Perfect for the sole use of a group or family of up to 6 guests, Kwandwe Uplands Homestead is a sensitively restored 1905 farmhouse set in a remote and tranquil valley in the malaria-free Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.
22,000 hectares of farmland in the Great Fish River region have been restored and restocked with African wildlife, and today, thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo and elephant roam this diverse and fascinating reserve.
In the modernised farm kitchen, Uplands Homestead's private chef prepares delicious Pan-African cuisine and local specialities.
Nothing beats a true bush banquet in a surprise setting under the magical African sky.
With its own dedicated ranger, tracker and private 4x4 safari vehicle, Uplands offers a range of exceptional safari activities in Kwandwe's superb Big 5 wilderness.
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. The sitting and dining areas feature high ceilings, wooden floors and beautiful fireplaces.
A deep and shady veranda leads out to the large swimming pool and gazebo.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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All meals; tea/coffee; house wines, local brand spirits/beers, soft drinks and bottled water; 2 scheduled game-drives daily in an open 4x4 safari vehicle, accompanied by an experienced ranger and tracker; interpretive nature walks daily (one hour) accompanied by an experienced armed tracker; transfers in a game-drive vehicle from Heatherton (Reception and parking area) to the lodge; the Community and Conservation Levy; and a laundry/valet service are included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under 6 are not allowed on game drives, but shortened game drives (FOC) may be arranged with the lodge subject to availability of Land Rovers and rangers. Children aged 6 to 11 are allowed on game drives at the Lodge Manager's discretion. Children under 12 are not allowed on bush walks. Babysitting services are available.
Uplands Homestead will welcome your family with open arms. You will be shown to your family's accommodation, and you can get settled into your room.
From then on, Uplands Homestead offers a host of fascinating and entertaining activities for children, bringing alive the magic of a safari. Every minute is supervised by rangers and camp staff, who provide hours of amusement and invaluable information to the children in their care.
Your children will each receive a Planet Manager backpack, filled with surprises and containing an Eco-guide - a fantastic interactive booklet that encourages the conservation of the planet's precious natural resources. Throughout your stay at the lodge, your ranger will help the children to complete their guides, taking them out into the bush to collect feathers, pods, insects and leaves. At the end of your stay, the children will each receive a certificate declaring them official Planet Managers.
Children will witness the regions's rich wildlife, including the famous Big 5 (from a distance, not close to) and the not-so-famous Little 5, and they will try their luck at spotting the lodges's 10 'Star birds'. The children will also learn why elephants have long noses, and why giraffes have long necks !
After lunch, the children will be invited to the kitchen to help cookies for afternoon tea, and the chef will encourage them to get stuck in, be creative and have fun. In the meantime, parents can indulge in an afternoon siesta !
Dinners are a true highlight, with an abundance of flavours and textures on offer. Early meals can be arranged, with a specialised children's menu - chicken skewers, sausage and mash, homemade pasta with fresh tomato sauce, and ice cream with hot toffee sauce. Delicious Pan African dinner platters are served in the dining area or perhaps in an outdoor boma under starry African skies. A special children's table is set aside in the boma, where children can share their own campfire complete with marshmallows for roasting - always under the ranger's watchful eye.
The children will be enchanted by an abundance of adventures suited to their unique likes and dislikes. The ranger can take them on fishing or frogging safaris to explore some of the small wonders of the bush, or they can go on a bark-rubbing expedition and a bug hunt. They can visit the workshop to oversee maintenance to the safari vehicles, or they can learn how to make recycled paper, or spend time in the sun painting. Or perhaps they would enjoy a guided 'Pooh' walk to indentify animal droppings, spoor, animal species, trees and vegetation. Or go on a special children's picnic.
The options really are endless !
General Information For Guests
Three suites with private bathrooms combine modern comfort with old-fashioned luxury and attention to detail. Antique mirrors, claw-foot bathtubs and yellowwood chests and wardrobes blend seamlessly with air conditioning, in-room safes and other modern conveniences. Private verandas for each suite and a contemporary farmstyle kitchen and a full size swimming pool.
Complimentary Wi-Fi available
For safety reasons, children 5 years and younger cannot participate in the regular game drives or nature walks outside the boundaries of the lodge. Shortened game drives (free of charge) may be arranged, at the lodge subject to availability of land rovers and rangers (these services cannot be pre-booked). Children 6 to 11 years of age will be permitted to participate in the regular game drives, at the discretion of the lodge manager and/or ranger, but cannot participate in nature walks outside the boundaries of the lodge.
Early dinners for children are available. Videos, colouring-in books etc are also available for children.
A Community and Conservation Levy (currently R200 per person per night) has been included within your rate. The proceeds go towards anti-poaching efforts, the community and ecology.
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