Your stay here is sure to be one of the most eye-opening, awe-inspiring and humbling experiences of your life. The combination of some of the most fascinating and incredible animals on land will be a sight to behold and a stark glimpse of our natural world in its element.
Traverse the landscape of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve with a qualified ranger in comfortable open Land-cruisers. During the drive, be it in the early morning or for sundowners, various species of plants, animals, big game and birds can be seen. Sundowner evening drives offer spectacular displays of light as the evening sun sets over the Little Karoo.
Game Drives - There are many animals to look out for at the Sanoba – Lions*, Elephants, Leopards, Buffalo, White Rhinos, Brown Hyenas, Black-backed jackals, Cheetahs, Hippos, Giraffes, Zebra, Springbok, Eland, Gemsbok, Kudu, Red Hartebeest, grey Rhebok, Common Dukier, Steenbok, Klipspringer, grysbok, Ostrich and Riverene Rabbit.
*Sanbona has initiated an ambitious rehabilitation programme that aims to introduce White Lions into the wild. This rare animal has been virtually wiped out in the Timbavati region, where they are endemic.
Fauna and Flora
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has about 600 species of plants and it is intriguing to know that various species are flowering at different times throughout the year. Animals that roamed the area freely living amongst the San but were eradicated are being reintroduced. The Big 5 – Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhinoceros as well as various other species continue to thrive here.
Bird-watching - For the avid birdwatcher, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is home to more than 200 species. There is a very healthy population of raptors to be seen including African Fish Eagles, breeding pairs of majestic Black Eagles and regular sightings of Black Harrier. Interesting birds on the Reserve include the Cinnamon-breasted Warbler only seen in the early light of dawn.
Nature Walks - Discover the spirit of the Little Karoo on foot and see the many treasures on the Reserve. An optional walk with a ranger can be arranged to cater for individual needs. From gentle strolls, taking in the breathtaking beauty of the indigenous fauna and flora, to challenging trails discovering isolated vistas, reveal the beauty of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.
Rock Formations & Features - Some of the oldest mountain ranges on earth await in this simply stunning region, you will be greeted with awe-inspiring vistas that will simply leave you breathless.
Stargazing - With the absence of artificial light, stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa.
Some Sabona Reserve details:
• 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