With views stretching for miles across hills framed by the Outeniqua Mountains, the richest temperate flora in the world, and a myriad of rare, critically endangered species, Gondwana Game Reserve on the Garden Route offers two holiday types in one – a big five safari, and spectacular botanical biodiversity
Gondwana Game Reserve has launched a Fynbos Conservation Experience that includes a guided nature walk led by a botanist. Participants help monitor and map various types of the 1000 plants, 118 bird, 29 mammal, and 21 amphibian species co-existing within this 11,000 hectares of pristine wilderness.
Such a hands-on experience provides a chance to learn about the conservation of the rare and endangered Fynbos biome of indigenous flora and fauna. The 2-3-hour activity is offered daily between morning and evening game drives.
Participants will assist experts in their research, learn identification, monitor parameters and geo-map the thousands of Fynbos plant species found on the reserve. The collected data is vital in understanding and recording this vanishing and isolated floral kingdom that only exists along South Africa’s Cape coastal belt. Amazing plants in bloom throughout the year, include the King Protea and many endemic species of birds, insects and antelope.
“This new experience is a natural progression for Gondwana,” says owner Wendy Rutherfoord. “The beauty, diversity and rarity of the Fynbos on the Reserve inspires us all. We needed the right individuals with the expertise and passion to help us … better protect it and share it with our guests. Our Fynbos conservation offering enriches our safaris and makes its conservation more sustainable, a win win.”
This new activity has been added in time for Green Season starting in May, when the Fynbos is in all its glory. The slightly cooler, sun-drenched clear days are ideal for easy walks, hiking or mountain biking in the reserve’s mountains and valleys.
The nearby coastal town of Mossel Bay, just 30 minutes by car, makes for a great day trip and offers whale watching and deep sea fishing tours. From July visitors can watch migratory Southern Right Whales along the coastline and golf enthusiasts will find seven championship courses nearby.
- Gondwana’s Safari Special
R2,475 pppns includes luxury accommodation, three gourmet meals and two daily game drives. Guests must book for twonights; children under six stay free. Those under 12 pay 50% of the rate. The offer is valid from May 1 to August 31, 2019.