Francois talks about his family trip to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
This is a destination not to be missed. The sheer expanse and beauty of the Sanbona gives one a sense of humbleness, a temporary release from the daily stresses of everyday living. Sanbona allows one to be at peace, to curl up with a book, seek solitude and do serious introspection.
At 54,000 hectares, Sanbona is one of the largest privately owned game reserves in South Africa. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is only a 3 hour drive from Cape Town on the Route 62 and the ideal relaxation retreat with its two therapy rooms, steam room and a sauna. Winter evenings at Sanbona are awe-inspiring with the most amazing stargazing night skies around. Sanbona boasts 54 000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art.
Klein Collection: How far is Sanbona from Cape Town?
Francois: About 250 km – but allow at least 3,5 hours to drive as there is a gravel road in the reserve that takes 50 minutes to get to the lodge
Klein Collection: Why did you go to Sanbona?
Francois: We decided quite impulsively to go to Sanbona with our kids (James and Francois Jr). Primary objective was to get away for two days, be spoilt in luxury and experience nature and privacy.
Klein Collection: What was your first impression of Sanbona on arrival?
Francois: Luxurious exclusive reserve and happy to have found it without getting lost!
Klein Collection: What was the service like?
Francois: Excellent service and attention to detail
Klein Collection: Is it child friendly?
Francois: Yes. Children policy on game drives allow allows children of 4 years and older.
Klein Collection: What activities are offered at Sanbona?
Francois: All-inclusive package meant amazing food and drinks at no additional cost. Very informative game drives (twice a day). The Sanbona reserve is 55 000 hectares large and has amazing wild life. We saw the big 5, game, bird life and open nature.
Sanbona’s Gondwana Lodge is very kid friendly and has a separate playroom for the children. The lodge’s menue also cater well for the children’s food preferences.
Klein Collection: What was the food like?
Francois: The culinary experience at Sanbona is really top end and it is one of the aspects of Sanbona that stood out for me.
Klein Collection: What was the highlight of your stay at Sanbona?
Francois: Seeing a hippo, a few lions, Cheetahs, and other animals at close range with our children – especially their reaction and the stories afterwards.
Klein Collection: What should potential visitors take note of?
Francois: Driving distance and to allow enough travel time to get to the lodge. I would definitely stay there for at least two nights – allow you to take it all in, relax as well as participate in game drives as well.
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