Family fun at Gondwana Game Reserve

As a family-owned wildlife haven on South Africa’s Garden Route, Gondwana Game Reserveencourages children of all ages to enjoy the magic of the great outdoors. Inspired by their own family, owners, Wendy and Mark Rutherford have developed children’s activities and youth focused initiatives that make Gondwana a getaway for the entire family to enjoy.

Junior Ranger Program:
A unique experience for children, Gondwana offers the Junior Ranger Program for young explorers who want to create memories of discovery! Experienced rangers take kids on lively game drives and host interactive activities such as making spoor molds and your own fishing rod. Teaching children about the environment, conservation and the importance of protecting our ecosystem, kids leave with a sense of appreciation for indigenous animals, beautiful birds, colourful fynbos and the star filled sky.

On their journey, the lead ranger fills their backpack with additional amenities including a safari booklet for participants to complete throughout their visit. They’ll look for big and small creatures and local plants while creating a sense of appreciation for the nature that surrounds them. Upon completion, Junior Rangers are rewarded with a certificate, a picture with their guide and a level 1 Junior Ranger patch.

Family fun:
Gondwana offers fun activities for the whole family, in addition to the Junior Rangers Program. Moms, dads and kids can go fishing, enjoy picnic excursions, take a guided hiking tour, go biking or enjoy exhilarating private family game drives.  

If parents also want a break, they can visit the Africology Spa for a relaxing treatment.  If both need a few hours to themselves, babysitting services are conveniently provided at request and even offered in the villa so parents and kids can feel at ease in their own space.

Family private bush villas:
Gondwana provides accommodation for the whole family in the gorgeous 3 and 4 bedroom private bush villas situated in the heart of the reserve. These villas are fully equipped with a variety of amenities providing the ultimate experience in luxury, but with the comforts of home. All the villas offer awe inspiring views and complete tranquility, leaving you feeling restored and at peace in nature.  

The game reserve is located only 35 minutes off of the N2 despite feeling completely remote when on the property.  Gondwana has no light or noise pollution from any neighbours, just an expansive, dark inky sky filled with crystal clear stars.  Families who spend their holiday on the reserve can complement their safari experiences with all the nearby attractions the Garden Route has to offer.   

The Gondwana team will happily organise and accommodate guests who want to add these adventures onto their family trip.

Family packages:
Full board x 2 Game Drives and Junior Ranger Program
Half board x 1 Game Drive and Junior Ranger Program
Bed and Breakfast x 1 Game Drive
A la carte self-catering:  book meals and activities on arrival or before to avoid disappointment

For reservation enquiries at the Gondwana Game Reserve  call +27 (0)21 555 0807 or email: