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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. [nggallery id=40] Pride in boma. Janua
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May 17, 2010

Gondwana featured on Kfm Daily

Gondwana Game Reserve ran a promotion with Kfm, The Cape's #1 radio station, for a 4 night give away at its luxury accommodation. Every day during the month of February the promotion and Gondwana was featured hourly. Both Mark and Alessandro were interviewed and our reservationist was pranked' have a listen! Sound Bites from Kfm Promotional Snipp
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May 17, 2010

Elephants Released

Elephants Released at Gondwana Game Reserve Wednesday, 7 January 2009 An elephant translocation initiative has been put together by Gondwana Game Reserve, EMOA (Elephant Managers and Owners Association), ETA (Elephant Tourism Association) and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth to release two elephants bulls from semi
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May 17, 2010

Gondwana's 1st overnight guest

Gondwana's 1st overnight guest 1 December 2008 Gondwana opened it's doors to it's first official overnight guest on Monday December 1, 2008. They hailed from Germany and thoroughly enjoyed the scenery, fine cuisine and black rhino sightings.
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May 17, 2010

First Black Rhino Released

Gondwana Game Reserve Introduces First Black Rhino in the Western Cape 3 November 2008 Gondwana Game Reserve continues to make a significant contribution to wildlife and habitat conservation. As part of its rehabilitation efforts and introduction of indigenous wildlife into the area, Gondwana is proud to announce the relocation of two endangered D
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May 12, 2010

Becoming A True Lion Pride

It's a beautiful, crisp morning and I am about 30 meters behind 3 lionesses stalking a Gemsbok (Oryx Gazelle). I always get excited when this happens, even though I know how low their success rate is. The male is watching from a safe distance, a good 300 meters, so he cannot get in the way. The females are barely visible in the knee high grass. Sud
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May 12, 2010

The Honey Badgers

It's a cold winter's morning. We just had a big breakfast and decided to go out on drive afterwards. My guests are from Scotland, a real lovely bunch, all wrapped up in warm blankets. I have never seen the clouds so beautiful. Their shapes, sizes and ripples make them look unreal. The wind is
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May 12, 2010

The Birds Are Back

It's September and its great seeing all the migratory birds coming back in patches over the last few weeks. Early morning and afternoon, when you look up during a game drive, the Greater Striped, White Throated Swallows and the Black Sawings are all doing their aerial acrobats. I'm expecting the Steppe Buzzards back soon to once again make it diff
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May 8, 2010

The Lion & Gemsbok

Nobody had seen our young male lion for several days, which is very unusual for this cat. With this in mind I set out early determined to find the king of the jungle. After an hour or so I had seen neither hind nor hair of this lion, and to be honest I was beginning to give up hope (I know, I´m not the most patient of rangers). Suddenly I noticed
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November 26, 2009

A flurry of offspring from our wildlife

As we enter the summer season, we have been welcomed by a flurry of offspring from a wide range of our wildlife. These progeny are a great indicator that the introduced animals have established themselves on the reserve. We are also encouraged by the increase in population and behavioural development of the species that were always present on the r
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