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January 29, 2013

Summer Game Drive on Gondwana Game Reserve

We enjoyed a beautiful sunset yesterday at our stunning Garden Route Game Reserve. This probably had allot to do with the actual sightings we were fortunate enough to discover on our evening game drive.

While on our safari with a few guests, we came across a lone elephant bull feeding on an acacia tree who was not at all perturbed by our presence. It is always fascinating to see how they gently eat around the acacia thorns. After spending some time with the elephant we moved on and came across a heard of zebra who seemed to be surrounding 2 giraffe. As we approached, the giraffe sauntered away into the bushes where we found a few fresh Rhino tracks. This created allot of excitement for the guests. We followed the tracks passed a few more bushes and there we found a magnificent female rhino, shy and retreating at first but after some time she slowly moved into the grazing area to give us a better view.

After visiting for a while, we left the rhino to have her dinner in peace and slowly moved to a look out point where we enjoyed an ice cold glass of wine while watching the sunset over the colourful fynbos reserve . The evening was perfect, warm with a subtle breeze moving through the mountains as the sun slowly made its way behind them. The setting of the sun was celebrated by a loud lions roar! Definitely an evening of perfection.

By Colin Smit- Head Ranger

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December 12, 2012

Gondwana Grants Christmas Wish

Daniel’s story.
Daniel le Roux is a 2 year old boy who up until a few months ago attended a crèche called Skilpadland in Durbanville. He is an only child. He used to be a normal little toddler, having fun with his friends, playing with toys, and learning new things at school every day.

However, a few months ago he started losing his sight and experiencing hearing problems.After many tests, he was finally diagnosed with Leigh’s Disease….this is a rare and fatal disease that causes the part of the brain that controls muscles, to die. Initially the doctor’s told Daniel’s parents that he would have approximately 5 years.

But, his condition has deteriorated much faster than that in recent months.

Read more about how Gondwana granted this Christmas Wish.

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November 29, 2012

Gondwana welcomes its First Lion Cubs!

This season at Gondwana Game Reserve on the Garden Route, we celebrate the birth of two free roaming lion cubs.  These are believed to be the first wild lion cubs born in the Southern Cape for the last 150 years.  The award winning, Western Cape Private Game Reserve has embarked on an ambitious conservation project to restore and rehabilitate the 11000-hectare fynbos reserve by populating it with indigenous game. The birth of the two lion cubs marks the success of the efforts implemented to encourage the self-sustaining wild lion pride of Gondwana.
It is believed that lions that historically occurred in the Southern Cape were similar to the black maned lions of the Kalahari Desert. It was decided to introduce a male lion from the Kalahari in 2008. This lion has matured into arguably Africa’s most handsome lion with his gorgeous golden locks, and he has literally swept the lionesses off their paws.

The lioness took her maternity leave deep in a Gondwana valley blanketed in colourful Fynbos, where she kept her new-borns well hidden. Typically lion cubs are not seen until they are approximately 6 weeks old, and start to move with their mother. Many of Gondwanas’ guides have tried to catch a glimpse and get a photo of the new-borns for some time, but it was Gondwana’s senior field guide Forget Ndlovu who beat them to it and struck luck on the morning of 23 November when he found the pride on a zebra kill just above the den. The cubs were in full view playing and harassing their mother and other members of the pride. This area has become affectionately known as “Pride Rock” where the pride, together with the cubs, tend to congregate for fresh air in the afternoon on display for all to see.

The lion cubs will only start eating meat at about 3 months of age. Lion cubs are usually weaned from their mother at 7 months and at about 18 months they either join their natal pride or disperse and form their own coalitions and prides.

November has proved to be baby season on this Garden Route Game Reserve, with numerous births from a variety of species taking place. Black Wildebeest and Eland seem to be multiplying by the day and probably most exciting is the birth of the Cape Mountain Zebra, an endangered species endemic to the Cape Mountain Belt. The reproduction and survival of all species on Gondwana Game Reserve is vital and reassuring. This indicates that the game has settled in well, and conditions are favorable for the species’ perpetual existence.

Gondwana welcomes all the additions to the family and we look forward to watching them mature. Not to be out done- One of the lioness sisters also seems to be expecting news soon! Watch this space!

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November 8, 2012

Cheetah Bonding

Cheetah male at Gondwana

One of Gondwana Game Reserves male cheetahs has recently bonded with another male. The coalition that they have formed allows for better territory protection and allows them to be more successful hunters.
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