Camp tis close to the wild side; Gondwana for a family; and Tilney Manor for tranquillity and old world charm.”
 of 5 bubbles KateT133, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All the tents are well sited and wonderfully quiet. Ask for one close to reception if you are less mobile”
 of 5 bubbles CheshireJazzlady, 1 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are gorgeous!”
 of 5 bubbles donatellad487, 18 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All nine of the luxury tents are sited in a horseshoe so all equally good”
 of 5 bubbles 396DeniseB, 15 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are fantastic.”
 of 5 bubbles nikb103, 31 Dec 2016 | Read review
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