Gondwana Game Reserve
Garden Route, South Africa
At a Glance
The only fynbos reserve in the world that’s home to free roaming Big Five game
Only a short drive to Mossel Bay
Family friendly, children can become part of the Junior Ranger Program
Awe inspiring views of the Langeberg Mountains wherever you look
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Garden Route enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings.
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Gondwana is a private game reserve situated along the beautiful Garden Route in South Africa. Gondwana is the perfect destination for families, couples and anyone in search of a safari wilderness within easy access of Cape Town or Plettenburg Bay.
For being so close to both Cape Town and Plettenburg Bay, Gondwana Game Reserve has some great game viewing opportunities for anyone looking to go on safari along the Garden Route. Gondwana is the only fynbos reserve in the world that is home to free-roaming Big Five Game, as well as other species such as the Cape Mountain zebra and the Black Harrier.
The reserve is ideally situated only a twenty five minute drive from Mossel Bay and hence perfectly combines the safari experience with beach activities: surfing, golf and a whole host of other fun things to do. Gondwana Game Reserve offers a unique safari holiday in a malaria-free zone and guests can look forward to attentive service, luxury accommodation, expert game rangers and superb cuisine.
The two accommodation options are the Bush Villas which are ideal for families or groups. These are three, luxury, self-catered villas, all situated within a large, safe area which is fenced and inhabited with plains game. The other option is more suited to couples and is the Kwena Lodge, which has fourteen cottage rooms, all with unbelievable views across the valley and skylights for star gazing at night.
Gondwana’s goal is to continue to expand its current 11,000 hectare area and provide the Western Cape with a large eco-tourism destination, the reserve has already reintroduced the first endangered black rhino to the Western Cape from where they historically came, and the wildlife population continues to grow year upon year.
Gondwana Game Reserve offers a diverse selection of luxury safari lodge accommodation. Kwena Lodge has fourteen open plan rooms, which have all been designed to make the most of the beauty of the surrounding area, with 180-degree views and skylights for star gazing. All rooms are en-suite with deep baths and walk in showers. They also have their own private patios and fireplaces for when the evenings get cooler. The other option for guests are the three chic bush villas with two, three and four en-suite bedroom options. The Bush Villas are family friendly with luxurious bedrooms, private decks and spacious bathrooms. Lehele Lodge is situated very close to the Bush Villas and has gourmet meals and an infinity pool overlooking the valley.
Children of all ages are welcome at Gondwana. However, children under 12 may not stay at Kwena Lodge as the rooms are separate and do not cater for families. The Bush Villas are ideal for families to stay at and there are a whole host of activities to keep children entertained and babysitting can be arranged. There is a children's menu available at all times and dinner can be organised in your villa or in the boma for children under twelve either with their parents or a sitter.
The Spa offers a full treatment menu, utilizing the luxurious Africology product range. Treatments can be in the double treatment room or open air for a truly “au natural” experience. In addition guests can request in room treatments for the ultimate in privacy and ease. During their stay, guests are treated to surprise bush breakfasts, boma barbecues, romantic picnics and evening sundowners. The rooms and main lodges are all decorated to top standards and all rooms have fireplaces for the colder months.
Kwena Lodge has an infinity pool and if guests are staying at the Bush Villas, they can use the pool at the nearby Lehele Lodge.
Gondwana offers a whole range of activities and guests can choose to do as much or as little as they like. Game drives are the main activity on offer and the vastness of the wildlife game reserve, coupled with the area’s excellent climate and terrain, make the land suited to multiple species of game.
Children age 6-12 years can really benefit by taking part on the Junior Ranger Experience where they will go on educational drives and gain a greater understanding of conservation and eco systems, in a fun and interactive way.
The Garden Route has a whole host of activities on offer such as the 18-hole championship golf course, Pinnacle Point only a 20-minute drive away has fantastic beaches for surfing and adrenalin fuelled activities, such as cage diving with Great White Sharks.
Birds of Eden
Birds of Eden is the world's largest free-flight bird aviary. The aviary is home to about 3,500 birds representing over 200 species.
Black Water Tubing - Green Route
Explore the beauty of Tsitsikamma's Plaatbos Nature Reserve through a fun combination of tubing and stand-up paddle boarding.
Black Water Tubing - Red Route
For those who are thrilled with adventure, this is a unforgettable way to explore Tsitsikamma's Goesa Nature Reserve as you journey through beautiful forest and cliff sceneries which opens up to the spectacular Storms River Mouth.
Boat Trip on Storms River
If you like to be on the water, then this boat trip will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.
Hog Hollow Horse Riding - Farm Trail
This one-hour farm trail takes you through open terrains and fields.
Hog Hollow Horse Riding - Forest Trail
This two-hour forest trail takes you through the ancient Tsitsikamma rainforest.
Monkeyland - Plettenberg Bay
Monkeyland is a unique primate sanctuary that rehabilitates and frees previously caged primates. All of the monkeys here move about the forest freely and peacefully and allow you to view them as they would bee seen in their natural habitat.
Make a brief stop at Mossel Bay for the world-famous Post Office Tree at the Dias Museum Complex.
Paddle Up Storms River
If you like to be on the water, then this two to three-hour kayak adventure will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the Southern Cape and is in the perfect location for anyone who wants to experience a one day, big game viewing experience along the Garden Route.
Quad Biking at the Wineries
This route takes you through Hamilton Russel Vineyards & South Right wineries into the Fernklook Nature Reserve.
Robberg Peninsula Walk
The Robberg Peninsula is an outcrop of land from the western side of Plettenberg Bay. The Peninsula is now a nature reserve and a marine protected area which makes for spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna.
Sea Kayaking at Hermanus
An adventurous 2-hour sea kayaking experience as you paddle along the coastline with opportunities to encounter sea creatures.
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre at Plettenberg Bay offers guests a truly unique wildcat experience as they are taken on a guided tour of cheetah, leopard, serval, caracal and other wildcats, baboons and birds.
Whale watching on the Western Cape
Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.
Location & directions
Garden Route, South Africa
Conveniently located in the heart of the Garden Route of South Africa, Gondwana Game Reserve is centred at the heart of the Cape's abundant floral and wild life landscapes. The Garden Route is rightly referred to as the Jewel of South Africa, with lush indigenous forest, free flowing rivers, expansive lagoons, sunkissed beaches and majestic mountains.