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Dwyka Tented Lodge

Dwyka Tented Lodge

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

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At the foot of the Warmwaterberg, in the heart of the Little Karoo between Montagu and Barrydale on the famous Route 62, lies the stunning malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - 58,000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous fauna and flora, rock formations and rock art. Sanbona has an alluring atmosphere of stillness, an air of isolation amid the raw beauty and boundless plains.

Interactive game drives, lasting up to 3 hours, take place at sunrise and sunset. You are guided by your game ranger in an open game viewing vehicle and you are asked to share any particular interests with your ranger who will try to incorporate these into your game drive. On game drives guests will enjoy a sundowner drink at sunset and coffee/tea at sunrise.

An optional walk with a ranger can also be arranged, and will cater for your individual needs. From gentle strolls to challenging trails discovering isolated vistas, the walks reveal the beauty of the reserve. Guests can also enjoy a boat safari, in search of hippos and birds such as fish eagles, grey herons and Egyptian geese.

With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa.

The 9 luxurious and secluded tents at Dwyka Tented Lodge exude an atmosphere of pioneering adventure in this vast landscape. The tents are set in a horseshoe shape, and each has an indoor and outdoor shower, and a private deck with a spa bath.

The main lodge features a Relaxation Retreat with 2 treatment rooms for guests to take advantage of in between activities. The main guest areas also include a bar/lounge area with a fireplace and TV, a dining area, and an open air boma.

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Rates Include

All meals; shared game drives/boat trips; guided walks; tea/coffee; water; and game drive beverages are included. All other beverages are excluded and can be settled upon departure.

Children Policy

Children aged 16 years and older are welcome.

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

No persons under the age of 16 years are permitted to join the nature walks.

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings

Start TestimonialDwyka exceeded our expectations: beautiful accommodations, pampering services, excellent guide - we learned a great deal about the flora and fauna and had an exciting time on the game drives. Solomon was excellent.End Testimonial


Start TestimonialDwyka exceeded our expectations: beautiful accommodations, pampering services, excellent guide --we learned a great deal about the flora and fauna and had an exciting time on the game drives. Solomon was excellent. The drivers of Springbok Atlas were always reliable, arrived early to pick us up, and slow, careful drivers. Thank you!End Testimonial


Start TestimonialAll were very good but the stand out place for us was Dwyka which was the most amazing place we have ever stayed in and would strongly recommend for future guests. The safari was fantastic and I can't imagine it would be much better in the Eastern Cape. We didn't see everything but then it stopped it feeling like a zoo as we had to try and find them. Staff were also very good. Thanks to Natasha for her patience in helping us put together the perfect honeymoon (which it was!).End Testimonial


Start TestimonialI wanted to give you some feedback regarding my trip to Dwyka Tented Lodge in Sanbona. It was FANTASTIC. We saw loads of different animals, the accommodation was fabulous, our guide was experienced, the food was delicious and service very efficient and very friendly. So would highly recommend it.End Testimonial


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Directions For Drivers

From Cape Town: 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 62 (R62) is taken. Follow the signs to the town of Robertson. Once through Robertson, the next town is 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 where guests will be welcomed.

From the main gate, it is 15 minutes to the Welcome Lounge where you will be welcomed.  It is then a further 65 minutes to Dwyka Tented Lodge. Please follow the relevant signs in the reserve. The recommended speed limit is 40 km per hour.

Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

PLEASE NOTE:  The main gate closes at 18:00, should your arrival time be later, please advise prior to arrival in order to make arrangements.

General Information For Guests

All rooms have comfort cooling/heating, a minibar, a private deck with spa bath, tea/coffee making facilities, an electronic safe, a telephone, and an en-suite bathroom with shower, free-standing bath and twin basins and an outdoor shower.

The lodge has Wi-Fi, a Relaxation Retreat with 2 therapy rooms and a gift boutique. There is also a main lounge with a fireplace and TV with satellite channels, an open air dining boma, and a wine cellar.

Daily activities include game drives, boat cruises and guided nature walks - guests are asked to request nature walks at the time of booking as these are subject to the availability of qualified guides.

A daily transfer from the Welcome Lounge to the lodge is available on request, and must be booked at least 72 hours in advance. For arriving guests, the first pick-up from the Welcome Lounge is at 12:30 and you will arrive at Dwyka at 13:35 OR the second pick-up from the Welcome Lounge is at 16:00 and you arrive at Dwyka at 17:05 (but you will not be able to join the afternoon game drive).  For departing guests you will be picked up from Dwyka at 11:00 and you will arrive at the Welcome Lounge at 12:15.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

No persons under the age of 16 years are permitted to join the nature walks.

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