An investment opportunity of a lifetime – own a slice of nature’s playground in Gondwana Game Reserve
Those in search of the ideal holiday home need not look any further, as you will find an attractive investment opportunity in Gondwana Game Reserve, a Big Five and environmentally conscious property resort on the famous Garden Route – where stylish bush homes are on offer directly from the developer.
Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, is a beautiful piece of land that will stir your senses. Set on 27, 000 hectares or 11 000 hectares of exquisite terrain, Gondwana Game Reserve holds the distinction of being the only Fynbos reserve in the world to have free roaming Big Five Game (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard) as well as endangered species like the Cape Mountain Zebra and Black Harrier. Green rolling hills are abundantly covered in world-famous Fynbos vegetation, unique to this part of the world, drawing indigenous birdlife whilst providing a tapestry of year-round colour.
The reserve is ideally and accessibly located in the world-famous Garden Route, just a 3.5-hour drive from Cape Town and 45 minutes from the George Airport. There are nearby charming coastal towns, pristine beaches and top golf courses to explore. The Mediterranean climate affords prime year-round game viewing and is recorded as the second most moderate climate in the World next to Hawaii.
The first of its kind in the Western Cape, Gondwana offers the chance to own a bush home in a private game reserve with 5 star amenities and the ultimate luxury, space to enjoy your natural surroundings. Gondwana offers the unique opportunity to invest in an easily accessible bush home in an authentic free roaming Big 5 game reserve complete with an exclusive “safari club” lifestyle. The award winning, privately-owned game reserve features a beautiful owner’s lodge “club house” with an infinity pool as well as a boutique 5-star safari lodge with a bush spa and gourmet restaurant. Residents can enjoy exciting safari and nature experiences such as game drives, mountain biking and bespoke hotel-style services such as housekeeping, Junior Ranger children’s activities, private field guides and transfers.
The Private Residences
Gondwana is one of the lowest density developments in the world with only a 0.007% development footprint or one home for every 275 acres. Home Owners have a free hold title of their 2.5-acre property with exclusive traversing rights and full access to the reserve. With only 15 of the 96 home sites remaining for sale, investors have the choice of either buying 1 hectare home sites (from R1,000,000) or can take advantage of Gondwana’s private residence packages (from R4,250,000 for a 3-bedroom home).
Each property is surrounded by ample undeveloped land, allowing for spectacular views of wildlife, nature and the Outeniqua mountains from their decks, evoking feelings of being in the middle of the African bush. For those who really like their solitude, 200 hectare parcels of land are available to establish your home within the reserve from R3,000,000.
Architecturally, the bush homes are a striking take on African bush style, with thatched roofs and Cape Country elements. With safari-type living in mind, the homes feature double volume, open-plan interiors catering for spacious indoor and outdoor living. With three/four en-suite bedrooms, the properties would suit an extended family. Folding windowed doors open onto large wrap-around decks that are perfect for family barbeques and game viewing. Nearby Lehele Lodge, a stylish club house, is the perfect place for gourmet meals in the dining room, rugby games at the bar, or to meet for sundowners after an afternoon game drive.
Residents at Gondwana won’t be bored as there is a diverse array of activities to do such as; morning and evening game drives, guided bush and fynbos nature walks, bush picnics, mountain biking and fishing on offer as well as luxurious Africology spa treatments in the bush spa. As for the younger ones, a special Junior Ranger programme is available.
Gondwana has a healthy and growing wildlife population, with a diversity of over 16 antelope species such as; eland, kudu, and Black Wildebeest, and is home to 15 carnivorous species including cheetah, caracal and the mighty lion. The Reserve is home to the first wild lion cubs and elephant calves born in the Southern Cape in the last one hundred and fifty years. It is quite spectacular to take in a landscape that was once overgrazed and dotted with sheep and cattle in 2004, that has now been transformed to its former wild environment with herds of antelope creating game paths to water holes, and indigenous birdlife such as the Orange Breasted Sunbird and Cape Sugar Bird now having a safe passage between the mountains and the sea.
Mossel Bay is in the heart of the Garden Route, an area that is sought after as a prime tourism destination and highly desirable location for leisure investment. Mossel Bay offers a top private hospital, modern shopping centers and great schools. It is nature’s wonderland, boasting some of South Africa’s most beautiful, unspoiled beaches with temperate, inviting waters, numerous championship seaside golf courses such as Pinnacle Point, Fancourt and Oubaai, as well the majestic Swartberg, Langeberg, and Outeniqua Mountain Ranges. An hours’ drive on are the attractive coastal towns of Knysna with its vibrant arts and nautical scene and the bustling holiday resort of Plettenberg Bay make for fun day trips out. The Garden Route’s close proximity to Cape Town is ideal for a sophisticated and vibrant city break or wine country weekend.
Established two years ago, the Gondwana Conservation Foundation (GCF) is a non-profit organisation that contributes to the conservation of South Africa’s threatened and endangered wildlife and vegetation relevant to the Southern Cape of South Africa through active management, training and skills development of the local people. The three key programs are the Rainbow Rhino Initiative, alien vegetation eradication, and re-wilding of cheetah a critically endangered species. Gondwana’s private homeowner community enthusiastically supports these initiatives and in fact have an annual conservation weekend entitled “Throttle the Wattle”, whereby home owners, together with Working for Water teams, roll up their sleeves and cut wattle, implement erosion control measures, and replant indigenous trees and fynbos in cleared areas. Their hard work is rewarded with a fun bush braai, dam swim and volleyball game afterwards! Gondwana is thrilled that the alien plants that once posed the largest environmental threat to the reserve have now become one of the biggest employment opportunities in the region.