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Sanbona Private Game Reserve

Sanbona Private Game Reserve

The sheer expanse and stark beauty of the Sanbona gives one a sense of humbleness, the realization of the inconsequentialities of life, a temporary release of the daily stresses of everyday living. This is the only reserve in the world with free self sustaining white lions.

Sanbona allows one to be at peace, allowing one to curl up with a book, seeking solitude and introspection and what's more...

•At 54,000 hectares, Sanbona is one of the largest privately owned game reserves in South Africa.
•Only 3.5 hours drive from Cape Town which makes Sanbona the closest free-roaming Big 5 reserve to Cape Town.
•The ONLY FREE self sustaining White Lions in the World.
•Vast open plains and rugged mountains.
•Situated on the famous Route 62.
•Variety of endemic bird and animal life.
•Highly Competent Field Guides.
•Previously home to the SAN People where one can experience the Legacy of the Bushman in the Beauty of their Rock Art.
•The only conserved habitat for the highly endangered Riverine Rabbit (13th most endangered mammal in the world).
•Malaria free.
•Situated in the heart of the Little Karoo Wine Route, the longest in the world.


Seated at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountains, pays tribute to the San people who trekked this earth in the heart of South Africa’s Klein Karoo. Sanbona has an alluring atmosphere of stillness, an air of isolation amid the raw beauty and boundless plains. Sanbona and the spirit of the San people welcome you.

Explore the haunting beauty of a harsh, unforgiving landscape…
• UK Harpers & Queen, one of the 100 best places in the world 2005
• One of South Africa’s largest privately owned wildlife reserves
• The first authentic free roaming “Big 5” wildlife reserve in the Western Cape
• Free roaming self-sustaining White Lions
• Home to the critically endangered and highly elusive Riverine Rabbit which is the 13th most endangered mammal in the world and the 2nd most critically endangered species in South Africa - International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red Data List
• The Warmwaterberg is an important ecotone for several endemic tortoise species
• Home to the Dwarf Blue butterfly, the second smallest butterfly in the world
• Over 200 identified bird species
• Important raptor nesting sites, including the Verraux’s (Black) Eagle
• The Bellair Dam provides a natural wetland habitat for a myriad of water birds
• Approximately 650 plant species
• Conserves the important Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes, characterised by exceptionally high species diversity and endemism
• The Fynbos Biome is a part of the Cape Floristic Kingdom, a designated United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Heritage Site
• Rock art sites dating back to more than 1 500 years
• Star gazing is rated amongst the best in Southern Africa

Guest Activities
• Game drives can last over 3 hours each and are conducted twice a day in open vehicles
• Nature walks
• Bird watching
• Star gazing
• Rock art viewing
• Each lodge has its own Relaxation Retreat where various treatments can be enjoyed

Note: Walks, bird watching and rock art viewing will be combined with game drives. These activities must be mentioned when
reserving accommodation and can be discussed with the ranger upon arrival.

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