White Lion Lodge on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
A Karoo Wilderness Retreat on the Route 62, offering a unique safari experience near Cape Town. The privately-owned White Lion Lodge is situated in the southern part of the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. It offers luxury accommodation, exceptional personal service and delicious cuisine combined with nature and game drives.
"Right from the start the magic surrounds you"
The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve spreads over 58000 ha in the malaria free Klein Karoo, along the Route 62, between Montagu and Barrydale, just over 3 hours away from Cape Town. We operate a nature-based tourism and like to introduce our guests to the biodiversity hotspots, the Fynbos- and Succulent Biome together with indigenous free roaming animal species, that what the San saw hundreds of years ago.
Welcome to the White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Daily program for a two night stay
DAY OF ARRIVAL
On the day of arrival lunch is served between 13:00 - 14:00
Your suite will be ready and waiting for you at 14:00
The afternoon nature drive through the South will start between 15:00 - 16:00
Dinner will be served after your return from the afternoon safari
Your day will start between 05:00 - 06:00
The morning safari will take you to the North of the Wildlife Reserve
10:00 - 10:30 you will return to the Lodge and breakfast will be served
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch will be served
15:00 - 16:00 Afternoon game drive through the South
Dinner will be served after the game drive
DAY OF DEPARTURE
Your day will start between 05:00 - 06:00
The morning drive will take you to the North of the Reserve
10:00 - 10:30 you will return to the Lodge and vacate your room
Breakfast will be served
After breakfast it is time to say good bye
Game Drives /Safari Drives
Your safari within the Wildlife Reserve can be carried out at any time throughout the day where
you will be guided by your own private knowledgeable field guide in an open game viewing
vehicle, who will provide you with insightful information on the fauna and flora of the Klein
If you have any particular interests, please discuss them to your dedicated ranger who will be
happy to merge your plans with those of the group, or mention them when reserving the
Be it a shorter southern game drive or heading north on an extended day safari, the various
game drives can take between 2.5 - 7 hours, depending on weather and time of departure.
Game drives can include a bush breakfast, lunch or sundowners picnic for you to enjoy at one
of our amazing viewpoints.
It is always advisable to bring warm clothes, even in summer. In winter, a warm jacket, beanie,
scarf and gloves are advisable above the poncho and raincoats we provide. These items are
also available to purchase at the Lodge.
Please do not forget to bring your own binoculars & cameras, as we can never be sure of what
we may encounter out in the veldt. Your safety is of our utmost concern and your guide will
inform you of the necessary safety precautions before embarking on your safari.
Climate and Weather
The climate is semi-arid with rainfall mainly in the winter month. The Klein Karoo is traditionally hot and dry, with cooling south-westerly winds during the afternoons in summer, making it ideal conditions for a lovely sunset game drive. On average the nights cool down to 15C – 20C degrees in summer.
Very little rain occurs during summer, and if it does, it is usually in form of thunderstorms. Normally the area receives about 250mm-350mm of rain per year, mostly in the winter months.
The lowest rainfall (6mm) is in January and the highest (27mm) in August. The coolest months are July & August, when the mercury drops to -2 & -4 degrees Celsius on average during the night, but during the day the temperatures range between comfortable 15-20 degrees, ideal safari conditions.
What to bring
For your safari dress completely informal, natural colors are recommended.
A warm jacket, a fleece, scarf, beanie, gloves for early morning and night drives
Comfortable walking shoes
Please note that the White Lion Lodge is situated within a malaria free area.
If there is anything else you would like to know, don’t hesitate to contact us.