Tented Eco Camp

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 publicize 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


3 and 5 Night Conservation Experience

Gondwana Game Reserve has developed a one of a kind conservation tourism experience for individuals, families or groups who want to get more involved in Africa on their safari. Participants will be involved in wildlife and field management, learn important bush skills and interpretation, and simply enjoy a behind the scenes view of a Big Five private game reserve. 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 downtime 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. Your base during the program will be in our eco-friendly, solar powered, stylish tented camp set in a protected Fynbos valley in the heart of the game reserve. The camp facilities include 5 large, comfortable twin or king share tents set on raised platforms each with a private bathroom and covered deck area. All meals are provided in the camp’s outdoor dining boma or in the main communal tent which includes kitchen, lounge, and dining areas, with a nearby pool and hammock relaxation area. The safari style cuisine is wholesome, homemade and hearty with braais and stews for dinner and wraps and salads for lunch. A private dedicated team of three (two expert field guides and chef) look after up to 10 guests for an incredibly intimate and exclusive experience.


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.


What’s Included:

  • 3 or 5 Day Conservation / Safari Program (Thursday arrival).
  • Accommodation in remote, solar powered, tented eco bush camp
  • All food and beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)
  • Twice daily housekeeping service (including all linen and towels)
  • All conservation activities and Game Drives on private vehicle dedicated to the camp


Programme Detail:

  • The 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 1 pm
  • Group departs in Game Viewer at 2 pm to travel to the Tented Camp Site
  • On Departure day, check out from Eco Camp between 10 and 11 am


What’s not Included

  • Flights to South Africa
  • Transfers to and from the Reserve (can be arranged by Gondwana for an additional fee)
  • Personal insurance
  • Reserve conservation fee (R300 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.


Conservation Activities

  • Wildlife husbandry and care of rare and endangered species such as rhino, disease-free buffalo and sable
  • Monitoring of ecological impact of keystone species such as elephant, lion, buffalo and giraffe together with
  • behavioural analysis
  • Game Census
  • Wildlife monitoring and recording (focus on large predator movement (lion))
  • Monitoring of the cape leopard cameras established on Gondwana and surrounding area
  • Alien invasive tree species eradication
  • Water assessments
  • Elephant dung sampling
  • Bird identification and monitoring
  • Translocation & veterinary care of wildlife – season dependent
  • Bush skills and interpretation
  • Veld management


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 the conservation project site  (Example – Erosion site/Wattle clearing site/water system assessment )

13:00 –  Packed lunch in the bush or at the 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 the next day’s activity

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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


2019 Rates

1 October 2018 – 31 March 2019

Adult sharing R12 840 R10 280 Please Enquire
Adult single R20 100 R16 960
Child Sharing 6-15 R10 280 R8 220

1 April – 30 September 2019

Per Person
Incl. TOMSA 1%
Excludes conservation levy
5 Night program: Rate per program per person 3 Night program: Rate per program per person
Adult sharing R 12 605 R 10 090
Adult single R 20 795 R 16 645
Child Sharing 6-12 R 10 090 R 8 075

1 October 2019 – 31 March 2019

Per Person
Incl. TOMSA 1%
Excludes conservation levy
5 Night program: Rate per program per person 3 Night program: Rate per program per person
Adult sharing R 12 605 R 11 100
Adult single R 20 795 R 18 340
Child Sharing 6-12 R 10 090 R 8 885


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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