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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is located in the mysterious Little Karoo along the Warmwaterberg Mountains, only 3 hours from Cape Town. Sanbona offers 54 000 hectares of local plantlife and wildlife, including their famous white lions.
There's something truly awe inspiring and unique about Sanbona. Much of it has to do with the sheer expanse and the simple beauty which, anyone who's been there will tell you, leaves you with an indescribable feeling of humbleness, and a kind of awareness about the trivialities of the everyday life you've left behind for the weekend. It's a stress relief unlike any other.
Ultimately, Sanbona gives you the chance to just be at ease and peace, whether it's about curling up with a book, or just breathing in the fresh wilderness air.
Sanbona is big - at 54,000 hectares it is one of the largest privately owned reserves in the country. It's also just a a 3 hour drive from Cape Town, making it the closest free-roaming Big 5 reserve to the mother city. The vast open plains and rugged mountains are home to a wide range of wildlife, the famous free roaming white lions not withstanding, while the endemic bird and animal life will keep even the most travelled guests engaged.
As a previous range occupied by the SAN people, there are bushman paintings and educationals of particular historical significance as well.
It's situated in the heart of the Little Karoo Wine Route, just off the famous Route 62, making this a superb option to combine with a road trip for a week away from the bustle of the Mother City.