Sanbona: Tilney Manor

  • 2 guests
  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom

The Western Cape’s answer to a luxe safari experience, here wildlife roam free in over 58 000 hectares of wilderness below the purple folds of the Warmwaterberg mountains. You come here for Big Five-spotting, wide-open savannah, indigenous flora, birdlife and tranquillity, plus the luxury of five-star service and privacy. While the two daily nature drives are the main event, you can fill your days with wilderness walks, visits to ancient rock-art sites, spa treatments and guided stargazing excursions.

Among the three accommodation options, the Georgian-style Tilney Manor stands out for its graceful elegance and historic ambience. The original homestead dates back to 1894 and was once the home of Swellendam’s district magistrate, with a formal dining room spilling out onto an outdoor dining area and a beamed lounge with a fireplace. Surrounded by an oasis of indigenous gardens, six serene suites are built around the old house, each offering long views over an unspoilt valley of Karoo wilderness, with a wide private verandah where you can soak up the silence.


Tilney Manor has six spacious open-plan suites opening onto private terraces.

Indoor living

  • King-size bed
  • Ensuite bathroom with a shower, free-standing bath, and twin basins
  • His and hers outdoor showers
  • Small lounge area
  • Fully stocked mini-bar
  • Tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • Electronic safe
  • Complimentary wifi
  • International dial telephone
  • Shared lounge with fireplace and satellite television in the main building
  • Indoor and outdoor dining areas
  • Relaxation retreat with a steam room and sauna
  • Exercise Room

Outdoor living

  • Private verandah with outdoor furniture
  • Rim-flow swimming pool
  • Indigenous gardens

Good to know

All meals, a limited selection of house beers, wines and soft drinks, on-drive snacks and drinks, nature walks and two daily nature drives are included.


  • Two daily game drives – in addition to the Big 5, smaller game roam the plains, including rarely seen aardvarks, caracals, brown hyenas and riverine rabbits
  • Guided nature walks to identify birds, insects, plants and animals
  • Guided visits to ancient Khoi-San rock-art sites
  • Guided stargazing (it is Karoo big-sky country, after all)
  • A Relaxation Retreat with a steam room and sauna for pampering treatments
  • Relax in and around the rim-flow pool


  • WiFi
  • Heating
  • Pool
  • Bath
  • Coffee Machine
  • Air-Conditioning
  • DStv
  • Secure Parking
  • Serviced
  • TV
  • Backup Power

Best for

  • Families


Low Season
R7,535.00 Per Person Sharing Per Night

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