Fodor's Expert Review Tilney Manor

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Montagu, Western Cape, 6720, South Africa

At historic Tilney Lodge, the staff waits outside to greet new arrivals with hot face towels to freshen up after the hour-long drive from the reserve entrance. The manor house, dating back to 1894, was once the home of the Swellendam district magistrate and features a comfortable lounge and sitting room decorated in English colonial style. In summer, the swimming pool is a popular spot overlooking the lush garden, arid plains, and mountains beyond. Each of the spacious garden rooms is classically decorated and has a private verandah. Lavish bathrooms feature indoor and outdoor showers as well as freestanding double-sided tubs. Lunches and dinners are served outside on the patio at individual tables, but indoor dining is around a communal table. The menu changes daily, focusing on beautifully presented comfort food like venison or lamb.


  • hands-on staff will attend to your every need
  • indoor and outdoor dining
  • on-site spa


  • Wi-Fi does not reach all rooms
  • communal dinner tables
  • formal atmosphere in lodge




Phones: 021-010–0028


6 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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