Gondwana Game Reserve - Garden Route

Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, you will find a beautiful piece of land that will stir your senses…


Gondwana Game Reserve provides an authentic safari experience close to Cape Town. Less than a four-hour drive away, along South Africa’s popular Garden Route, the 11,000-hectare (26,000 acre) private game reserve offers a distinctive and luxurious malaria-free safari with free roaming Big 5 Game. Herds of wildlife including eland, giraffe, hippo, gemsbok, cheetah and zebra can be spotted on the majestic landscape with awe inspiring views of the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains wherever you look. Indigenous Fynbos vegetation cloaks the undulating valleys, adding vivid colour and interest to a Big Five Safari and wilderness experience. This exclusive game reserve offers guests attentive service, delicious cuisine, inspiring interiors, expert game rangers, and an array of activities including game drives, cycling, Africology Spa treatments, and the popular Junior Ranger program.


Deluxe accommodation is offered in Kwena lodge, a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling. 14 open plan suites are nestled into the spectacular surrounds with 180-degree views, sky lights for star gazing, clay pot fireplaces and deep baths to keep you warm upon return from an evening game drive.  Family or group accommodation is ideally provided in 12 spacious and luxurious bush villas (3 and 4 bedrooms), which are privately situated with spectacular uninterrupted views from your expansive deck.


World-class tourist facilities and attractions on Gondwana’s doorstep include championship golf courses at Pinnacle Point, Pezula, Oubaai and Fancourt, great swimming and surfing beaches that offer a variety of activities, and the attractive coastal towns of Mossel Bay, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay… 


This Western Cape game reserve is accessibly situated 25 minutes outside the charming coastal town of Mossel Bay and a mere four hour’s drive from Cape Town. George Domestic Airport is only a 45-minute drive from the game reserve (transfers provided) with daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town International airports. As a Garden Route game reserve, Gondwana shares the route’s idyllic climate, second most moderate in the world, and is Malaria-free, offering prime year round game viewing.



For a stress-melting getaway in one of the most beautiful settings in the country, visit Gondwana Game Reserve in the Garden Route and immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the natural surroundings.

Kwena Lodge

Kwena Lodge offers world-class game reserve accommodation with a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling – augmented with all the luxuries of a modern hotel. Each open plan Kwena Room is designed to make the most of the beauty of its surroundings with 180-degree views and skylights for star gazing. At night, keep warm next to the clay pot fireplace and laze in a deep bath upon arrival from an evening game drive.



The luxury lodge accommodation facilities include a large pool, a chic open-plan lounge and bar, a spa and reception area with curio shop. Gourmet meals are offered in an elegant and intimate dining room set around open fireplaces, the new outdoor covered veranda perfectly placed to soak in the scenery under the shade, and the outdoor African boma.

The spacious bush lodge accommodation 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, the new outdoor covered veranda perfectly placed to soak in the scenery under the shade, and the outdoor African boma. Guests are treated to surprise bush breakfasts, romantic picnics, evening barbecues and scenic sundowner spots.

Well appointed, deluxe, stand-alone bedrooms overlook two waterholes across the valley onto the breathtaking mountains, which once formed part of the famous landmass known as Gondwanaland.

Room specifications:

  • 14 open plan suites with beds centered under skylight with private dressing area behind
  • Spacious bathroom open to bedroom with deep bath, walk in shower and double sinks
  • Option of either Twin or King Size beds available on request
  • Wood Fire Place, private patio, Mini bar, Tea station, Telephone and Safe. Internet access in public areas.
  • Approximately 70m² in size

Bush Villas

Enjoy your own luxurious bush home on a private Big Five game reserve with ample indoor and outdoor space to take in your natural surroundings in the comfort and ease of an open-plan design. Gondwana’s villas have been touted as the best family safari accommodation in South Africa. This is a great alternative for families and groups that wish to have longer stays and flexibility to enjoy the surrounding Garden Route while using Gondwana as a base.

Gondwana’s luxury private bush villas are the ultimate alternative to a Five Star hotel offering complete privacy and awe inspiring views. These luxury self catering bush villas are ideal for families and groups of friends who want longer stays and the flexibility to enjoy the surrounding Garden Route and its top golf courses and beaches using Gondwana as a base. All private villas are situated within a large, safe area which is fenced for freedom of movement and inhabited with plains game. Gondwana is one of the only private game lodges which offers good value and luxurious bush villa accommodation convenient for families and groups of friends.

Villa Specifications;

  • The spacious Afro chic villas are approximately 240m2 in size with 2, 3 and 4 en-suite bedroom options.
  • Double volume thatch roof with open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area
  • Living room has wood fireplace and folding windowed doors leading onto an expansive deck with breathtaking views
  • Large luxurious bedrooms with seating areas,private decks and gas fire places.
  • Spacious bathrooms with deep baths, walk in showers and double sinks
  • Flat screen TV, DVD player, Telephone (Note – TV Network services not offered)
  • Built-in Braai, fully equipped kitchen with microwave and dishwasher completes this premium self-catering accommodation


  • Nearby five-star Lehele Lodge serves gourmet meals and shows sports on big screen TV at the bar. It also boasts a library with computers and an internet connection, as well as expansive outdoor areas featuring an infinity pool overlooking one of Gondwana’s beautiful valleys.
  • Enjoy an afternoon game drive or fynbos walk with one of our expert guides.
  • 1000 hectare protected area available for hiking, fishing and mountain biking.

Nearby Attractions:

The reserve, and our and villa’s, are  accessibly located in the idyllic Garden Route with numerous top seaside garden route golf courses (within 25 to 45 minutes drive from the reserve), charming coastal towns, stunning swimming and surfing beaches, local vineyards, and many adventure sports such as deep sea fishing, shark cage diving, and paragliding. Gondwana’s staff will be happy to organise any of these activities for you.

Safari Specials & Packages

Full Board Package

Couples accommodated in the luxury Kwena Lodge and families accommodated in the deluxe, 3 bedroom Bush Villas. Children Under 6 stay FREE!


Full Board Rate includes the following per overnight stay:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • AM and PM game drive
  • Junior Ranger program for children
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Taxes
  • Free Wi-Fi at the Lodge

Bed, Breakfast & Game Drive Package

All families are accommodated in Bush Villas as they are more suitable for children and groups. Our Full Board and Half board packages are available in the bush villas and we also have the below packages only in our bush villas due to available kitchen facilities if you would like to cater more for yourself. Any a la carte services such as meals and game drives can be booked with at least 24hr notice.




  • Children Under 6 stay FREE
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Afternoon Game Drive including sundowner
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • VAT  

Please note extra meals and game drives can be booked at an additional cost and should be booked in advance of your stay to avoid disappointment.


Book an Africology Spa treatment for R200 or more prior to arrival and receive a R50 discount.

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