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June 6, 2012

Giraffe Release

giraffe release

 Gondwana Game Reserve, the Perfect Cape Town Safari Break introduces another signature species – Giraffe


Gondwana Game Reserve welcomes the world’s tallest land mammal to the 11,000 hectare reserve.

The memorable release of giraffe took placein May in the reserve’s awe inspiring Nauga Valley after their short journey from the Eastern Cape.

The Giraffe gracefully disembarked from the transport truck and surveyed their new surroundings with a sense of ownership. They briefly glared at the small silent audience of humans and moved on against the backdrop of the Langeberg Mountains.

The young bull then led his ladies into the distance… The addition of giraffe to the Gondwana family will enhance the wildlife experience and supplement to the diversity of game species which includes Desert Black Rhino, eland, kudu, lion, Cape Mountain Zebra and cheetah among many others.

The Gondwana Guides are all on the hunt to be the first to tick off giraffe!

Let the games begin….

Gondwana Game Reserve – providing 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 (26,000 acre) private game reserve offers a distinctive and luxurious malaria-free safari experience.  Indigenous Fynbos vegetation cloaks the undulating valleys, adding vivid colour and interest to a Big Five wilderness experience with awe inspiring views of the Langeberg Mountains wherever you look. This exclusive reserve offers guests attentive service, superb cuisine, inspiring interiors, expert game rangers, and an array of activities including 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.   The reserve is easily accessible through George Domestic Airport, a 45-minute drive from the reserve (transfers provided) with daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town International airports.

 

 

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June 6, 2012

Privately Staffed Bush Villa – Exclusive VIP Package

For the ultimate experience, book your own exclusive Bush Villa complete with personal chef, filed guide, butler and private game viewer.

Stay in a deluxe 3 bedroom villa (sleeps 6) or a 4 bedroom villa (sleeps 8 ) from as little as R 20 000.00 per night for the complete villa package. Ideal for families or a group of friends who want more space, privacy and flexibility to enjoy their nature experience. The luxurious villas offer double volume, open plan design with stylish interiors and spacious en-suite bedrooms with seating areas and private decks.

This rate includes all meals, local beverages, 2 game activities per day and your own spacious yet secluded private bush villa complete with open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen leading onto a wrap around patio with uninterrupted 180 degree views. Valid as a standalone special, may not be combined with any other special.

Rack Rate includes the following per overnight stay:
      • Private Game Viewer
      • Private Field Guide
      • Private Chef
      • Private Butler
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      • 2 Game Activities
      • Junior Ranger Program for Children
      • Local Beverages including House Wines
      • Taxes
      • Mini Bar
      • Free Internet

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June 1, 2012

Stay for 3 pay for 2!!

Book a relaxing 3-night stay at Kwena Lodge and ONLY PAY FOR 2 NIGHTS! Take the time to truly unwind and enjoy all that Gondwana Game Reserve has to offer – horse back safaris, spa treatments, Fynbos walks, and the fun Junior Ranger program for your little ones.

Guests traveling with children will be charged R 650 per child (ages 4 – 12) FOR 3 NIGHTS ONLY and will be accommodated in a family friendly Fynbos Villa. Families traveling with children 0 – 3 years old are also accommodated in a Villa but the kids stay for free! Valid as a standalone special, may not be combined with any other special. Offer Valid until 31 October 2012!

Rack Rate includes the following per overnight stay:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      • 2 Game Activities
      • Junior Ranger Program for Children
      • Local Beverages including House Wines
      • Taxes
      • Mini Bar
      • Free Internet

click here to download more info Gondwana Stay for 3 pay for 2!

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June 1, 2012

Black Rhino Conservation Experience

Gondwana Game Reserve proudly invites you to experience an exclusive and critically important Black Rhino anti-poaching and conservation initiative.

Given the endangered status of the Desert Black Rhino and dramatic rise of rhino poaching, it is imperative to keep an active tracking device in the horn of all rhino. These need to be replaced every few years.  Gondwana would like to allow a small group of people to share in this thrilling experience to help raise funds to further our Black Rhino Conservation program.
This will include the following:

·  Participation in the capture and rhino horn implant

·  Helicopter darting, capture of Rhino, implant of radio devise into the horn

·  Informational talk on Black Rhino conservation from South African expert

·  Theoretical and practical explanation on chemical immobilization of rhino with Dr Brendan Tindal, Black Rhino Specialist.

Throughout your experience, all of Gondwana Game Reserve’s luxuries will be available to your group exclusively.

·  3 nights 5 star accommodation at Kwena Lodge or in Private Bush Villas depending on your group’s specifications

·  All gourmet meals, snacks and beverages

·  Private Game Viewer and expert field guide for your stay

·  Spa Treatments

Rates are quoted as per person sharing per night

and are as follows:

*2 guests  R29 000 * 4 guests  R14 500 *6 guests R9 720
*8 guests R7 290 *10 guests R5 830

Rack Rate includes the following per overnight stay:
      • Private Game Viewer
      • Private Field Guide
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      • 2 Game Activities
      • Junior Ranger Program for Children
      • Local Beverages including House Wines
      • Taxes
      • Mini Bar
      • Free Internet

Click to download more information Rhino Package

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May 31, 2012

Spotted Eagle Owl

With their eerie calls and silent flight, owls are among the most elusive and misunderstood of all birds. Owls have been described across the world in legends and fables as a mystical being, often synonymous with death, while in other cultures, the owl is considered as being “wise”. The word “owl” is derived from the Icelandic word “ugla” meaning  “fearful or “dreadful”.   In most Western cultures, views of owls have changed drastically over time. Owls can serve as indicators of the state of an ecosystem. Certain owl species are adaptable and opportunistic. Many owl species have adapted to hunting rodents in urban surrounds. This function serves as a complimentary pest control to humans.

A pair of Spotted Eagle Owls that are housed at the Tenikwa Wildlife Sanctuary recently produced offspring.  Unfortunately the adult birds are not suitable for release, yet the three chicks can be released back in to the wild with some assistance. Gondwana Game Reserve has recently obtained the three Spotted Eagle Owl fledglings with the responsibility of fostering and encouraging instinctive hunting behaviour.   The owls are fed prey such as small mammals, birds, insects, and reptiles. It often swallows quite large prey whole.

Owls differ from other birds in having soft, frayed edges to their flight feathers which allows them to fly in silence and capture prey undetected. All have acute hearing and enormous eyes, which provide excellent vision in low light. Spotted Eagle Owls mate for life. The male will hunt and bring food when the female cannot leave the nest. Sometimes, even in conditions verging on starvation, he will tear the head off a mouse, but bring the body for the female to feed to the young, or to eat it herself if the eggs have not yet hatched.

The three fledglings are intended to be released in Spring on the reserve. In addition owl boxes are planned to be erected around the lodges to encourage owl roosting sites. This is a brilliant and efficient eco-solution to controlling rodent populations. This is project goes in hand with the Gondwana Goes Green Programme.

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May 31, 2012

Mark’s Reserve Update, May 2012

With the passing of the new wildlife translocation policy in the Western Cape the doors have been opened, ever so slightly, for us on Gondwana. Western Cape Nature Conservation (Cape Nature) has come to terms that reserves within our unique region have to become more competitive to the rest of the country. After months of negotiations between the trade and Cape Nature, reserves within the Western Cape have been allowed to introduce certain species that have not been permitted in the past. Species such as giraffe and white rhino are now welcome, as it is seen to increase the tourism commercial variability of the reserves and the region.  To apply for these permits, game reserves need to submit a comprehensive management plan evaluating the suitability of the reserve for certain species and do an ecological threat analysis, which includes practical mitigation factors for any potential threat. Gondwana has been busy modifying its Management Plan to the new requirements of Cape Nature

We have a very exciting winter wildlife season ahead of us benefiting from the continued support of our homeowners. The Vernon Family from FC11 has very generously donated three giraffe to Gondwana. The introduction of these giraffe has be a momentous occasion as we have been working together with Cape Nature for almost three years to get such permits. The giraffe were released in the Nauga area and are feeding on the nutrient rich vegetation present in that area.

The Boardman family of Red Rocks 27, have committed to helping us introduce more springbok onto the reserve. This introduction is crucial as we are experimenting with ways to overcome the tick born disease of heartwater which is life threatening for springbok. We will be staggering the introduction of the springbok and monitoring their condition, as they will have to go through a 10-day inoculation process.

April was a big month for our fire management program as were able to burn 2000 hectares.  Gondwana is now part of the Southern Cape Fire Protection Association and we had 50 fire fighters who descended on the reserve in the first week of April. We set fire to most of the North Eastern section of the reserve. There is an abundance of Fynbos within that region that requires, for ecological reasons, to be burnt.  Our conservation team is eager to now commence a 5-7 year monitoring plan in this area to monitor the recovery of the Fynbos and look specifically at things like potential grazing for wildlife and regeneration of Fynbos year on year after the burn. The impact of fire on both the regeneration of Fynbos and the grazing success of large herbivores is something that has not been done before and we are excited to see the trends to come.

Through the dedicated work of our reserve and conservation teams, Gondwana is undoubtedly becoming the leading reserve in the Southern Cape with regards to veld and wildlife management. With Cape Nature opening it doors to new ideas we are very excited for the future prospects on Gondwana. We will keep everyone updated on the wildlife introduction progress throughout the year as well as the success of our fire management program. I look forward to seeing many of you on the reserve and hope that you will be able to enjoy the new wildlife additions on the reserve.

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May 24, 2012

The Days Of Our Lions

The lion has been an icon for humanity and have enjoyed a positive depiction in culture as strong but noble. Gondwana’s male lion fits the description perfectly. Until recently the male and female lions have avoided each other residing on opposite ends of the reserve. Gondwana management intervened to promote a bonding process whereby the entire pride was relocated to the centre of the reserve and temporally held in the predator boma. Lions are the only members of the cat family to display obvious sexual dimorphism—that is, males and females look distinctly different. They also have specialised roles that each gender plays in the pride.
Cupid’s arrow struck and within a week, it was like Valentine’s Day in March. The bonding process has been successful and once behavior such as the cheek rubbing and mating was seen, the felines were released back onto the reserve. The lion is the only truly social member of the cat family. Females form the stable social unit in a pride and do not tolerate outside females, membership only changes with the births and deaths of lionesses.
These apex predators have remained cohesive and are successfully hunting. We look forward to the results of the time spent on honeymoon in the boma. The King of Gondwana has resumed his position with his ladies at his side.- By John Vogel

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December 5, 2011

7 Unforgettable Nights, 3 Extraordinary Destinations

Experience an unforgettable trip that will commence in Cape Town, the most popular destination in the world as rated by Trip Advisor at the magnificent Cape Royale Luxury Hotel. The journey will continue onto Gondwana Game Reserve a 5 star, 11 000 hectare private reserve on the Garden Route and culminate in the most luxurious golf resort in South Africa, Pezula, which is situated on the oceanside cliffs of Knysna.

Download the brochure and start planning today!

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December 5, 2011

Time is precious for little Dominique

Time is precious for little Dominique

Gondwana recently heard about a heartbreaking story right here in Sedgefield and immediately jumped in and supported the Du Toit family.

Read their story here.

Should you wish to assist the Du Toit family in any way please contact Louise – louise@gondwanagr.co.za so we can see if we can continue to support the family during this tough time.

Thank you for your support and generosity.

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