Ranger Diaries

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

mom and baby elephant Gondwana

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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September 30, 2013

The Elusive Cape Leopard

Cape Leopard Elusive and mysterious, this shadow-walking predator is just one of the species which reside on Gondwana Game Reserve. occupy a home range of between 120-250km2 and despite what many believe, Cape Leopards do not only prowl caves but rather find appropriate areas to rest as they move. Preying upon dassies, small antelope and mice, the Cape Leopard
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July 30, 2013

Becoming a Junior Ranger on Gondwana Game Reserve

Fishing Junior Ranger Lily Joubert had the most fun taking part in the Junior Ranger Experience. On the first day we set out picking unique fynbos flowers for her Mom Jackie who had to stay at the Bush Villa with the little one. During the experience she learned about the relationships between sunbirds and the F ynbos flowers and how all the little creatures are depend
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July 30, 2013

Two New Elephant Calves born on Gondwana Game Reserve in the last 6 months

Elephant calf with adults at Gondwana After a gestation period of 660 days, two of the resident elephants cows gave birth to two playful calves on Gondwana Gama Reserve.  The birth of the first calf on Christmas Day was celebrated by the mother through trumpeting and parading her new calf in front of Kwena lodge and then they disappeared for a few weeks into the 11 000 hectare Fynbos
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March 14, 2013

Morning game drive with the lions- by Colin Smit

Male Lion at Gondwana game reserve 5 March 2013 We were out before the sunrise and boy, was the feeling good! It was somewhat misty and a little fresh, but by no means cold. We set out on our respective game drives to find the lions who we hadn't seen them for a couple of days, 1 Ranger took his guests down to the Nauga Valley and myself and another vehicle stayed near the top.
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