Kwandwe Game Reserve

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 Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

Big 5 Game Viewing and Luxury Accommodation


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

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.

Young lions on a gravel road.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.

There 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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