With the richest floral kingdom in the world and the recent discovery of the largest known population of a rare orchid thought to be extinct, Gondwana Game Reserve is a bucket list destination not just for a Big 5 safari, but also for anyone with an interest in botany and biodiversity.
Gondwana has launched a Fynbos Conservation Experience which includes a guided nature walk lead by their resident botanist. Among the 1000 plant-, 118 bird-, 29 mammal- and 21 amphibian species coexisting in this 11,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, participants are bound to uncover fascinating stories as they help monitor and map the types found on the game reserve.
The new hands-on experience will give guests a chance to learn about the conservation of the rare and endangered Fynbos biome, affording them the opportunity to get a more up-close understanding of the stunning indigenous flora and fauna on foot. The activity takes 2-3 hours and is offered daily in the downtime between morning and evening game drives.
Participants will assist experts in their research conducted in different monitoring zones throughout the reserve, learning identification, monitoring parameters and geo-mapping of the thousands of Fynbos plant species found on the reserve. The collected data is vital in understanding and recording this vanishing and isolated floral kingdom that only exists along the Cape coastal belt of South Africa. Guests will see amazing plants in bloom throughout the year, including the famous King Protea (South Africa’s national flower) and many endemic species of birds, insects and antelope.
Owner Wendy Rutherfoord comments: “This new experience is a completely natural progression for Gondwana. The growing popularity of our Eco Camp Conservation program has confirmed that guests love getting a behind-the-scenes view of our conservation efforts and experiencing the Reserve on foot. We have been inspired since day 1 by the Fynbos found on Gondwana; its beauty, diversity and rarity is astounding, but we needed the right individuals with the expertise and passion to help us get more of a handle on it scientifically to not only better protect it but also to better share it with our guests. By making our Fynbos conservation part of our tourism offering it enriches our guest’s safari and makes its conservation more sustainable – a win-win.”
Gondwana is adding this new activity in time for South Africa’s Green Season starting in May when Fynbos is in all its glory. With daytime temperatures ranging from 14ºC to 20ºC, the months between May and September are called the “Secret Season” by locals. Its slightly cooler, sun-drenched clear days are ideal for outdoor activities like easy walks, hiking or mountain biking in the Reserve’s mountains and valleys amongst wild game.
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