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Conservation in South Africa is often a difficult task and involves careful management to ensure security for wildlife, benefits for local people and habitat protection. So it’s welcome news when our safari partners go to lengths to carry out ethical conservation efforts, that in turn support ethical tourism.

South Africa’s cheetah population is classed as endangered and has a population of approximately 550 individuals. Over the last 30 years the cheetah population has declined by a devastating 30% – largely due to habitat loss and fragmentation due to increasing human populations, persecution by livestock farmers and communities as they are deemed “problem animals”, and the hunting/poaching of cheetah for the lucrative fur trade and exotic pet industry. We are thankful for the many efforts helping conserve this beautiful species.



In October last year, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve received a new male cheetah from a game reserve in the Eastern Cape.

After spending time in the boma to acclimatise him to his new environment, he was released onto Sanbona’s 58,000 hectare reserve during the recent lockdown in South Africa. From here, he will be monitored via his satellite tracking collar as well as from vehicles and on foot.

Cheetah monitoring is essential for keeping track of their movement patterns, habitat utilisation, population demographics, and snaring or poaching incidents should they occur.

We wish this handsome male cheetah an enjoyable life ahead at Sanbona and for Africa’s cheetah population to continue receiving such amazing conservation assistance.



At the foot of the towering Warm waterberg Mountains in the Little Karoo lies the unique safari destination of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Three Luxury Lodges and an adventurous Explorer Camp nestle in 58,000 hectares of sculpted Cape Fold Mountains and wide-open plains. Take a three-hour scenic drive from Cape Town to the heart of the Little Karoo, along the Route 62, to an unforgettable, malaria-free private game reserve.

Experience a huge diversity of indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3, 500 years, plus a unique boat safari and thrilling game drives. Conservation is paramount at Sanbona and every guest contributes to preserving this wilderness for future generations.

Sabona Wildlife Reserve makes for a great addition to any African itinerary, whether you wish to visit the “Mother City” of Cape Town, or South Africa’s famous wine region of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is packed with opportunities to learn, love and explore nature around you, while residing in luxurious lodges. And, in order to make the most out of your holiday adventure, there are several safari activities available such as:

  • Birdwatching
  • Flora & Fauna
  • Game Drives
  • Kids on Safari
  • Nature Walks
  • Photography
  • Relaxation Retreats
  • Rock Art
  • Rock Formations & Features
  • Sanbona Boat Safari
  • Stargazing

Accommodations at Sanbona include (click the name to view an online brochure with further details of each lodge & photos): Gondwana Family Lodge, Dwyka Tented Lodge, Tilney Manor and Explorer Camp

Rates start from R7,000.00 (Approx. US$415) per person per night.

Rates are inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drives, guided wilderness walks, non-alcoholic beverages, game drive beverages, tourism levy and 15% VAT.

* Make your reservation at least 6 months prior to your arrival date and receive a 10% reduction. Our team will gladly assist with a quotation.


Start planning your dream safari today with Captured In Africa.

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