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Pioneer Trail at Gondwana

Gondwana is an 11 000-hectare private game reserve set at the foot of the picturesque Langeberg and Outeniqua mountains.  Gondwana is home to the Pioneer Trail, offering an incredible 3-night, 4-day hiking expedition through the wilderness. Two full days of trekking with expert, armed hiking guides will have you in awe of magnificent landscapes, roaming wildlife, and intricate plant life. Camp assistants and guides ensure your safety and comfort throughout the expedition as you hike 10 km each day along exclusive footpaths and remote trails.

 

With tented accommodation, meals, and baggage transfers all taken care of, all you need to do is soak in natures beauty. Hiking expeditions are seasonal running from October through April, with set departures on a Monday and Thursday.

 

On arrival at Gondwana Game Reserve, hikers are provided with necessary day packs, water bottles, and duffel bags in which to pack overnight necessities for the hiking expedition. The Trails Team will transfer guests to the first night’s camp, stopping for sundowners along the way. This way guests start their expedition with a traditional Big 5 game drive in specialized 4×4 safari vehicles and get a taste of what lies ahead. Evenings are a culinary celebration besides crackling fires, under a canopy of stars.

 

Day two and three of the expedition start with a hearty breakfast before setting out for a day of hiking with scenic rest stops and possible swimming opportunities. On arrival at the next camp, your overnight luggage will be waiting for you and you can simply put your feet up,  enjoy afternoon tea and unwind. Wake-up to a hearty camp fry-up before heading back to the main lodge on a 4-wheel game drive for check out on your last day.

 

Gondwana’s Pioneer Trail is the ultimate slackpacking expedition, providing a thrilling, yet safe immersion into the wild.

Activities

  • Game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Picnic
  • Guided nature walks
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  • Bush skills
  • Swimming
  • Stargazing
  • Trekking
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Highlights

  • Picturesque Garden Route location
  • Big 5 sightings
  • Slack-packing
  • Armed hiking guides
  • Eco Camp

Closest airport

  • George – 64km
  • Cape Town International – 368km

Children policy

Children 12 years and older are welcome.

Included

Tented accommodation, all meals, and select local beverages, daily activities as per itinerary, and luggage transfer between camps.

Excluded

Transfers to and from Gondwana Game Reserve and gratuities.

Seasons

High: 01 October – 31 May

Terms & conditions

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 50% applicable

Accommodation Options

Tented Camp

Sleeps 2 Adults

Submerge yourself in the beautiful surroundings at three eco-friendly, solar-powered tented camps. The camps comprise four en-suite tents hosting a maximum of 8 guests. The exclusive nature of the expedition makes for an intimate wildlife experience Read more With its modern touches, choice linen, elegant draping, and towels provided, Less

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

High Season R12 750 per person, 3 nights

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Getting there

By Road

The reserve is a 50-minute drive from George, or a 4-hour drive from Cape Town, both on the scenic N2 highway through the Garden Route from which you will take the R327 to the reserve.

 

Flying

Flights from all major centres in South Africa to George airport.

 

Flight Duration

  • Cape Town to George: 50 minutes
  • Johannesburg to George: 2 hours
  • Durban to George: 1 hour 50 minutes