Kwena Lodge | Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana Game Reserve Kwena Lodgeis a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San dwelling. Each open plan suite is nestled into its spectacular surrounds with 180-degree views, sky lights for star gazing, clay pot fireplaces and deep baths to keep you warm upon arrival from an evening game drive.

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 or in the outdoor boma. Guests are treated to surprise bush breakfasts, romantic picnics, evening barbecues and scenic sundowner spots.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

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Rates are quoted in South African Rand, inclusive of VAT 15%
• Rates exclude Gondwana Game Reserve’s Conservation Levy. The 2019 Conservation Levy is R300 per adult per stay and R150 per child under 12 per say in addition to the quoted rates. The 2020 Conservation Levy is R350 per adult per stay and R175 per child under 12 per stay in addition to the quoted rates. Please see page 5 for an explanation of the Reserve’s Conservation levy. Please note these fees are subject to change with notification and billed in advance and non-commissionable.
• Soft and alcoholic beverages are not included in the rates except on game drives. This excludes stays at Ulubisi house of which local beverages are included in the rate.
• Single supplement rates apply to Kwena Lodge Accommodation only. No single supplement is charged in the Villa accommodation if 2 or more adults are sharing. Single supplement rates apply at the Tented Eco Camp for adult and children single pax who request not to share a tent.
• Kwena Lodge suites can be split from King beds into twin beds in 7 of the 14 rooms.
• Families and groups are accommodated in the Villas for their comfort and convenience. No children under 12 are accommodated in Kwena Lodge.
• Full Board rate includes accommodation, 2 game drives daily, dinner, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, Junior Ranger Program and mountain biking.
• Half Board rate includes accommodation, 1 afternoon game drive, dinner, breakfast, afternoon tea, Junior Ranger Program and mountain biking.
• Minimum 2 nights length of stay in Kwena Lodge and all Villas for the following period: 19/04/2019 – 23/04/2019 and 20/12/2019 - 15/01/2020, 08/04/2020 - 14/04/2020, 23/12/2020 – 15/01/2021 and 01/04/2021 - 06/04/2021
• Half Board rates will not b bookable over the following period: 19/04/2019 – 23/04/2019, 20/12/2019 - 15/01/2020, 08/04/2020 - 14/04/2020, 23/12/2020 – 15/01/2021 and 01/04/2021 - 06/04/2021
• Airport Transfers can be arranged at an additional charge and must be pre booked via our reservations department.

CHILDREN’S POLICY

Pricing
• Children 0 - 5 years of age stay free of charge when sharing with two full paying adults.
• Children 6 – 11 years of age pay 50% of full adult rate regardless of whether they stay in their parent’s room or occupy another room in the Villa.
• Children 12 years and older pay the full adult rate.
• Babysitting in your villa is available at an hourly rate of R150, and needs to be pre-booked to avoid disappointment.

Game Drives
• Children under age of 6 not permitted on Game Drives, only on a private vehicle.
• Children under the age of 2 years old are not permitted on a Game Drive for their own safety.
• A private vehicle can be reserved at additional cost of R3000 per day, to facilitate children from 2 - 6 years of age on Game Drives, should the family require this. This option is only bookable 48 hours prior to arrival and is subject to availability.
• The Lodge Team will, upon check-in, endeavour to facilitate young family Game Drives at no additional charge for families with children aged 4 – 6 years of age.

The Junior Ranger Programme
• Is complimentary for all Full Board and Half Board guests with children.
• With a dedicated children’s guide, the program includes educational Game Drives and interactive conservation activities.
• The younger children’s activities will be based mainly around the lodge to stay closer to parents.
• On arrival, families will be informed about the Junior Ranger program and their ranger will enquire about any special requests, dietary, babysitting or otherwise.
• Children will receive a fun Ranger’s backpack and cool safari booklet to fill in throughout their stay. During game drives and other activities with their ranger, kids will be taught how to identify mammals, birds, Fynbos species, and even stars. They will gain a greater understanding of conservation and our precious eco systems.

Additional Family information
• Families are booked into Fynbos Villas and Bush Villas for their convenience (cots are available on request).
• Villa rates are per person.
• Various beds in the villas can be split into a twin configuration.
• Children’s menus are available for lunch and dinner. Please do advise the Reservations Team of any specific dietary requirements so that we may accommodate them.
• If parents wish to have dinner at the lodge without their young children, babysitting and in-room dining can be arranged in the Villas. Parents’ meals can also be delivered to the villa, though our chefs would prefer you to experience Gondwana’s cuisine first hand in the lodge dining areas.
• Villa picnic baskets are available as a lunch alternative for families, as well as fishing picnics subject to availability.
Traveling on the N2 From Cape Town or George, take the R327 turn off to Herbertsdale / Mosdustria (on the Cape Town side of Mossel Bay). Travel 14.5kms on the R327 to the sign posted turn off to Gondwana Game Reserve. Go over the cattle grid and keep right at the fork in the dirt road. The Gondwana entrance gate will be on this road (3.2km from fork). Gondawana Game Reserve is 4hrs drive from Cape Town and 45 min drive from George Airport.

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.

  • 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

Amenities

  • 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.

Game Drives conducted in open Land Rovers

  • Morning and evening safaris are included in your stay with gourmet breakfast treats in the morning or delicious h’or derves and sundowners in the evenings
  • Day visitors can also book morning or evening drives with or without a bush meal (brunch or dinner) – snacks and drinks included

Horse Back Safaris

  • Horse Back Safaris on Gondwana’s specially bred Shire cross trail horses – “gentle giants”
  • Overnight guests are welcome to alternate their game drive with a horse ride in the reserve’s 1000 hectare walking area
  • Day visitors can also book morning or evening rides with or without a bush meal (brunch or dinner) in the reserve’s 1000 hectare walking area

Bird Watching

  • Gondwana has over 300 species of birds in its general region, many of which are endemic and only found in this part of South Africa, such as the Cape Sugarbird and Orange Breasted Sunbird
  • Frequent sightings of endangered Black Harriers on the reserve are a real treat for bird enthusiasts

Guided Nature Trails and Fynbos Walks

  • Walk unnoticed with your game ranger into close proximity to black rhino and elephants and truly appreciate these spectacular animals
  • Walk with our Fynbos experts and enjoy one of the world’s six Floral Kingdoms, Gondwana being the smallest and richest per area unit in the world.

Situated 60km west of George and only 30km from Mossel Bay on the Indian Ocean, Gondwana Game Reserve´s setting in the idyllic Garden Route is easily accessible by car.

  • hours drive from Cape Town
  • 3 hours from the Cape Winelands
  • 45 minutes from George International airport
  • Daily domestic flights to and from George Airport to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban international airports
  • Private plane charters can be arranged to George or Mossel Bay airports
  • Helicopter transfers can be arranged directly to the game reserve

Lehele Lodge Western Cape Functions Venue

Lehele boasts experienced staff who will not only tailor-make your function but will also handle all the logistics from the décor, media needs, office support, catering and guest entertainment to all the little extras that will make the event unforgettable such as game drives in the Big 5 reserve, wine tastings, 4×4 driving course, or a bush picnic or braai.

With its cool organic style and warm African flavours, Lehele Lodge is ideal for high-end functions and comprises of an interconnected luxury lounge, boutique bar, library and flexible dining area where conference facilities are offered as well as back of house offices for any administrative needs. The outdoor areas include an infinity pool, boma deck area, which has been nicknamed “the party pit”, and ample outdoor seating for meals and sun downers. The lodge offers all modern conveniences such as wireless Internet access, cellular reception, built-in sound system and multi-media capabilities.

The contemporary conference centre boasts:

  • Large wooden 5 meter long table seating 18 delegates boardroom style
  • Break away areas (indoor and out with tables and chairs)
  • State of the art technology including hi-definition data projector
  • Custom sized white projector screen
  • High clarity sound system including microphone
  • 54 inch flat screen TV
  • Floor to ceiling glass folding doors leading onto outdoor deck with black-out curtains
  • 2 x Apple Mac Flat Screen computers
  • Wireless internet connectivity
  • Back of house office support
  • Ceiling Fans in all areas
  • 2 x fireplaces
  • Rates are quoted per person sharing per night.
  • Rates are inclusive of VAT 
  • Half board rates include Includes daily: dinner, breakfast, afternoon tea and game drive, Junior Ranger program
  • Full board Rate Includes daily: 3 meals, afternoon tea, 2 game drives, Junior Ranger program
  • Rate excludes conservation levy of R250 per person per stay
  • A maximum of two adults are accommodated in a Kwena Lodge Room.

Payment Policy

  • To secure your booking, we require a 50% deposit on confirmation and the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.
  • For bookings made less than 30 days prior to arrival, full payment is required on confirmation

Kwena Rooms (14 Rooms)  Stand alone bedroom
  suites - max 2 adult pax, no
  children, (adult = 12 years and older)
Children under the age of 12 years old may not stay in Kwena Lodge as the rooms are separate and do not cater for families
Babysitting facilities are offered ta R150/ sitter/hr.
There exists an option of a sole use vehicle at R3630 per day to facilitate children under 6 on game drives should the family require this.
Children under age of 6 not permitted on game drives.

Game Lodges Policy:
Children: 0 - 5 years of age
   Stay free of charge only when sharing with two full paying adults, meals charged on consumption
Children: 6 - 11 years of age
  Pay 50% of the adult sharing rate when sharing with two full paying adults
  Full adult rate applicable if occupying their own room
Children: 12 years & older
  Occupy their own room and pay full adult rate
Where a child shares with 1 adult the adult sharing rate applies.
At Game Lodges, children under the age of 12 years will be accommodated on special children's game drives. This is subject to availability and at the discretion of the lodge manager.

Cancellation Policy 

  • If a cancellation is made 31 days or more prior to arrival – 0% cancellation fees apply
  • If a cancellation is made 30 days or less prior to arrival, full cancellation fees apply
Group Cancellation Policy
  • If a cancellation is made 46 days or more prior to arrival – 0% cancellation fees apply.
  • If a cancellation is made 45 days or less prior to arrival, full cancellation fees apply.
  • If number of Pax travelling within a group is reduced within 30 days prior to arrival, there will be no charge.
Check in time is from 14h00 and check out time is by 11h00 across all room types.

ITINERARY - Our daily itinerary is as follows:
OCTOBER – APRIL
Full board basis

  • Lunch 13:00-14:00
  • Check in to room 14:00
  • High Tea 16:00
  • Afternoon game drive 16:30
  • Dinner from 18:30-21:30
  • Morning Game Drive 6:00
  • Breakfast from 08:30-10:30
  • Departure 10:00

Half board basis

  • Lunch 13:00-14:00 – Not included in the package booked (additional cost)
  • Check in to room 14:00
  • High Tea 16:00
  • Afternoon game drive 16:30
  • Dinner from 18:30-21:30
  • Morning Game Drive 6:00 – Not included in the package booked (additional cost)
  • Breakfast from 08:30-10:30
  • Departure 10:00

MAY – SEPTEMBER
Full Board basis

  • Lunch 13:00-14:00
  • Check in to room 14:00
  • High Tea 15:30
  • Afternoon game drive 16:00
  • Dinner from 18:30-21:30
  • Morning Game Drive 6:30
  • Breakfast from 08:30-10:30
  • Departure 10:00

Half Board basis

  • Lunch 13:00-14:00 – Not included in the package booked (additional cost)
  • Check in to room 14:00
  • High Tea 15:30
  • Afternoon game drive 16:00
  • Dinner from 18:30-21:30
  • Morning Game Drive 6:30 – Not included in the package booked (additional cost)
  • Breakfast from 08:30-10:30
  • Departure 10:00
 VALID: 01/02/2019 – 30/04/2021
ACTIVITIES Per Adult Duration Children 6 - 12 Private
Vehicle
Game Drive
* 2 drives included in full board
* 1 drive included in half board
R660 Approx. 3 hours R330 N/A
Family Fishing Picnic R240 Approx. 2 hours R150 N/A
Guided Walks R360 Approx. 2 hours no children
under 12
N/A
Fynbos Conservation Experience R360 Approx. 2 hours no children
under 12
N/A
Mountain Biking
*various trails on offer, see trail map.
6 adult bikes and
2 children’s bikes.
complimentary Approx. 2 hours N/A N/A

Please note
• All rates are inclusive of VAT at 15%.
• All rates are per person per activity.
• Conservation levies per person not included.
• Reserve your activities prior to arrival to avoid disappointment.

Game Drives
• Each drive includes beverage and snack on drive and Afternoon Tea prior to evening Game drive.
• Minimum of 2 persons per Game Drive, maximum of 10.

Tented Bush SPA
• Located at Kwena Lodge with 2 treatment rooms.
• Utilises Africology products. Treatments range from facials, body wraps, waxing, massage, manicures and pedicures.
• Kiddies treatments on offer: facials, massage, manicure and pedicures.

Bass Fishing
• There are two dams that one can fish at in the 1200 hectare Protected Endangered Species Area. The entire area is fenced from dangerous game.
• Strict catch and release policy applies.
• Includes basic fishing gear and a soft beverage.
• Children 4 years and older are welcome. Maximum 4 persons.
• Guests can order a picnic as a lunch option whilst fishing.
• Guests will be charged when on Half Board basis. Picnic lunches to be pre-arranged prior.

Guided Fynbos Walks
• Walks are conducted in the 1200 hectare Protected Endangered Species Area. The entire area is fenced from dangerous game.
• Includes soft beverage.
• No children under the age of 12 years old permitted on guided walks with a maximum of 6 persons – excluding guide.
• Our Fynbos biome is unique and spectacular to walk through, guests will be introduced to the fascinating plants and their life cycles, as well as endemic birds and animals that reside in the fynbos areas on Gondwana.

**NEW
Fynbos Conservation Experience
The Fynbos experience is conducted in different monitoring zones throughout the reserve lead by our resident botanist.
Guests will assist in identifying, recording, monitoring and geo-mapping Fynbos species on the reserve. Guests will collect scientific data and be introduced to live conservation and bio-diversity projects on the Reserve. Participants will gain a greater understanding of Fynbos and the diversity of life that exists within this critically endangered biome. The activity is two to three hours in duration with some walking required.

Mountain Bikes
• COMPLIMENTARY OFFERING.
• Located in the 1200 hectare Protected Endangered Species Area. The entire area is fenced from dangerous game.
• We offer 4 routes starting from the activity shed where the bikes are housed:
 o Red Route – Novice rider 7.44km’s
 o Blue Route – Novice rider 8.62km’s
 o Green Route – Advanced rider 10.4km’s
 o Orange Route – Advanced rider 12.4km’s
• Please make bike reservations in advance to ensure availability.
• Unguided rides on demarcated routes for a maximum of 6 adult riders and 2 children, (6 adult bikes and 2 children’s bikes).

The Junior Ranger Programme
• Is complimentary for all Full Board and Half Board guests with children.
• With a dedicated children’s guide, the program includes educational Game Drives and interactive conservation activities.
• The younger children’s activities will be based mainly around the lodge to stay closer to parents.
• On arrival, families will be informed about the Junior Ranger program and their ranger will enquire about any special requests, dietary, babysitting or otherwise.
• Children will receive a fun Ranger’s backpack and cool safari booklet to fill in throughout their stay. During game drives and other activities with their ranger, kids will be taught how to identify mammals, birds, Fynbos species, and even stars. They will gain a greater understanding of conservation and our precious eco systems.
• see children’s policy pg 2
Gondwana Game Reserve is the ultimate boutique venue for weddings with luxury amenities, attentive service, stylish interiors, and gourmet cuisine located in a spectacular natural landscape.
  •  A weekend wedding itinerary can be planned and facilitated by our team. Our Events coordinator often works hand in hand with the couple’s wedding planner to customize every last detail.
  •  For wedding for 60 pax or more, the Bride and groom receive 2 nights complimentary luxury accommodation.
  •  Kwena Lodge has 2 Honeymoon Suites.
  •  Our Honeymoon package includes:
        o Accommodation in Honeymoon Suite
        o Private dining / bush picnic or outdoor dinner for 2 pax (weather dependent)
        o Complimentary sparkling wine on arrival
        o Complimentary neck, back and shoulder massage to the value of R350 for her and him
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