Author Archives Raquel de Castro Maia

February 27, 2020

Meet our new Exec Chef

“Life is too short for bad food and bad coffee. Always put a bit of love in your food and I promise you might just change everything a small bit at a time”    ~ Chef W. Van Dyk   Food has always played a big part in my family from butcheries to large catering companies and from a young age, having a braai was always much more
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December 6, 2019

The GCF Launches its New Tertiary Education Fund

The GCF hosted 350 learners and 15 teachers this last year through its Conservation Kids Program in various day events and overnight camps.  Our aim is to expose children, from predominantly underprivileged backgrounds, to active conservation projects within the Western Cape.   Groups of Grade 6 and 7 students experienced a full da
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December 6, 2019

260 Animals Released onto the Reserve and New Baby Rhino and Hippo Born this Year!

A herd of 20 buffalo and a tower of 10 giraffe were released onto the Reserve this year as well as large numbers of Red Hartebeest, Wildebeest, Impala, and Springbok.  We also introduced endangered Cape Mountain Zebra and Sable into our protected endangered species area on the Reserve.  The newcomers are settling in nicely and Gondwana
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December 6, 2019

The Pioneer Trail is launched!

After many months of preparation our first pioneers have finally set foot on the trail traversing Gondwana’s 11 000 hectare, Big Five Fynbos landscape!   The first wilderness trail walkers enjoyed incredible sightings on foot including honey badger, hippo, elephant, giraffe, eland and various antelope.  Amazingly, Gondwana’s bi
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October 30, 2019

Schizaea Pectinata

Commonly known as the Toothbrush Fern, is a delightful low growing, unusual looking fern which can be found growing on Gondwana Game Reserve amongst our fynbos vegetation. It favours nutrient-poor, acidic soil. Its vivid spring green colour and brush-like shape is definitive and easy to recognise while walking through the veld at this time of yea
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October 30, 2019

Clutia laxa

This is an interesting group of plants where there is usually a male and a female plants (referred to as dioecious) looking rather different from each other. They seem to be grazed by game occasionally. Clutia laxa can grow to be a shrub of about 1 meter tall that sprouts after fire. The creamy white flowers are about 5mm in diameter and are larg
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October 30, 2019

Case Moth

Finally, a view of the little caterpillar that lives within this fascinating construction! The Case moth is said to spend most of its life as a caterpillar. This is the larval stage of the moth that can last up to 2 years in some species. Once the structure is constructed the caterpillars never leave their cases. The moths that emerge from these
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October 30, 2019

Ursinia nana

Ursinia nana is a member of the daisy family and is also known by its common name of small yellow Margaret, which is geelmagriet in Afrikaans. This is a gorgeous shrub that flowers prolifically on the reserve. It is drought and wind resistant which allows it to thrive in various areas. When the flower produces fruit, the fruit is carried in the w
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October 30, 2019

Gladiolus floribundus

This is a very attractive Gladiolus with large flowers arranged in a one sided manner, usually on a branched stem. The colour of the flowers may vary from creamy pink to mauve with a dark stripe in the middle of each petal. The upper petal lobes of Gladiolus floribundus subsp. floribundus are larger than the lower lobes.
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October 30, 2019

Massonia echinata

Massonia echinata is also known by its common name of Krimpvarkie or Hedgehog lily. Here in this photo the flowers have just started opening. Once they are all open they are clustered in the centre at the base of the two leaves and all the little filaments look like the spikes on the back of a hedgehog. The flowers are sweetly scented and produce
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