500 Head Of Game, Spa Doors Opened

July 27, 2011

500 Head Of Game, Spa Doors Opened

Gondwana Game Reserve continues to invest in its wildlife program with kudu, eland, springbok, red hartebeest, ostrich, gemsbok and zebra being released this winter totalling 500 head of general game. The cheetah and hippo populations introduced in 2010 have settled well, with frequent sightings on game drives. Gondwana also plays home to free roaming big five populations including the endangered black rhino and over 10 species of antelope.

Gondwana launched its new spa with a full treatment menu utilising the luxurious and all natural Africology product. The treatment room is completely private and well positioned to take in the breathtaking surrounds of the reserve. Signature treatments include the anti-aging sundowner facial, African bliss body wrap and love bird’s nest couples package. The spa is a wonderful addition to the overall restorative guest experience on the reserve – come and revitalise yourself with nature’s touch, tone and tempo.

Gondwana is also proud to announce a new General Manager, Neil Davison. Neil brings a wonderful mix of boutique lodge experience to the reserve. Neil has a highly disciplined operational approach to management and a strong environmental background, holding a BSc honours degree. Owners Mark and Wendy Rutherfoord have every confidence that Neil will take Gondwana Game Reserve to the next level and establish it as the top safari destination in the Western Cape.

Gondwana Game Reserve has also recently joined the prestigious Preferred Hotel Group, a global sales and marketing association. This partnership will give Gondwana greater global scope connecting the property into an extensive global sales force and GDS system. It will enhance the properties brand credibility through the organisations quality assurance program. Together with Southern Spoor Marketing and Exclusive Retreats, the Preferred Hotel Group association will enable Gondwana Game Reserve to reach its potential.

The Perfect Cape Town Safari Break

Gondwana Game Reserve provides the perfect safari break for Cape Town visitors. Less than a four-hour drive away along South Africa’s popular Garden Route, the 11 000-hectare private game reserve offers a distinctive malaria-free safari experience. Indigenous Fynbos cloaks the undulating valleys, adding vivid colour and interest to a big five wilderness experience with awe-inspiring views of the Langeberg Mountains. This exclusive reserve offers guests attentive service, superb cuisine, inspiring interiors, expert game rangers and horseback safaris. 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 Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Kwena Huts

The new Kwena Huts Camp opened last May, offering guests elegantly appointed private suites with a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling. They feature a contemporary open plan design with skylight ceilings for stargazing and 180˚ views of breathtaking scenery. The spacious facilities include a large public pool, chic open-plan lounge and bar, with food and beverage services offered in an elegant dining room set around two open fireplaces or in the outdoor bomas. Guests are treated to surprise bush breakfasts, romantic picnics, evening barbecues and scenic sundowner spots.

Luxury Bush Villas

Accommodation at Gondwana also includes the Private Bush Villas, which offer total privacy and comfort to groups particularly families with children. The deluxe suites feature an open plan lounge with kitchen and dining room all opening onto a wraparound deck with magnificent valley and mountain views. A highlight of any stay is in-suite dining with a private chef. For the ultimate in luxury the villas can be privately staffed with your own ranger, chef and butler to cater to your every whim. The villas can also be utilised on a luxury self-catering basis with a la carte meals and game drives available for those who want a longer stay and the flexibility to enjoy the surrounding Garden Route, its activities and attractions.

Nature Activities

Guests at Gondwana are offered an assortment of inclusive activities ranging from horseback and walking safaris to fishing and mountain biking in a fenced 1000-hectare protected area. Family itineraries include a junior ranger programme which allows kids to enjoy a few hours out with their own personal rangers and experience exactly what it is like to learn and live on a wildlife reserve. On departure the kids receive a Gondwana back pack complete with activity book and rangers patch to signify the completion of their ranger’s course. Guests can also enjoy informative Fynbos walks with local experts and discover endemic birdlife that occurs nowhere else in the world, such as the Black Harrier and Orange Breasted Sunbird. There is also a number of rare and indigenous wildlife such as the Grey rhebok, Cape mountain zebra and bush buck. Stone Age sites are found throughout the reserve with hand tools and other artefacts.

For more information please contact Southern Spoor Marketing on info@southernspoor.co.za or phone 0027 11 469 5082.



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