Gondwana Game Reserve-Kwena Lodge
Gondwana Lion Cubs Kwena Honeymoon Suite
Gondwana Lion Cubs
Kwena Honeymoon Suite

Gondwana Game Reserve-Kwena Lodge

Gondwana is a private game reserve in South Africa that holds the distinction of being the only fynbos reserve in the world that’s home to free roaming Big Five game as well as endangered species like the Cape mountain zebra and black harrier among many others. Set on 11,000-hectares, its breath taking beauty will soothe and delight you with its endless mountain views and green rolling hills blanketed in colourful fynbos.

The private reserve is accessibly situated 25 minutes outside the charming coastal town of Mossel Bay and a mere four hours drive from Cape Town. George Domestic Airport is only a 45-minute drive from the game reserve (transfers provided) with daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town International airports. As a Garden Route game reserve, Gondwana shares the route’s idyllic climate, second most moderate in the world, and is Malaria-free, offering prime year round game viewing.

Country

South Africa

Highlights

  • Our Fynbos
  • Our beautiful male lion
  • Good fresh food
  • Our little Junior Rangers!

Need to Know

Kwena Lodge rooms are a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling. Each open plan suite is nestled into its spectacular surrounds with 180-degree views, sky lights for star gazing, clay pot fireplaces and deep baths to keep you warm upon arrival from an evening game drive.

This Khoi San inspired architecture resembles a transient village the Cape Herders (the first known people of our area) would have utilized to graze and move their herd.Therefore we have worn pathways between buildings rather than decking –the huts are meant to look like mud huts from the outside with African luxury awaiting you inside. Bar stools and décor could be items they picked up in the veld – bones, stumps, hides etc.


SafarisSafaris


Game Drives are conducted in open Land Rovers with expert field guides who reveal the free roaming Big 5 in a Cape Floral setting – a once in a lifetime experience. Morning and afternoon safaris are included in your stay on the fully inclusive package with gourmet breakfast treats or delicious hors d’oeuvres and sundowners in the afternoons. Day visitors can also book morning or afternoon drives.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Gondwana Game Reserve is the only free roaming Big 5 private wildlife reserve in the Southern Cape – home to the lion, eland, red hartebeest, endangered Cape Mountain Zebra, springbok, kudu, as well as the elephant, among others.

10 species of antelope including kudu, eland, gemsbok, bontebok, Grey Reebok and many more.

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 wild flowers, 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 colour.

Birding in Fynbos is a once in a lifetime experience with endemic birds frequently seen.A staggering 42 of South Africa’s 53 endemic bird species occur in the Western Cape.

The region offers a diverse range of habitats and is home to approximately 300 species of birds, making it an ideal destination for bird watching. Gondwana Game Reserve supports healthy populations of sought after endemics such as the Cape Sugarbird, Orange Breasted Sunbird, Protea Seedeater, and Black Harrier.

The array of vegetation types allows for a variety of bird species. Denhams Bustard, Blue Crane, African Fish eagle, Verreaux’s eagle Ostrich, Secretary bird, Jackal Buzzard, African Stone Chat, Cape Grassbird, Malachite Sunbird, Black crowned night heron, and Bokmakierie are all prominent species on the reserve.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Gondwana Offers a range of Nature Activities on the Reserve such as Game Drives, Fynbos walks, mountain biking, fishing, Africology spa treatments and the Junior Ranger experience for children.

World-class tourist facilities and attractions on Gondwana’s doorstep include championship golf courses at Pinnacle Point, Pezula, Oubaai and Fancourt, great swimming and surfing beaches and the attractive coastal towns of Mossel Bay, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Day trips to many of the nearby attractions are easy from the game reserve.

FacilitiesFacilities

The spacious bush lodge accommodation facilities include a large infinity pool, chic open-plan lounge and bar, with food and beverage services offered in an elegant dining room set around 2 open fireplaces or in the outdoor boma. Guests are treated to surprise bush breakfasts, romantic picnics, evening barbecues and scenic sundowner spots.

Well appointed, deluxe, stand-alone bedrooms overlook two waterholes across the valley onto the breathtaking mountains, which once formed part of the famous landmass known as Gondwanaland.

AccommodationAccommodation

13 Luxury Luxury Khoi-San Inspired Kwena Rooms and one luxury honeymoon suite.

AccoladesAccolades

  • World Travel Awards South Africa’s leading Nature Experience
  • GIFTTS (Great Initiatives for Todays, Tomorrows Society) environmental award 2012.
  • Trip Advisor Certificate of excellence.
  • Named one of the hottest hotels in 2013 by UK Sunday times

SeasonSeason

Peak season at Gondwana Game Reserve - October to April.

Average StayAverage Stay

2-3 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

R3250 per night fully inclusive.

Children PolicyChild Policy

Gondwana welcomes children of all ages.Families are accommodated in bush villas for their comfort and convenience.For safety reasons children under 6 are not allowed on game drives unless on a private vehicle which can be more cautious in Big Five sightings. The Junior Ranger experience is available for children over the age of 6 years. During this experience children will gain a greater understanding of conservation and our precious eco systems. They will be quizzed on what they’ve learned by their ranger and receive a level 1 Junior Ranger Patch and completion certificate, as well as a picture with their ranger for their safari book. For more on our child policy go to:http://www.gondwanagr.co.za/visitor-info/children

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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