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Kwandwe Game Reserve

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a world-class Big Five safari experience in 22,000 hectares of malaria-free wilderness, and is renowned for understated luxury, exquisite scenery and varied wildlife.

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Kwandwe Game Reserve

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Kwandwe Game Reserve

Kwandwe Uplands Homestead

Kwandwe Game Reserve

Kwandwe Melton Manor

Kwandwe Game Reserve

Kwandwe Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

Big 5 Game Viewing and Luxury Accommodation

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve lies in the heart of South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape near Grahamstown. 22,000 hectares of farmland in the Great Fish River region have been restored and restocked with African wildlife.

Today, thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo, leopard and elephant roam this diverse and fascinating reserve. Kwandwe also offers some of the most magnificent cheetah sightings in Africa.

Kwandwe, meaning 'Place of the Blue Crane' in Xhosa, is also home to a population of these rare, highly endangered birds (the blue crane is South Africa's national bird).

Experienced rangers and Xhosa trackers lead guests on interpretive, twice-daily game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Morning game drives depart before breakfast, as dawn is breaking over the reserve. Afternoon drives depart late afternoon, and include a sundowner stop in a scenic location. Guests return to the lodge with the aid of a spot-light to search out elusive nocturnal creatures such as porcupine, aardvark or even aardwolf.

Inbetween game drives, guided leisurely bush walks in Kwandwe's pristine wilderness can also be arranged, bringing you face-to-face with wild Africa at its best.

Suite at Great Fish RiverThere are 4 lodges on the Kwandwe Reserve, and each cater for the luxury traveller who wants to get away.  Ecca Lodge is relaxed, modern and trendy, and Great Fish River is set along the lush green banks of the river after which it is named.  Melton Manor is a contemporary frontier farmhouse with a modern touch, and the Uplands Homestead is available for the sole use of families and parties of up to 6. 

Children are welcome at all lodges, but they must be over 12 years old to stay at Great Fish River.

 

 
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Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
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Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 8 ratings

The lodge is airy, with barely a barrier between indoors and the African bushveld. The 6 suites each features private plunge pools, an en-suite bathroom with spacious, plate glass-enclosed shower, bath, and twin hand-basins, as well as a sitting area which can comfortably convert into accommodation for children 11 years and younger.

 

 

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
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Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 11 ratings

Set along the steep banks of the Great Fish River, this extraordinary safari lodge affords spectacular views of the wild yet gentle African landscape.The 9 air-conditioned and elegant thatched stone and glass suites feature floor-to-ceiling doors which fold back to reveal uninterrupted wilderness vistas.

 

 

Kwandwe Uplands Homestead

Safari Lodge

Antiques and memorabilia reminiscent of an 1820s Settler home elegantly blend with comfortable, modern finishes. Three air-conditioned, spacious bedrooms each have en-suite bathrooms and private terraces.

 

 

Kwandwe Melton Manor

Safari Lodge

The 4 en-suite bedrooms feature innovative 'butler hatches' for discreet room service and the interactive kitchen will be a cosy place where guests can muck in with Melton Manor's expert chef.Inbetween drives, guests can enjoy relaxing around the large swimming pool and the central courtyard.

 

 
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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Kwandwe AT A GLANCE

  • 22,000 Hectares
  • Big 5 Safari Reserve
  • 2 Hours Drive from PE
  • Malaria Free
  • Game Drives in Open Vehicles
  • Bush Walks
  • Luxury 5* Lodges

Holiday Ideas

Unveiling the Luxurious Cape

Kwandwe Game Reserve, Cape Town, The Garden Route and The Cape Winelands.

14 day itinerary.

Prices from GBP £ 2,634 US$ 4,372 ZAR 46,093 EUR 3,187 pp*

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