Its incredible how many fantastic offers we get during Spring. Its such an amazing time of the year in South Africa. Save ZAR 1 600.00 per person this spring, staying in luxury on a 11 000 hectare private reserve with free roaming big five. Celebrate spring and let your love bloom at Gondwana when you book the Romantic Blossom Package, saving ZAR 7 400.00. Gondwana is the ideal romantic break for couple’s looking to embrace romance. Relax around the pool between game drives or horseback safaris and enjoy the privacy of your own five-star Kwena Hut, with king-size bed, open shower and bath. The rate includes all meals, two game activities per day and luxury accommodation, and is valid now until 15 October 2011. Contact Road Travel today to book your stay, and you might be lucky enough to be treated to a complimentary 30 minute spa treatment in the Kwena Africology Spa.
Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, you will find a beautiful piece of land that will stir your senses. Set on 11,000-hectares, Gondwana Game Reserve holds the distinction of being the only Fynbos reserve in the world with free roaming Big Five game as well as endangered species like the Cape Mountain Zebra, Black Rhinoceros, and Black Harrier among many others. Its breathtaking beauty will sooth and delight you with its endless mountain views and green rolling hills blanketed in colourful fynbos. The reserve is accessibly situated 25 minutes outside the charming coastal town of Mossel Bay and a mere 4 hours drive from Cape Town. It shares the areas’ idyllic climate, second most moderate in the world, and is Malaria-free, offering prime year round game viewing.
The reserve is named after “Gondwanaland”, the original landmass that existed one hundred and twenty million years ago from which Africa was formed. The Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountain ranges that surround the reserve are the last visible evidence of the former Gondwanaland after the continent split to how we know it today.
There are gorgeous deep valleys, ravines, hills, mountains and open plain areas, providing excellent terrain for driving and guided walking safaris. Numerous fountains, streams and dams allow for spectacular settings for viewing hides. The Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountain Ranges overlook the reserve from the North, East, and West providing spectacular backdrops for your wildlife photography and sunset views. The Indian Ocean can also be seen from certain elevated areas on the reserve. Guided horse-back safaris, guided Fynbos walks, fishing and mountain biking are available in the 1000 hectare walking area situated within the reserve, fast becoming Gondwana’s most popular outdoor activities offered within the fully inclusive rate. Safaris are conducted in open game viewing vehicles.
Gondwana Game Reserve has a unique combination of Fynbos and grass plains. Fynbos, the primary vegetation on the reserve, is endemic to the Western Cape region and exists nowhere else in the world, drawing unique bird life and mammals. An abundance of Protea and other wildflowers provide year round enjoyment and color. Fynbos, meaning “fine bush” in Afrikaans is the natural shrubland or heathland vegetation occurring in a small belt of the Western Cape of South Africa, mainly in winter rainfall coastal and mountainous areas with a Mediterranean climate.
The Kwena Huts are a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling. Kwena Camp facilities include a large pool, a chic open-plan lounge and bar, with food and beverage services offered in an elegant and intimate dining room set around open fireplaces, the outdoor boma, or private in room dining. Guests are treated to surprise bush breakfasts, romantic picnics, evening barbecues and scenic sundowner spots. The Khoi San inspired main lodge offers luxuriously appointed private suites overlooking two waterholes across the valley onto the mountains which once formed part of the famous landmass known as Gondwanaland.
Gondwana’s goal is to continue to expand its total conservation area to provide the Western Cape with a large eco-tourism destination for the promotion of indigenous flora and fauna as well as the rehabilitation of wetland areas currently under threat from invasive alien species. Gondwana has already reintroduced the first endangered black rhino to the Western Cape from where they historically occurred. In developing the reserve, every attempt was made to reduce potential impact on the environment. Areas of indigenous vegetation were protected and left untouched. Gondwana’s water supply is completely self-sufficient utilizing its own streams. Strict water usage controls and restrictions are applied to all buildings to preserve this natural resource.