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June 22, 2014

Kitting out our Boma!

Gondwana is enhancing its dining experience at the Kwena Lodge with all new custom equipment for the boma and dining room.  Beautiful table settings with colourful handmade African placements welcome guests as they tuck into our delicious South African fare.  Boma breakfasts are fireside with a spectacular buffet including homemade breads, muffins, and muesli as well as omelettes to order accompanied by local farm bacon and sausage.  New winter menus include fun lunch platters to share with small dishes of sticky pork ribs, Zulu cabbage, and  potato wedges to name a few.  Elegant plated lodge dinners of hearty South African soups and stews with delicious homemade bread, as well as other delectable entrees followed by cheese platters or something sweet!

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June 22, 2014

Winter Family Fun

Still wondering what to do with the kids this winter school holiday?  Why not visit Gondwana and take advantage of our incredibly affordable winter South African resident’s rate.  Gondwana’s Junior Ranger program will have your children forgetting all about their ipads and phones and having fun in nature, while gaining a greater understanding of the South African bushveld.  Gondwana’s family friendly bush villas are luxurious and comfortable giving your family space and privacy to enjoy each other and the awe inspiring surroundings.  Kitted with kitchens, DVD players, and expansive decks the whole family has space to enjoy and relax, which is not always possible in a hotel environment.  Delicious and healthy kids menus are available at lunch and dinner as well as fun bedtime stories and Junior Ranger packs with a custom made safari booklet.

So come get some much needed R & R and fresh air for the whole family and spend a couple of days at the picturesque Gondwana Game Reserve this winter. Its endless valleys of colorful fynbos will soothe and revive you and chase away any hint of winter blues.  Gondwana offers a warm and cozy break away in luxurious Bush Villa’s with delicious warm gourmet meals, cozy fireplaces, spectacular game viewing and our ever-popular Junior Ranger Experience for kids of 6 years and older.

Kids of all ages are welcome at Gondwana Game Reserve. On arrival families will be informed about the Junior Ranger experience and their ranger will enquire about any special requests, dietary, babysitting or otherwise. Children will receive a fun Ranger’s backpack and cool safari booklet to fill in throughout their stay. During game drives and other South African safari activities with their ranger, kids will be taught how to identify mammals, birds, Fynbos species, and even stars. They will gain a greater understanding of conservation and our precious eco systems. They will be quizzed on what they’ve learned by their ranger and receive a level 1 Junior Ranger Patch and completion certificate, as well as a picture with their ranger for their safari book.

When Junior Rangers go to sleep, they’ll find a goodnight story and a yummy treat waiting for them. So all is sorted for the kids and while they are off on an exciting adventure, why not book into the Gondwana spa for a relaxing Africolgy treatment or cuddle up next to the fireplace in your Villa with that book you still haven’t had a chance to get to.

If fresh air and adventure is also what you crave then either join your kids on the Junior Ranger Experience or go indulge in one of our other exciting activities on offer such as Hiking, fishing, mountain biking and bird watching.

So do something for your family and your soul this winter and book your stay at Gondwana Game Reserve today. Special South African Resident rates are available on request.

Contact: – +27 (021) 555 0807

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June 22, 2014

Gondwana to Introduce 800 New Animals this Year

Gondwana has kicked off with a bang this game capture season with many exciting wildlife introductions taking place.   Herds of Eland and Gemsbok have already arrived with hundreds of Blue Wildebeest, Springbok, Red Hartebeest and Waterbuck to set hoof on the reserve in June and July!  These introductions will take Gondwana Game Reserve’s wildlife population to the 4highest density it has even been.  We also have several exciting Big Five and other large game releases on the horizon including a breeding herd of elephant, a pod of hippo, and a new female cheetah, which is a critically endangered species.

Gondwana has introduced a large family herd of Cape Eland.  In spite of its heavy physique, eland are remarkably agile. Being Africa’s largest antelope, bulls can weigh as much as 900kg. One of the most interesting characteristics of an Eland herd is that it includes a nursery for the calves. When threatened by predators, the herd forms a front with these large males taking the lead positions while the calves and pregnant females are protected behind the fortress of large males.

A family herd of twelve Gemsbok also known as oryx with their distinctive long dagger shaped horns and striking black and white facial markings have made Gondwana home in the last few weeks, in addition another 200 blue wildebeest are expected to arrive in the near future. These shaggy large herbivores are a favoured prey species by predators on Gondwana. It is expected that by introducing such a large blue wildebeest population, that pressure induced by predation will be suppressed through a reduced regulating effect. However, the equation wildebeest eats grass, lion eats wildebeest is not always as straight forward as expected.

The renegade cosmopolitan hippo bull recently introduced to the reserve has settled in well. He has learnt to deal with competition from other hippo bulls, and has learnt that lions and hippos do not sit around the same campfire. We have managed to find him some voluptuous ladies for some companionship. Two lovely ladies will be reintroduced at the end of May within his territory.

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June 6, 2014

Own A Bush Home in an African Fynbos Paradise with the Big 5 on your Door Step

South African Safari Living at its Best!

Gondwana Game Reserve offers Holiday Homes for Nature Lovers, Beach Goers and Golfers alike

Mossel Bay, Garden Route: Holiday homes that perform double duties are growing in popularity.

Gondwana Game Reserve  is a luxury bush resort in the heart of the Garden Route where owners can not only seek out the ‘Big Five’ amid 27,000 acres of spectacular South African wilderness, but can easily complement their safari holiday with year-round swimming, surfing or golf. What’s more, thanks to favourable exchange rates – currently with a keen 15-plus rand to the pound – Gondwana is currently a British bargain-hunter’s dream.

Located only 30 minutes inland from the coastal town of Mossel Bay, Gondwana is the only game reserve in the Southern Cape with property for sale. Its accessible location in the Garden Route renowned for its beautiful coastline offers multiple lifestyles in one place so that people can maximise the use of their holiday home and make their investment go that bit further. Freehold title plots with 2.5 acres from only ZAR 1 million / £65,000 whilst stylish turnkey thatched lodges – with three bedrooms and a wrap-around verandah for enjoying barbecues and sundowners – are available at only ZAR 3.5 million / £228,000. Gondwana offers its Private Residence owners the ultimate luxury… space to enjoy their natural surroundings with no neighbours in sight from your home.

Gondwana is a place where the Big 5 game (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard) roam free but where you can go surfing or golfing a few miles down the road. Gondwana has 27,000 acres of beautiful and what feels like remote African bush, with views that stretch across untouched valleys to the majestic Swartberg, Langeberg, and Outeniqua Mountain Ranges. The beach, however, is less than 30 minutes away. Mossel Bay is a charming town with a number of huge unspoilt beaches, as well as a good range of restaurants and shops for picking up groceries and top private hospitals if needed. Numerous championship seaside golf courses such as Pinnacle Point, Pezula, Oubaai and Fancourt are also within easy reach for a game of golf.  Another big draw of this location is the proximity to cosmopolitan Cape Town and the Cape Winelands which makes for a vibrant city break or wine country weekend.

Lion cubs at Gondwana

Gondwana has 15 stunning residential home sites left for sale. The homes are complemented by an Afro-chic owners’ club house with infinity pool and a luxury boutique lodge with a bush spa and gourmet restaurant. Residents have access to bespoke safari-style services such as game drives with expert field guides, housekeeping, private chefs, babysitting and transfers.

Bush Villa Lounge Area

Getting there

Accessibility and being in the same time zone as the UK is key in making Gondwana an easy choice for time-pressed residents. Fly from London to either Johannesburg or Cape Town (11 hours). Then take a 1-hour inland flight to George Domestic Airport (45 minute transfer to Gondwana). Alternatively it’s an easy four hours’ scenic drive on the N2 / Garden Route from Cape Town.

What you need to know: 

1-hectare free hold title home sites available from R1 million or large land parcels for complete exclusivity within the reserve boundary (free hold title large deeds approximately 250-500 hectares in size) within the reserve boundary are available from R4.5 million. Or for a turnkey solution buy a bush home completed to high standard, plot and plan prices start at R3.5 million for a 3-bedroom lodge. For enquiries please contact the developer Mark Rutherfoord: + 27 44 697 7077 and visit the reserve’s website

For Press enquiries: Beate Pechmann ,PR Consultant,

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February 4, 2014

Gondwana’s Private Residences featured in the UK Sunday Times

Click here to read article They’re a Game Bunch!

Gondwana Game Reserve recently appeared in the UK Sunday Times. Zoe Dare Hall chats to the owners of Gondwana to learn more about how the private bush estate came about and how you too can own your own piece of safari luxury in South Africa. Gondwana is a once in a lifetime investment in conservation and in your family.  The first of its kind in the Western Cape, Gondwana offers the chance to own a bush home on a 26,000 acre, Big 5, malaria-free game reserve ideally located in the Garden Route.  Only a few private residences remain from the Developer within this 5 star game reserve with world-class facilities on your door step and the ultimate luxury . . . space to enjoy your natural surroundings. Despite the reserve’s great location and accessibility near the charming coastal town of Mossel Bay, it is secluded and remote giving a feeling of being in the middle of nowhere with an awe inspiring landscape.  It shares the areas’ renowned temperate climate, second in the world to Hawaii’s, and is Malaria free, offering prime year round game viewing. Imagine co-existing with herds of wildlife in a vast and beautiful place. . .

Bush Villa Lounge at Gondwana Game Reserve

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December 10, 2013

Happy Trails

The newly established Quagga Hiking Trail is now open to guests to meander and explore the fynbos clad valleys in the 1200 hectare predator free area of Gondwana Game Reserve. Hikers can now amble on foot and see the many treasures on the reserve with points of interest signposted. The trail traverses an area rich in biodiversity that is largely inaccessible to even 4×4 vehicles, while providing the nature lover with the opportunity to marvel at the abundance of indigenous flora while keeping an eye out for rare and endangered animals such as the Cape Mountain Zebra. The trail has been named after the Cape Mountain Zebra that is informally referred to as the Berg Quagga by the local people.  The name quagga is derived from the zebra’s call, which sounds like “kwa-ha-ha.

The 2.5km circular trail is open to all ages and can easily be completed within 45minutes. The walk starts from the Milkwood Valley ridge before descending into a valley where the trail strolls and straddles a non-perennial stream that attracts various indigenous bird and mammal species.

hiking info Gondwana

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December 10, 2013

Gondwana Joins Africa Live App

Africa Live helps you find and share real-time African animal sightings on your phone or tablet as well as generate data for conservation.The live safari sightings map shows you what animals are near you right now and allows you to easily and immediately share your sightings with people around the world. It is a must-have for any African safari, and now Gondwana Game Reserve has been added to its sightings map.

Africa live App can be downloaded FREE on android devices via google play and on apple devices via the Apple iStore. Offline maps including the Gondwana Game Reserve map can be purchased within the app by clicking offline maps.  Gondwana’s rangers will be posting sightings regularly so you can stay in the loop on the location and time of sighting.


– The location, species, activity, time, date and photos are saved electronically and shared with the conservation bodies such as Endangered Wildlife Trust.
– Over 11 000 unique sightings have been recorded so far.

– This Historical data is recorded and can be viewed on the Historical sightings map. This data provides insights into animal distributions, population    densities as well as range and migration patterns.

– Rhino sightings do not appear. The app can be used to report signs of poaching.

For more information please check out the Africa Live  website for more details.

We look forward to seeing your posts.

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December 10, 2013

A Cracker of a year for Wildlife

As 2013 comes to a close, we are able to look back on the past year with smiles on our faces, love in our hearts and a little mud on our hiking boots…The year began with a BANG as we welcomed our third buffalo calf into the Gondwana herd, just after our first elephant calf was born on Christmas Day 2012, not to be outdone by three more lion cubs born in March and another ellie calf in June!   We were more than ecstatic to welcome a number of new “wild members” to our existing family with the introduction of 164 animals throughout the year! Gondwana became home to a large herd of Blue Wildebeest, 5 Giraffe, Waterbuck and a flock of Ostrich (Lets not forget our new resident hippo “Marley”)

As the reserve flourishes with new furry citizens, somewhere in the bushes lurks a one eyed, plump little bush pig called Fat Amy. 2013 was not only a great year for new introductions but animal rehabilitation as well. In March of this year we welcomed the ever famous and always loved Thandora who was rehabilitated back into the wild and released in May. Other rehabilitations which occurred on GGR included a caracal, aptly named Ayoka, meaning  little arrow as well as the release of the bush pig always loves a belly scratch, Fat Amy. We can be proud of our little and big furry friends this year for all their contributions to the reserve’s growing biodiversity.  We would like to thank each and every person who has been part of Gondwana’s story this year contributing to the success of the reserve.

lion cubs at Gondwana

Elephant calf born on Gondwana

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October 25, 2013

Gondwana Game Reserve’s chef sees the bigger picture


True to country life, Gondwana Game Reserve’s recently-appointed chef, Christo Nortier, believes in fresh, natural food; and in supporting local, organic farmers – those practicing sustainable agriculture.

“Balance in life, nature and food is difficult to maintain yet worth the effort,” he says. “I want Gondwana to be a positive force in the lives of the people who become involved in it; and to delight Gondwanas’ discerning guests with delicious cuisine made from high quality local ingredients.”

Christo plans to make community awareness a key component of his efforts. His first step is to bridge the knowledge gap between the local food producers and the local consumers of food. “I aim to help establish a meaningful community connection,” he adds. “One of the best ways for sustainable farming to be understood by the neighbouring community is for education to take place. Giving local farmers new distribution channels for food and information are Gondwana’s fervent contributions to this developing process.”

With accolades worth bragging about – including working for Jamie Oliver, as well as Jamie’s mentor and friend, Gennaro Contaldo, “where I grew in leaps and bounds as operation chef” – Christo promises to amaze visitors to Gondwana Private Game Reserve with irresistible, tantalising treats.

”I like to pay homage to the great dishes and styles of cooking that have evolved since the beginning of time and to put my own little spin on them,” says the man who also helped with the opening of Jamie’s Italian, Dubai and eight other outlets in the UK.

The recipe I wish to share is an innovative example of putting an African spin on a traditional European dish by using amadumbe (yams) and biltong.

Amadumbe Soup

Moving from very simple ideas, to more of a fine dining sensation, I illustrate the unique quality and adaptability of amadumbe by creating this creamy amadumbe soup. With the addition of a velvety smooth spicy biltong ice cream, sliced biltong, crispy leeks and garlic chips this dish is a texture explosion. It’s one of my favourites. (Alternatively, you could use biltong-flavoured cream rather than ice cream. Both will do, but the extreme temperature difference makes this soup extraordinary.)

Yields: 2/4 portions


Biltong  & Thyme Ice Cream

Yields: 300 ml

3 g salted Butter

3 ml sunflower Oil

45g White Onions, sliced

5 g Coriander Powder

3 g Whole Peppercorns

150 g Biltong, sliced

500 ml Cream

5 Egg Yolks

5 ml Golden Syrup

Salt to taste


1 Leek, finely sliced in 5cm slices and deep fried until crispy


20 g Biltong, sliced thinly

*Parsley Oil

Yields: about 100 ml

125 ml fresh Parsley

100 ml Sunflower Oil

*Garlic Chips

4 Garlic Cloves, finely sliced with a potato peeler

Full Cream milk for poaching

Sunflower Oil for frying


Yields: about 400ml

25 g salted Butter

8 ml Sunflower Oil

80 g White Onions, sliced

250 g Amadumbi’s

125 g Potatoes

500 ml Water


Ice Cream

1) Heat a pan; add butter and oil – sauté onions and garlic, add spices and then biltong.  Finish with cream; bring to the boil for two minutes.  Turn this off and cover with plastic to infuse for 10 minutes and develop the flavour

2) Beat the egg yolks and glucose until light and fluffy

3) Blend well and strain the cream mixture, heat slightly and add to egg yolk mixture slowly

4) Cool and then churn in an ice cream machine.  If an ice cream machine is not available place chilled mixture into freezer.  Whisk every 30 minutes until frozen to allow for a light and fluffy ice cream

 Parsley Oil

5) Liquidize parsley with sunflower oil together and strain, set aside

 Garlic Chips

6) Poach the garlic chips in milk three times changing the milk every time.  This will prevent the garlic from going bitter on frying.  Remove from milk and place onto paper towelling

7) Fry garlic chips very slowly in warmish oil to allow even cooking and set aside on paper towelling


8 ) Heat a heavy based pot; add butter, oil and then onions.  Caramelise very well.  Add peeled and chopped amadumbis and potatoes, sauté and then cover with the water amount

9) Lightly simmer until potatoes are cooked, liquidise and strain

10) Add an additional 500 ml water, or so, on service when heating to get this soup to the correct consistency.  This soup must be seasoned very well

On serving

11) Pour a portion of soup within a soup bowl, top with a smallish ball of ice cream.  Top with finely sliced biltong, garlic chips and crispy leeks and a drizzle of parley oil

Apart from meals to tickle taste buds, the award-winning, five-star, 11 000-hectare private game reserve on the Cape’s Garden Route is the only fynbos reserve in the world with free-roaming Big Five game.

For all reservation enquiries please contact Gondwana Game Reserve by email at or by telephone on +27 (0)21 424 5430.

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