Visiting Gondwana Game Reserve

Posted by on January 28, 2018

We were treated to a two day stay at Gondwana Game Reserve where  we experienced exciting game sightings, delicious food, beautiful views and wonderful companionship.  Nicky and Jon were the perfect hosts;  gracious, attentive, and willing to share their experiences of Gondwana  for which we are very grateful.

Our hosts: Nicky and Jon Rutherfoord

This Eden  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.

Gondwana Private Game Reserve provides an authentic African Safari Experience less than a two-hour drive from Knysna, the 11,000-hectare (26,000 acre) Private Game Park offers a distinctive and luxurious malaria-free Safari Holiday destination with free-roaming Big 5 Safari Animals (lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino, and leopard). Herds of wildlife including eland, giraffe, hippo, cheetah and zebra can be seen on the majestic landscape with awe-inspiring views of the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains in every direction.

The fynbos covered hillsides of Gondwana

Indigenous Fynbos vegetation cloaks the undulating valleys, adding vivid colour and interest to a Big 5 Game Viewing and wilderness experience. This Exclusive Safari Park offers guests attentive service, wholesome African Cuisine, inspiring interiors, expert Game Rangers, and an array of activities including Big 5 Game Drives, Mountain Biking, Hikes, Africology spa treatments, and the popular Junior Ranger program.

Magical accommodation offered by the hotel

 

 

Gemsbok in the distance

 

Large herd of Eland

The Gondwana Conservation Foundation (GCF) has been established as a non profit organisation to contribute to the conservation of South Africa’s threatened and endangered wildlife and vegetation relevant to the Southern Cape of South Africa through active management, training and skills development of the local people.

The Southern Cape of South Africa is home to one of the most critically endangered vegetation types on earth (Fynbos) and has a high unemployment rate within the region.

The foundation’s ultimate mission is to use management, education, training and community involvement to create employment for the local community while actively protecting the endangered wildlife and vegetation within the region.

The foundation has created independent initiatives focusing on specific projects. The funding for these initiatives has been ring-fenced allowing for people and organizations to participate in their key area of focus. Each initiative will report back to the foundation and its funders independently.

The foundation’s fundamental point of difference is the feedback to the donors allowing the donors to know exactly where their funds have gone to and what has been achieved.

The foundation uses cutting edge technology and social media platforms for this communication. Click here to go to Gondwana Conservation Foundationwebsite.

The Gondwana Conservation Foundation (GCF) focuses on the rehabilitation and promotion of biodiversity for all ecosystems within the Cape Floristic Kingdom. The Cape Floristic Kingdom is the smallest and most critically endangered of all the floristic kingdoms. These critically endangered vegetation types and wetlands are under severe pressure with the invasion of alien vegetation.

The GCF has a long term goal of eradicating all alien vegetation in the Southern Cape of South Africa.

Key Areas of Flora Focus

  • Removal of alien vegetation
  • Water conservation within Wetland Systems
  • Sustainable fire management with in the region
  • Erosion control
  • Gondwana Conservation Foundations Land Restoration Program

GCF is embarking on an eight to ten year restoration program on Gondwana Game Reserve and the immediate surrounding area through the removal of all Alien vegetation species and the rehabilitation of disturbed land as a result of the infestation.

Key objectives of the Flora project

  • Job creation
  • Alien removal (primary: wattle and secondary: Port Jackson & Hakia)
  • Wetland rehabilitation
  • Land rehabilitation
  • Erosion Control
  • Removal of unwanted biomass regarding fire management
  • The project incorporates numerous role players including Gondwana, SAN Parks, Cape Nature, Fire Protection Association, Provincial Government and the private sector.

 

Preservation of the Cape Floristic Kingdom

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