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Tented Eco Camp

Recent guest comment

We had such an incredible time at Eco camp that we extended our stay!  A truly unique and unbelievable experience with a fantastic bunch of passionate, fun and enthusiastic conservationists. Learned soooo much but also haven’t had such great fun in a long time. Our stomachs are sore from all the laughing! So apologies we didn’t make it back to Cape Town – but we wanted to continue to play our part in the war against the Wattles!  Let me know how we can help to publicise this place more – it certainly deserves a lot of attention and we would love to spread the word for this new venture in any way we can!” – Sam, November 2015

Conservation Experience

Gondwana Game Reserve, an 11 000 hectare private Big 5 reserve on the Garden Route has launched a 5 night conservation experience for individuals, families or groups who want to get more involved in Africa on their safari. Participants will be involved in wildlife and veld management, learn important bush skills and interpretation, as well as volunteer with the local community. The research and findings from the program are fed back to Gondwana’s conservation department to assist in decision making enhancing the reserve management plan. The itinerary will include plenty of game drives, bush walks, and down time in an utterly inspiring landscape.   This is your chance to get involved with the important conservation work of a Big Five game reserve and not only enjoy but contribute.

A Typical day

06:00  – Wake up

06:30  – Breakfast (cold buffet & Ranger’s fry up)

07:00  – Depart on Morning activity  (Example – locating cheetah/monitoring/leopard cameras)

10:30 –  Move to conservation project site  (Example – Erosion site/Wattle clearing site/water system assessment )

13:00 –  Packed lunch in bush or @ camp

14:00 –  Continue with conservation/field project

16:00 –  Depart on evening game monitoring drive

18:30 –  Return to camp and freshen up

19:00 –  Dinner (homemade, hearty meals as well as a potjie & braai night)

20:30 –  Evening talk and prep for next day’s activity

Booking Information

 The Conservation program starts every Monday at 1pm with departure mid morning  on Saturday and runs all year around. The program is designed for 5 nights and can be shortened to a 3 night experience as well. Please contact us for your preferred dates.  The program caters for both families and adults and we try to group families together in their own program weeks where possible.  Due to the nature of the program children must be 6 or older.

Family Programs

These programs create an opportunity for parents and children to have fun in nature while learning about conservation and participating in important projects.  We ensure the activities are not too long nor strenuous for the little ones to keep them motivated and happy. Family projects are developed for all age groups to be able to actively participate. The regular more adult program brings in elements of wildlife monitoring and research which will be substituted with activities like fishing, treasure hunts and nature crafts. Dates available on request and are subject to availability. Designated family weeks available. 

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Rates 2016

Per Person
Incl. TOMSA 1%
Excludes conservation levy
5 Night program: Rate per program per person 3 Night Family program Only: Rate per program per person
TENTED ECO CAMP
Adult sharing
R 10 500 R 8400
Adult single R 17 325 R 13860
Child Sharing 6-12 R 8 400 R 6720
Child Single R 13 860 R 11088
  • Itinerary for 2016 starts on a Monday afternoon
  • Transport can be arranged from Mossel Bay to the Reserve (2:30pm pick up from backpackers) for R275pp per trip.
  • All guests must be 16 years or older, unless designated family weeks which allow children from 6.
  • Check in 13h00
  • Check out (between 10 -11am) Depart at 14h00 for Eco Camp from Main Lodge
  • Program starts at 16h00pm

Rates 2017

Per Person
Incl. TOMSA 1%
Excludes conservation levy
5 Night program: Rate per program per person 3 Night program: Rate per program per person 12 Night Program
Rate per program per person**
Adult sharing R 11 550 R 9 250 R25 000
Adult single R 19 060 R 15 260 R40 000
Child Sharing 6-12 R 9 250 R 7 400 R20 000
Child Single R 15 250 R 12 210 R32 000

**The 12 night program includes 2 rest days between the 5 night programs where there will not be a set itinerary. Guests are welcome to travel to town in their own transportation or by a shuttle service, or can remain in the camp at their leisure. All meals will continue to be provided.

 

  • Itinerary starts on a Thursday afternoon
  • Transport can be arranged from Mossel Bay to the Game Reserve (1 Marsh street, Mossel Bay Backpackers) for R350pp per trip.
  • All guests must be 16 years or older, unless designated family weeks which allow children from 6.
  • Check in and lunch at Kwena Lodge at 1pm
  • Group departs in Game Viewer at 2pm to travel to the Tented Camp Site
  • On Departure day, check out from Eco Camp between 10 and 11am

Book 3 Night Package

Book 3 Night Family

Book 5 Night Package

Book 5 Night Family

Please see the link below for Elela Africa, our German representative for any enquiries regarding the Gondwana Tented Eco Camp for individuals, travel agents and tour operators. Click Here 

Accommodation: Tented Bush Camp

Your base during the program will be in our eco-friendly tented camp set in a protected valley blanketed in Fynbos in the heart of the game reserve. The camp facilities include 5 large, comfortable twin or double share tents set on raised decks each with an ensuite bathroom and covered deck area (2 additional tents are for staff). All meals are provided in the recreational communal tent area which includes kitchen, lounge, dining, and covered deck areas, as well as an outdoor dining boma. Relaxation area with hammocks and pool is also available.

Family Weeks (5 night and 3 night Programs):

Designated weeks are ear marked for family programs where the experience is modified and more geared to children and offers a truly rewarding family holiday. Our family programs take children from the age of 6 years and children age 6 up to 12 years receive a 20% discount. Children 12 and over pay adult rate.

What’s Included

  • 5 Night or 3 Night Program (Monday arrival)
  • Accommodation in remote tented bush camp in the heart of the reserve
  • All Food
  • All linen and towels
  • Daily Housekeeping Service
  • All activities and Game drives
  • All travel within the reserve

What’s not Included:

  • Beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)
  • Flights to South Africa
  • Transfers to and from the Reserve (can be arranged by Gondwana for an additional fee)
  • Personal insurance
  • Reserve conservation fee (R250 per person per stay ) The conservation of Gondwana Game Reserve and the surrounding area is a priority. Your conservation fee is ring-fenced to help us strengthen our biodiversity.

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Program Activities

Wildlife Management

Visual monitoring, research and tracking of wildlife:

Elephant

Rhino

Lion

Cheetah

Learn how to identify animal tracks and dung and use radio collar technology to track and follow key species throughout the Reserve.

The data collected is key for determining species distribution and habitat utilization.

Monitoring of the Cape Leopard cameras established on Gondwana and surrounding area

The Cape Mountain leopard is a critically endangered animal. Learn how to participate in photographic surveys and radio collar data to determine species distribution within the surrounding area.

Bird identification and monitoring

Learn the skill of bird identification and use it to determine bird distribution and movement on the reserve in different habitats and seasons.

Translocation & Veterinary care of wildlife – season dependent

Gondwana frequently introduces new animals onto the reserve and distributes certain species to other reserves throughout South Africa. Different live game capture techniques are used for different species.  

While Gondwana’s wildlife population is completely self sufficient and free roaming there are certain endangered and specialty species, which require human intervention for injury, vaccinations, parasite control, or collaring for monitoring purposes.

(Note: veterinary and game capture/release is not guaranteed during your program and is done on an as needed basis.)

Feeding and monitoring of animals in Boma – season dependent

Certain wildlife are kept temporarily in a boma (holding enclosure) when they are released onto the reserve in order to safely settle them into their new environment, such as predators and elephant.

While enclosed they need to be fed and maintained. Volunteers will be involved in the various boma feeding programs

(Note: no animals are guaranteed to be in the bomas during your program.)

Bush Skills and Interpretation

Bush skills are an ancient art. Participants will learn much of this art and use it in their day to day activities while on Gondwana: 

Track/spoor identification

Antelope and bird identification

Tree identification

Fynbos identification

Map Utilization (road, contour, aerial Google maps & GPS navigation)

Approaching wildlife by vehicle and on foot

4×4 Driving skills

Basic survival skills

Basic first aid

Learning to make a shelter, fire, fishing rod, and compass

Learn how to forage and fish

Celestial identification and navigation

Veld Management

Erosion control

Roads

Erosion sites

Participation in eradication of alien vegetation (Black Wattle, Port Jackson)

The encroachment of alien vegetation on Gondwana is one of the reserves’ greatest environmental threats.

Gondwana has embarked on one of the largest environmental rehabilitation programs in the region. Participants have the opportunity to learn more about the vegetation, and to participate in the eradication of the targeted species.

Assessment of Productivity of Water systems within the reserve

 General Maintenance

Fence patrols

Road maintenance

Boma Maintenance

Community Work

Gondwana is closely associated to the local community. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the community and participate in:

Community kids programs – whereby groups of school children are brought to the reserve and participate in conservation and envronmental education days with lots of fun activities

Community adult development programs

Read GCF and Investec Host Herbertsdale Primary School’s- Ecological Kids program

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What to Pack: 

Hat

Sunscreen

Warm jacket and jersey for nights and game drives

Jeans / khaki pants

Closed sneakers or hiking boots

Summer: t shirts, shorts, flip flops, bathing suit, light button down bush shirts

Winter: long sleeves and short sleeves, pants and shorts

Warm and cool PJs

Binoculars/camera/etc

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