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Sanbona introduces Sanbona Explorer

Date Added : 6 February 2012

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 in a superbly shaded river line, north east of the reserve and approximately 30 minutes drive from Dwyka Tented Lodge.

This is a flexible experience for guests to experience and 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.

Rates & Booking Conditions

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 each
  • 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

Camp Site

The camp site is unfenced to provide the true explorer ambience and tents are placed in fairly close proximity without encroaching on another tents privacy. Wild animals are able to cross through the camp at any time and although all safety precautions have been followed in setting up the camp; this remains a reality.

  • Tents: 3 x Mobile canvas (camping) tents sleeping a maximum of 2 people each
  • Meals: All meals are prepared and enjoyed under the Karoo skies
  • Ablutions: 2 x Outside showers shared by all by 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.

Tent details

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

What to pack…

  • Clothing of neutral colors that is light in weight, but warm – Bright colored 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

A typical stay…

The following program 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 you 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
  • Sun downer 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
  • Sun downer 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
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