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is located close to Mossel Bay
in the Garden Route
area of the Western Cape
in South Africa
At 110 square kilometres, the Gondwana Game Reserve is one of the most substantial wildlife reserves in this area. It is a very scenic area of open valleys and undulating hills set against a backdrop of distant mountains. Much of this area was farmed and the present owners have done a great deal of re-wildification work, with the removal of invasive plants and restoration of the indigenous fynbos vegetation. The area has been fenced and stocked with a wide range of animals including (lions, buffaloes, elephants, rhinos, leopards, elands, giraffes, hippos, cheetahs and zebras.
The reserve contains four safari lodges, around a dozen self-catering villas and five residential areas with private houses.
Set on elevated ground in the heart of the reserve, Kwena Lodge is a relatively upmarket facility which offers the best 'big five' wildlife experience on the Garden Route and, being in a non-malarial, is particularly attractive for families with small children.
The lodge is centred on a large main building with bar, lounge and dining areas, leading out to a swimming pool. Guest accommodation is in a total of 14 very comfortable dome-thatched rooms.
Activities are centred on vehicle safari and hiking on the property, including special programmes for young children. Back at the lodge spa treatments area available, whilst further afield there are options for golf, whale-watching, surfing and palaeontology at the famous Mossel Bay sea caves.
The main potential downside is the lack of a sense of wilderness due to the reserve being fenced, stocked, surrounded by farmland and busy with development.