Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a malaria-free reserve of 58,000 hectares in the vicinity of the Warmwaterberg Mountain in the Little Karoo. This region of the Western Cape offers stunning views, expansive landscapes and towering mountains. Safari-goers will be able to spot all members of the Big Five, as well as a great number of other fauna and flora species across the wide-open plains.
Culture vultures can get a glimpse of years gone by with unique examples of San rock art believed to be more than three-thousand years old. Overnight facilities are available and cater for anything from an intimate experience to a family breakaway. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is less than three hours drive from Cape Town. Visitors should be aware that the last couple of kilometres is on a gravel road and the maximum speed is 40 km/h.
No day visitors are allowed at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, while self-drive game drives are also not permitted on the reserve.
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has a dedicated programme geared towards entertaining kids. This includes indoor and outdoor activities.
As one of South Africa’s largest private nature reserves, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is regarded as a must-see destination in the Western Cape. Various species exist in harmony, and each plays a vital role in the region’s unique ecosystem. All five members of the Big Five are represented—the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Predators like cheetah, brown hyena and caracal have their pick of an abundance of prey. These include springbok, kudu, eland, gemsbok, bontebok, black wildebeest, red hartebeest and Burchell's zebra.
A myriad of birds crisscross the sky and will most certainly have binoculars pointed in all directions. Sanbona has also become a major contributor to the conservation of the riverine rabbit as one of only two protected areas that provide sufficient space.
South Africa is a country with a moderate climate making it an excellent all-year-round destination. During the summer months between October and March daytime temperatures average around 30 degrees Celsius. For the duration of the colder months, from April to September, one can expect average daytime temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius.
There are a whole host of safari activities on offer at Sabona Wildlife Reserve. These include guided game drives, wilderness walks, bird watching, boat safaris and stargazing. The famed Route 62 is the longest wine route in the world and the various little towns dotted along the way, make for exciting discoveries around every bend. Apart from getting a taste of fine wines, there are also various hiking trails, canoeing excursions, 4WD routes and cultural tours that form part of the itinerary when venturing to this part of South Africa.
There are a couple of choices for overnight accommodation in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Three luxury lodges will suite visitors that are accustomed to a little more comfort. For those seeking a true and authentic wilderness experience, there is an explore camp.