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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 – so we can see if we can continue to suppor
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October 11, 2011

Buffalo on horseback

On the 14th of June myself, Tracey, Justin Dare our stable manager and one of our homeowners Aarnie Van Der Horst went on a outride , I picked up a problem with my bridle and had to return to the stables with Justin. We decided we had to canter and gallop to catch up to Tracey and Aarnie so we had a great time riding through the fynbos, however
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October 11, 2011

Lion Kill At Kwena

Last week after the heavy rains we were on our way in to Kwena Lodge when we spotted fresh lion tracks as well as zebra tracks, The lions were following them on a hunt. We suspected something had happened nearby as we could feel the tension in the air ,shortly afterwards Chantelle De Bertoli called in that she had spotted a dead zebra 30 meters fr
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October 11, 2011

Happenings during September 2011

Happenings during September 2011 Through this newsletter, we hope to share our excitement with you and keep you updated on all of the conservation efforts on the reserve.  Thank you to all that contributed, looking after our wildlife really is a team effort. A special thanks to John Vogel from our wildlife team for spearheading this initiative
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September 14, 2011

Cheetah Release

Cheetah Release Two wild cheetah have taken their first steps to a new life on Gondwana’s 11 000 hectare reserve. The arrival of the two males has sparked much excitement with frequent sightings being reported on a daily basis by staff and guests. The two males join the male and female cheetah that were released in September 2010. Gondwana is pri
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July 27, 2011

500 Head Of Game, Spa Doors Opened

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.
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April 26, 2011

Young 'Bulls'

Our young Elephant Bull, Mabitsi, has a special relationship with Trevor, one of our Rangers. They are both the same age (a young and tender 22) and for some reason when Trevor finds him in the veld, Mabitsi always has to kick up some dust and do a little show! Guests love to see this and although safety is always first, it is a highlight to see
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April 11, 2011

Lion Hunt

One Thursday night I went out on drive with two clients in the Red rocks area in search of  lions. The area is perfect for them with long grass and a rusty colouration... ideal for a lioness to lie in ambush - as my guests remarked. After a while we started heading back to Kwena camp and found our magnificent pride walking towards our security g
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February 11, 2011

Uninvited Lions

It was that time of the year, summer time, where the weather allowed for fantastic bush dinners to be held. I was excited as I had a good game drive and now it was time for one of our chefs, Dirk to prepare a great braai for dinner. My two guests are an Australian couple, Kevin and Wendy, that farm with beef cattle in the outback and so far we’ve
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February 8, 2011


I was doing an evening drive; it is summer, so at six o’ clock it was still reasonably hot. We have seen the elephants and a rhino earlier on and we were now driving through the fynbos thickets. Usually seeing big animals like that tend to be the climax of the drive, so now it was quiet on the vehicle, everyone just appreciating the scenery and t
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