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June 7, 2010

World Environment Day 2010

World Environment Day 2010

7 June 2010

World Environment Day 2010

World Environment Day (WED) 2010 is aimed to be the biggest, most widely celebrated, global day for positive, environmental action.

Under the auspices of the Eden District Municipality, local schools were invited to join in the celebrations of this important week.

Kindly sponsored by Gondwana Game Reserve, Isalekiso and Imekhaya Primary schools were treated to a range of educational activities at Gondwana.

Learners partook in fynbos identification, alien vegetation, animal dung and spoor and spoilt with a lovely lunch courtesy of Pick n Pay, Game and Quali Juice.

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May 17, 2010

Project King Protea

Project King Protea

6 March 2010

Saturday turned out to be a fantastic day, after a week of unreliable weather. Ten enthusiastic students from Indwe School, in Mossel bay, arrived at our Main Gate, ready to explore!

Exitement rose as Forget, our Head Guide, set off with them on a short drive to our Protea Forest, with a short detour to our Elephants. After a quick bumble on the game viewer, they
arrived at the Protea Forest, which is located on a far northern corner of the reserve. Each student (and teacher) received a small King Protea, ready to plant, Forget volunteerd to slug
the 20 Liters of water down the hill.

Albert, ready with a spade, led the way down a incredible slope, earlier cleared by our two guides. With a bit of sliding we found our way down to where Albert and Forget have dug
holes for the plants.

Each student got the chance to plant their own King Protea, with Forget helping them along. After all the Proteas were safe and sound in their new homes, Forget and Albert helped
them to a drink of water. Then came the big trek back up the hill.

After quenching everybody’s thirst, they set off on a afternoon game drive to discover the magic of Gondwana.

Juts before sunset, ten hungry students arrived at our Bush dining spot. With a magnificent view and a roaring fire alongside, our chefs served the students (and hungry waterboy) with
a well deserved dinner.

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May 17, 2010

General Motors SA Corporate Event

General Motors SA Corporate Event

2 December 2009

GM Motors Event

On the 2nd of December General Motors descended on Gondwana Game Reserve to showcase their new Isuzu 4×4 and show off all of
its capabilities.

30 members of the media and press enjoyed 24 hours of action packed itinerary which included a presentation from the new
General Motors CEO, Edgar Lorencon, a two and a half hour 4×4 driving course, bush cocktails and snacks followed by an elegant
meal at Lehele Lodge and loads of drinks!

A 6am wake-up call from the lodge saw the journalists and TV crew embark on a early morning game drive where the lions and
elephants kept them very entertained and kept the rangers on their toes. A blazing fire and delicious breakfast was well received
by all and it wasn’t long before we had to bid farewell to our new friends from around the country.

Thank you, General Motors, for such an exciting event’ we look forward to hosting you all again in the future!

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May 17, 2010

Reserve Expansion

Nauga Valley

Nauga Valley
Large sweetveld area in expansion ground

Reserve Expansion

28 November 2009

Gondwana’s expansion program has now come to fruition with the completion of the external fences and the
current dissembling of the fence dividing the two properties.

Gondwana adds 3000 hectares onto its size totaling nearly 11,000 hectares and brings in new eco-systems.
The inclusion of this area has added numerous species to both our mammal and bird list with the guides
excitedly reporting a first sighting of the Knysna Lourie and breeding pairs of Klipspringer.

The timing of the fence coming down was ideal with the late rains stimulating growth in this sweet veld region creating natural movement of wildlife into this new area.
We have successfully relocated one of our black rhino into this area according to plan as it is a more
suitable habitat for this highly selective browser species.

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May 17, 2010

Another 500 head of Game Added

Gondwana Introduces Another 500 head of Game

13 November 2009

Gondwana introduced many key prey species this winter to stock our new expansion area and fuel our growing
lion. Black Wildebeest, Eland, Red Hartebeest were the main species introduced.

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May 17, 2010

MOtober at Gondwana Game Reserve

MOtober at Gondwana Game Reserve

1 November 2009

For some team spirit and to support a good cause, all of our burly guys on Gondwana grew a moustache
for the month of October. Participants were subjected to continual snickering from staff members trying
to keep a straight face while in meetings with these hairy men.

By the end of the month moustaches were getting frizzy, girlfriends, wives and daughters were refusing
affection, and annoyance with facial hair was about to reach its peak! At the end of the month
“MOtober men”, wives, girlfriends and children gathered for a festive celebration of fantastic
team spirit. All mozzies’ were themed, colored or styled and somewhere in the mix we were graced with
a Thabo Mbeki lookalike (aka Forget Nglovo).

Our Head Chef from Italy Alex took the prize for best moustache and Albert one of our field guides was
given a shot of Jagermeister for his brilliant idea! The funds raised went to support the local Primary
School in Hertbertsdale.

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May 17, 2010

Happy Horse Trails at Gondwana

Happy Horse Trails at Gondwana

27 October 2009

Gondwana’s trail horses have been successfully relocated to their new stables in the reserve’s 1000 hectare walking area.

The 11 horses are enjoying their daily rides in the beautiful Fynbos landscape and open fields for a bit of a run! The 6 Shire breeds have come a long way since their first days on Gondwana after much patience and training from Megan and the team.

Riding safaris can be enjoyed with a delicious picnic laid out at one of the areas waterholes. Riding lessons can also be arranged for those interested.

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May 17, 2010

Gondwana’s Grand Opening

Gondwana’s Grand Opening

Lehele Lodge

Gondwana Game Reserve opens Lehele Lodge

15 August 2009 Gondwana Game Reserve officially opened Lehele Lodge and the game reserve on Saturday 15 August. The grand opening party was hosted at the newly completed Lehele Lodge and over a 100 guests were in attendance. Lehele Lodge provided the ultimate setting for this festive occasion. It’s cool organic style with warm African flavours set a wonderful backdrop to the celebrations. VIP guests included the Western Cape Minister Gerrit Van Rensburg, the Mayoress of Mossel Bay Marie Ferreira and the head of marketing for Pam Golding Properties Anthony Stroebel.

African singers got the party mood started as sumptuous hor d’oerves, free-flowing gluwein and champagne were passed to guests as they enjoyed the sunset. The elephants came out for the occasion and entertained the crowd from a nearby ridgeline. Gondwana has been the vision and hard work of Mark and Wendy Rutherfoord for the past five years and now the dream has become a top class reality. The opening of Lehele Lodge was another milestone reached and the next step is the completion of new bush lodge at Fynbos Camp including its luxury kwena huts.

The design of the lodge was organic in purpose and concept as it needed to suit multiple needs as an intimate bush lodge for guests to enjoy and as a boutique functions venue. The lodge is comprised of four thatched areas: rounded amoeba-like rugby ball shapes that are interconnected. The architect, FC Holm from George, conceived it to resemble the original Gondwanaland, the prehistoric super-continent that was slowly carved and split by tectonic forces into the continents as we know them today. The Outeniqua and Langeberg Mountains that surround the reserve are the last visible vestiges of these turbulent shifts in the Earth’s crust. The design of the lodge allows visitors to relax in the lounge and library area while a business presentation is taking place in the meeting area next door.

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The lodge is comprised of the lounge, bar, library and dining area including large outdoor areas with an infinity pool, boma deck area, which has been nicknamed ‘the party pit’, and ample outdoor seating for meals and sundowners. The interactive media library has Apple Mac flat screens for internet use and Fynbos identification programs for visitors to ID their latest finds of the over 5000 varieties found on Gondwana. A fun sighting map with the recent big five and other sightings is updated daily by guests when they arrive back from game drives.

Lynne K Interiors together with Gondwana owner Wendy Rutherfoord planned the interiors to be clean and organic with splashes of colour found in the surrounding Fynbos vegetation. The outdoors is the main feature with floor to ceiling glass doors and windows all around Lehele. The interior form followed the rounded building form with barely any straight edges in the entire lodge. All the furniture was locally custom-made with some items found at various boutiques in Cape Town and throughout Africa. The overall impression is a contemporary natural feel with colourful African accents.

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Lehele Lodge not only acts as the hub’ for Gondwana but it is also a popular meeting place for the wildlife population on the reserve. The elephant are often seen walking through and grazing in the lush valley that the lodge overlooks and have delighted visitors with visits to the pool. Malachite and Orange-Breasted Sunbirds flutter at the windows and endangered Black Harriers are seen regularly flying low looking for prey around the waterholes. The Eland are enjoying the freshly planted aloes and the lion keep guests excited with regular visits to the lodge vicinity.

View the Opening Photos

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May 17, 2010

1st Bush Wedding on Gondwana

1st Bush Wedding on Gondwana

7 March 2009

Jessica (De Witt) and Ben Cade celebrated their marriage on Gondwana with a large contingent of guests from England
and South Africa.

The overseas guests and family began their wedding weekend with a sunset game drive followed by a bush braai under
the stars.

Jessica and Ben were wed Saturday afternoon at St Peter’s Anglican Church in Mossel Bay. The reception was in the
middle of the game reserve with African singers entertaining during cocktails and hor d’orves overlooking the mountains,
followed by an elegant dinner under Bedouin tents with witty English toasts and late night dancing led by the DJ.

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May 17, 2010

Lions Released

Gondwana’s New Pride of Lion Capture & Release

Lion Released.

February 23, 2009

The lion were fed their last meal of ostrich while the boma gates were opened for release. They made their way out late in the evening. After one failed attempt at hunting the girls succeeded with a large gemsbok.

Pride in boma.

January / February 2009

The 4 lion were placed into their custom made boma on Gondwana in order for them to bond and settle prior to release.

Young Male lion Captured at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve.

December, 2008

Abdominal implant placed in male for monitoring purposes.

Lions Captured at Amankala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.

November, 2008

Capture of 3 female lions, 2 year old sisters, at Amankala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. They have been in a boma on Gondwana in order for them to bond with the young male lion we have introduced from the Kalahari.

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