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Sanbona Explorer Camp

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    Sanbona Explorer Camp ★★★★

    This seasonal camp offers adventurous guests an authentic walking experience to explore the Karoo while sleeping in luxury tents and enjoying evenings around a campfire. The camp is located along a beautifully shaded riverbed and qualified guides enhance birding, cultural and natural history experiences with opportunities to encounter the Big 5. The Explorer Camp operates during the summer months (October – April) and each wilderness trail takes two days to complete, with departures each Friday.

    Regretfully, no persons younger than 16 years are able to participate in the wilderness trail walks. Restrictions apply to persons over 60 years, please contact us for the criteria.


    The Explorer Camp offers three canvas tents that can sleep a maximum of two people each. The tents are placed in fairly close proximity to one another, without encroaching on the privacy of the other tents. Wild animals are able to move through the camp at any time and although all safety precautions have been followed in setting up the camp; this remains a reality.

    Each tent includes the following amenities:

    • 2 x stretcher beds with sheets, duvets, and pillows
    • En-suite facilities are available on request with bucket shower, chemical toilet, and canvas basin
    • 1 x Hammock nestled away under a ancient Schotia tree
    • Guest amenities include insect repellent, towels, sanitary bags, as well as biodegradable shower gel and shampoo


    The following program is a guideline as all timings are subject to discussions upon arrival.

    Day 1 – Arrival at Sanbona (Friday)

    Day 2 – (Saturday)

    • Early wake up can be expected due to the nature of walking and temperatures during summer.
    • Enjoy muffins, fruit sticks, biscuits, tea and coffee in the lap of Mother Nature.
    • Morning walk commences and can last up to 4 hours, depending on temperatures.
    • Enjoy a hearty brunch upon return to camp.
    • Relax in your hammock, catch up on some rest, or simply adore the wild.
    • A variety of light sandwiches with fresh fruits will be enjoyed for lunch.
    • Afternoon hike.
    • Sundowner drinks are enjoyed in the bush, close to camp.
    • Enjoy dinner and an evening around the campfire.

    Day 3 – Day of Departure (Sunday)

    • Early wake up can be expected.
    • Enjoy a breakfast in the bush before departing at 10h00 in order to meet up with the transfer from one of Sanbona’s luxury lodges to be back at the Welcome Lounge by 12h30.
    • A brief walk on morning of departure is optional.
    Game Drives

    Interactive game drives last up to 3 hours and take place in the tranquil moods of sunrise and sunset.

    Sanbona is an ongoing conservation project that aims to restore the ecological balance in a landscape formed during cataclysmic times 350 million years ago. Travel through 3 different biomes, and many habitats, including the quartz fields of the succulent Karoo, a very special habitat characterised by beds of angular quartz debris and home to a flora of stunning minute succulent shrubs.

    You will traverse this wild landscape with a qualified ranger in a comfortable open Land Cruiser. During the drive, either in the early morning or at sunset, numerous species of plants, animals, big game and birds can be seen.

    A hot beverage of your choice is offered during the sunrise game drives. Sundowner evening drives offer spectacular displays of light as the sun sets over the Little Karoo.

    Please note – no persons under 4 years of age are permitted to join game drives.

    To make the best of your safari game drives at Sanbona, do bring along the following:

    • Binoculars
    • Cameras
    • Warm clothing
    • Sunscreen
    • Hat
    Wilderness Walks

    Take it all in when you visit Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. We encourage our guests to jump at the opportunity to discover everything the Little Karoo has to offer in terms of fauna, flora and majestic landscapes.

    The entire reserve offers an array of nature walks, hiking and wilderness trails for you to explore. Well-informed and experienced rangers can indicate points of interest while divulging important and interesting information about the area.

    With the variety of exquisite sites, animals and plants to see while on your excursion, choosing the right time of day is important. Larger and smaller animals alike are most active during the early mornings and early evenings. During the day you’re likely to catch a glimpse of an array of birdlife nesting, hunting or travelling through the area, with waterholes being the most prominent area.

    Each adventure is appropriate for any fitness level, from easy walking tours to more advanced hiking trails.

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