Sanbona Tilney Manor offers breathtaking views of the undulating mountains and landscape and is a refuge of peace and tranquillity.

The magnificent Sanbona Tilney Manor offers six spacious open-plan suites leading onto private verandas. Guest experiences include authentic Karoo cuisine, luxurious lounges, and a rim-flow pool.

Indulge your senses at the Relaxation Retreat which boasts a steam room and sauna while witnessing a pure African spectacle – a Karoo sunset.

Amenities and Facilities at Tilney Manor:

  • Air conditioning
  • International dial telephone
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities.
  • His and her outdoor showers
  • En-suite bathroom with shower, twin basins, and freestanding bath in the center
  • Private mini-bar
  • Electronic safe
  • Fireplace
  • Private veranda
  • Rim-flow swimming pool
  • Relaxation Retreat with steam room and sauna
  • Lounge with fireplace and television with satellite channels
  • In and outdoor dining facilities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Gift boutique
  • Exercise room
  • Signature heritage lounge

Health & Wellness at Tilney Manor:

At our Relaxation Retreats, Mother Nature is brought indoors for indulgent pampering.

Our body range draws on properties from the world-famous indigenous “Fynbos” plant kingdom, eliminating toxins, soothing the soul, and rejuvenating the body.

The Relaxation Retreats at Sanbona overlook ancient rock formations and undulating mountains and plains.

While the rejuvenating forces of nature cradle you, we deliver a range of world-class treatments and holistic modalities to balance and energise your being.

Step into the privacy of our tranquil retreats – let the gentle atmosphere envelop and embrace your body, mind, and soul.

More About Sanbona Wildlife Reserve:

Immerse yourself in a landscape where wildlife and flora leave you truly captivated and transformed. Sanbona is one of South Africa’s largest privately-owned nature reserves, stretching across 58,000 hectares of rich protected ecosystems within two biodiversity hotspots.

This vast tract of land in the Little Karoo outside Montagu, a mere 3.5 hours drive from Cape Town along Route 62, is owned by a non-profit company focused on steering conservation to the forefront of the safari experience.

Sanbona offers an authentic and contrasting natural space, striving to create a balance where critically important ecosystems, endangered wildlife, and flora can prosper for the benefit of future generations.

Sanbona offers four different accommodation options, each with its distinctive style and appeal.

Spend the day exploring every corner of this immense reserve, endless open plains, and sculpted Cape Fold mountains adorned with San rock art, the endemic flora, and some of South Africa’s most sought-after wildlife.

Dwyka Tented Lodge sits central to this magnificent safari reserve.

Mindful Safaris at Sanbona:

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve invites you for a high-end, conservation-based nature safari in the diverse landscapes of the unique Little Karoo.

It’s the closest true wildlife experience you can find near Cape Town, a short three-hour drive away, offering an exclusive and unique malaria-free safari.

From the classic Tilney Manor to the Gondwana Family Lodge welcoming children of all ages, there’s something for everyone.

Couples will love Dwyka Tented Lodge, set in a secluded horseshoe bend, and if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, Explorer Camp offers an immersive walking safari experience.

Rock Art at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve:

The San people of Africa roamed the area for thousands of years until 100 years ago.
The /Xam tribe, the nomadic hunter-gatherers living in harmony with nature realised then that man and nature together are sustainable.

There are 7 recorded sites throughout Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, however many more can be found. Rock art sites date back more than 3500 years and depict the spiritual beliefs and lives of these fascinating people.

During their travels, members of the group would congregate around a communal fire, weaving stories and celebrating the gift of life while the Shaman would meditate through rhythmic dancing, singing, and clapping and while in a trance, receive visions and guidance.

This medicine man or woman would ensure the well-being of the tribe, protecting them from evil and sickness, predicting the future, and ensuring good hunting and rain.

Certain animals such as the Praying Mantis and the Eland were honoured and revered and were considered to have great spiritual powers.

The only evidence that remains of these little people is the delicate rock art found on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, their indelible footprints left their presence in this vast landscape for generations to come.

Stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve:

With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa.

Interpretations about the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere are given by knowledgeable guides.

Romantic stories of gods and goddesses banished to the heavens are woven into astronomical facts and unfold before one’s eyes.

Discover the ancient myths of the stories told by the San about their visions of the stars.

How better to end a blissful day at Sanbona than to sit reflecting under the star-studded canopy of African skies, the vastness of infinite galaxies stretching before one?


13 January 2025 to 31 March 2025

From R13 650 per person sharing per night.

Single Rates from R17 700 per single room per night.

1 April 2025 to 30 April 2025

From R10 600 per person sharing per night.

Single Rates from R13 990 per single room per night.

1 May 2025 to 30 September 2025

From R8 600 per person sharing per night.

Single Rates from R11 195 per single room per night.


Rates Include:


All Meals.

2 x Daily Nature Drives.

Guided Wilderness Walk.

On-Drive Snacks and Drinks.

Limited Selection of House Beers, Wines, and Soft Drinks.

Internal Transfers between the lodge and welcome lounge.

Tourism Levy.


Rates Exclude:

Additional and Premium Alcoholic Beverages.

Community Levy.


Travel Insurance – highly recommended. 


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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, R62, Between Montagu and Barrydale, 6720, Western Cape, South Africa


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