White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve


4-star hotel


52 Google Reviews

ETIC silver rating
5.2 / 10
51.46 kg CO2e


White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Free WiFi


No Smooking Rooms


Family rooms

Room service

Airport shuttle

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve between Montagu and Barrydale, 6720 Montagu, South Africa [View Map]

ETIC bronze rating

5.2 / 10

Situated in the southern region of the Sanbona Wildlife and Nature Reserve, White Lion offers guests a unique opportunity to observe the iconic `Big Five` wildlife. The lodges at White Lion are designed with boutique charm, featuring expansive verandas, an outdoor swimming pool, and a wood-fired hot tub. The suites at White Lion are beautifully decorated with local flair, showcasing thatched roofs and Karoo sandstone. In addition to the rustic aesthetics, modern amenities such as air-conditioning, internet access, and satellite TV channels are provided for guests` comfort. As part of the experience, guests are offered a complimentary sundowner drive through the Reserve in an open vehicle. This drive allows guests to explore the vast 30000 hectare Concession of the Klein Karoo Fauna & Flora, where they can observe various wildlife including antelopes, Cape Mountain Zebras, elephants, buffalo, and an array of bird species. For those wishing to partake in the early morning drive through the expansive 58000 hectare Sanbona Wildlife and Nature Reserve, there is a conservation fee of R1500.00 per person, per drive. This fee contributes to the protection of critical ecosystems, endangered wildlife, and plants within the Reserve. During this drive, guests may have the opportunity to spot antelopes, elephants, buffalo, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, and giraffes. In the evenings, guests can unwind and enjoy pre-dinner drinks by the fireplace. Dinner is served either in the dining room or on the terrace, featuring delectable specialties from the bush cuisine. The menu is thoughtfully crafted to complement South African wine labels and also includes pocket lunches, snacks, and sun-downer drinks for the excursions.


Most Popular Facilities

Indoor Swimming pool

Free WiFi

Spa and Wellness Center

Non-Smoking rooms

Fitness Center


Tea/Coffee maker


Good Breakfast


Upper floors accessible by stairs only

Entire unit located on ground floor



Wardrobe or closet

Alarm clock

Dressing room

Extra long beds (> 2 metres)


Board games/puzzles

Board games/puzzles


Internet services



iPod dock

Flat-screen TV

Satellite channels




Invoice provided

Private check-in/check-out

Concierge service

Luggage storage

Tour desk

Express check-in/check-out


Temporary art galleries

Game drives

Games room

Hot tub


Coffee house on site



Kid-friendly buffet

Kid meals

Special diet menus (on request)

Snack bar

Breakfast in the room




Tea/Coffee maker


Children`s high chair

Dining table




Tumble dryer

Electric kettle

Washing machine



Outdoor fireplace

Outdoor furniture

Outdoor dining area

Sun terrace







Toilet paper



Towels/sheets (extra fee)

Bath or shower

Private bathroom


Free toiletries






Shuttle service

Shared lounge/TV area

Air conditioning

Non-smoking throughout

Allergy-free room

Wake-up service

Hardwood or parquet floors

Tile/marble floor


Private entrance

Car hire

Laptop safe

Packed lunches


Family rooms

Ironing facilities

Airport shuttle

Non-smoking rooms


Wake up service/Alarm clock

Room service


Room Amenities

Socket near the bed

Drying rack for clothing

Fold-up bed

Clothes rack


Outdoor swimming pool

Full body massage

Hand massage

Head massage

Couples massage

Foot massage

Neck massage

Back massage

Sun umbrellas

Sun loungers or beach chairs

Open-air bath

Hot tub/Jacuzzi




Business centre


Fire extinguishers

Key access

24-hour security

Safety deposit box

Living Area

Dining area


Seating Area



Daily housekeeping

Ironing service


ETIC Green Scores

ETIC bronze rating

5.2 / 10


51.46 kg CO2e

THE ETIC Bronze Certification is awarded to ethical and sustainable hotels having a score of at least 4 out of 10.

Thresholds for "good" kg CO2e scores can vary depending on the context and the specific activity being measured. However, in the context of hotel stays, a relatively good kg CO2e score could be considered below 10 kg CO2e per room per night. This would indicate that the hotel is implementing energy-efficient practices and utilizing cleaner energy sources, resulting in a lower environmental impact.

What Makes The Hotel Ethical And Sustainable

The hotel has implemented various practices to promote ESG/CSR. They have recycling bins available to guests and ensure that waste is recycled. The hotel also provides a water cooler/dispenser to reduce the use of single-use plastic water bottles. They do not use single-use plastic miniatures for shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, as well as stirrers, straws, beverage bottles, cups, cutlery, and plates. The property has water-efficient toilets and showers to conserve water. They offer guests the option to opt-out of daily room cleaning and to reuse towels. Most of the food provided at the hotel is locally sourced, and there are vegetarian and vegan menu options available. They also make efforts to reduce food wastage. In terms of energy efficiency, the hotel uses energy-efficient LED b [more...]

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Etic Green Scores

Learn more about the ETIC Green Standard (EGS)

I. Environment (4.2)
1.1. Conserving Resources 3
1.1.1. Environment Friendly 3.3
1.1.2. Consumable Goods 2.2
1.1.3. Energy Conservation 3.1
1.1.4. Water Conservation 3.6
1.2. Reducing Pollution 5.4
1.2.1. GHG 2.3
1.2.2. Waste Water 7.1
1.2.3. Waste Management 4.2
1.2.4. Harmful Substances 4.7
1.2.5. Minimize Polution 8.7
1.3. Conserving Biodiversity, Ecosytems and Landscapes 4.1
1.3.1. Wildlife Species 3.1
1.3.2. Wildlife Captivity 5.2
1.3.3. Landscaping 6.9
1.3.4. Biodiversity Conservation 2.4
1.3.5. Interaction with wildlife 2.8
II. Social (5.1)
2.1. Fair Trade 5.1
2.1.1. Community Development 3
2.1.2. Local Development 6.8
2.1.3. Fair Trade 2.1
2.1.4. Support Local Entrepreneurs 9.6
2.1.5. Respect Local Communities 4.2
2.2. Labour Rights 6.6
2.2.1. Exploitation Harassment 7.8
2.2.2. Equal Opportunity 9.4
2.2.3. Labour Rights 2.7
2.3. Services 3.6
2.3.1. Community Services 2.6
2.3.2. Local Services 4.6
III. Culture & Site Protection (6.4)
3.1. Cultural Visits and Promotions 7.7
3.1.1. Culture Visits 7.7
3.2. Historical Artefacts 9.4
3.2.1. Historical Artefacts 9.4
3.3. Protection of Sites 5.8
3.3.1. Protection of Sites 5.8
3.4. Incorporation of Culture 2.9
3.4.1. Incorporation of Culture 2.9
IV. Sustainable Managment (5.3)
4.1. Sustainable Management System 5.9
4.1.1. Sustainable Mgmt System 3
4.1.2. Health & Safety 9.2
4.1.3. Legal Compliance 3.2
4.1.4. Employee Training 8.9
4.1.5. Customer Experience 4.5
4.1.6. Accuracy of Promotional Materials 6.4
4.2. Buildings and Infrastructure 5.7
4.2.1. Buildings & Infrastructure Compliance 7.6
4.2.2. Cultural Surroundings 6.5
4.2.3. Buildings & Infrastructure Practices Materials 3.1
4.3. Adaptive Incorporation 4.2
4.3.1. Access For Persons With Special Needs 2.4
4.3.2. Natural Surroundings 5
4.3.3. Reporting And Communication 5.2

Key Facts

Questions & Answers

Whilst there are isolated reports from time to time of white lion sightings in the Kruger National Park and there are many white lions bred in captivity and semi- captivity both locally and abroad, the Timbavati Private Nature remains the only reserve in the world (as far as we know) where wild white lions occur ...
White Lions of the Timbavati Regarded as a most sacred animal by African tribal elders, these rarest of the rare have been hunted to extinction in the wild by trophy hunters and poachers.
Although there are many white lions sadly being bred in captivity, there are currently only three documented white lions in the world that are living freely in the wild.
In South Africa, the CALEO Foundation is custodian of both Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Western Cape, not far from Cape Town, and Jock Safari Lodge in the KNP.

Child Policies

Child policiesChildren older than 7 years are welcome.To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.Cot and extra bed policiesCots and extra beds are not available at this property.

Age Restrictions

Age restriction No age restriction for check-in. (Only children 7 and older are allowed)

Check-In Time

From 13:00 to 17:00

Check-Out Time

From 09:00 to 11:00


Airports Around

  • Robertson Airfield3 (35 mi)
  • Air Force Base Overberg5 (54 mi)

Public Transport

  • Cafe/barDung Beetle Bar1 (13 mi)
  • Cafe/barBarbary1 (13 mi)
  • Cafe/barThe Hub1 (13 mi)

Restraunts Around

  • Cafe/bar: Dung Beetle Bar1 (13 mi)
  • Cafe/bar: Barbary1 (13 mi)
  • Cafe/bar: The Hub1 (13 mi)
  • Closest airportsRobertson Airfield3 (35 mi)
  • Air Force Base Overberg5 (54 mi)

Top Attractions Around

  • Cafe/bar: Dung Beetle Bar1 (13 mi)
  • Cafe/bar: Barbary1 (13 mi)
  • Cafe/bar: The Hub1 (13 mi)
  • Closest airportsRobertson Airfield3 (35 mi)
  • Air Force Base Overberg5 (54 mi)


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