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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.
During this safari, you can choose to stay in Dwyka Tented Lodge, Tilney Manor, or Gondwana 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:
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:
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:
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.
You could pamper yourself with a spa treatment at either of the lodge at an extra cost.
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