Our stay in the rooms were awesome, great room, open shower and bath, comfortable beds and great service from the staff. Thats the great part about it. Obviously Gondwana is a growing lodge, and if you are expecting to see game, you'd be disappointed at this stage, they have 11000 hectares, and i personally dont think or saw they have enough of game for it. Maybe in 5 years time as they will be purchasing game over the next few years. Free roaming lions can eat 3000kg of meat each, and Gondwana has 7 (from What we could tell). They also had sever bad luck in 3 or 4 of their rhinos dying of natural causes. Apparently their rangers also could not tell us the numbers of their animals, they say for poaching reasons, but other lodges had no qualm quoting numbers. They advertise to see the big 5, I'll be honest you'd have to be there a year to get to see them, the ranger that took us has never even seen the leopard they claim To have and we went looking for their buffalo in an enclosure but could not find them. I am a hardened South African from the north, and am not naive as to think you'll see all the animals in 1 go, having lived near the Kruger for all my life, if just never seen so little amount of animals on a paid for game drive before. Gondwana obviously need the funds to grow, so dont miss it on your trip. Experience their growth and enjoy their facilities, their service and i bet in 5 years from now they are going to be THE place to be!
- 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