My wife and I spent half our honeymoon at Gondwana in one of their Kwena Lodge huts. It was a fantastic experience all around! The hut is amazing, the property is breathtaking, the animals are out and about, and the people are very nice and hospitable.
We had an especially exciting introduction to the reserve. After checking in, we went to our hut for a quick look and then out on a game drive. About a half mile down the road we ran into a pair of elephants. We hung out with them for a bit, took some pictures, and then moved on. Our guide, PG, told us all about the animals on the reserve as we drove around checking them out. As the sun set he decided to take us by one more spot before heading back to the lodge, and lucky for us, we ran into a male lion. We took a bunch of pictures and observed him for a bit and then went back to the lodge. When we got back they told us they normally let folks go back to their huts for a bit before dinner, but the two elephants we ran into earlier on the game drive decided to hang out in the front yard of our hut, so they sent us directly to dinner (about 30 yards from our hut). They served us some wine and a fabulous meal, and we spent a very relaxing evening by a fire in the dining area, popping our heads out the front door from time to time to check out the elephants playing by our hut. They left by the time we finished dinner and we were able to return to our hut.
What a great experience! Both my wife and I can't wait to go back sometime.
- 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