A friend and I were in South Africa for the first time. We were traveling around the Western Cape seeing all the cool things around there but also wanted to see some game which is how we found Gondwana. It certainly was the right choice because traveling up north to Krueger would have not been worth it given what we experience there.
From an accommodation perspective the place had everything someone needed or could have hoped for. We stayed at one of the Villas which has three bedrooms, a large kitchen, living room, and two terraces. The place was very luxurious, had neat finishes, and amazing views. The bed even had the ability to be heated. Shower and bathroom were outstanding and had good water pressure. Some can hardly imagine given that it was far away from civilization.
The food was all included in the price and outstanding. Breakfast had everything one could have hoped for warm and cold. Lunch and dinner were either 3/4 course meals or a typical braai down outside by the pool area under the stars. Drinks we also included in the price. They mention local drinks which essentially covers all the non-alcoholic stuff, beers, and a red and white house wine. Other wines were available for an extra charge but the house ones were enough for us.
The best piece though was the service we received. All the game reserve staff was super friendly and accommodating. It felt like we were part of a big family. Our ranger was Julian who picked us up for the two game drives (one at 7am and the other one at 4pm) and drove us around when we needed to get to and from the house to the main area where the restaurant and pool were.
Going to the game reserve obviously means that one wants to see some game. The reserve currently has all the big 5 game there and is expanding its animal base further. On our 3 drives we were able to pretty much see everything there except for the lions who were in hiding. It was however the wrong time of year though.
The bottom line is that I will return with my wife next time I am going to the Cape again. While the place is not cheap you get what you pay for and unlike with other places it is essentially all your are going to pay. So at least one knows where one is at.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gondwana Game Reserve provides the perfect safari break less than 4 hours drive from Cape Town and 45 minutes from George airport along South Africa’s popular Garden Route. The 11,000 hectare private game reserve offers a distinctive malaria-free safari experience in a spectacular mountain and Fynbos landscape adding vivid colour and interest to a Big Five wilderness experience. This exclusive reserve offers guests attentive service, superb cuisine, inspiring interiors, expert game rangers and a fun Junior Ranger Program for the kids. Kwena Lodge boasts 14 Khoi-San inspired Kwena Rooms. Each open plan suite is nestled into its spectacular surrounds with 180-degree views of the spectacular surrounds overlooking 2 waterholes where elephant frequent. The rooms offer sky lights for star gazing, clay pot fireplaces and deep baths to keep you warm upon return from an evening game drive. The spacious lodge 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gondwana Game Reserve Hotel Mossel Bay