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3 Days Big Five Safari South Africa

  • Tilney Manor, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Montagu, Little Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa


Luxury Safari South Africa

Experience an authentic Big Five safari in a luxurious private wildlife reserve of South Africa. African wildlife in their natural environment will take you to revel in the essence of their magnificent wilderness. This exceptional experience will make you feel relaxed and at the same time thrilled by the wonder of imposing presence within your reach. Leave your normal daily stresses and strains behind you, and enjoy awe inspiring scenery with exciting safaris under African skies.


  • Game drives
  • Big Five viewing
  • A wine estate visit
  • Stunning mountain passes
  • Transfers to and from Cape Town
  • Daily meals and refreshments
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • A qualified field guide
  • 3 activity days
  • English
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During this safari, you can choose to stay in Dwyka Tented Lodge, Tilney Manor, or Gondwana Lodge.

Dwyka Tented Lodge

This lodge offers nine luxury tents, each with private decks and spa baths are set in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine. Each luxury tent can sleep a maximum of two adults. There are two twin-bedded and seven king-bedded luxury tents, each of which have these features:

  • Cooling / heating air conditioners
  • En-suite bathroom, shower, twin basins, and freestanding bath
  • Outdoor shower
  • Private deck with spa bath
  • Private minibar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • International dial telephone
  • Electronic safe
  • Wi-Fi at the lodge

Tilney Manor

Tilney Manor consists of six large open plan suites, each opening onto their own private verandas. Each of these suites boasts panoramic views of the reserve and can sleep a maximum of two adults. Three of them boast king-size beds, while the remaining three each have twin beds. The suite has several features, such as:

  • Air conditioning
  • International dial telephone
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • His and hers outdoor showers
  • En-suite bathroom with shower, twin basins, and freestanding bath in the center
  • Private minibar
  • Electronic safe
  • Fireplace
  • Private veranda
  • Wi-Fi at the lodge

Gondwana Lodge

Gondwana Lodge offers 12 generously proportioned luxury suites, each with endless views over the Karoo plains, and the Anysberg Mountains. Each room can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults. There are several options of rooms available at Gondwana, including six suites on the ground floor with private deck and six suites upstairs with private balcony / viewing deck. Each of these options has several features, such as:

  • Air conditioning
  • Under floor heating
  • Private minibar
  • Wi-Fi at the lodge

Afruka Safaris and Tours' guide will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation at 08:00, before taking the drive to Sanbona Game Reserve. On the way, you can stop for photo opportunities. There will be a coffee break in one of the villages en route. You will arrive at the reserve at 12:00 and then be transferred inside the reserve at their welcoming lounge. The lodge staff will then transport you to your lodge. You can settle in and then have lunch in their restaurant.

In the late afternoon, you will go for your first game drive. The vehicle used will be a Toyota Land cruiser. It is a 6-seater open viewing vehicle, and this will be driven by your lodge ranger. All the game drives will take around 3 hours, depending on what you manage to see on any one drive. After the game drive, you can freshen up before having a wonderful evening meal at the lodge.

On day two, the lodge staff will give you an early morning wake-up call for your morning game drive. Depending on the time of year, it will normally start between 06:00 to 07:00. After this game drive, you will have a full breakfast before spending relaxing time around the lodge. Lunch will be served before the second of the afternoon game drives. This time, they will try and find animals that you have not seen before.

Another gourmet delight will follow that game drive before you retire for the night. The morning of day 3 will start as before with a wake-up call, some coffee, and then off out for the last of your game drives. Hopefully, you can see any animals that you would still like to view. After you return, you will have breakfast and then get ready to check out.

You will check out at around 11:00. You will be taken back to the welcoming lodge where your guide will collect you for the transport back to Cape Town. On the way back, you will take a different route and hopefully have time to stop off for a wine tasting at one of the many wine estates that you pass en route. You should arrive back in Cape Town by 17:30.

This safari will take place in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Nestled in the heart of the Little Karoo, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a three-hour drive from Cape Town, along Route 62. At the foot of the towering Waterberg Mountains, Sanbona boasts sculpted Cape Fold Mountains, wide open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna, and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3,500 years.

All meals will be served daily, consisting of word-class cuisine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Birdwatching
  • Nature walks
  • Photography
  • Rock art exploration
  • Rock formations and features exploration
  • Sanbona boat safari
  • Stargazing

You could pamper yourself with a spa treatment at either of the lodge at an extra cost.

  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • A private air-conditioned vehicle
  • A qualified field guide
  • A wine estate visit
  • Big Five game drives
  • Daily meals and refreshments
  • Stunning mountain passes
  • Transfers to and from Cape Town

Driving directions from Cape Town

  • Take the N1 highway in the direction of Paarl.
  • There is a tollgate on this road, just before the Huguenot Tunnel.
  • Once through the tunnel, take the second turnoff to the right into Worcester (R60).
  • Follow the signs toward Robertson.
  • Drive through Robertson, still on the R60 into Ashton.
  • Proceed through Ashton, the R60 becomes the R62.
  • Carry on through Cogmanskloof and Montagu for about 43 kilometers.
  • Turn left at Die Vlakte and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve sign.
  • Continue for 7 kilometers to reach the main entrance.
  • Proceed for another 15 kilometers to reach the welcome lounge.
  • From the welcome lounge, you will be picked up to your accommodation.

Driving directions from Oudtshoorn

  • Follow Route 62 for 175 kilometers via Calitzdorp and Ladismith, toward Barrydale.
  • From Barrydale, continue on Route 62 toward Montagu for approximately 22 kilometers.
  • Turn right at ‘Die Vlakte’ and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve signs.
  • Continue for 7 kilometers to reach the main entrance.
  • Proceed for another 15 kilometers to reach the welcome lounge.
  • From the welcome lounge, you will be picked up to your accommodation.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Vannessa Hammond from UK

    "We had a fabulous few days in Cape Town, and Quinton was an excellent guide, making our days both interesting and thought provoking. I will certainly recommend you to any friends to come your way."

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  • Review by Charles and Jane Cockrem from UK

    "Having just returned to the UK, we wanted to say a very big thank you to yourself and Quinton for all the wonderful trips and Sanbona safari that you organized for us. You exceeded our expectations. It really was a trip of a lifetime. Quinton was an amazing guide. We felt like we had a friend along with us. Everything went so smoothly. We even had the Table Mountain gondola to ourselves on the way down. Finally, we give our best wishes to Quinton and love to Abi and Zuri."

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  • Review by Unati May from Johannesburg, South Africa

    "I just want to thank you for organizing my stay at the Sanbona Park. I had a great time with the kids. It was like a dream, a perfect present to myself. The people there were great. The service was out of this world and I'm definitely going back there. I also had a lovely time with Frank. He is great. It felt more like I was with a friend more than anything. Thank you so much. I enjoyed every single moment."

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  • Review by Marilyn and Owen Coakes from Perth, Australia

    "As we said in the text our tour exceeded all our expectations one hundred fold and quite spoilt us for anything else. Subsequently our voyage on the QM2, whilst a nice rest fades into insignificance!"

    "We cannot express enough appreciation of the attention to detail in your organisation of our trip, your tolerance of any additional requests or changes in timing, etc., that meant that we were able to just sit back and enjoy every minute from the first moment when you picked us up from the airport. Your wealth of knowledge, good humour, seemingly untiring energy levels and genuine love of South Africa kept us enthralled and has made us want to return as soon as we are able. Somehow you managed to pack into our tour so many of the highlights of the Cape, each experience incredibly special but the breathtaking beauty of the Swartberg Pass and the hands-on experiences with the cheetahs and elephants were so overwhelmingly wonderful that they still move me to tears and I'm so grateful to have them etched in my memory. The disc of the photos that you gave us is incredible, such great shots and such a wonderful record of our tour. Thank you so much. A great country, warm and welcoming people, a wealth of wildlife, great accommodation, great food, great company and the best of tour guides (may you never lose that warm personal touch) - what more can I say except THANK YOU for the best holiday ever!"

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  • Review by Vannessa Hammond - from United Kingdom

    "Just an email to say thank you very much. We had a fabulous few days in Cape Town and Quinton was an excellent guide, making our days both interesting and thought provoking. I will certainly recommend to you to any friends coming your way."

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  • Review by Emilios Kattides from Canada

    "What an unexpected surprise it was to come down to our hotel lobby and receive the wonderful book on Cape Town. We were completely taken off guard and such a great way to send us off after a fantastic trip. Thank you! Frank was a wealth of knowledge and enjoyed his company thoroughly on the drives. The Sanbona Lodge was absolutely amazing. Their 5 Star rating is well deserved. All our jaws dropped when we opened our rooms to see the accommodations and the views from within. It was a wise decision for us to push it back to the end of the trip, as it was the jewel in the crown. Thanks again and when we return, we will surely be in touch."

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Cape Town, South Africa

Afruka Safaris and Tours is a tour company based in Cape Town that specializes in affordable private and personalized safaris and tours with flexible itineraries and time schedules.

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The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.

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