10 Reasons you will fall in love with Gondwana Game Reserve

September 2, 2013

1)      Tickle the taste buds

With a range of gourmet flavors from the freshest local ingredients we can source or grow, dining at Gondwana is an experience in its own right. Gondwana is very privileged to be able to offer the fantastic wines of the Cape, with food prepared by award winning chefs.

 Gondwana cuisine

2)      Walk or ride amongst the game :

With over 1000ha that is free of any potentially big dangerous animals, being on foot or on a mountain bike amongst comical wildebeest or lively sunbirds will add a twist to any conventional safari. Ambling along paths through the Fynbos can allow one to admire the smaller and often overlooked inhabitants.

walk amongst the Fynbos at Gondwana

3)      Floral showcase:

Situated in one of the most diverse regions of the world, The Cape Floristic region is regarded as a global “hotspot” of biodiversity. The fynbos biome is the smallest of the world’s six floristic kingdoms and the only one within the borders of a single country. With 9 600 recorded plant species in the region, 70% of them are not found anywhere else on the planet. September allows for displays of both winter and summer flowering plants. Pink heather blankets the valleys whilst proteas flaunt their bold colours on the plateaus.

 Floral showcase at Gondwana

4)      No game viewing traffic jams:

Viewing the big 5 whilst in a traffic jam can sometimes dilute a wildlife experience. Gondwana has a limit on the number of game drive vehicles on a sighting. This allows for guests to have sightings of animals all to themselves without interfering on an animal’s natural behaviour. .

No Game Viewing Traffic

5)      Rejuvenate the body

After exploring the Gondwana wilderness,  trade in your bush hat for a relaxing and indulgent Spa treatment in African style at Gondwana Spa. Gondwana’s Spa offers a full treatment menu utilizing the luxurious Africology product range which makes use of South Africa’s indigenous plants such as African potato, Rooibos and Aloe.

Rejuvenate at Gondwana Spa

6)      Location, Location, Location

Nestled between the towering mountains and coastline along the world famous Garden Route, Gondwana is easily accessible by road from nearby Cape Town or George.  World-class tourist facilities and attractions on Gondwana’s doorstep include championship golf courses, great swimming and surfing beaches and the attractive coastal towns of Mossel Bay, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Nauga Valley at Gondwana

7)      Junior Ranger Experience

Witnessing the awe in a child’s face as they see an elephant for the first time or catch a fish in one of the reserve dams is a truly gratifying experience.  Aspiring rangers can join senior rangers whilst the parents sip cocktails around the swimming pool.

Junior Ranger Fishing at Gondwana

8.) Conservation Projects

Gondwana has committed to preserve, enrich and rehabilitate the biodiversity and natural resources on the reserve. Endangered and threatened species such as Bontebok, cheetah, rhino, and Cape Mountian Zebra find refuge on the property whereby populations can grow to supply similar minded reserves with surplus animals. Gondwana has recently partnered with Conservation Global to contribute to a greater understanding of the region by carrying out much needed research.

Gondwana conservation

9)      Free Roaming Big 5 Game

Gondwana Game Reserve is the only free ranging Big 5 private wildlife reserve in the Southern Cape – home to the lion, rhinoceros, eland, red hartebeest, endangered Cape Mountain Zebra, springbok, kudu, as well as the elephant, among others. Gondwana saw the birth of 2 lion cub litters – the first born in the Southern Cape in over 100 years.

Lion at Gondwana

10)   Birding 

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.  The reserve supports healthy populations of sought after endemics such as the Cape Sugarbird, Orange Breasted Sunbird, Protea Seedeater, and Black Harrier.

Birding at Gondwana-Black shouldered kite

To have your own  love affair with Gondwana contact reservations@gondwanagr.co.za – +27 (0)21 424 5430

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