From R2200 per person per night
Gondwana Game Reserve is located on an 11,000 hectare (26,000 acre) private game reserve in the world renowned Garden Route, providing guests with a unique and authentic safari experience just 25 minutes outside the charming coastal town of Mossel Bay, a mere 40 minute drive from George Airport and 4 hours from Cape Town.
Gondwana offers a luxurious and distinctive safari experience with free roaming Big 5 Game in a malaria-free region and indigenous Fynbos vegetation that cover the rolling valleys with delicate detail and vivid colours. Herds of wildlife including eland, gemsbok, zebra, giraffe, hippo and cheetah can be spotted on the majestic landscape surrounded by awe inspiring views of the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains.
Guests will be tantalized by the Pan African Cuisine at Gondwana, a fusion of European and African art cooking. Bush breakfasts, romantic picnics, evening boma barbecues, elegant lodge meals and scenic sundowners can be enjoyed in a variety of spectacular settings. With an excellent South African wine list featuring vintages from the Cape winelands region, there are food and wine pairing suggestions every evening.
Anticipate luxurious and inspired interiors, service excellence, fine cuisine, professional game rangers and an array of activities from game drives to Africology Spa treatments. As a Garden Route game reserve, Gondwana shares the idyllic moderate climate, offers prime game viewing year round and is set in inspiring natural surrounds where you can immerse yourself in its wild beauty.
ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION MOSSEL BAY
The suites are based on traditional Khoi-San architecture with a modern twist and generous dose of luxury, nestled into the spectacular natural surrounds with panoramic views.
Stargazing is inevitable as each of the 14 spacious, open-plan suites features a central skylight above the sleeping area (King or Twin beds), with a wall towards the rear of the room creating a private dressing area. The bedroom overlooks two waterholes across the valley and onto the Outeniqua and Langeberg mountain ranges, opening to a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower, deep bath, and a pair of basins. The rooms also have clay pot fireplaces for those chilly evenings.
Kwena lodge offers guests a chic open-plan lounge and bar, with fine dining and beverage services offered in an elegant dining room set around two open fireplaces. The covered veranda lends itself to appreciate the spectacular landscape and animal life. For more outdoor relaxation there is an African boma (a fire pit and sitting area surrounded by a windbreak fence) and large infinity swimming pool.
Children under the age of 12 years old may not stay in Kwena Lodge as the rooms are separate and do not cater for families. See booking guidelines for children.
The private Bush Villas afford guests luxury, total privacy and breathtaking views.
The Afro-chic villas are approximately 240m2 in size with 2, 3 and 4 en-suite bedroom configurations; ideal for families and groups travelling together. To ensure guests safety, all Bush Villas are located within a large fenced area inhabited by plains game, allowing freedom of movement.
Each Villa has a double volume thatch roof and open-plan lounge, dining and fully- equipped kitchen area for premium self-catering accommodation. The living room has a wood fireplace and folding windowed doors that lead onto a spacious deck where guests can behold the spectacular vistas of the Western Cape landscape and enjoy a braai (wood barbeque).
The bedrooms are airy and elegant with seating areas, gas fireplaces and private decks. The spacious bathrooms feature deep baths, walk-in showers and a pair of basins.Rates / Bookings
TENTED ECO CAMP
Gondwana Game Reserve offers a 6 day, authentic conservation experience for individuals, families or groups who will transform from guests into active participants by getting directly involved in wildlife and veld management, learning vital bush skills and interpretation, as well as volunteering within the local community. The research and findings from the program are fed back to Gondwana’s conservation department to assist in decision making enhancing the reserve management plan. The itinerary will include plenty of game drives, bush walks, and down time in an utterly inspiring landscape.
Participants will be based in an eco-friendly tented camp set in a protected valley, blanketed in Fynbos, in the heart of the game reserve for the duration of the program. The camp consists of 5 large, comfortable twin tents on raised platforms; each has an en-suite bathroom and covered deck. The recreational communal tent has a kitchen, lounge, computer station, and both indoor and outdoor dining area where delicious meals can be enjoyed. There are also relaxation areas with hammocks and pool.
Gondwana’s Tented Eco Camp provides an opportunity to get involved and contribute to the important conservation work of a Big Five game reserve. Learn more about this meaningful conservation experience for adults and children over the age of 6, and what you could expect to do on a typical day.
There are a plethora of Nature Activities amidst a breathtaking landscape. Guests can take a guided nature walk through 1000 different species of fynbos in the Gondwana Reserve. With fantastic birding keep those binoculars close by and tick off some of the 300 indigenous and 30 endemic bird species found in Gondwana. Enjoy game drives with expert field guides who reveal the free roaming Big 5. Children can learn about the botanical heritage of the flora and enjoy the many animal species and how to track them in the Junior Ranger Program.
Enjoy total relaxation and revitalization at Gondwana Nature Reserve’s Spa in the double volume treatment room or open air for a more natural experience. The spa offers a full treatment menu and uses the natural, eco-friendly and luxurious Africology product range which makes use of South Africa’s indigenous plants. .
Gondwana Game Reserve’s Lehele Lodge caters for conferences and executive breakaways. It is also an ideal boutique function venue for a large African wedding. Gondwana is one of the best authentic safari outdoor wedding venues in South Africa and is a perfect African honeymoon destination.
GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
♡ Green Cleaning
♡ Local & Organic
♡ Responsible Body Products
♡ Water Wise Practices
♡ Sustainable Energy Acumen
♡ Eco Architecture
♡ Land Rehabilitation
♡ Community Upliftment
“Gondwana is home to one of the most critically endangered vegetation types, Fynbos. It is our responsibility and passion to rehabilitate and promote biodiversity within this eco system through eradication of alien invasive species, implementing erosion control measures and sustainable fire management, as well as the promotion of water conservation within wetland systems” – Mark Rutherfoord, owner of Gondwana Game Reserve.
Gondwana has thus embarked on one of the largest full-scale Invasive Alien Species removal projects in the Southern Cape. Together with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Working for Water, Gondwana is part of a three year eradication programme and was awarded a government tender to employ 60 individuals from local communities on a permanent basis to focus on this conservation effort to enhance the region’s biodiversity and water sustainability.
The reserve also hosts an annual “Throttle the Wattle” conservation weekend where staff, Working for Water teams and private residents tackle an area infested with wattle. For more related information see this blog on Africageographic.com.
Gondwana Game Reserve works closely with the Gondwana Conservation Foundation (GCF) granting them use of the Reserve and infrastructure to implement conservation projects. The aim of GCF is to contribute to the conservation of South Africa’s threatened and endangered wildlife and vegetation relevant to the Southern Cape of South Africa through active management, training and skills development of the local people.
The reserve has reintroduced species that have been on the verge of extinction including the endangered desert black rhinoceros, bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra and cheetah. Gondwana is committed to conservation and to provide a meaningful population within South Africa´s meta-population.
Bees play a vital role in the persistence of Fynbos through pollination; Gondwana has therefore invested in a sustainable honey production programme. Gondwana has trained individuals from surrounding communities in the art of bee keeping and now has its own supply of high quality, natural raw honey. This programme promotes job creation, skills development, sustainable harvesting and encourages the conservation of a threatened ecosystem.
The reserve has a recycling program where inorganic materials are recycled and organic materials are composted in the vermiculture project. The red wriggler worms that assist in the decomposition of all the organic waste turn it into nutrient rich compost. The compost is used to benefit the lodge and staff, organic vegetable gardens as well as Gondwana’s indigenous tree nursery. Locals are employed to run the project and once the trees are large enough, they will be transplanted to areas on the reserve where previous land use has altered the landscape.
Gondwana Game Reserve’s waste management program contributes positively to land rehabilitation, habitat improvement for fauna and job creation. Private Residents on the reserve are also able to purchase the trees for planting around their bush homes.
All architecture at Gondwana was approached in an environmentally sensitive way and was designed to blend into the natural surroundings, with minimal impact or disturbance. Green design techniques were also applied for insulation, natural lighting and ventilation.
Gondwana Game Reserve provides its guests with environmentally friendly Karoo Lavendar body products in the bathrooms and the spa makes use of the luxurious, natural and eco-friendly Africology product range. To further ensure a healthy environment they use eco-friendly, biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products.
Gondwana’s water comes from its own natural spring on the reserve. To conserve this resource all taps are fitted with water flow restrictors and there are no gardens requiring irrigation, just natural bush.
In an effort to save energy Gondwana replaced its electric geysers with solar geysers in their staff village which houses 75 people; and they are planning on rolling this out to the lodge and the private residences. To lower their carbon footprint, Gondwana acquired a fuel efficient mini-bus that transports all staff throughout the reserve which has reduced traffic and CO² emissions.