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June 8, 2015
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Paper Wasps

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are a social species that build paper like celled beats from wood pulp and saliva. These are attached to a sheltered overhang by a tough stalk of fibre coated in ant repellent. A fertilised female or queen begins the construction and is then joined by other females who form a small colony. The […]

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June 2, 2015
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4th Annual Home Owners Weekend

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Gondwana Game Reserve would like to give a BIG thank you to all the home owners and friends who helped us last weekend at the 4th annual conservation weekend! We built an impressive gabion for a 4×4 road crossing to assist with erosion control. The site was based in a riverine area which has recently […]

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June 1, 2015
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The Candelabra Lily

Candelabra lily Gondwana

During Autumn the Brunsvigia bosmaniae also known as the candelabra lily can be seen flowering all over Gondwana. It produces a stunning floral display when little else is flowering in the veld. Its rounded, candelabra-like pink flower heads consist of 20 to 40 slightly tubular flowers which have a narcissus-like scent. Each flower head is held on a stalk which is […]

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May 25, 2015
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Cape Sugar Birds in Abundance

Cape Sugar Bird at Gondwana

Winter is just around the corner and with it brings an explosion of flowers, amongst which is one of Gondwana’s most common protea species, the bearded protea. Along with the flowering Proteas come the Cape Sugarbird, an endemic species to the region. Several Sugarbirds have already made their migration down from the higher altitude areas where […]

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May 18, 2015
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Termites | Interesting Facts

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One afternoon during a short, sunny break on a rainy day, the skies became a buzz of life. Millions and millions of small flying insects seemed to have appeared out of the earth and taken flight.  I soon realized this was a very rare occurrence and these earth bending insects were fertile termites seeking to […]

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May 11, 2015
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The Cape Autumn Widow

Cape Autumn Widow

As we spend allot of time in the bush at Gondwana Game Reserve, we do not need a calendar to tell us that Autumn is soon approaching. Nature speaks to us in many ways! One of the ways it communicates is through the recent influx of the Cape Autumn Widow. This Butterfly is only found at […]

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May 8, 2015
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In the Spirit of Mothers Day, We Honour Our Mammoth Mothers of the Wild

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Elephants are dedicated and caring mothers to their calves and provide emotional and physical support for three to five years, and may only wean in their tenth year of life or until a sibling is born. Mothers and daughters remain together for their entire lives. Family groups consist of an older matriarch, her daughters and […]

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April 28, 2015
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Hippo’s Take Charge by Lizaan Claasen

Hippo At Gondwana

Hippo bulls are usually extremely territorial which leads to aggression. This aggression is not only relevant towards other hippo bulls but also to other animals, especially predators as we noticed one afternoon at Gondwana Game Reserve. One afternoon near the end of a game drive we followed a male lion to a near by watering […]

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April 20, 2015

The Nonchalant Caracal – Rangers Diary

Caracal Face Near the end of our morning game drive on Gondwana Game Reserve, en-route back to breakfast at Kwena Lodge, I decided to make a small detour. Just then in the middle of the road we found a beautiful young, male caracal, walking very elegantly and relaxed. He paid no attention to us allowing us to follow and admire him for quite a distance. While w
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March 12, 2015

Conservation in the Western Cape: Preserving wildlife, protecting vegetation and uplifting the local community

Cheetah release - July 2011  Situated in South Africa’s Garden Route, Gondwana Game Reserve is more than just host to a beautiful 5-star lodge. Set over 11 000 hectares, the property also takes great pride in placing focus on nature conservation.  The reserve is now home to the non-profit organisation, The Gondwana Conservation Foundation (GCF), upholding four fundamental
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