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A mere 25 minutes from Mossel Bay in the Southern Cape and four hours from Cape Town, Kwena lodge can be found on the 11 000 hectare private Gondwana Game Reserve. This is the only fynbos reserve in the world that is malaria-free and is home to free roaming Big Five game.


  • Whereabouts: Near Mossel Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
  • Experiences: Big 5 game drives, bush walks, bird watching, bush dining, African sunsets, Garden Route activities
  • Modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi San dwelling accommodation offering 180-degree views of the mountainous landscape and passing wildlife.

You should know

  • Children over the age of 12 years old is welcomed at the lodge
  • Children 12 years and older pay the full adult rate

The detail

The elegant and luxurious Kwena Lodge is family friendly and ideally located for guests wanting both a safari and Garden Route experience. Gondwana prides itself on providing exceptional service and private, luxurious 5-star accommodation with all the comforts needed for an unforgettable stay.

The Kwena Lodge Suites is a modern and luxurious twist on the traditional Khoi-San circular dwelling – augmented with all the amenities of a modern Luxury Hotel. Each open plan Kwena Room is designed to connect visitors to their beautiful surroundings with 180-degree views and skylights for star gazing. At night, visitors are warmed by the indoor fireplace and relax in a deep bath upon returning from an evening Big 5 Game Drive.

The Kwena Lodge Villas have been praised as the best Family Safari Accommodation in South Africa. Enjoy your own Luxury Bush Home on a Private Big 5 Game Reserve with ample indoor space and an easy-going open-plan design that leads you outdoors to take in your natural surroundings.The spacious Private Villas feature either 2,3, or 4-bedroom configurations, all with en-suite bathrooms, to accommodate your group. Located adjacent to Kwena Lodge, transfers provided to and from Lodge for meals and game drives.

The Luxury Game Lodge facilities includes a large swimming pool, a chic open-plan lounge and bar, a spa that offers rejuvenating Africology treatments, and a reception area with a curio shop.

Rangers take guests on morning and afternoon game drives to try spot the Big Five, as well as the many other creatures on the reserve. Guests can also set out on foot with field guides to learn more about the rich botanical heritage of Fynbos, one of the world’s six floral kingdoms, as well as the smaller animals who inhabit it. The Junior Ranger experience gives children an opportunity to learn more about nature under the guidance of a qualified ranger. Children will receive a fun ranger’s backpack and safari booklet to keep track of their adventures, as well as a Junior Ranger Patch and certificate after completing their ‘training’.

Garden route activities can all be arranged with Gondwana staff, and include golf, surfing, wine tasting, deep sea fishing, shark cage diving, and paragliding.

While home to the Big Five, the reserve provides sanctuary to endangered species, including the cheetah, Cape mountain zebra, and the rare black rhinoceros. Great effort has been made to re-introduce key species such as hippo and giraffe back into the area, which makes for fantastic game viewing. More than ten species of antelope can be found at Gondwana, including kudu, eland, gemsbok, bontebok, and Grey Reebok. The diverse habitats of the reserve make it a popular birding destination. Species spotted include the Denham’s bustard, Blue Crane, African fish eagle, Verreauxs' eagle, Ostrich, Secretary bird, Jackal buzzard, African Stonechat, Cape Grassbird, Malachite Sunbird, Black-crowned night heron, and Bokmakierie. The reserve is home to a healthy population of endemics such as the Cape Sugarbird, Orange Breasted Sunbird, Protea Seedeater, and Black Harrier.

Kwena Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples and families looking for a luxury safari getaway.

Price includes

Accommodation, all meals, and twice daily game drives

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$ 350 USD
$ 350 USD
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Packages that include this lodge

15 Day Cape, Winelands, Whales & Garden Route Adventure
3 nights at More Quarters Hotel with breakfast
2 nights at Mont Rochelle Hotel with breakfast
2 nights at the Marine Hotel with breakfast
3 nights at Gondwana Game Reserve with all meals and two game drives per day
3 nights at Tsala Treetop Lodge with breakfast
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$ 300 USD
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My husband and I had the most fantastic stay here. All the staff were so friendly and happy to help with anything. Our ranger was Felix who was very knowledgeable, friendly and funny. The food was delicious and there was no chance you'd get hungry. We stayed in a Kwena hut which was fabulous. The accommodation was not fenced in which added to the experience. We came back after our first morning game drive to find around 10 zebras grazing on the grass outside our hut!!! We both had treatments in the spa which were excellent - definitely worth it. We saw a family of elephants, white rhinos, giraffes, lions, hippos and heaps of impalas and zebras. Thank you Gondwana for a fabulous experience.
Definitely worth the 4 hour drive from Cape Town although we would liked to have stayed longer. The 3 bed lodge was terrific and high quality with fires in all rooms to take the winter chill off. The staff were great and coped with the 2 hour power shut off by lighting the lodge and restaurant with candles. They even put our electric blankets on the beds so it was very comfortable. Our evening and early morning drives were excellent, we saw rhinos, giraffe, buffalo, cheetah etc. This is a huge estate and the drives are authentic in this strongly conservation based reserve. Our driver Delicious was knowledgeable and clearly one of the better rangers there. Food over dinner and breakfast was also good.
We had the Honeymoon Suite, it is beautiful to look always in the nature. We stayed two nights and never missed a TV. The drives we had were interesting and awesome. We saw four of the Big Five. Our guide Salomon always asked, what we would like to know. The meals were okay...but I have to say, we won the stay there. The breakfast is fantastic. I would com back. It was so relaxing and it is worth to get up early for the first drive. In the morning we saw the best things: I had my morning coffee 30 m far away from the giraffes. :-D
What an absolute gem of a place. Really relaxing and very well organised with very friendly staff and excellent facilities. The game drives are well organised and the game rangers spend a lot of time to ensure you get the opportunity to see the big-5. I was fortunate to see all except the Buffalo but this was only 2-day stay.
It was a great weekend the game drives was stunning we saw all of the big 5 and more! Our game ranger Wayne went out of his way to make every trip special! The accommodation was lovely, clean and more than what we expected!The kids loved the junior ranger trips and we will definitely visit again!
Fede Gregori
I stayed in Gondwana Game Reserve while on the Garden Route and it was a perfect decision. That place is amazing, superb game drives viewing all kind of animals, and excellent staff doing a perfect job.
From the arrival until departure very well cared. The rooms have a lovely view, are spacious and very clean. Ranger very competent and eager to show all animals. Reception very well organised and expecting all guests already.
From the moment we entered the reserve we received incredible customer service and always with a smile. The staff are superb. Particular thanks to Eugene (our ranger) who took care of us across the two days. Great access to the animals. We even saw the lion cubs eating their kill!!!! We had a Kwena Lodge and it was superb.
Hannah Wentzel
What a treat - not only was the accommodation superb both meals and safaris were wonderful. Extremely friendly and welcoming staff! Overall a lovely stay. We came on a school trip and were shocked at just how amazing our stay was. I most definitely be coming back with my family - hopefully very soon!
Excellent hospitality at the Gondwana Reserve. Our guide was funny, helpful and knowledgeable. The hut we stayed in was better than our expectations.. It was well appointed, spacious and comfortable. Good attention to detail and with wifi, We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, though it rained heavily on one day.
Excellent time, accommodation in the lodge was beyond expectations, simply fabulous. Rangers were excellent, particularly Melanie who was informative and enthusiastic and great with the children. And Wayne's talk on the stars one night had us all captivated. Food was very nice and the staff great, location on the garden route, only 4 hours from Cape Town and a non malaria safari made this ideal for us as a family. We have done several safaris as a family and see Gondwana as being one of the leading locations for the future.
Gondwana vastly exceeded my expectations. My stay, while short (only 24hours), was a complete delight. The game drives allowed me to see not only the Big 5, but the complete family- mother father and little ones. The food was great, the setting was like a dream, and even though I was travel alone, I didn't feel self conscious, which was even better. I have already been telling my family and friends. Hope to be back soon!
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Feb 19, 2024
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Smooth booking process. Looking forward to the trip.
Koen Cardon
Feb 17, 2024
Everyone has seemed to care a lot about…
Everyone has seemed to care a lot about my wife and me. Communication has been good via email, especially with the difference of eight hours of time zones.
Lee Easter
Feb 16, 2024
High quality, excellent service, Lisa is fantastic !
Kim Brink
Feb 7, 2024
Excellent trip planning
Sara did such an outstanding job coordinating our trip! I couldn’t have done it without her!!!
Feb 6, 2024
The communication provides…
The communication provides is second to none. Their response rate is amazing, and they had our entire trip planned in just a few days!
Hannah Westbrook
Feb 4, 2024
Dolan was incredible!
Dolan was incredible!
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Feb 2, 2024
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