Ranger Diaries

December 1, 2015
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Countdown to Christmas Specials!


Countdown to Christmas daily special #03: Book TODAY to stay between 1 May and 30 September 2016 and receive an extra morning game drive free when booking Half Board Package. To Book email reservations@gondwanagr.co.za or call 021 555 0807 using code – #C2C4-GD T&C’s apply.  

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November 9, 2015
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Red chested cuckoo

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The red chested cuckoo currently contributes to the melody heard on gondwana game reserve. The distintive trisyllabic “wip-wip-weeu” call can be endlessly repeated for hours, by day and night. It’s Afrikaans name, Piet-my-vrou, is an apt rendition of this call. There are many interesting facts about this cuckoo. It generally lives in forests, closed woodlands, open […]

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October 12, 2015
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The “Rooikat” on the Road

caracal at Gondwana

On 25 August 2015, at the crack of dawn, we were slowly driving down the meandering road that would eventually lead us to the Nauga Valley. The Fynbos vegetation was growing thick and tall on both sides of the road. Suddenly the road curved to the right and as we came around a corner we spotted […]

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October 9, 2015
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Sunbird Family of Lehele Lodge

Sunbird Fledgings on Gondwana

Gondwana’s landscape comprises of open grass plains and plateaus, wetlands, rolling fynbos, renosterveld hills, riverine and sub-tropical thicket valleys and cliff faces. The array of vegetation types allows for a variety of bird species. One of the many bird species found on Gondwana is the gorgeous Malachite Sunbird. This large sunbird is found in hilly fynbos including […]

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September 29, 2015
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Why You See Earthworms After Heavy Rains (Lumbricus terrestris)


Gondwana recently experienced heavy rains which flooded allot of the reserve. With this, allot of earthworms have made their way to the surface and can be seen on the jeep tracks.   If you pick up an earthworm you’ll feel a slimy mucus surrounding them. This mucus makes moving around in the soil a lot easier. The […]

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September 22, 2015
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In Honour of World Rhino Day

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Today in honour of World Rhino Day, we would like to acknowledge Gondwana’s Head of Security Theo Kluits who joined Gondwana Game Reserve on 1st March 2009. With pride, excitement and huge compassion he took up the challenge of looking after the safety of all of our treasured assets on the reserve including the reserve’s rhino […]

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September 21, 2015
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Gondwana has a Rare Visitor – the Brown Snake-eagle

Brown Snake Eagle

The 6th of September was a stunning spring morning on Gondwana Game Reserve. During the morning game drive I decided to head down to the beautiful Nauga Valley. Just before descending down into the valley, I drove past a couple of dead trees and I noticed a large bird of prey sitting in one of the […]

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August 24, 2015
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Pan African Cuisine at Gondwana


Gondwana is proud to offer Pan African Cuisine which is a mixture of elements from the European and African art of cooking. With the recent renovations to Kwena Lodge and the introduction of the new indoor and outdoor dining area Gondwana chefs are busy testing, tasting and generating new and delicious menus for the upcoming season. […]

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July 29, 2015
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Facts About The Burchell’s Zebra


Burchell’s Zebra ( Equus burchelli) Afrikaans-Bontsebra On Gondwana we have a large number of Burchell’s zebra and it’s always pleasant to see them roaming on the reserve. There are days when they roam close to the lodge while grazing and in summer they like the shade created by the Bush villa’s. It is quite humorous to witness them all […]

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