Explorer Camp

Sanbona Explorer Camp

The Sanbona Explorer Camp offers adventurous guests an authentic walking safari experience to explore the dramatic landscapes of the Karoo on foot. The camp is located in the heart of the reserve, within a beautifully shaded thicket and comprises luxury tents situated around a campfire. There are also qualified guides available to you in order to enrich your birding, cultural and natural history experiences with opportunities to encounter the Big Five on foot.

The Explorer Camp operates predominantly during the summer months (October – February) with the first trail opening in October and the last closing at the end of April.

Each wilderness trail takes two days to complete, with set departures each Friday. The routes are hosted and guided by an armed qualified guide. Distances walked vary each day but can last up to 4 hours. A game viewing vehicle is also available, and depending on where guests walk that day, the trail may start from camp or depart camp by vehicle to another area of the reserve.

We regret to inform you that no persons younger than 16 years, or older than 60 years will be able to participate in the wilderness trail walks.

Rooms and Suites

The Explorer Camp offers three canvas tents that can sleep a maximum of two people each. The tents are placed in fairly close proximity to one another, without encroaching on the privacy of the other tents. Wild animals are able to move through the camp at any time and although all safety precautions have been followed in setting up the camp; this remains a reality.

Each tent includes the following amenities:

  • 2 x stretcher beds with sheets, duvets, and pillows
  • En-suite facilities are available on request with bucket shower, chemical toilet, and canvas basin.
  • 1 x Hammock nestled away under a ancient Schotia tree
  • Guest amenities include insect repellent, towels, sanitary bags, as well as biodegradable shower gel and shampoo.
Activities Overview

Along Route 62 in the Little Karoo, Western Cape, lies a piece of heaven known as Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Located in one of the most diverse regions of South Africa in terms of fauna and flora, your safari holiday is accentuated by the panoramic landscapes and towering cliffs.  

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is packed with opportunities to learn, love and explore nature around you, while residing in luxurious lodges. And, in order to make the most out of your holiday adventure, there are several safari activities available such as:

  • Birdwatching
  • Flora & Fauna
  • Game Drives
  • Kids on Safari
  • Nature Walks
  • Photography
  • Relaxation Retreats
  • Rock Art
  • Rock Formations & Features
  • Sanbona Boat Safari
  • Stargazing
Spa and Wellness

Step into the privacy, luxury, and comfort of our tranquil retreats and let the gentle atmosphere envelop and embrace you.

All of the Relaxation Retreats at the Sanbona safari lodges are situated within the natural landscapes of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. While the rejuvenating forces of nature cradle you, delivering a range of world-class treatments and holistic modalities to balance and energise your being.

Spa safari relaxation retreat lodges each boast two therapy rooms and are available at all the lodges:

  • Dwyka Tented Lodge
  • Gondwana Family Lodge – also equipped with a steam room.
  • Tilney Manor – also equipped with a steam room and sauna
Map Of Lodge

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Rates Include
  • All meals
  • Beverages
  • Walking activities
  • Transfers between welcoming lounge and camp site
  • Tourism levy
  • 14% Vat
Rates Exclude
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Transfers to the reserve itself
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