Staying at Ulubisi Home at Gondwana Recreation Reserve • The Blonde Overseas


I first stayed at Gondwana Recreation Reserve in 2017, in one in all their Kwena Huts, once I moved to South Africa. It was my first African Safari and has held a particular place in my coronary heart ever since.

A lot so, that we convey all of our company on my all-female tours in South Africa right here!

For anybody touring to Cape City or planning to drive the Backyard Route who desires to expertise a safari, Gondwana Recreation Reserve is the proper vacation spot. Positioned a couple of 5-hour drive from Cape City, company can expertise the fun of a Large 5 safari with out having to journey far.

Although I now not dwell in South Africa, we return yearly. Most not too long ago, we introduced our 8-month-old son “dwelling” with us and we couldn’t wait to take him on his first safari.

So, we stayed at Ulubisi Home, Gondwana’s luxurious non-public villa—full with your individual private Butler, Chef, and Subject Information!

Right here’s what it’s like staying at Ulubisi House at Gondwana Game Reserve!

About Gondwana Recreation Reserve

Gondwana Game Reserve is a wide ranging wildlife conservation space positioned within the Western Cape of South Africa. Located within the coronary heart of the well-known Backyard Route, this non-public sport reserve covers roughly 11,000 hectares (27,182 acres) of pristine wilderness and various ecosystems.

It’s a outstanding vacation spot for wildlife fans, nature lovers, and vacationers searching for a singular African safari expertise.

Gondwana is dwelling to all kinds of wildlife, together with the enduring “Large 5” – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros. Along with these majestic creatures, you may as well spot cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, varied antelope species, and an unbelievable array of birdlife.

The reserve’s dedication to conservation has helped restore these species to their pure habitats.

Gondwana Recreation Reserve offers a variety of lodging choices, catering to completely different preferences and budgets. I’ve shared my expertise staying of their Kwena Huts and I’ll give all of the unbelievable particulars of our keep at Ulubisi Home beneath!

About Ulubisi Home

Ulubisi House takes luxurious to a complete new degree. The structure seamlessly blends fashionable sophistication with the uncooked fantastic thing about the African wilderness. My jaw dropped as I entered the villa, which featured panoramic views of the reserve’s charming panorama.

The décor, impressed by native craftsmanship, added an genuine contact to the general ambiance.

My favourite half? The open-plan residing space opens up to an enormous infinity pool overlooking the rolling hills. That is the place we spent our afternoons, lounging underneath the South African solar and taking within the gorgeous surroundings.

The Ulubisi Home Expertise

Ulubisi Home is tucked away within the reserve’s 1000-hectare protected strolling space for endangered species—that means predators can’t entry this specific space.

A vital degree of security when bringing younger kids to a sport reserve!

The property additionally comes with a full employees and twice-daily housekeeping with turndowns. The villa options its personal butler, chef, and subject information and sleeps both 6 adults or 4 adults and 4 kids between three bedrooms.

Your butler helps to prepare and be of service your total keep. No matter you want, he’ll guarantee it’s taken care of. All meals and drinks are inclusive of your keep — and the meals was unbelievable!

We loved three stunning meals, in addition to afternoon tea and snacks, day by day.

The whole expertise was so luxurious and personal, that I couldn’t consider a greater method to expertise safari as a household!

Personal Recreation Drives

One of the particular points of staying at Ulubisi House is having your individual non-public sport car and subject information. As a household with an toddler, this was unbelievable. Sometimes, you go on sport drives at set hours (as soon as within the early morning and as soon as within the late afternoon) in a car with different company.

At Ulubisi Home, you make your individual selections!

Whereas sport drives are finest throughout sure hours of the day, you’re not held to a schedule. Our unbelievable information, Felix, greeted us each morning and afternoon with a smile and introduced a lot pleasure to our expertise. If in case you have the choice, I’d extremely suggest requesting him!

We stayed 2 nights and went on 4 sport drives throughout our keep. We noticed ALL sorts of wildlife together with numerous child animals, a cheetah with a kill, and had an unbelievable encounter with a male lion.

Recreation Drives with Youngsters

In case you are touring with children, notice that kids underneath 2 aren’t permitted on sport drives, and kids underneath 6 aren’t permitted on sport drives with different company.

Which means company at Ulubisi House have the distinctive alternative to “bend” the foundations. As a result of we had our personal non-public car, we had been allowed to do a “baba drive” for our toddler at our leisure within the protected space of the reserve the place there are not any predators (aka lions).

We went out for about 45 minutes (earlier than our deliberate night sport drive) with the infant absolutely anticipating it to final 10 minutes earlier than we would have liked to show again,

However, he completely LOVED it! We bought to see zebra and another VERY particular animals. And, we captured some completely heart-melting images that we’ll treasure for a lifetime.

Staying at Ulubisi Home with a Child

We opted to convey every part our child would wish for his keep (pool float, bottles, child monitor, and many others.) however you possibly can attain out forward of your keep to prepare a cot and highchair.

One factor we knew we’d need to reap the benefits of is their babysitting service.

As a result of sport drives are sometimes early morning (6 am-ish) and late afternoon (4 or 5 pm-ish), and might final 3+ hours, they’re simply not the identical life-changing expertise for younger kids as they’re for us.

Babysitting is R150 per hour and you need to coordinate properly prematurely.

Gondwana was extremely useful in organizing a babysitter for us. She arrived early so we might be certain the infant and ourselves had been comfy with the scenario. We had her watch the infant for all sport drives (4 in complete) throughout our 2-night-stay and I’d do it yet again in a heartbeat.

We bought to expertise unbelievable encounters with lions, elephants, and all types of wildlife, whereas our baby was protected and cared for at Ulubisi Home.

Getting There

Attending to Gondwana Game Reserve from Cape City is a comparatively easy journey, and you’ve got a number of transportation choices. The reserve is located alongside the Backyard Route, making it accessible by street or air. Right here’s how one can attain Gondwana Recreation Reserve from Cape City:

1. By Automotive:

  • Period: The drive from Cape City to Gondwana Recreation Reserve takes roughly 4.5 to five.5 hours, relying on site visitors and the precise location of your place to begin in Cape City.
  • Observe: There are many relaxation stops and padstals (farm stands) alongside the drive so remember to cease steadily to stretch and snack. Our favourite stops from Cape City to Gondwana are Peregrine Farm Stall and Ou Meul Bakkery (there are a number of alongside the drive!).

2. By Air:

  • Period: The closest airport to Gondwana Recreation Reserve is George Airport (GRJ), which is roughly a 1.5 to 2-hour drive from the reserve.
  • Flights: You possibly can ebook a home flight from Cape City Worldwide Airport (CPT) to George Airport (GRJ). A number of airways function flights on this route, together with South African Airways (SAA), Mango, and FlySafair.
  • Observe: Whereas flying is a quicker possibility, renting a automobile lets you discover the attractive Backyard Route area at your individual tempo.

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