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Staying at Ulubisi House at Gondwana Game Reserve • The Blonde Abroad


I first stayed at Gondwana Game Reserve in 2017, in one of their Kwena Huts, when I moved to South Africa. It was my first African Safari and has held a special place in my heart ever since.

So much so, that we bring all of our guests on my all-female tours in South Africa here!

For anyone traveling to Cape Town or planning to drive the Garden Route who wants to experience a safari, Gondwana Game Reserve is the perfect destination. Located about a 5-hour drive from Cape Town, guests can experience the thrill of a Big 5 safari without having to travel far.

Though I no longer live in South Africa, we return every year. Most recently, we brought our 8-month-old son “home” with us and we couldn’t wait to take him on his first safari.

So, we stayed at Ulubisi House, Gondwana’s luxurious private villa!

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

About Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana Game Reserve is a breathtaking wildlife conservation area located in the Western Cape of South Africa. Situated in the heart of the famous Garden Route, this private game reserve covers approximately 11,000 hectares (27,182 acres) of pristine wilderness and diverse ecosystems.

It is a remarkable destination for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, and travelers seeking a unique African safari experience.

Gondwana is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the iconic “Big Five” – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros. In addition to these majestic creatures, you can also spot cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, various antelope species, and an incredible array of birdlife.

The reserve’s commitment to conservation has helped restore these species to their natural habitats.

Gondwana Game Reserve provides a range of accommodation options, catering to different preferences and budgets. I’ve shared my experience staying in their Kwena Huts and I’ll give all the incredible details of our stay at Ulubisi House below!

About Ulubisi House

Ulubisi House takes luxury to a whole new level. The architecture seamlessly blends modern sophistication with the raw beauty of the African wilderness. My jaw dropped as I entered the villa, which featured panoramic views of the reserve’s captivating landscape.

The décor, inspired by local craftsmanship, added an authentic touch to the overall ambiance.

My favorite part? The open-plan living area opens up to a massive infinity pool overlooking the rolling hills. This is where we…

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