Fodor's Expert Review Gondwana Lodge

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Montagu, Western Cape, South Africa

Within easy striking distance of the best game-viewing areas and overlooking the Bellair Dam, Gondwana Lodge marries contemporary design with traditional thatched, Karoo-style architecture and is unashamedly family-friendly. The layout is fresh and funky, with a grassed inner garden that invites impromptu cricket matches, as well as an outdoor pool with a shallow area for children. There's also a playroom, babysitting for the under-fours, and a "Kids on Safari" program. Each of the rooms has either a private deck or, if on the first floor, a balcony with a commanding view. Meals focus on traditional South African cuisine with a twist. A specialty is lamb shank and mashed potato, which is typical Karoo cuisine.

PROS

  • staff are attentive and accommodating
  • lots of options for kids
  • on-site spa

CONS

  • stairs to the upper level are steep
  • not ideal for couples looking for a secluded stay
  • not ideal for couples because very family-orientated
  • not ideal for a secluded stay

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Family, Green, Views
Casual
Remote
Design
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 028-572–9914 | 021-010–0028

HOTEL DETAILS

12 rooms
Rate Includes: All meals

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