Capetonians, if you’ve always wanted to visit a game reserve but feel like the Kruger is much too far to travel on a short schedule then stress not, because there’s a perfectly fabulous option right on your doorstep! Opening in October 2015, Gondwana Game Reserve’s new Eco Camp offers close encounters of the wildlife kind, just a few hours out of Cape Town.

The beautiful 11 000 hectare private game reserve on the Garden Route, is unique because it is the only fynbos reserve in the world where the Big Five roam freely. The reserve already houses luxury accommodation, but for those guests looking for a more tangible and authentic wildlife experience, the new Eco Camp promises a holiday with a difference.

Gondwana Game Reserve lions

But this isn’t just any holiday, it’s an experienced! The six-day / five-night conservation experience at Gondwana Game Reserve’s new Eco Camp will allow guests to participate in wildlife and veld management, learn important bush skills and interpretation, as well as volunteer with the local community. It’s a bush experience like you’ve seen it before! The guys behind this unique offering wanted to offer guests the opportunity to experience a game reserve outside of the traditional safari-type setup – so that they become not just a guest, but a participant.

As for the tents; these aren’t your average tented accommodation; the Eco Camp’s tents are modern, eco-friendly and very comfortable and offer more of a ‘glamping’ experience. The five tents provide single or double accommodation, each with their own en-suite bathroom facilities, set on elevated decks overlooking a grass-covered riverbed. A wooden walkway over the riverbed links the accommodation to a central tent, which houses the lounge, dining space, kitchen area, and a shaded relaxation area with hammocks, outdoor lounge seating, and reservoir pool to jump into after a hard day in the bush.

For more information visit the Gondwana Game Reserve website.