Route 62 Between Montague and Barrydale, 6720 Barrydale, South Africa

Experience world-class service at Sanbona

Surrounded by towering mountains, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is in the centre of Little Karoo. It features luxury rooms, deluxe tent accommodation, and a lodge with panoramic views of Bellair Dam.

Sanbona offers air-conditioned rooms with elegant furnishings, tea-and-coffee making facilities, and minibar. Some rooms include a fireplace and a private plunge pool. The luxury tents are surrounded by rock formations and include a private deck.Wildlife Reserve guests can enjoy meals prepared with local ingredients, take walks and tours in the malaria-free savannah, or participate in a game drive. Activities for children are organized daily.The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is situated along the Little Karoo Wine Route, and is less than a 4-hour drive from Cape Town. Free private parking is possible on site.


dwyka tented lodge1
Dwyka Tented Lodge 65 m²
  • Minibar
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Hot Tub
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Seating Area
  • Free toiletries
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gondwana lodge - luxury double suite11
Gondwana Lodge - Luxury Double Suite 57 m²
  • Minibar
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Seating Area
  • Free toiletries
  • Toilet
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tilney manor - king suite21
Tilney Manor - King Suite 60 m²
  • Minibar
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Desk
  • Seating Area
  • Free toiletries
  • Toilet
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1 restaurant on site


Food: Cuisine:African,European

Menu: À la carte

4 reasons to choose Sanbona

Prices you can't beat!
Manage your bookings online
They speak 4 languages
Booking is safe

How to get to Sanbona from Cape Town International Airport

Car 200 minutes
Free parking is available.

Facilities of Sanbona

Outdoor fireplace
Picnic area
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Pets are not allowed.
Tour or class about local culture
Walking tours
Kids' club
Food & Drink
Game drives
Chocolate or cookies Additional charge
Bottle of water
Wine/champagne Additional charge
Kid-friendly buffet
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge. Free!
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed). Free!
Accessible parking
Secured parking
Pool and wellness
Swimming pool
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Foot massage
Neck massage
Airport drop off Additional charge
Airport pick up Additional charge
Reception services
Private check-in/check-out
Concierge service
Luggage storage
24-hour front desk
Entertainment and family services
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Indoor play area
Books, DVDs, music for children
Babysitting/child services Additional charge
Cleaning services
Daily housekeeping
Ironing service Additional charge
Dry cleaning Additional charge
Laundry Additional charge
Shuttle service
Shared lounge/TV area
Airport shuttle (additional charge)
Shuttle service (additional charge)
Designated smoking area
Air conditioning
Languages spoken

House rules


12:00 - 18:00


11:00 - 12:00

Children and extra beds

All children are welcome.Free!All children under 2 years stay free of charge for children's cots/cribs.All children under 12 years are charged ZAR 4410 per night for extra beds.The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.Any type


Pets are not allowed.

Cards accepted at this property

Sanbona accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The Fine Print

Arriving guests:The main gate closes at 18h00. Guests arriving outside reception opening hours are kindly requested to inform the hotel in advance. Contact details can be found on the booking confirmation. A daily transfer service from the main gate to your lodge is available on request, and must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.Early pick-up from the main gate takes place at 12h30. The shuttle service arrives to Tilney at 13h15, to Gondwana at 13h25, and to Dwyka at 13h35.An afternoon pick-up from the main gate takes place at 16h00. The shuttle service arrives to Tilney at 16h45, to Gondwana at 16h55, and to Dwyka at 17h05. Please note these guests will not be able to join the afternoon game drive.Departing guests:Pick-up takes place from Dwyka Tented Lodge at 11h00, Gondwana Lodge at 11h20, and Tilney Manor at 11h35. The estimated arrival time at the main gate is 12h15. Please note all times are subject to road conditions and vehicle types.Arriving by air:Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is equipped with a private landing strip near the Bellair Dam. Air charters can be arranged with registered charter companies or private aircraft. Prior arrangements must be made with Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Management. This may be done using the contact details found on the booking confirmation.Arriving by car from Cape Town:Follow the N1 from Cape Town in the direction of Paarl. Drive through the Huguenot Tunnel. A tollgate fee is payable at the tunnel. The first town is Worcester set in the Breede River Valley. Take the second right turnoff into Worcester, leave the N1 and take Route 62. Follow the signs to Robertson. After Robertson, the next town is Ashton. Travel on through Krogmanskloof and Montagu. Continue for approximately 43 km and turn left at the Die Vlakte and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve sign. Please be advised that the road changes from tar to gravel and the recommended speed limit from there on is 60 km per hour. The main entrance to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is 7 km away.From the main gate, it is a further 45 minutes to Tilney Manor, 65 minutes to Dwyka Tented Lodge and 55 minutes to Gondwana Lodge. Please follow the relevant signs in the reserve. The recommended speed limit is 40 km per hour. Do not exit your vehicle. Predators roam free.Please inform Sanbona in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.Dear Visitor, this region is currently experiencing drought conditions. Please be aware that certain properties are subject to comply with local water usage restrictions.


“Everyone was so nice and friendly. The accomondation was beautiful and luxurious, really comfortable and nothing missing. But most of all I loved the game drives, the guides are very well educated and the animals treated respectfully. They do have free roaming lions wheras other parks around cape town have them caged - this was the main reason I chose Sanbona. It really feels wild and not like a larger zoo. ”


“Brenda wa a good guide and found all the animals and where you can use a tree”

United Kingdom

“The food was really good.All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Everyone worked together to make it a truly memorable experience”

United Kingdom

“Wow! Sanbona is amaziiiing!!! Wonderful accommodation in the middle of rugged landscape. Staff helpful and friendly. We stayed 2 nights and did all the included game drives, saw many beautiful animals in their natural habitat. Worth getting up 5am. Rangers great and full of interesting info. Thank you all!”


“The room and bathroom were splendid. Game drive was fun and stress free. 2 nights are just about right.”


“Was unbelievable ! Drives and accommodation were incredible.”

United Kingdom

“Our ranger Nico was excellent. Very comfortable rooms at Gondwana Lodge and excellent, friendly service throughout our stay. The food was also very good and there is a very interesting wine list.”

South Africa

“The room was amazing, with a balcony view to the valley.Service was 5 stars through and through, the staff was always friendly and helpful.”

United Kingdom

“Fabulous staff, incredible scenery, breathtaking views close up of wild animals. Elephants, lions, cheetahs, hippos. Rangers are very knowledgeable and make each safari a real pleasure. Can't rate this place highly enough. It may not be cheap but it's brilliant value.”

United Kingdom

“You drive about 2.5 hours from CPT and escape everything. Amazing venue surrounded by nature. Very tasteful comfortable rooms.The game drives are really well organised as you always go with the same ranger / group to make sure you will see the most animals. We did 4 drives and saw so many animals what I would have thought! You can see that they really take care of nature and wildlife conversation.The sundowners were amazing.The food is delicious and really good.”