Ranger Diaries

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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January 29, 2013

Summer Game Drive on Gondwana Game Reserve

Summer Game Drive at Gondwana Game Reserve We enjoyed a beautiful sunset yesterday at our stunning Garden Route Game Reserve. This probably had allot to do with the actual sightings we were fortunate enough to discover on our evening game drive. While on our safari with a few guests, we came across a lone elephant bull feeding on an acacia tree who was not at all perturbed by our presenc
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November 8, 2012

Cheetah Bonding

Cheetah male at Gondwana One of Gondwana Game Reserves male cheetahs has recently bonded with another male. The coalition that they have formed allows for better territory protection and allows them to be more successful hunters.
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October 16, 2012

LION LOVE!

facebook2 It seems as though love is in the air at Gondwana Game Reserve. Two lion were spotted mating in the car park at Lehele Lodge. Shortly before, The lions had caught an Eland a few meters from the reserve and wildlife offices. The lion  pride have made monitoring relatively easy this week but rather difficult to get access into the office!
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