A unique safari destination centred around conservation in the heart of the Klein Karoo

Venture into a landscape where wildlife and flora leaves one truly captivated and transformed. The malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a 3-hour scenic drive from Cape Town to the heart of the Klein Karoo, along Route 62 – the world’s longest wine route. As a conservation-centred project, Sanbona boasts 58.000 hectares of 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. Guests can enjoy a premium stay at any of the 3 luxury lodges or the Explorer’s Campsite, all surrounded by ancient folded mountains and endless vistas.

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Sustainability Rating
Environmental Impact
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Economic Impact
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Socio-cultural Impact
4.2

Best time to go to Garden Route

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The best time to visit this region is in the warmer months of September to April. The Garden Route is rainy throughout the year and is a popular summer destination that can get busy over the Christmas holidays. You will soon understand why, as you feel the warm rays while kloofing, abseiling and paragliding or simply taking a dip in the azure Indian Ocean. The months of June to August are colder but will provide opportunities for whale watching (peaking in September) with more windless days to enjoy.

Rooms

Tilney Manor

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Tilney Manor offers guests premium views of the Karoo with 6 spacious open-plan suites leading on to private verandas. All suites can sleep a maximum of 2 adults and feature en-suite bathrooms with showers, freestanding baths, double outdoor showers and fireplaces.

Gondwana Family Lodge

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Offering spectacular views of the Anysberg Mountains and overlooking the Bellair Dam, Godwana Family lodge is the perfect setting for a family safari getaway. Gondwana caters to its guests of all ages with a variety of activities such as indoor and outdoor play areas, the ‘Kids on Safari’ educational programme, a child friendly pool and a Relaxation Retreat for ultimate winding down in the wilderness.

Dwyka Tented Lodge

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Set in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine, Dwyka Tented Lodge boasts the perfect setting for a romantic hideaway. Each of the 9 suites can be configured as twin or king bedded luxury tents featuring en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and viewing decks with a private spa.

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