Dwyka Tented Lodge is a secluded and luxury lodge in the scenic Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, home to diverse wildlife, including the only free-roaming white lions in the world. The lodge is located in a horseshoe bend of a dry Karoo ravine, and surrounded by awe-inspiring rock formations. Dwyka Lodge is luxurious and beautiful with structures made of solid wood.

Explore the area on morning and afternoon game drives as well as guided nature walks. Aside from experiencing the exceptional wildlife, you can also visit nearby rock art sites, and the unique rock formations in the area. Between activities, head to the Relaxation Retreat Spa where you can indulge in a massage or treatment. Your evenings can be spent appreciating the magnificent, starry skies.


  • Beautiful Karoo location on the Route 62
  • Close to Cape Town, making this a perfect add-on en route to the Eastern Cape
  • Historic sites & exceptional wildlife
  • Beautifully canvas tents - spacious and each with its own private plunge pool
  • See free-roaming white lions

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Dwyka Lodge has a cosy bar and lounge area with a cosy fireplace and TV where you can relax after an exciting day.

The Relaxation Retreat offers two therapy rooms, where you can indulge in a range of relaxing treatments. The lodge also features a gift boutique for unique souvenirs.

General Facilities

    Wi-fi available


Dwyka Tented Lodge serves scrumptious cuisine complemented by fine wines from the cellar, and served either in the ambient dining area or under the open-air boma.

Luxury Tent

Dwyka Lodge is made up of nine Luxury Tent Suites, seven king-bed and two with twin-beds. Each Suite is secluded and built with a mix of stone and plaster walls. The large wood-framed windows look out onto the cliff where black eagles next.

All the spacious Suites exude luxury with their own indoor and outdoor showers, private mini bars, exclusive plunge pool, private deck, under-floor heating, air conditioning and en suite bathroom.


    Air conditioning
    International adaptors
    Mini bar
    Outdoor shower
    Outdoor area
    Private pool
    Safe in room
    Tea & coffee-making facilities
    Underfloor heating
    En-suite bath and shower


  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Historical tours
  • Star gazing
  • Nature drives
  • Photographic safaris
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $440 Full Board
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 14 Dec 2017 $555 Full Board
  • 15 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $600 Full Board
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018 $705 Full Board
  • 01 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018 $620 Full Board
  • 01 May 2018 - 31 Aug 2018 $505 Full Board
  • 01 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018 $635 Full Board
  • 01 Dec 2018 - 31 Mar 2019 $810 Full Board
  • 01 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019 $635 Full Board

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • We had a marvellous time at the Sanbona lodge. The rooms were delightful and the rangers were very knowledgeable , courteous and friendly. We had great adventures and learned a great deal about the flora and the fauna as well as some insights into conservation. It was good to see the animals that were being monitored using radio collars and not the more invasive chips. I would highly recommend both the area and the lodge and although sometimes we had to search hard to find the animals at others they were close at hand and we managed to see a good variety, including the white lions up close - a real treat.

    Sandra Santos, December 2014
  • The accommodation was excellent, the Lodge itself was very well positioned, each lodge feeling very private within the heart of the reserve.

    Jane Day, January 2012
  • The game drives were amazing, we saw Elephants, Lions, Cheetahs, Rhinos, Springbok, and much more. We only had two other people in our jeep so I enjoyed having a small group in the car with the ranger. The ranger (Alvyn) was very knowledgeable about not only the animals but the plants as well. He stopped whenever we asked him to, so we could take pictures of the beautiful scenery.

    Alonna Dawes, November 2011
  • The game reserve at Dwyka was a terrific addition to the trip - but not in the way I expected, having been at the game reserve at Zulu Nyala, I was expecting to see far more game - but it was a different experience. I really appreciated the luxury of the accomodations - but also the fact that I was the only American guest there! Made for a more interesting and enriching cultural experience. I do have to say, if that was the only game reserve that I had visited - I would have been deeply disappointed in the game viewing aspect.

    Deborah Prestmo, September 2011
  • What a fabulous place and very well run. Dwyka is a beautiful setting and the "tents" are so well designed, very luxurious! Ok so they don't have 100's of animals but we saw everything except the lions during our stay and all incredibly close. The food may not be 5 star but I wouldn't expect that in that environment. The meals were more than adequate, the wines very good and the service friendly and efficient. I would recommend anybody to go there provided they did not expect to see huge swathes of animals in one place. Yes it is expensive but it saves travelling further afield for that sort of experience.

    Lindsay Southgate, February 2011
  • Sanbona teriffic - wonderful tented rooms, real 5 star, lovely staff and food, instructions fine from you. Not lots of game but plenty of variety - Big 5 including white lions and a walk with 3 cheetah 20 feet away for 15 mins!!! Loved it.

    Mike Lanyon, April 2010
  • We were impressed with the location of the facilities, the premiumness of the rooms and the quality of service mostly. During the safari, the ranger explained us all details about the reserve as well as all details about the species. We were able to see giraffes, elephants, lions, cheatahs, antilopes and many others.

    Hande-Savan Gungor, July 2009

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Ramona Cilliers

Ramona Cilliers

Africa Safari Expert

"Opulent accommodation that offers more than just a safari experience, with rock art, nature walks, stargazing and pampering spa treatments!"



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The accommodation was excellent, the Lodge itself was very well positioned, each lodge feeling very private within the heart of the reserve.

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