This unique walking experience is ideal for guests looking for an adventurous and authentic option offering an ambience of a tented bush camp. The camp is located in a superbly shaded river line, north east of the reserve and approximately 30 minutes drive from Dwyka Tented Lodge.
This is a flexible experience for guests to experience and explore the Sanbona Karoo as we believe that the rigidity of travel needs to be simplified by going back to basics. This explorer camp reflects the original safari of being on foot and sleeping around the fire at night within the comfort of a mobile tent.
Guests will enjoy walks through the magnificent Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, whereby their guide will enhance their experience with birding, cultural history and other natural history of the area.
The camp site is unfenced to provide the true explorer ambience and tents are placed in fairly close proximity without encroaching on another tents privacy. Wild animals are able to cross through the camp at any time and although all safety precautions have been followed in setting up the camp; this remains a reality.
The following program is a guideline as all timings are subject to discussions upon arrival
Day 1, day of arrival (Friday)
Day 2 (Saturday)
Day 3, day of departure (Sunday)
DIRECTIONS TO SANBONA WILDLIFE RESERVE
From Cape Town
An easy 3½ hour drive, approximately 270 km from Cape Town. On commencement of the journey, travel on the N1 from Cape Town in the direction of Paarl; continuing on the N1 travel through the Huguenot Tunnel. A tollgate controls this tunnel. A tollgate fee is payable at the tunnel.
The first town is Worcester set in the Breede River Valley. Taking the second turnoff to the right into Worcester, you leave the N1 and the Route 60 (R60) is taken. Follow the signs to the town of Robertson. Once through Robertson, the next town is Ashton. The R60 becomes the R62 in Ashton.
Travel on through Krogmanskloof and Montagu. Continue for approximately 43 km and turn left at “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.
Follow the Route 62 for 175 km via the picturesque Little Karoo villages of Calitzdorp and Ladismith to Barrydale. From Barrydale follow the Route 62 towards Montagu for about 22km and turn right at “Die Vlakte” and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve signs. Continue 7km to the main entrance.
From the main gate, it is a further 15 km to the welcome lounge where guests will be welcomed. From the welcome lounge, it is 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. The main gate closes at 18h00, should your arrival time be later, please advice prior to arrival in order to make arrangements. A daily transfer from the welcome lounge to your lodge is available on request, and must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.
ADDRESS: Route 61 between Montagu and Barrydale, Little Karoo, Montagu, 6720
GPS CO-ORDINATES: Guests arrive at and depart from Welcome Lounge.
The Western Cape’s Premier Wildlife Destination.
Seated at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountain Range in the heart of South Africa’s Little Karoo, Sanbona pays tribute to the San people who made this arid environment their home for centuries. Sanbona has an alluring atmosphere of stillness, an air of isolation amid the raw beauty and boundless plains.
Sanbona, invites you to explore a special wilderness sanctuary, offering five star accommodation at three luxurious lodges and a back to nature Explorer Camp adventure, surrounded by ancient volcanic mountains and endless vistas.
Magnificent views, panoramic landscapes and towering cliffs, streams and the abundance of trees and indigenous flora, all contribute to making the Breede River Valley one of the Western Cape’s most diverse regions.
The ever-changing colours of our majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards as well as the multitude of attractions, will offer you an unforgettable adventure, whether this is in the physical sense or simply a kaleidoscope of scenic experiences. Innovation and pride, combined with a terrain and mild climate that are harmoniously balanced, result in the prominence of our region’s wines. The R62 Route which links the Breede River Valley and Klein Karoo, will take you along the longest wine route in the world.
The easily accessible towns, nestled among the Valleys, all offer ample opportunity for discovery. From visits to wineries and game reserves, art and cultural tours, museums, hiking trails and mountain climbing, 4×4 routes and canoeing expeditions, even riding the worlds largest birds, fishing and caves. You can unwind in one of the invigorating hot-springs, revel in luxury or relax in rustic tranquility.
From 2002, indigenous antelope species & black rhino were reintroduced, restoring the ecological balance and providing natural prey for the existing, leopard, brown hyena, jackal and caracal traditionally persecuted by decades of stock farming. In 2003 the conditions were suitable for the release of lion and cheetah, a return to the Klein Karoo for the first time in 300 years. Sanbona is in the process of signing a Stewardship Agreement with CapeNature, the provincial conservation authority. This agreement implies that Sanbona will be managed under strict conservation ethics, ensuring Provincial Nature Reserve status with an annually audited Reserve Management Plan.
Sanbona comprises 3 major biomes, Succulent Karoo, Thicket & Fynbos. The Fynbos found on Sanbona is known as Renosterveld, one of the most threatened vegetation communities in the Cape Floral Kingdom. Less than 1% of Renosterveld is formally protected. The Quartz Fields of the Succulent Karoo are a very special habitat characterised by beds of angular quartz debris. They are home to a flora of minute succulent shrubs, mostly members of the Mesembryanthemaceae (Mesembs or Stone Plants). Most of the component species are local or regional endemics. The genus Gibbaeum, has diversified extensively on the Little Karoo quartz patches.
Unique Rock Formations
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has examples of the unique Cape Fold Mountain rock formations formed some 350 million years ago. Continental collisions, the submergence of the earth’s crust and the cataclysmic influence of the oceans have all contributed to the magnificent landscape. The geology consists of sedimentary formations of the Devonian era, the beginning of life on earth and trace fossils of various marine invertebrates have been found. (Top)
The Rock art at Sanbona is a legacy of the now extinct /Xam, Bushmen and pastoral Khoe-Khoen herders. There are 7 recorded sites on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, with paintings dating back to more than 3500 years.
This area covers 8 000ha within the 54 000ha that is Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. This is only the second private wilderness area in South Africa. It is situated in the mountainous western area of the reserve where no infrastructure exists. This area is managed with strict wilderness protocols.
In 2004, a surprise discovery of the critically endangered riverine rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis) near Touwsriver was the first recorded sighting of the species south of the Great Escarpment – and in the Fynbos biome. During July of 2006, this species was discovered on Sanbona. The discovery lead to a survey conducted during September 2006 in a combined effort between Sanbona, CapeNature and the Endangered Wildlife Trust Riverine Rabbit Workgroup during which five more rabbits were found in the southern section (Renosterveld) of Sanbona. Sanbona is currently the only protected area with riverine rabbit populations that provides sufficient space and diversity for ecological processes to function naturally.
Sanbona and the spirit of the San people welcomes you.