Written by: napr on: October 8, 2015,
in the category: Travel
In the latest issue of Wildlife Ranching magazine, an award-winning local publication, Gondwana Private Game Reserve was presented with top honours and ranked as one of South Africa’s best game reserves.
Set at the base of the Langeberg Mountains on 11 000 hectares of ruggedly beautiful landscape, Gondwana is the only malaria-free fynbos reserve in the world that is home to the free-roaming big five (elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros), among many other animals and birdlife. The reserve offers luxury accommodation, self-catering villas and recently also introduced an eco-camp option, for a truly authentic wildlife experience in the bush.
The Wildlife Ranching article notes, “The reserve offers a complete nature experience, with outdoor activities including game drives with expert field guides in open game-viewing vehicles, bird watching, bush picnics, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking in the reserve’s 1 000 hectare protected walking area. This is home to the endangered mountain zebra and bontebok, as well as giraffe and many other non-dangerous game species. Reserve amenities include Kwena Lodge, a boutique 14-room lodge with a spa and gourmet dining for visitors. Residents have access to safari-style services such as game drives, housekeeping, private chefs, spa treatments, babysitting and a children’s junior ranger programme. The reserve has over 50km of 4×4 game-viewing tracks and a 1 000 hectare protected area for endangered wildlife, with a trail network for fynbos hikes, birding, mountain biking, fishing and picnics.”
The article refers to Gondwana as “nature’s perfect playground” and also highlights the great investment opportunity that buying a plot or home within the reserve affords serious investors; “with only 15 of the 96 plots still for sale, investors have the choice of either buying one-hectare home sites or taking advantage of Gondwana’s fully furnished private residence packages. For those who really like their solitude, 200 to 500 hectare parcels of land are available to establish your home within the reserve”. The full article can be read in the latest issue, currently on sale.
The recently launched Eco Camp at Gondwana offers a six-day / five-night conservation experience, which allows guests to participate in wildlife and veld management, learn important bush skills and interpretation, as well as volunteer, within the local community, should they so wish.
Owner of Gondwana Mark Rutherford, commenting on the inspiration behind the new Eco Camp, says, “we want the Eco Camp to provide people with the opportunity to experience a game reserve outside of the traditional safari-type set up; not just as a guest but as a participant. The Eco Camp itinerary is based on creating a meaningful conservation experience for individuals of any age. From the tented camp itself through to participatory meals and activities, everyone has a chance to get their hands dirty while learning new skills, and hopefully, having a lot of fun as well”.
The tented camp is located centrally in the reserve, nestled into a beautiful valley blanketed in Fynbos. As the lighting is limited around the camp, it is fenced off to prevent dangerous game from moving through, so there should be no concern about danger.
As the reserve is home to the free-roaming big five, as well as 16 antelope species and 17 carnivore species, it is very likely that guests will tick off many wildlife sightings from their wish-list. “However,” notes Mark, “nothing is guaranteed as the reserve is wild and vast, but it is highly likely over the six-day period that visitors will spot the big five, among many other species.”
For more information or for any reservation enquiries please contact Gondwana Game Reserve by telephone on +27 21 555 0807 or by email on email@example.com