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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

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Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
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1 bedroom, premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe

Overview of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

5.0 star property
Luxury lodge in Montagu with 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges

9.6/10 Exceptional

101 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air conditioning
R62 between Montagu and Barrydale, Montagu, Western Cape, 6720

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About this area

Getting around

  • Cape Town Intl. Airport (CPT) - 122 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Deluxe Coffeeworks - 5 min walk
  • Piccolo Tessoro - 5 min walk
  • Piccolo Tesoro - 5 min walk
  • Die Kloof Padstal - 5 min walk
  • 22 Church Street - 6 min walk

About this property

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

A great choice for a stay in Montagu, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve features an airport shuttle. Guests can grab a bite to eat at one of the 2 restaurants, then indulge in deep-tissue massages, facials, or body scrubs. Other highlights at this luxurious lodge include 2 bars/lounges, an outdoor pool, and a sauna. Fellow travelers say good things about the comfortable beds and helpful staff.


Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest rooms kept vacant for 72 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 15 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from noon - 11:30 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 6:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children (12 years old and younger) not allowed


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning 7:30 AM–10:30 AM
  • 2 restaurants
  • 2 bars/lounges


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 2 buildings/towers
  • Built in 2001
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas
  • An outdoor pool
  • Spa services
  • Sauna


  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Xhosa
  • Zulu

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Minibar
  • Electric kettle
  • Bathrobes and slippers

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Balcony or patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Electrical adapters/chargers

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include deep-tissue massages, facials, body scrubs, and body treatments.


Tilney Manor Restaurant - Overlooking the pool and garden, this fine-dining restaurant specializes in African cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.
Dwyka Restaurant - Overlooking the garden, this fine-dining restaurant specializes in African cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Resort fee: ZAR 125 per person, per night

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 72 hours between bookings.


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

This property accepts major credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Barrydale
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Lodge Barrydale
bona Wildlife Reserve Barryda
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Lodge
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Montagu
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Lodge Montagu

Frequently asked questions

Does Sanbona Wildlife Reserve offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
You can check in from noon - 11:30 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and nearby?
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has 2 bars and an outdoor pool, as well as a sauna.
Are there restaurants at or near Sanbona Wildlife Reserve?
Yes, there are 2 onsite restaurants, featuring African cuisine and garden views. Nearby restaurants include Deluxe Coffeeworks (5-min walk), Piccolo Tessoro (5-min walk), and Piccolo Tesoro (5-min walk).
Does Sanbona Wildlife Reserve have rooms with private spa tubs?
Yes, each room has a deep soaking bathtub.
Does Sanbona Wildlife Reserve have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony or patio.
What's the area around Sanbona Wildlife Reserve like?
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a short 13-minute walk from Montagu Village Market and 4 minutes' walk from Montagu Museum.

Overall score and ratings






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10/10 Exceptional

My husband and I had the most memorable experience at Sanbona. There are truly no words to describe how much we enjoyed our time at the reserve. The service at the lodge was impeccable, the room was gorgeous, and our guide on the game drives was extremely knowledgable. Even more, Sanbona is clearly committed to sustainability. I cannot recommend Sanbona enough!!
Meredith, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Staff were fantastic, accommodation was excellent and the guide of the game drives was incredible.
Stan, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful location and unique and private tented lodges.
Keith, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful property. Very large rooms. Excellent spa. Food was distinctly average
2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The Reserve is amazing! The rooms were gorgeous, the food excellent and the staff were all friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. Our guide, Chris, was incredible, extremely knowledgeable about all of the wildlife and he went out of his way to make sure we saw all of the animals. It was a wonderful experience!
Barbara, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Loved it!
Fabulous stay! Accommodation at Dwyer fantastic as was good and service. Game drives fantastic too
Kathryn, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The expertise of the guides, the friendliness of the staff, viewing the animals, all wonderful! People with bad backs should not take this tour. The Jeep rides are rough!
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Louise, 1-night family trip
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