Mossel Bay|23.42km from downtownWe had 2 nights in Gondwana, over Xmas 2019 with our 6-year-old son. We wanted to be able to see wild animals in a malaria-free setting. The drive in off the road is quite long and on unpaved but graded roads. We were staying in a magnificent family villa, in the "safe" area of the reserve (fenced off from the rest of the reserve, and with no dangerous animals inside) because of the age of our son. This meant a 10-12 min drive to the lodge for meals, and safari trips. This was not a hardship, as we saw wonderful animals even on this short journey each time. The villa was astonishing, 5-star doesn't do it justice. The best part was that on full board, you can choose to have lunch or dinner in the villa, as a picnic-style or BBQ (braai), with everything supplied from the lodge by the team and placed in the villa while you are out on safari. The main event though is the safari, and I cannot speak highly enough of the guide we had. Kayla took us on each of the drives and it was fantastic for all of us. The guides are informed, they all seem to care deeply about the game reserve and the animals, and no matter how many times they must have done the same thing they find a way to make you feel like it is the first time to see everything. We had wonderful close-up experiences with elephant, hippo (on land and in water), buffalo, lion, giraffe, rhino, and baboons, as well as tons of zebra, wildebeest and other antelope. The other staff were also very friendly and did a very good job looking after us despite being at work and not with their families on Xmas day. Gondwana reserve is not cheap, it is in the "trip of a lifetime" category, but it was worth the money, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.