In 2004 owners Mark and Wendy Rutherfoord were drawn to the seaside of Mossel Bay by a beautiful piece of land they now call Gondwana. Formerly cattle and sheep farms the properties were chosen for their conservation value, viability to support wildlife, and desirable setting for tourism.
Today, the 11,000-hectare (26,000 acre) Private Game Park offers a distinctive safari destination home to the Big 5 and abundant herds of wildlife including eland, giraffe, hippo, cheetah and zebra that can be seen on the majestic landscape with awe-inspiring views of the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains in every direction. Indigenous Fynbos vegetation cloaks the undulating valleys, adding vivid colour and interest to a Big 5 Game Viewing and wilderness experience.
This Exclusive Safari Park offers guests attentive service, wholesome African Cuisine, inspiring interiors, expert Game Rangers, and an array of activities including Game Drives, Mountain Biking, Hikes, Africology spa treatments, and the popular Junior Ranger program.
The Gondwana Conservation Foundation (GCF) has been established as a non profit organisation to contribute to the conservation of South Africa’s threatened and endangered wildlife and vegetation relevant to the Southern Cape of South Africa through active management, training and skills development of the local people.
The Southern Cape of South Africa is home to one of the most critically endangered vegetation types on earth (Fynbos) and has a high unemployment rate within the region.
The foundation’s ultimate mission is to use management, education, training and community involvement to create employment for the local community while actively protecting the endangered wildlife and vegetation within the region.
The foundation has created independent initiatives focusing on specific projects. The funding for these initiatives has been ring-fenced allowing for people and organizations to participate in their key area of focus. Each initiative will report back to the foundation and its funders independently.