Just spent a fantastic 2 nights at Dwyka camp at Sanbona. The staff were amazing and this trip provided a great weekend get away from Cape Town. Only 2 & ½ hours drive from Cape Town, and offering all the excitement and relaxation of a true wildlife destination.
Once you arrive at the road to the park, it’s a 7km drive on a good gravel road to the welcome gate. From there, it’s a 13km drive on a good gravel road to the staging point, where a shuttle will transfer you to the Camp. Dwyka is about 45 mins by transfer on slightly rougher gravel road from the staging point. You can self-drive this other leg, but I would advise parking your car at the staging point and taking a transfer.
Dwyka is luxury in an otherwise harsh Karoo landscape. The food was great, accommodation 5 star, and the staff were amazing and very helpful.
Our game drives were amazing (hosted by the very competent and knowledgeable Alwyn), with the opportunity to see white lions on foot, with a walk with rangers. Winter is cooler there, so take along very warm coats and jackets. Dwyka provided hot water bottles, hot chocolate, blankets, and much more to keep you warm on drives.
We were fortunate to see cheetah, rhino, lion, elephant, various antelope, hippo, and many birds of prey.
Dwyka even has DSTV in the main lodge for those of us who just have to see the Stormers play.
Highly recommended, if not the only place to recommend when you want a game-getaway not too far from Cape Town.
I’m generally hesitant to visit game parks and reserves close to Cape Town, as often they are nothing more than glorified zoos, with animals in fenced off areas. Sanbona is NOTHING like that. The reserve is vast and truly magnificent.
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