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June 11, 2012

New Buffalo Calf Spotted!

Gondwana welcomes a new member to the buffalo herd. On the 15th of May, A heifer become a mother and gave birth to a baby boy. The youngster still clumsy on his feet followed his mother through the thicket to meet the rest of the herd. The mother has been very protective over her calf keeping him well hidden away in the dense bush. As the calf grows older he should become more inquisitive and venture out so that we can get a decent photograph of the youngster.

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June 11, 2012

Black Shouldered Kites Are Back With A Vengeance

With the onslaught of winter, the Black Shouldered Kites are back with a vengeance.  May is the time of the year to witness  their aerial courtship displays. The male may fly around slowly with stiff exaggerated flaps. Courting males dive at the female, feeding her in mid-flight. Females select males based on the quality of his territory. Numerous pairs have made home on Gondwana already. These monogamous pairs usually breed in June to August.

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June 11, 2012

Daily Caracal Sightings

Daily Caracal sightings near Kwena Lodge 

Most bush fanatics will admit that a caracal sighting is definitely a special occasion.  The fiercely territorial caracal is one of the most skittish and rarest cats in Africa.  The caracal population on Gondwana has become accustomed to game viewing vehicles, providing some great entertainment on drives as they stalk rodents through the long grass.
It is reassuring to know that caracal along with many other small carnivore species have found sanctuary and refuge at Gondwana. The presence of these small predators is an indication of a healthy and functional system.

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June 11, 2012

Protea Forest

The Protea Forest is in full bloom this time of year with thousands of the Bearded Protea dotting the landscape.

Fynbos is not only famous for its remarkable diversity, but also the beauty of many of its wildflowers. The landscape has become blanketed in an array of vivid colours, with many of the Proteas and Erica’s coming into full bloom. A little gem in the  north western section of the reserve, known as Protea Forest, has transformed into a floral showcase, with thousands of flowering plants such as the Bearded and King Protea producing an impressive display of contrasting colours, attracting animal species such as pollinating rodents, Sunbird’s and insects.

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June 1, 2012

Black Rhino Conservation Experience

Gondwana Game Reserve proudly invites you to experience an exclusive and critically important Black Rhino anti-poaching and conservation initiative.

Given the endangered status of the Desert Black Rhino and dramatic rise of rhino poaching, it is imperative to keep an active tracking device in the horn of all rhino. These need to be replaced every few years.  Gondwana would like to allow a small group of people to share in this thrilling experience to help raise funds to further our Black Rhino Conservation program.
This will include the following:

·  Participation in the capture and rhino horn implant

·  Helicopter darting, capture of Rhino, implant of radio devise into the horn

·  Informational talk on Black Rhino conservation from South African expert

·  Theoretical and practical explanation on chemical immobilization of rhino with Dr Brendan Tindal, Black Rhino Specialist.

Throughout your experience, all of Gondwana Game Reserve’s luxuries will be available to your group exclusively.

·  3 nights 5 star accommodation at Kwena Lodge or in Private Bush Villas depending on your group’s specifications

·  All gourmet meals, snacks and beverages

·  Private Game Viewer and expert field guide for your stay

·  Spa Treatments

Rates are quoted as per person sharing per night

and are as follows:

*2 guests  R29 000 * 4 guests  R14 500 *6 guests R9 720
*8 guests R7 290 *10 guests R5 830

Rack Rate includes the following per overnight stay:
      • Private Game Viewer
      • Private Field Guide
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      • 2 Game Activities
      • Junior Ranger Program for Children
      • Local Beverages including House Wines
      • Taxes
      • Mini Bar
      • Free Internet

Click to download more information Rhino Package

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May 24, 2012

The Days Of Our Lions

The lion has been an icon for humanity and have enjoyed a positive depiction in culture as strong but noble. Gondwana’s male lion fits the description perfectly. Until recently the male and female lions have avoided each other residing on opposite ends of the reserve. Gondwana management intervened to promote a bonding process whereby the entire pride was relocated to the centre of the reserve and temporally held in the predator boma. Lions are the only members of the cat family to display obvious sexual dimorphism—that is, males and females look distinctly different. They also have specialised roles that each gender plays in the pride.
Cupid’s arrow struck and within a week, it was like Valentine’s Day in March. The bonding process has been successful and once behavior such as the cheek rubbing and mating was seen, the felines were released back onto the reserve. The lion is the only truly social member of the cat family. Females form the stable social unit in a pride and do not tolerate outside females, membership only changes with the births and deaths of lionesses.
These apex predators have remained cohesive and are successfully hunting. We look forward to the results of the time spent on honeymoon in the boma. The King of Gondwana has resumed his position with his ladies at his side.- By John Vogel

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December 5, 2011

Time is precious for little Dominique

Time is precious for little Dominique

Gondwana recently heard about a heartbreaking story right here in Sedgefield and immediately jumped in and supported the Du Toit family.

Read their story here.

Should you wish to assist the Du Toit family in any way please contact Louise – louise@gondwanagr.co.za so we can see if we can continue to support the family during this tough time.

Thank you for your support and generosity.

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October 11, 2011

Buffalo on horseback

On the 14th of June myself, Tracey, Justin Dare our stable manager and one of our homeowners Aarnie Van Der Horst went on a outride , I picked up a problem with my bridle and had to return to the stables with Justin.

We decided we had to canter and gallop to catch up to Tracey and Aarnie so we had a great time riding through the fynbos, however they were too fast for us.

We just took it all in and rode amongst Cape mountain zebra, Bontebok, Eland, Red Hartebees .Our Riding area is truly an awesome experience for all levels of rider.

On our way back we spotted Two Buffalo and decided to go in for a closer look, this was great as one can get close to the game on horseback. The buffalo decided to come and investigate us and my horse was not to keen on this and ran off a bit with buffalo crashing through the trees behind us. The horse quickly relaxed and the buffalo ran passed me. Justin had ridden around to assist me but all was
well and we had just had an amazing encounter with our local buffalo. Our horses are used to the game and ridden daily ,this ensures a great outride experience at Gondwana.

We have horses to suit all levels and an outride in the fynbos with Justin and Tracey is something i would highly recommend.

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