Guest Rooms 40
Residence Units 16
Luxury Tent 9
Check in 1:00 PM
Check out 10:00 AM
Smoking rooms No
Pets allowed No
Self parking Free
Seasonal Rates: High Low Shoulder
Number of Meeting Rooms 1
Ideal Group Size 70
Max Group Size 80
Resort Fee $25
Room Tax N/A
Sales Tax N/A
Cape Town International Airport
270 min 228 miles (368 km)
George Domestic Airport
45 min 40 miles (644 km)
accommodation is provided in Kwena Lodge suites ideal for couples or individuals as well as Bush Villas with three and four en-suite bedrooms ideal for group accommodation.
Tented Eco Camp Experience
Posted June 1, 2019
3 or 5 night Eco Tourism 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 veld 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 down time 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 braai's 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.
Fynbos Conservation Experience
Posted June 1, 2019
Explore indigenous wild flowers and plants that exist nowhere else in the world!!
Explore indigenous wild flowers and plants that exist nowhere else in the world!! 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 (www.gondwanagr.co.za) on South Africa’s Garden Route is a bucket list destination not just for a Big 5 safari, but also for anyone with an interest in botany and biodiversity. In April 2019, Gondwana will launch a Fynbos Conservation Experience which includes a guided nature walk lead by their resident Fynbos expert. Among the 1000 plant-, 118 bird-, 29 mammal- and 21 amphibian species that coexisting in this 11,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, participants are bound to uncover fascinating stories as they help with data collection and monitoring the flora 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.
Posted June 1, 2019
Launching 1st November 2019
The award winning Gondwana Game Reserve is launching a three night walking trail traversing through the private, Big five, 11 000 hectare, malaria free game reserve. The trail takes you to three remote tented fly camp locations with two full days of hiking. Your expert trail guides will intimately expose you to the Reserve’s unique biodiversity
and eco systems while experiencing the Big Five and multiple species of antelope on foot. Gondwana’s Pioneer Trail is the ultimate slack packing adventure where your belongings are moved daily between the three camps, allowing you to experience the dramatic Fynbos landscape with only a light day pack. Each exclusive camp is comprised of four tents with en-suite bathrooms sleeping a maximum of 8 guests. Homemade African inspired meals are catered for you with cold beverages on tap. You literally need to “just bring your boots” and the Pioneer Trail team will do the rest. It has been said there is no better way to experience nature and wildlife than on foot.
Posted June 1, 2019
Exclusive Use Villa - includes Private Chef, Butler, Ranger and Game Viewer and includes all Local Beverages
Luxuriously spacious and stylish African villa with your own Field Guide, Chef and Butler. The villa is privately situated in the reserve’s 1200 hectare walking area surrounded by grasslands teaming with game. Three luxurious guest suites, with endless mountain views, provide extravagant accommodation for 6 adults or 4 adults and 4
children. The ultimate bush getaway to restore and revive with friends or family in a Big 5 game reserve ideally and accessibly located on the Garden Route.
• Privately staff ed, 500m2 exclusive use lodge, located in the reserve’s 1200 hectare walking area.
• Three luxurious guest suites with mountain views and expansive open plan bathrooms provide extravagant
o Bathrooms with rain shower, deep bath, double sinks, outdoor shower and private deck.
o King or Twin Beds, 100% cotton 500 thread count linen, bath towels and bathrobes, Non-allergenic pillows,
hairdryer, electricity: AC 220V
o Twice-daily housekeeping with turn downs
• The Villa can accommodate 4 adults and 4 kids; in addition to this the Loft Apartment with a separate entrance
can accommodate 2 adults at no additional cost.
• Pool and Jacuzzi/hot tub with extensive deck area to take in spectacular surrounds
• Inclusive of all gourmet meals and local beverages
• Private chef, butler, field guide and game viewer for the duration of your stay
• Additional included activities: including Fynbos and wildlife hikes, Mountain biking (6 adult bikes and 2 children’s provided), fishing and trail running, Junior Ranger Programme
• Premium specialty coffee maker, Wifi and DSTV
Gondwana Game Reserve Press Release
Posted May 31, 2019
The Perfect Cape Town Safari Break
The award winning Gondwana Game Reserve provides the perfect safari break for Cape Town visitors and residents. Less than a four-hour drive away along South Africa’s popular Garden Route, the 11,000-hectare (26,000 acre) private game reserve off ers a distinctive and luxurious malaria-free safari experience. Indigenous Fynbos
vegetation cloaks the undulating valleys, adding vivid colour and interest to a Big Five wilderness experience with awe inspiring views of the Langeberg Mountains wherever you look. World-class tourist facilities and attractions on Gondwana’s doorstep include championship golf courses at Pinnacle Point, Pezula, Oubaai and Fancourt, great
swimming and surfi ng beaches and the attractive coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The reserve is easily accessible through George Domestic Airport, a 45-minute drive from the reserve (transfers provided) with daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town International airports. This exclusive reserve offers guests a
variety of luxury accommodation with inspiring interiors, attentive service, superb cuisine, expert game rangers, exhilarating game drives and an array of other activities including mountain biking, the Junior Ranger program, conservation activities, guided fynbos walks, fishing, and spa treatments.
Unwind and trace the steps of the past . . .
Kwena Lodge offers guests 14 stand-alone bedrooms designed with a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San “hut”. Each open plan suite is nestled into its spectacular surrounds with 180-degree views of the spectacular mountains and Fynbos scenery, sky lights for star gazing, fireplaces and deep baths to keep you warm upon return from an evening game drive. The spacious lodge facilities include a large infinity pool, chic open-plan lounge and bar, with dining offered in beautiful indoor and outdoor settings including an elegant dining room set around 2 open fireplaces, a covered veranda overlooking two waterholes, or in the outdoor boma. Guests are treated to surprise bush breakfasts, fun family picnics, evening barbecues and scenic sundowner spots.
Luxury Bush Villas
The Ideal Family Getaway . . .
Accommodation at Gondwana also includes the 16 Bush Villas and Fynbos Villas, which offer total privacy and spaciousness to groups particularly families with children. The deluxe three and four bedroom villas feature an open plan lounge with kitchen and dining room all opening onto a wraparound deck with magnificent valley and mountain views. Numerous packages to suit your family’s needs and budget are on offer including fully inclusive of all your meals and game drives or a bed and breakfast and daily game drive package. The villas can be utilized on a luxury self-catering basis with a la carte meals and game drives available for those who want a longer stay and the flexibility to enjoy the surrounding Garden Route, its activities, and attractions.
Tented Eco Camp
3 or 5 Night Hands on Conservation Experience
Gondwana’s Eco Camp offers guests a tangible and authentic wildlife conservation experience, making it a holiday with a difference! The itinerary sees guests participating in wildlife and veld management, learning important bush skills and interpretation, all while enjoying a Big 5 safari experience. This new offering has filled a gap in the safari market letting guests get a behind-the-scenes understanding of the conservation work that happens on a game reserve while still enjoying a relaxing and enriching holiday in nature.
Beyond the wildlife interactions, the tented camp itself is anything but average – the tents are modern, eco-friendly and very comfortable. Each of the five tents, set on elevated decks overlooking a grass-covered riverbed, provides single or double accommodation, with its own en-suite bathroom facility and covered deck. A wooden walkway over the riverbed links the accommodation to a main tent, which houses the lounge, dining spaces and kitchen area as well as a nearby relaxation area with a pool and hammocks. The entire camp runs on solar power and sources its water from a nearby perennial spring.
Gondwana has added a new ultra-luxe lodge to its portfolio which represents the most exclusive accommodation offering on the reserve. Breathtakingly stylish and sophisticated, yet refreshingly simple, Ulubisi House provides the ideal venue to reconnect with friends and family and to share an exciting safari adventure in the Western Cape’s leading private game reserve. With 180-degree views of grass plains dotted with game, fynbos-covered rolling hills and the Outeniqua mountain range, Ulubisi House is tucked away in the reserve’s 1000-hectare protected walking area for endangered species. Sleeping either 6 adults or 4 adults and 4 children, the property comes with a full complement of staff, including its own butler, chef and field guide. The timetable runs to guest’s guilt-free whim and they will instantly feel as though this is their second home. Ideal for friends or families seeking peaceful, quality time together, the privacy is only interrupted by the numerous wild visitors that drop in regularly for a drink from the swimming pool.
Flora & Fauna Activities
Take a Walk on the Wild Side . . .
Our expert field guides reveal Africa’s wildlife to Gondwana’s guests in a Cape Fynbos environment; a truly unique safari experience! Exhilarating encounters on game drive with endangered species like the Cape Mountain Zebra, and Rhinoceros will provide lasting memories. Over 15 species of antelope can be found on the reserve including kudu, eland, bontebok, waterbuck, sable, grey reebok and many more. The free roaming Big 5 species also keep things interesting with many visits to the lodge from the Cape buffalo, elephants and lions! Gondwana is home to seventeen carnivore species ranging from the small grey mongoose and small-spotted genet to medium-sized species such as the caracal and bat-eared fox, to the very large and powerful lion.
Guests can also enjoy informative guided Fynbos walks with our resident Fynbos experts and discover endemic plant, animal and birdlife that is unique to this area, such as the Mossel bay Pincushion protea, Greysbok, Black Harrier and Orange Breasted Sunbird. Fynbos is a critically endangered biome and guests will assist in its conservation by identifying, recording, and monitoring the species they find on the Reserve during this interactive experience which is offered daily between morning and evening game drives.
Guests at Gondwana are offered an assortment of inclusive activities, from game drives to walking safaris, fishing and mountain biking in a fenced 1000-hectare protected area. Family itineraries include a junior ranger programme, which sees kids enjoying a few hours out with their own personal rangers and experiencing what it is like to learn and live on a wildlife reserve. The “little rangers” receive Gondwana backpacks complete with custom activity book and ranger’s completion certificate.
The Tented Bush Spa
Gondwana’s bush spa offers a full treatment menu utilizing the luxurious and all natural Africology product. The 2 treatment rooms are completely private and well positioned to take in the breath taking surrounds. Signature treatments include the anti-aging Sundowner facial, African Bliss Body wrap, and Love Bird’s Nest couples package. The spa is a wonderful compliment to the overall restorative guest experience on the reserve – come and revitalize yourself with nature’s touch, tone and tempo . . .
Corporate Getaways and Weddings
Lehele Lodge, with its cool organic style and warm African flavours, is ideal for high-end boutique corporate getaways and private functions including product launches and weddings. The lodge comprises an interconnected lounge, bar, library and dining area with conference facilities, sound system and Wi-fi. The outdoor areas include an infinity pool, boma deck area, which has been nicknamed “the party pit”, and ample outdoor seating for meals and sundowners.
The Gondwana Conservation Foundation
The Gondwana Conservation Foundation (GCF) has been established as a non-profit organization to contribute to the conservation of South Africa’s threatened and endangered wildlife and vegetation relevant to the Southern Cape through active management, training and skills development of the local people. The Southern Cape of South Africa is home to one of the most critically endangered vegetation types on earth (Fynbos) and has a high unemployment rate within the region. The foundation currently has three active projects:
A vital part of our conservation efforts includes the education of all our neighboring communities and regular hosting of community schools (grade 6 & 7s) contributes to awareness and understanding of the value conservation brings to all of us as well as exposes them to conservation as a possible career.
Rainbow Rhino Initiative
The GCF sponsors various anti-poaching training courses annually benefitting both the public and private sector and is establishing a breeding population of rhino on Gondwana to distribute to protected areas.
Conservation of Critically Endangered Fynbos
Our location in the Cape Floristic Kingdom with its critically endangered Fynbos plant species requires very specific data collection and monitoring as well as land management with ongoing research and experimentation to determine optimal game densities and regenerative veld burning programs. All of which are critical in sustaining its biodiversity.