If you are coming on holiday to Cape Town, consider adding to your trip an exceptional wilderness experience in the Western Cape or the Eastern Cape Karoo. Spend two or three nights at a wilderness lodge on a remarkable landscape without risk of malaria, and be spellbound by the bounty of Western Cape / Garden Route wilderness, or that of the incredible Karoo.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

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Cheetah Sighting in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is situated in the Western Cape, at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountains, near the town of Montagu. It is about a 3-hour drive from Cape Town. The reserve falls within the Little Karoo region, characterized by its semi-arid landscapes, diverse wildlife and unique flora. Sanbona is a noteworthy destination for its conservation and preservation of endangered species; for the diversity of wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and buffalo), as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and various antelope species; spectacular scenery of mountains, valleys and expansive plains; and ancient rock art sites of the San people who inhabited the region for thousands of years.

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The rugged setting of Dwyka Tented Camp in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Luxury accommodation is offered at Dwyka Tented Lodge, Gondwana Family Lodge and Tilney Manor, all set in beautiful natural surroundings. Each lodge has its own unique character and offers visitors an exclusive and private safari experience.

Gondwana Private Game Reserve

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Elephant sighting near thatched suites in Gondwana Private Game Reserve

Gondwana Private Game Reserve is situated in the Mossel Bay area of the Garden Route in the Western Cape. This is a magnificent wilderness offering views of the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains, of valleys and rolling hills, indigenous fynbos and other flora. Gondwana is a recognized Cape Floral World Heritage Site. The wildlife is diverse and includes the Big Five and many other species.

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The super-luxurious, exclusive-use Ulubisi House in Gondwana Private Game Reserve – ideal for families

Luxurious guest accommodation is provided in various lodges, suites and villas, some exclusive-use to ensure complete privacy and flexibility. Gondwana is active in conserving the natural wilderness and its wildlife. Activities on Gondwana include game drives, walking safaris and trails, bird watching and conservation activities. Guests can also enjoy spa treatments, tennis, swimming, and other recreational activities.

Samara Karoo Reserve

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A romantic, lantern-lit sleepout experience on the enchanting Samara Karoo landscape.

Samara Karoo Reserve is a special and unique destination in the Eastern Cape Karoo, offering an unforgettable Karoo experience and the chance to engage in conservation efforts. Samara is dedicated to the preservation of wildlife species, including the endangered cheetah, and has played an important part in reintroducing this animal to the area and restoring the habitat. The landscape is captivating, featuring mountains, valleys and Karoo plains. Enjoy an unhurried wilderness experience, along with warm Karoo hospitality, cultural experiences, stargazing, cheetah tracking, family activities, wilderness picnics, sleepouts and fly camping.

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The characterful Karoo Lodge in Samara Karoo Reserve

Stay at Karoo Lodge, a charmingly restored farmhouse, or at The Manor which offers a contemporary take on Karoo living. Plains Camp is Samara’s newest eco-tourism offering, an off-grid tented experience for up to 8 guests.

Mail us to book, or call +27 21 797 7122 to speak to a consultant.