Gondwana Family Lodge

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

At a Glance

  • A truly spectacular and remote African landscape, the sweeping landscapes and night skies are worth a visit on their own

  • The largest private game reserve in the Western Cape

  • Wonderful staff and highly professional guides work to create an unforgettable experience

  • Non-malarial and only 3 hours drive from Cape Town, a great option in this area of South Africa

  • A true Big 5 game reserve, fantastic diverse game viewing, brilliant conservation products and a range of activities to keep you busy

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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. From June to December, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.

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Insider's View

The landscape in the Karoo is breathtaking, the low population density of this area makes for dark clear nights and spectacular star-gazing.

Fantastic conservation projects, committed volunteers and conservationists work tirelessly on endangered animal breeding programmes in the area

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Description

Sanbona boasts 54,000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art. This non-malarial Big 5 game reserve is in a spectacular Karoo location, the lodges here offer something for everyone.

Gondwana Lodge enjoys endless sweeping views over the plains of Bellair Dam and onto the Anysberg Mountains. This family friendly lodge lies at the heart of the non-malarial Sanbona, the largest private safari reserve in the Western Cape.

Children of all ages are encouraged to visit Gondwana Lodge to experience their first safari. The fantastic 'Kids on Safari' program keeps the whole family entertained with interpretive trails, and interactive activities. Professional childcare is available for children under the age of 4 years old as they are too young to join the game drives, the focus for them will be on activities at the lodge and on the lawns surrounding the main building.

The lodge is designed to resemble a typical thatched Karoo homestead. There are family rooms, children's activity rooms, large spacious lawns and a wonderful swimming pool overlooking the plains. There are both indoor and outdoor dining areas, a comfortable indoor lounge which has been decorated with beautiful African accessories, as well as a fantastic spa and gift shop.

Each room has either an outdoor patio or balcony with huge squashy cushions for you to relax on with a book after the early morning starts on safari. The rooms have air-conditioning, a mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities. For dinner you will either eat a la carte or have a traditional South Africa Braai – a Bbq, so during your stay you will be able to experience a range of different dining experiences.

Sanbona is a true Big 5 game reserve, lion, leopard, rhino, elephant an buffalo are all found on the reserve. The range of habitat is also home to a wide variety of other African wildlife, this diversity gives visitors a fantastically rich safari experience in a beautiful, remote location.

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Experiences

  • 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.

  • Fynbos Flower Safari

    The Cape Floral Region has the highest concentration of plant species in the world. Staggeringly this recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site holds three times the diversity of species than the Amazon rainforest.

  • Game Drives at Sanbona

    Explore the landscape of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve on thrilling game drives in the Big 5 area with a brilliant guide who will teach you all about the bush of this part of Africa.

  • Great White Shark Cage Diving

    Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.

  • 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.

  • Horse Riding in the Cape

    Enjoy exploring the dramatic landscapes of South Africa on horseback, an experience to be included on any visit.

  • 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.

  • Mossel Bay

    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.

  • 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.

  • Sanbona Boat Safari

    Head out on a boat safari on board the Peregrine, on the Bellair Dam situated in the middle of this vast reserve, and see all of the game from a wholly new perspective.

  • 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

Eastern Cape Game Reserves, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Situated at the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains in the heart of the Little Karoo. Sanbona Game Reserve boasts 54,000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art.

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