Explorer Camp | Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Sanbona Explorer Camp is sold as a two night walking trail package;therefore two (2) 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.
• We regret that no persons younger than 16 years will be able to participate.
• Participants older than 60 years will be required to provide a medical clearance certificate in order to participate.
• Please ask your reservations consultant for more information regarding a third night at any our five star, luxury lodges.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to Availability

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Walking & Campingfor an Authentic Safari Experience

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.

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. However, if a medical certificate can be provided via the client or the booking agent, exceptions to this will be allowed.
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.
  

  • Sanbona Explorer Camp is sold as a two night walking trail package; therefore two (2) 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.
  • We regret that no persons younger than 16 years will be able to participate.
  • Participants older than 60 years will be required to provide a medical clearance certificate in order to participate.
  • Please ask your reservations consultant for more information regarding a third night at any our five star, luxury lodges. 
All rates are quoted and invoiced in South African Rand (ZAR) on “per person per night” basis.

Adults travelling:
  •  Adult Sharing rates apply to persons (16 years and older) sharing one tent.
  •  Single Adult rates are only applicable when one adult is staying by him/herself in one tent.
  •  Note that all tents can sleep a maximum of two adults.
  •  Above mentioned rates are inclusive of all meals, beverages, walking activities, tourism levy and 15% Vat.
All rates are subject to change without prior notice.
A minimum stay of two nights (Friday and Saturday) must be booked per reservation.
 
Insurance
We highly recommend that travel insurance is taken out.

Special Catering/ Outsourced Meals
• Please note that the outsourcing of any certified meals (i.e. Kosher or Halaal) will incur an additional surcharge per person per day.

Transfers / Gate Times
• Transfers to and from the reserve can be arranged with reservations on request at an additional cost.
• Terms and Conditions relating to Road transfers apply, and are available on request/as addendum to this document.
• All transfers are handled by accredited car hire and charter companies.
• A complimentary transfer from the welcoming lounge, located 15 kilometers into Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, is available and recommended for all guests to make use of when reserving the Explorer Experience. The following itinerary recommendation/ outline has been provided:
 o Day 1, day of arrival (Friday):
 o All guests arrive at the Sanbona Welcome Lounge by 12h00, transfer to a luxury lodge at 12h30
 o Meet your specialist guide who will host you for lunch at one of Sanbona’s luxury lodges
 o Transfer in an open game viewing vehicle to the Explorer Camp, Camp orientation, followed by the afternoon walk
• Day 3, day of departure (Sunday):
 o Early rising can be expected due to temperatures during summer
 o 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).

Payment

Full pre-payment is required 60 days prior to arrival.

Cancellations

Peak Season (15 December – 11 January and 1 – 29 February)
  • Only written cancellations will be accepted; please ensure you receive an acknowledgment of cancellation from reservations.
  • 50% of fee if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to arrival
  • 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 30 days prior to arrival
General
  • Only written cancellations will be accepted; please ensure you receive an acknowledgment of cancellation from reservations.
  • 25% of fee if cancellation is less than 30 days prior to arrival
  • 50% of fee if cancellation is less than 15 days prior to arrival
  • 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 7 days prior to arrival

Walking & Campingfor an Authentic Safari Experience

A Typical Day at Explorer
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.
Travelling to Sanbona

Transfers to Sanbona can be arranged with reservations on request at an additional cost. All transfers are handled by accredited car hire and charter companies and must be arranged prior to arrival.
You can get detailed directions to the game reserve here, but if you get yourself lost, contact us on +27 (0)21 010 0028.

Welcome Lodge

Explorer guests are met at the Welcome Lounge, 15km from the main gate and taken to the lodge in order to meet their specialist guide. A complimentary transfer from the lounge to the different lodges is available on request and must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.
There is also secure parking available for vehicles at the Welcoming Lounge for guests who travel to the reserve on their own.

What do You Need to Pack?
  • Clothing in neutral colours that is light in weight, but warm – Bright coloured clothing must be avoided as this can deter wildlife, you should include the following when packing your bag:
  •     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 guided walking experience exploring the bush.

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.

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