We were a group of 5: 3 high school students and 2 teachers from the U.S. We were looking for a short, two-night safari experience within a reasonable distance from Cape Town. And we found it in Gondwana. The accommodations were so lovely. The huts are nicely appointed in a "luxury African hut motif," if you can imagine that. The staff was very friendly. The food was excellent. We had a lot of fun and adventure on our twice-daily game drives. Our driver's name was "Delicious" and he knew so much about the animals, the flora and the fauna. We saw every animal but the lions, however we were A-OK with that. The lions are free-range, so they do not release them as you get close to them. You have to find them. We did not have the "I have to see a lion or I am not going to like this place" attitude. We really enjoyed all of the varied animals, and relished in our time at Gondwana. It was a do-able drive from Cape Town. We hired a very nice driver, and the trip was relaxing for us. We will return next year when we bring our students back in July. Thank you to all of the friendly staff. And oh yes... I had one of the nicest pedicures ever. What a view!
- 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