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  • TGCSA Grading: TGCSA 5 Star
  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge, Other Accommodation and Private Game Lodge
  • Malaria Area: No
  • Sleeps: 130
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM Check-out: 10:00 AM
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Gondwana Game Reserve provides the perfect safari break for Cape Town visitors.  Located on South Africa’s popular Garden Route four hours’ drive from Cape Town or 45 mins from George Airport, the 11 000-hectare (26 000 acre), private, malaria-free game reserve offers a distinctive and luxurious free roaming, Big Five safari.  Enjoy exhilarating game drives in a dramatic mountain and Fynbos landscape spotting elephant, buffalo, eland, lion and hippo among may other species.

Deluxe accommodation is offered in Kwena Lodge, a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling.  14 open plan suites are nestled into the spectacular surrounds with 180-degree views, fire places and luxurious bathrooms.  Family or group accommodation is ideally provided in spacious bush villas which are privately situated with awe-inspiring views from your expansive deck.  The reserve offers a three or five-day conservation experience in its Tented Eco Camp as well as a privately staffed exclusive-use lodge in the uber luxury Ulubisi House.  The recently launched Pioneer Trail is the ultimate slack packing adventure offering a 3-night walking safari through the Big 5 game reserve staying in a new remote tented camp each night.

World-class tourist facilities and attractions on Gondwana’s doorstep include championship golf courses such as Pinnacle Point, Fancourt and Oubaai, great swimming and surfing beaches and the attractive coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.  This exclusive reserve offers guests attentive service, superb cuisine, inspiring interiors, expert game rangers, and an array of activities including game drives, mountain biking, Africology spa treatments, conservation activities and the popular Junior Ranger program.

Terms And Conditions:

To secure a booking a 50% deposit needs to be made within 7 days from the time of booking.  The outstanding 50% is required 30 days prior to travel.

Area Info:

World-class tourist facilities and attractions on Gondwana’s doorstep include championship golf courses such as Pinnacle Point, Fancourt and Oubaai, great swimming and surfing beaches and the attractive coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.   This exclusive reserve offers guests attentive service, superb cuisine, inspiring interiors, expert game rangers, and an array of activities including game drives, mountain biking, Africology spa treatments, conservation activities and the popular Junior Ranger program.

 

 

Clothing and Accessories:

Here is some important information to help you pack to make your exciting stay that much more comfortable.

 GENERAL
-  Sunscreen
-  Sunglasses
-  Hat
-  Binoculars
-  Camera

CLOTHING
Bring a little of everything for hot and cold as the reserve is near to the sea and the ocean can blow in quick changing weather – prepare for warm, sunny days and cool evenings/mornings depending on time of year.
-  Warm jacket and jerseys, layers for night time in open game viewers
-  Long sleeves and Pants
-  Short sleeves and Shorts
-  Natural coloured clothing (white clothing is not ideal for game drives – most visible to animals)
-  Closed toe walking shoes – terrain is uneven and Fynbos can be scratchy
-  High heels with narrow heel do not do well in the bush, Flip flops fine for around room
-  Bathing suit

Health and Climate:

SUMMER
Month          : November – February
Avg Temp    : 20.3C
Low Temp    : 10C
High Temp   : 33.7C

AUTUMN
Month        : March - May
Avg Temp  : 17.9C
Low Temp  : 7C
High temp: 31.9C

WINTER    
Month        : June - August
Avg Temp  : 13.9C
Low Temp  : 7.5C
High Temp : 27.7C

SPRING
Month       : September – October
Avg Temp : 15.9C
Low Temp : 7.9C
High temp : 31.9C

Activities:

Guests at Gondwana are offered an assortment of inclusive activities, from game drives to walking safari, 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 rangers completion badge.  Guests can also enjoy informative Fynbos walks with local experts and discover endemic bird life that occurs nowhere else in the world, such as the Black Harrier and Orange Breasted Sunbird.

Cancellation Policy:

If a cancellation is made 31 days or more prior to arrival – 15% of the total value of the booking will be be charged as an administration cancellation fee.
If a cancellation is made 30 days or less prior to arrival, full cancellation fees apply.

Facilities & Services available:
Babies
Children under 12 years
Elderly
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Team Building
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Restaurant
Spa
Cots available
Curio Shop
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - covered)
Tourism Information Desk
Wi-Fi
Afrikaans
English
Xhosa / Zulu
DVD and/or VCR
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool

Gondwana Game Reserve is a Game Lodge, Other Accommodation and Private Game Lodge in Mossel Bay Western Cape South Africa
Directions:

DIRECTIONS TO GONDWANA FROM CAPE TOWN
Distance: approximately 380kms, 4 hours

Exit the city onto the N2 highway
Travel on the N2 highway towards George / Mossel Bay – you will be on the N2 for the majority of the trip
Take a left turn at ( R327) the Herbertsdale / Mossdustria road just before the Petroport and Engen One-Stop. NOTE – Do not turn at the first Herbertsdale turn off the N2, wait until R327!!
Travel on this road for 14.5kms – cross over the railway line and stay on the road
Turn Right at the Gondwana Game Reserve sign (large brown tourism sign)
Go over the cattle grid and keep RIGHT at the fork in the dirt road
The Gondwana entrance gate will be on this road (3.2km from fork)
Check in with security who will direct you to Kwena Lodge

DIRECTIONS TO GONDWANA FROM GEORGE AIRPORT
Distance: approximately 60kms, 45 minutes

Take a right out of the airport exit
Follow this road past the airport to the Mossel Bay ramp. Turn right onto the N2 highway heading to Mossel Bay
Travel on the N2 approximately 40 kilometres past Mossel Bay towards Cape Town (do not get off at the Mossel Bay exits)
The N2 will wrap you around a detour of Mossel Bay and head you past the Engen and Total garages on your left and right respectively
Shortly after the Total Garage turn right at the HERBERTSDALE (R327) turn, there is a turning lane
Travel on this tar road for 14.5kms – cross over the railway line and stay on the road
Turn Right at the Gondwana Game Reserve sign (large brown tourism sign)
Go over the cattle grid onto dirt road. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the road
The Gondwana entrance gate will be on this road (3.2km from fork)
Check in with security who will direct you to Kwena Lodge

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Children Policy

• Children 0 - 5.99 years of age stay free of charge when sharing with two full paying adults.
• Children 6 – 11.99 years of age pay 50% of full adult rate regardless of whether they stay in their parent’s room or occupy another room in the Villa.
• No children under the age of 12 years of age are accommodated at Kwena Main Lodge.
• Children 12 years and older pay the full adult rate.
• Babysitting in your villa is available at an hourly rate of R150, and needs to be pre-booked to avoid disappointment.

Game Drives:
• Children under age of 6 not permitted on Game Drives, only on a private vehicle.
• Children under the age of 2 years old are not permitted on a Game Drive for their own safety.
• A private vehicle can be reserved at additional cost of R3500 per day, to facilitate children from 2 - 5.99 years of age on Game Drives, should the family require this. This option is only bookable 48 hours prior to arrival and is subject to availability.
• The Lodge Team will, upon check-in, endeavour to facilitate young family Game Drives at no additional charge for families
with children aged 4 – 5.99 years of age.

Rooms and Units Available at Gondwana Game Reserve

Kwena Lodge offers guests 14 stand-alone bedrooms designed with a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San “hut”.  Each romantic open plan suite is nestled into its spectacular surrounds with 180-degree views, sky lights for star gazing, wood burning fireplaces and deep baths to keep you warm upon return from an evening game drive.  Lodge facilities include a chic bar and lounge area, infinity pool, multiple indoor and outdoor dining venues, bush spa, reception and curio shop. 

Accommodation at Gondwana also includes deluxe Bush Villas and Fynbos Villas, which offer total privacy and spaciousness to families and groups.  The deluxe 3 and 4 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 half board package including 2 meals and 1 game drive daily. 

Gondwana also offers a 3 or 5 night conservation experience at its Tented Eco Camp, which is a one of a kind glamping getaway where guests get a behind the scenes understanding of African conservation and wildlife management. 

Gondwana recently launched a 3 night walking safari which traverses the game reserve taking you to 3 remote tented camp overnight locations with 2 full days of hiking.  Your expert trail guides will intimately expose you to the Reserve’s unique biodiversity and eco systems while experiencing multiple species of game on foot.  Each camp is comprised of only 4 deluxe bedroom tents with en-suite bathrooms and separate stylish dining and lounge tents.  The 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.

The uber-luxe Ulubisi House is Gondwana’s most exclusive offering with your own chef, butler and field guide for the ideal safari retreat to reconnect with friends and family.

Fynbos Villa's

The deluxe three and four bedroom en-suite Villas feature an open plan lounge with kitchen and dining room all opening onto a wraparound deck with magnificent valley and mountain views offering total privacy and spaciousness to families and groups.

Amount of similar units: 10
Sleeps 6 Adults

Kwena Suite

The Suites offers guests 14 stand-alone bedrooms designed with a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San “hut”.  Each suite is nestled into its spectacular surrounds with 180-degree views, sky lights for star gazing and wood burning fireplaces.

 

Amount of similar units: 14
Sleeps 2 Adults

Tented Eco Camp

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.

Amount of similar units: 5
Sleeps 10 Adults

Ulubisi House

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

Sleeps 4 Adults and 4 children

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