Luxurious Free Roaming Big 5!
Gondwana Private Game Reserve provides Safari Lodge Accommodation and an authentic African Safari Experience close to Cape Town.
Gondwana Private Game Reserve provides Safari Lodge Accommodation and an authentic African Safari Experience close to Cape Town. Less than a four-hour drive from Cape Town International Airport, along with South Africa’s scenic Garden Route, the 11,000-hectare (26,000 acres) Private Game Park offers a distinctive and luxurious malaria-free Safari Holiday destination with free-roaming Big 5 Safari Animals (lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino, and leopard). Herds of wildlife including eland, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, and zebra can be seen on the majestic landscape with awe-inspiring views of the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains in every direction. Indigenous Fynbos vegetation cloaks the undulating valleys, adding vivid color and interest to a Big 5 Game Viewing and wilderness experience. This Exclusive Safari Park offers guests attentive service, wholesome African Cuisine, inspiring interiors, expert Game Rangers, and an array of activities including Big 5 Game Drives, Mountain Biking, Hikes, Africology spa treatments, and the popular Junior Ranger program.
Vital Information: Children under the age of 6 are not allowed on the standard game drives for their safety and the enjoyment of other guests. However, the lodge team will try to make a family vehicle available for guests with younger children or an exclusive use vehicle can be rented for a surcharge (R3000 per drive/day). These game viewers will then be able to accommodate children between the age of 2 and 6 on a game drive. Please note both of these scenarios are subject to availability and are not bookable in advance, only upon check-in.
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- All are welcome, however, there are certain rules pertaining to children, please speak with us.
- Contact us for our special winter offers.
- Natural colored clothing to blend in with the surroundings and not disturb the animals.
- What to Pack:
Warm jacket and jerseys, layers for night time in open game viewers
Long sleeves and Pants
Short sleeves and Shorts
Natural colored clothing (white clothing is not ideal for game drives – most visible to animals)
Closed-toe walking shoes – the terrain is uneven and Fynbos can be scratchy
High heels with narrow heel do not do well in the bush, Flip-flops fine for around room
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Luxury Accommodation is offered in Kwena Lodge, a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling. 14 open-plan suites are nestled into the breathtaking natural surroundings with 180-degree views, skylights for star gazing, fireplaces and deep baths in which to relax upon returning from an evening game drive. Family or group accommodation for Safari Holidays is provided in 12 spacious and luxurious bush villas (3- and 4-bedroom configurations), which are privately situated, each with spectacular, uninterrupted views from their expansive wooden decks.
World-class tourist facilities and Garden Route attractions on Gondwana’s doorstep include Championship Golf Courses at Pinnacle Point, Pezula, Oubaai and Fancourt, great swimming and surfing beaches that offer a variety of activities, and the attractive coastal towns of Mossel Bay, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay that each offer unique cultural and natural highlights and a range of things to do.
Knysna and Cape Town are regularly heralded as the Top Tourist Destinations in South Africa, by both International Travel Awards, and by visitors, through organizations such as TripAdvisor. Best Destinations in South Africa – TripAdvisor.
This Western Cape Game Reserve is accessibly situated 25 minutes outside the charming coastal town of Mossel Bay and a scenic four-hour drive from Cape Town. George Airport is only a 45-minute drive from the game reserve (transfers can be arranged) with daily flights from Johannesburg International Airport (JNB, O. R. Tambo) and Cape Town International Airport (CPT). As a Garden Route Game Reserve, Gondwana shares the region’s idyllic climate, second most moderate in the world next to Hawaii according to the Guinness Book of World Records, with average temperatures between 13°C / 55°F in June, and 19°C / 66°F in January. The game reserve’s warm, Malaria-free climate offers exceptional year-round Game Viewing while you enjoy a Luxury African Safari Experience.
Take an active role in Wildlife Conservation and enroll in the new Tented Eco Camp Program when you visit the Gondwana Game Reserve. Throughout this 3 or 5-night program, you will engage in activities vital to ensuring the welfare of the wildlife and vegetation in the Park. You will try your hand at being a Game Ranger and experience the ultimate bush getaway deep in the heart of the reserve at the charming new Tented Eco Camp.
For a stress-relieving Getaway in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, visit Gondwana Game Reserve near Cape Town and immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the natural surroundings.
The reserve is named after “Gondwanaland”, the original landmass that existed one hundred and twenty million years ago from which Africa was formed. The Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountain ranges that surround the reserve are the last visible evidence of the former Gondwanaland after the continent split to how we know it today.
Gondwana’s goal is to continue to expand its total conservation area to provide the Western Cape with a large eco-tourism destination for the promotion of indigenous flora and fauna as well as the rehabilitation of wetland areas currently under threat from invasive alien species. Gondwana has already reintroduced the first endangered black rhino to the Western Cape from where they historically occurred.
In developing the private reserve, every attempt was made to reduce the potential impact on the environment. Areas of indigenous vegetation were protected and left untouched. Gondwana’s water supply is completely self-sufficient utilizing its own streams. Strict water usage controls and restrictions are applied to all buildings to preserve this natural resource.
Gondwana Game Reserve is the only free-ranging Big 5 private wildlife reserve in the Southern Cape – home to the lion, white rhino, eland, red hartebeest, endangered Cape Mountain Zebra, springbok, kudu, as well as the elephant, among others.
Our expert field guides reveal Africa’s wildlife to Gondwana’s guests in a Cape Fynbos environment; a truly unique safari experience! Exhilarating encounters on a game drive with endangered species like the Cheetah, Cape Mountain Zebra, and Rhinoceros will provide lasting memories. Over 15 species of antelope can be found on the reserve including kudu, eland, bontebok, waterbuck, sable, grey Reebok and many more. The free roaming Big 5 species also keep things interesting with many visits to the lodge from the elephants and lions! Gondwana is home to 17 carnivore species ranging from the small grey mongoose and small-spotted genet to medium-sized species such as the caracal and bat-eared fox to the very large and powerful lion.
Gondwana contains a 1000 ha protected area for endangered and specialty species such as Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra, and sable. Guests can also enjoy informative Fynbos walks with their field guide and discover endemic birdlife that occurs nowhere else in the world, such as the Black Harrier and Orange Breasted Sunbird.
The vastness of the wildlife game reserve, coupled with the area’s excellent climate and terrain, make the land well suited to multiple species of game which are frequently seen by the wildlife game lodge guests. The reserve also accommodates the rare and endangered black rhinoceros – a first in the Western Cape.
Gondwana’s wildlife population is thriving, with numerous offspring from zebra, eland, wildebeest, and gemsbok, in particular. Book your stay with Gondwana today and experience the joys of our breathtaking wildlife game reserve firsthand.
FYNBOS & FLORA
The nature reserve hosts a unique combination of Fynbos and grass plains. The Fynbos landscape is arguably one of the most beautiful in the world.
Fynbos, the primary vegetation on the reserve which resembles wildflowers, is endemic to the Western Cape region and exists nowhere else in the world, drawing unique bird-life and mammals. An abundance of indigenous plants such as Proteas, Ericas, and Restios provide year-round enjoyment and color.
Birding in Fynbos is a once in a lifetime experience with endemic birds frequently seen.
Fynbos, meaning “fine bush” in Afrikaans is the natural shrubland or heathland vegetation occurring in a small belt of the Western Cape of South Africa, mainly in winter rainfall coastal and mountainous areas with a Mediterranean climate.
HOW GONDWANA GAME RESERVE IS ADDING TO ENVIRONMENTAL WELL BEING:
Recently in Delhi, India, Gondwana was selected among hundreds of applicants in the Preferred Hotel Group (PHG) to be the honouree in the category of Conservation Well Being in the hotel group’s GIFTTS Awards. GIFTTS (Great Initiatives for Today’s (Tomorrow’s) Society is one of Preferred Hotel Group’s most important programs, serving as a global platform to celebrate the great works of its member hotels in community service, philanthropy, and environmental well-being which entails green, sustainability-focused and/or energy-usage initiatives.
Gondwana was acknowledged for its “Gondwana Goes Greener” program, which includes the implementation of solar power, new communal staff transport, an enhanced recycling program, establishment of a wormery for compost and organic gardens, as well as the reserve’s ongoing conservation efforts for endangered flora and fauna species.
The “Gondwana Goes Greener” Project:
Gondwana has replaced all of its electric geysers with solar assisted geysers in their staff village which houses 75 people. This has had a significant impact on the reserve’s electricity consumption and the team is busy investigating how to roll it out across the lodge and the private residences.
To lessen our carbon footprint, Gondwana has acquired a fuel efficient mini-bus that picks up all the staff and transports them throughout the reserve throughout the day and night. This has reduced CO2 emissions and decreased the amount of traffic on the reserve.
Recycling & Wormery
The reserve has implemented a recycling program where organic and inorganic materials are separated. Inorganic materials are recycled and organic materials are used in the vermiculture project. All organic waste is given to the red wriggler worms that assist in the decomposition of the materials into nutrient-rich compost. The compost is then diluted and used in the lodge and staff organic vegetable gardens as well as a newly developing plant nursery. Gondwana’s indigenous tree nursery is underway where all plants that are propagated are indigenous to the region. Staff are sourced from the surrounding communities to run the project. Once the trees are large enough, they will be transplanted to areas on the reserve where previous land use has altered the landscape. This project in return promotes habitat improvement for fauna, recovery of the veld, job creation, and wise waste management. Private Residents on the reserve will be able to purchase the trees for planting around their bush home.
Gondwana supports some of the most critically endangered vegetation types in the world. These areas would have been under intensive threat if under an alternative land use. The reserve bi-annually monitors veld condition to determine the state of the Fynbos. Much of the transformed areas have started to recover by wise veld management which includes the ongoing eradication of alien Wattle trees which helps to re-establish wetlands and natural vegetation. The reserve now hosts an annual “Throttle the Wattle” effort whereby staff and private residence owners tackle an area infested with wattle.
Bees pollinate flowers and thus play a vital role in the persistence of Fynbos. Gondwana has recognized this and has invested in a sustainable honey production programme. This project ensures the availability of quality natural raw honey without compromising bee populations. Gondwana has promoted the training of individuals from surrounding communities in the art of beekeeping. This programme is more than just sustainable harvesting, as it encourages the conservation of a threatened ecosystem.
Endangered Species Protection Programme
The reserve has invested in the reintroduction of species that have been on the verge of extinction including the endangered desert black rhinoceros, bontebok, cheetah and Cape Mountain Zebra. Gondwana has committed to and engaged with interested parties to contribute to these species’ conservation and provide a meaningful population within South Africa´s meta-population. Staff continually monitor these species in the field to gauge their performance.