Sanbona Gondwana Family Lodge

Situated in the scenic Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Gondwana Lodge offers endless views over the plains of Bellair Dam and on to the Anysberg Mountains.

The Sanbona Reserve is only 3 hour’s drive from Cape Town, on Route 62, between the towns of Barrydale and Montagu.

Head out on game drives, nature walks and bird watching excursions in this exceptional private reserve, which is home to a variety of animal species.

Children are kept entertained with a range of fun and educational activities, which leaves the adults free to enjoy an indulgent massage at the Relaxation Retreat Spa.

Facilities & Activities

The Relaxation Retreat Spa at Gondwana Lodge offers two therapy rooms where you may indulge in a range of pampering treatments.

The lodge also features a gift boutique for unique souvenirs, and an exciting ‘Kids on Safari’ programme for children of all ages.

The programme offers outdoor trails, visits to sites where the San people left their legacy on the rock faces, and a range of other sporting and arts and crafts activities that are both fun and educational. While the kids are being entertained, sip a glass of wine in the lounge or relax beside the swimming pool.

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At Gondwana Lodge, meals are served in the dining area around an inviting fireplace or outside in the open-air boma. Complement your meal with a glass of wine from the fully-stocked wine cellar.


Sanbona Gondwana’s contemporary suites are very spacious and offer beautiful views over the Karoo plains and mountains from private patios. Equipped with an impressive list of luxury features including air-conditioning and under floor heating, these suites are ideal for a family of two adults and one child.

A few of the rooms are interleading, which offers more space and comfort for bigger families or groups. Bathrooms are en suite and feature showers, free standing bathtubs and twin vanities.

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If you after a family friendly nature experience within easy drive of Cape Town – then Sanbona Gondwana would be a great option. The lodge is an easy 3 hour drive from Cape Town and malarial free. They offer a good first time safari nature experience.

The lodge offers a Kids on Safari programme with a selection of activities which are suitable for the whole family to enjoy. The facilities include a children’s room and outdoor play area and a child friendly swimming pool with shallow area.
Each suite can accommodate a maximum of two adults and one child under 12 years of age.

Children younger than 4 years of age are not permitted on game drive however child minding can be arranged.


Conservation efforts within Sanbona are linked across all aspects of the Reserve. Sustainability and responsible utilisation are foundations for their day to day management at their lodges, administrative buildings, staff villages and workshops. They have partnered with the world renowned and respected Wilderness Foundation and their Green Leaf Environmental Standard (GLES) programme.

Sanbona constantly strives to comply with and improve on the Green Leaf measures. Throughout all aspects and departments of Sanbona, processes and infrastructure are in place to help us run as ecologically sound a tourism experience as possible. The main considerations are; effective water and energy usage, including the capture of rainwater and the use of wood from alien plant species for fire places. Waste management includes the recycling of raw materials, composting of food waste and the filtration and use of grey water for irrigating lodge gardens. A final but equally important aspect is the education and upliftment of local communities and staff.

The aim of Sanbona, using the GLES, is to reduce the effects of consumption on our environment and improve upon environmental management and awareness in an eco-friendly manner, by addressing the direct impact of the Reserve on the environment, reducing our carbon footprint and improving the environmental education of owners and consumers alike, towards realising ways of enjoying the tourism product without compromising quality and experience.


3 hour drive from Cape Town / 270km.
From the main gate is it a further 15km to the welcome lounge where you can choose to park your car and then be transferred to the lodge – approx. 55 minutes slow game drive.
Pick up from the welcome lounge is 12h30 / 16h00 however we suggest to arrive for the 12h30 timing as to avoid missing your afternoon’s game drive.
Departing guests pick up from Gondwana Lodge is 11h20

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