Author Archives Vanessa

December 16, 2010


One particular sighting that comes to mind is one involving our male rhino. It was a warm afternoon, myself and three guests departed on evening Game Drive. We had struggled previously in the day to find the rhino so we went back even more determined to find him. After a good hour and a half of searching our luck changed and we found him as he was
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December 3, 2010

Wild Cheetah Arrive at Game Reserve

Wild Cheetah Arrive at Game Reserve It all started with Samara Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape who contacted Gondwana Game Reserve looking for a new home for three of their cheetah.  Cheetah naturally occur in this area of the Eastern Cape, so their population is truly wild, which is always so exciting from a conservation standpoint.  It was ne
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October 7, 2010


This is a story of a zebra that earned his stripes by proving his rank. As some of us know, there is a Plains zebra on the reserve that does not particularly like hanging out with his own kind, in fact he has taken a liking to the rare Watusi cattle herd that grazes Gondwana plains. Everyone always thought that he had an identity crisis. Howev
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July 24, 2010

Gondwana´s 2010 wildlife introductions

Game Capture season is well underway and we eagerly await the arrival of 3 hippo and over 350 head of general game including Springbok, Bontebok and Kudu. I would like to extend our utmost gratitude on behalf of Gondwana to Rein and Arne van der Horst for their generosity in sponsoring two of the three hippo to be released in the Lehele Dam this wi
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July 22, 2010

Gourmet Evenings

Gourmet Evenings Chef´s Table - 18 August 2010 Top South African celebrity chef Scott Ratray will be hosting a food and wine pairing dinner at Gondwana with winemaker / owner Stefan Basson from Babylon´s Peak. Scott assisted renowned chef Keith Floyd in England and then worked as executive chef for all And Beyond (CC Africa) lodges. He
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July 21, 2010

Property Developments

Property DevelopmentsPam Golding Snap ShotPam Golding Properties has seen an exciting increase in interest and activity on the Reserve since December and as a result has sold 2 plots and 2 fully furnished lodges in the first half of this year. Prices have shown a decrease but compared to the rest of the market, Gondwana is holding its own.Propertie
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July 20, 2010

Bird Hide Completed

Bird Hide Completed on Gondwana 20 July 2010 Last year in May, Mark gave one of the field guide´s Albert, resident birding expert, the green light and budget to start the first bird hide on Gondwana. Initially it was only Albert and Forget wor
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June 19, 2010

Gondwana in the Press

Marketing Snippets 19 June 2010 See recent media and editorial coverage of Gondwana Game Reserve! 1. South African Tourism Update, May 2010 2. Opulent Living 3. African Chilli 4. Cape Etc, Summer ’09/10 5. Selling Long Haul, June 2010
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June 18, 2010

Winter Game Releases

Winter Game Releases on Gondwana 18 June 2010 Gondwana will be introducing 400 head of general game this winter including Springbok, Kudu, Zebra, and Gemsbok as well as 3 hippo into the Lehele Lodge waterhole and giraffe. Stay tuned for photos and more details. We would like to thank Rein and Arne van der Horst, home owners in Milkwood Valley for t
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June 17, 2010

Black Rhino

It's a cold winter's early morning on Gondwana, freezing on the open game viewer. I can't feel my face, and by wearing a warm hat I try to keep a bit of heat. Even though I'm half frozen, there is nowhere else I would rather be. The rays of the sun are running up the mountains to the east, indicating that the much awaited sun will be with me shortl
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