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LOCATIONSanbona Wildlife ReservePOOLNo
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPANo
OFF ROADYesAIRCONNo
CAMP FENCEDNoCELLPHONE SIGNALNo
CHILD POLICYNo Children under 16MALARIANo


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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
01 October - 30 November 2018 Mobile Canvas Tent R 5,395 pppn sharing rate for advance bookings
01 December 2018 - 31 March 2019 Mobile Canvas Tent R 6,110 pppn sharing rate for advance bookings
01 April - 30 April 2019 Mobile Canvas Tent R 5,395 pppn sharing rate for advance bookings

*EACH TRAIL IS 2 NIGHTS WITH A SET ARRIVAL OF FRIDAY EACH WEEK.
THE EXPLORER CAMP ONLY OPERATES DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS WITH THE FIRST TRAIL IN OCTOBER AND THE LAST TRAIL AT THE END OF APRIL.


FOR SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES PLEASE CONTACT BUSHBREAKS & MORE ON 0861 00 44 55 / +2711 468 3476 OR EMAIL
INFO@BUSHBREAKS.CO.ZA FOR MORE INFO.


* surcharges will apply over peak holiday periods & long weekends

RATE INCLUDES
• Mobile tented accommodation
• All meals
• Selected local beverages
• Walking activities
• Welcome lounge transfers at set times
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
• Please contact your BushBreaks consultant for a special discounted rate for single accommodation.
CHILD POLICY
• No persons younger than 16 years will be able to participate.
IMPORTANT NOTES
• Sanbona Explorer Camp is sold as a two-night walking trail package: therefore two nights are automatically booked and payable at the time of reserving this unique experience.
• The Explorer Camp operates during the summer months with the first trail in October and the last trail at the end of April.
• Each trail is 2 nights with a set arrival of Friday of the week.
• The walking trails are hosted and guided by an armed qualified walking guide.
• Distances walked vary each day but can last up to 4 hours.
• A game viewing vehicle remains in camp and will be utilised depending on where guests walk that day, the trail may start from camp or depart camp by vehicle to visit another area of the reserve.
• Participants older than 60 years will be required to provide a medical clearance certificate in order to participate.
• A complimentary transfer from the welcoming lounge to the different lodges is available on request and must be booked atleast 72 hours in advance.
• Arriving guests are picked up from the welcoming lounge at 12h30 or 16h00
• Departing guests are picked up from their lodge to be back at the welcoming lounge by 12h30
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Discounted special rates for International Residents are available on request.



INFORMATION
GETTING THERE
3.5 hours by road from Cape Town (between Montagu & Barrydale). Daily scheduled flights to Cape Town and 3.5 by road to the camp. Charter flights can be arranged directly into the Lodge

ACCOMMODATION
3 x Mobile canvas (camping) Tents sleeping a maximum of 2 people each

ABOUT THE LODGE & THE RESERVE

This unique walking experience is ideal for guests looking for an adventurous and authentic option offering an ambience of a tented bush camp. The camp is located within the north east of the reserve. This is a flexible experience for guests to explore the Sanbona Karoo as we believe that the rigidity of travel needs to be simplified by going back to basics. This explorer camp reflects the original safari of being on foot and sleeping around the fire at night within the comfort of a mobile tent. Guests will enjoy walks through the magnificent Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, whereby their guide will enhance their experience with birding, cultural history and other natural history of the area.

CAMP SITE

Tents are placed in fairly close proximity without encroaching on another tents privacy. 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.

MEALS

All meals are prepared and enjoyed under the Karoo skies

ABLUTIONS

2 x Outside showers shared by all guests (water is heated via the sun or on cold days via a fire for extra warmth).
Each tent has an en-suite bio box toilet (portable) with canvas for privacy.


GENERAL INFORMATION
 

  • The Explorer Camp operates during the summer months with the first trail in October and the last trail at the end of April
  • Each trail is 2 nights with a set departure each Friday of the week
  • The walking trails are hosted and guided by an armed qualified walking guide
  • Distances walked vary each day but can last up to 4 hours
  • A game viewing vehicle remains in camp and depending on where guests walk that day, the trail may start from camp or depart camp by vehicle to visit another area of the reserve
  • We regret that no persons younger than 16 years or older than 60 years will be able to participate

WHAT TO PACK
 

  • Clothing of neutral colours that is light in weight, but warm
  •  Bright coloured clothing must be avoided
  • 3 x Shirts
  • 3 x Shorts
  • 2 x pants (long)
  • 1 x warm jersey or jacket as the evenings can get cold
  • Hiking or trail shoes
  • Sandals for showering
  • Sun block
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Binoculars


At the foot of the Warmwaterberg, in the heart of the Little Karoo, between Montagu and Barrydale on the famous Route 62, the vision of the San is becoming a reality.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, 54 000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous fauna and flora, rock formations and rock art make this a destination not to be missed.

Specialist guiding is a key element in providing a memorable and varied experience. The name Sanbona is a combination of the "San" people who roamed this area for thousands of years and "bona" which represents their vision in order to position this portion of the Little Karoo.

Be it a journey of rejuvenation and self-discovery or absorbing the various essences and activities, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve takes care of the small things in life.
 

LODGE FEATURES

  • 2 x fold out aluminium stretchers with individual sleeping bags (down) and pillows
  • 1 x Three tier cupboards (small)
  • 1 x LED light for night use
  • 1 x outside hand basin (warm water is supplied on request or at first light in the morning)
  • 1 x Hammock nestled away under ancient Schotia trees
  •  En-suite bio box toilet
  • Guest amenities include insect repellent, toilet paper, towels, tissues, sanitary bags as well as bio-degradable shower gel and shampoo.

ITINERARY

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

 Day 1, day of arrival (Friday)

  • All guests arrive at the Sanbona Welcome Lounge by 12h00
  • Road transfer to a luxury lodge at 12h30
  • Meet your specialist guide who will host you for lunch at one of Sanbona’s luxury lodges
  • Transfer in an open game viewing vehicle to the Explorer Camp
  • Camp orientation
  • Afternoon walk
  • Sundowner snacks and drinks are enjoyed upon return to camp
  • Enjoy dinner and an evening around the fire

Day 2 (Saturday)

  • Early rising can be expected due to the nature of walking and temperatures during summer
  • Enjoy muffins, fruit sticks, biscuits, tea and coffee amongst 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 fire

 

Day 3, day of departure (Sunday)

  • Early rising can be expected due to temperatures during summer
  • 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



GETTING THERE


DIRECTIONS

FROM CAPE TOWN

  • An easy 3 hours drive, approximately 270 kms from Cape Town. On commencement of the journey, travel on the N1 from Cape Town in the direction of Paarl; continuing on the N1 travel through the Huguenot Tunnel. A tollgate controls this tunnel. A tollgate fee is payable at the tunnel.
  • The first town is Worcester set in the Breede River Valley. Taking the second turnoff to the right into Worcester, you leave the N1 and the Route 62 (R62) is taken. Follow the signs to the town of Robertson. Once through Robertson, the next town is Ashton. Travel on through Krogmanskloof and Montagu. Continue for approximately 43km and turn left at "Die Vlakte" and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve sign. Please be advised that the road changes from tar to gravel and the recommended speed limit from there on is 60 km per hour. The main entrance to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is 7km where guests will be welcomed.
     
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