Cape Town’s very own safari spot

A convenient three-hour drive from Cape Town along iconic Route 62 and the Klein Karoo wine route, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is one of the Western Cape’s premier safari destinations. Rugged bushveld populated with an array of wildlife including the Big 5, incredible rock formations adorned with San rock art, and the lush greenery surrounding the reserve’s Belair Dam all make for an exciting getaway.

Offering four accommodation options to suit every traveller’s needs, guests at Sanbona can spend a night in rugged yet comfortable explorer tents or opt for the luxurious alternative at Dwyka Tented Lodge. Tilney Manor offers elegant al fresco dining and spacious suites while Gondwana Lodge is the perfect place to host families. Along with typical activities such as game drives and bird-watching, Sanbona offers tailored activities for kiddies, a spa, boat safaris, nature trails, and excellent star-gazing under the unspoilt night skies.

Above all, one of Sanbona’s finest attractions is undoubtedly its population of free-roaming white lions. What’s more, the reserve is home to Africa’s iconic Big 5. Other animals in the reserve include jackal, hyena, hippo, a variety of antelope species, giraffe, and zebra. Sanbona is a convenient stopover for visitors exploring the picturesque Route 62 that runs between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.


  • The closest safari destination to Cape Town and located on the scenic Route 62 and Klein Karoo wine route
  • Home to free-roaming white lions and a number of big-game animals such as giraffe, elephant, leopard, and rhino
  • Sanbona offers kid-friendly entertainment and safari activities
  • Remnants of San rock art are found on the reserve
  • An ideal and luxurious stopover for tourists exploring Route 62—adding a Big 5 safari to your holiday in the cape

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