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Establishment Description

Gondwana Game Reserve provides the perfect safari break for Cape Town
visitors. With less than a four-­‐hour drive away from Cape Town along South Africa’s popular Garden Route, the 11,000-­‐hectare (26,000 acre) private game
reserve offers 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.This exclusive reserve offers guests attentive service,
superb cuisine, luxurious interiors, expert game rangers, and an array of activities
including World-­‐class tourist facilities and attractions on Gondwana’s doorstep
include championship golf courses,great swimming and surfing beaches and
attractive coastal towns.


Accommodation

Kwena Lodge offers world-class game reserve accommodation with a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling – augmented with all the luxuries of a modern hotel. Each open plan Kwena Room is designed to make the most of the beauty of its surroundings with 180-degree views and skylights for star gazing. At night, keep warm next to the clay pot fireplace and laze in a deep bath upon arrival from an evening game drive.

The luxury lodge accommodation facilities include a large pool, a chic open-plan lounge and bar, a spa and reception area with curio shop. Gourmet meals are offered in an elegant and intimate dining room set around open fireplaces, the outdoor boma or private outdoor dining spots.

Enjoy your own luxurious bush home on a private Big Five game reserve with ample outdoor space to take in your natural surroundings in the comfort and ease of an open-plan design.   This is a great alternative for families and groups that wish to have longer stays and flexibility to enjoy the surrounding Garden Route while using Gondwana as a base


Area activities

Game Drives
• Includes beverage and snack on drive, excludes High Tea prior to Game Drive
• Minimum of 2 persons per drive and maximum of 8
• Kids Policy Applies to ALL Day Activities (see Booking Guidelines for Children)
Fishing
• Strict Catch and Release policy applies
• Includes basic fishing gear & a soft beverage
• Children 4 years and older are welcome
• Maximum of 4 persons
Guided Walks
• Includes soft beverage
• No children under the age of 12 are permitted on walks
• Maximum of 6 persons – excluding Guide
• Walks are conducted in 1000ha ‘safe area’
Mountain Bikes
• Includes Bike Hire
• Unguided rides on demarcated routes for a maximum 4 riders
Junior Ranger
• Includes Junior Ranger Activity Pack with ‘snack pack’
• Minimum of 2 children, maximum of 6 children per Guide
• For children aged 6-12 years


Check in times

Check In: 14:00

Check out: 10:00


Children Policy

Accommodation
•         Children under the age of 12 years old may not stay in Kwena Lodge as
           the rooms are separate and do not cater for families
•         Children rates applicable for children under twelve (12), Children under four
          (4) stay free
•         Children under the age of 6 stay free when sharing with 2 full paying adults
•         Families are booked into Private Bush Villas for their comfort and convenience
           with additional amenities like kitchen facilities, separate en-suite 
           bedrooms,large outdoor decks, flat screen TVs and DVD players to assist
           with the little ones. (Cots & rollaway beds are available)

Game Drives
•         Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on game drives. Gondwana
           offers babysitting facilities (R80/hr) or the option of a sole use vehicle (R2500
           per day) to facilitate this rule, subject to availability.
•         Children 6 years and older are permitted on the scheduled game drives.
           Junior Ranger Experience
•         Children age 6 – 12 can join in on junior ranger experience.
•         The program includes educational game drives, interactive activities, junior
           ranger packs and completion badges.
•         The younger children’s activities will be based mainly around the lodge to stay
           closer to parents
•         On arrival families will be informed about the Junior Ranger program and their
           ranger will enquire about any special requests, dietary, babysitting or
           otherwise.
•         Children will receive a fun Ranger’s backpack and cool safari booklet to fill in
           throughout their stay. During game drives and other activities with their
           ranger, kids will be taught how to identify mammals, birds, Fynbos species,
           and even stars.
•         They will gain a greater understanding of conservation and our precious eco
           systems. They will be quizzed on what they’ve learned by their ranger and
           receive a level 1 Junior Ranger Patch and completion certificate, as well as a
           picture with their ranger for their safari book.

Dining
•         A children’s menu is available at all times. Please speak to your ranger or
           lodge manager should your children have any specific dietary requests.
•         Children under twelve (12) years old may not accompany parents in the Lodge

 Dining room for dinner.
•         Dinner will be arranged in your villa or in the boma for children under twelve
          (12) with their parents or with a sitter.

Baby Sitting
•         Babysitting is available at a rate of R80.00 per hour per child.

Guided Walks
•         Children age 12 years and older are welcome to participate on Guided Walks


Deposit Terms

 50% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm a reservation. On-line reservations to be paid immediately with credit card when making a reservation. When paying your deposit by EFT (Electronic fund transfer) the deposit is required within 4 days of confirmation.
All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid credit card.
The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival
Bookings made within 30 days of arrival, need to be settled in FULL in order to confirm a booking


Cancellation Terms

If a cancellation is made 60 days or more prior to arrival – a percentage admin fee is administered as 15% of total booking value and the remainder is refunded
If a cancellation is made 30 - 14 days prior to arrival, all deposits are non – refundable
If a cancellation is made 14 days or less prior to arrival, full payment will be applied as the cancellation penalty


Travel Insurance

Guests are solely responsible for their baggage and personal effects.
It is recommended that guests purchase trip cancellation insurance and to ensure that such insurance covers the cost of air tickets and other non-refundable trip payments as well as medical, baggage loss and delay insurance.
Neither the owner nor operator of the Gondwana Game Reserve, nor any of its crew staff, employees or agents shall be responsible for lost or stolen personal belongings or for any injuries or medical ailments suffered on the trip.


Room Types & Descriptions

The spacious bush lodge accommodation facilities include a large infinity pool, chic open-plan lounge and bar, with food and beverage services offered in an elegant dining room set around 2 open fireplaces or in the outdoor boma. Guests are treated to surprise bush breakfasts, romantic picnics, evening barbecues and scenic sundowner spots.

Well appointed, deluxe, stand-alone bedrooms overlook two waterholes across the valley onto the breathtaking mountains, which once formed part of the famous landmass known as Gondwanaland.

Room Specifications
•14 open plan suites with beds centered under skylight with private dressing area behind
•Spacious bathroom open to bedroom with deep bath, walk in shower and double sinks
•Option of either Twin or King Size beds available on request
•Wood Fire Place, private patio, Mini bar, Tea station, Telephone and Safe. Internet access in public areas.
•Approximately 70m² in size

Gondwana’s luxury private bush villas are the ultimate alternative to a Five Star hotel offering complete privacy and awe inspiring views. These luxury self catering bush villas are ideal for families and groups of friends who want longer stays and the flexibility to enjoy the surrounding Garden Route and its top golf courses and beaches using Gondwana as a base. All private villas are situated within a large, safe area which is fenced for freedom of movement and inhabited with plains game. Gondwana is one of the only private game lodges which offers good value and luxurious bush villa accommodation convenient for families and groups of friends. There are several packages in the villas starting from R600 or R800 per person per night for accommodation only.

Villa Specifications:
•The spacious Afro chic villas are approximately 240m2 in size with 2, 3 and 4 en-suite bedroom options.
•Double volume thatch roof with open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area
•Living room has wood fireplace and folding windowed doors leading onto an expansive deck with breathtaking views
•Large luxurious bedrooms with seating areas,private decks and gas fire places.
•Spacious bathrooms with deep baths, walk in showers and double sinks
•Flat screen TV, DVD player, Telephone (Note – TV Network services not offered)
•Built-in Braai, fully equipped kitchen with microwave and dishwasher completes this premium self-catering accommodation

Cuisine

Jakob Christoffel has joined Gondwana Game Reserve as their new head chef and promises to bring an exciting flair to Gondwana’s fine dining in the Garden Route. Often called "MacGyver in the Kitchen”, JC always knew he would be a chef. “The sights, smells, and social atmosphere of the open markets drew me in. I learned of the terroir philosophy from my uncle; meaning "of the earth" and as translated: to enjoy the food of a region and use what is fresh and in the moment. Creativity comes easily when the food is the star and flavours are in full bloom.”


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Food Philosophy

Today, on any given early morning you will find our chef foraging in the nearby local food markets looking for the best local produce, and then sharing it with other local chefs and creating dishes with them. Community awareness and the sharing of knowledge is a key component of Gondwana Lodge, which JC hopes to encourage further. “I believe fresh, natural food tastes better. I believe in supporting our local organic farmers and those practicing sustainable agriculture. I believe balance in life, nature and food is difficult and worth the effort. I like to pay homage to the great dishes and styles of cooking that have evolved since the beginning of time and put our own little spin on them. I want Gondwana to be a positive force in the lives of the people who become involved with it and improve their lives as a result.”


Chef's Profile

Gondwana 17resizeBorn and educated in George, JC joined his first kitchen, Montego Bay, in 1999 as a trainee chef. Thanks to an opportunity to travel, he left SA for the shores of England and it was here that the real adventure began. After working in various restaurants and studying at the Marco Pierre White Restaurant School in London, JC joined the reality cooking show, Gordon Ramsay F- Word. Winning himself second place, he was offered a job to join Jamie Oliver in London. Three awards later, namely Chef of the year 2011 Jamie´s Italian; and winner of Surrey Gastro-Pub award 2003 and 2004 for Percy Arms … the rest as they say is history.
“My passion is to work with chefs who have not been afforded the same opportunities as me. I would love to be able to share my knowledge, which I have gained working for three of the world´s most renowned chefs.”


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Self Drive Options

Conveniently located in the heart of the Garden Route of South Africa, Gondwana provides the perfect Safari Break for Cape Town visitors wanting to visit a private game reserve.
• 4 hour drive from Cape Town
• 45 minutes from George Airport – Transfers provided (with daily flights from Johannesburg International Airport and Cape Town International Airport)
• 15 minutes (20kms) off the National highway – an easy self drive destination
• 30 minutes (40kms) from the coastal town of Mossel Bay
Directions to Gondwana from Cape Town
GPS Co-ordinates:
Latitude: -34.0894878078209
DMS: -34 ®5’ 22.156”
Longitude: 21.9118881225586
DMS: 21 ®54’ 42.796”
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)
• Park behind the entrance gate and check in with security who will direct you to the 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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George Airport

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