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If you’re heading to the Garden Route on an Earthstompers tour, you should consider adding a Garden Route safari to your tour itinerary. South Africa has plenty of great big 5 safari opportunities, the Garden Route being one.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Gondwana Private Game Reserve, close to Mossel Bay, for 2 nights, staying at the newly renovated Kwena Lodge. The lodge is modern and luxurious with the suites imitating the traditional Khoi San ‘huts’. 14 privately situated suites, positioned in a half-moon with an infinity pool in the center offering 180-degree views of the reserve and passing wildlife. The game sightings were spectacular and the fynbos vegetation on the reserve, with the Outeniqua Mountains in the background, makes everything look even more beautiful. I had a wonderful time soaking it all in and relaxing. I loved the dinners; some excellent local dishes at the restaurant, paired with great wines. The highlight of my stay was the quality time in pristine nature and seeing wild animals freely roaming on this beautiful reserve.

See some pictures below of my visit to Gondwana, staying at Kwena Lodge:

The beautiful lodge and food:

The sightings:

I also visited:

Kwena Lodge Villas: Luxury private villas adjacent to Kwena Lodge, perfect for families or groups.

Lehele Lodge Villas: Located 1 – 8 km from Lehele Lodge. Perfect for self-drive families or groups.

Ulubisi House: Exclusive use 3-bedroom house with private butler, chef and ranger.

Add more adventure:

A three night walking trail traversing through Gondwana’s, Cape Floral Kingdom, the Pioneer Trail is the ultimate slack packing adventure where your belongings are moved daily between the two camps, allowing you to experience the dramatic Fynbos landscape with only a light day pack.

Add a safari extension to your Garden Route group tour, or request a safari as part of your Garden Route private tour. Guests joining our 6-day Garden Route & Addo group tour can add a 2- or 3-night safari. The guide will drop you off on the last day of the tour to start your safari!

Greetings from Cape Town,


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