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Kwandwe Private Reserve

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Eastern Cape, South Africa

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is located in the beautiful and historically rich Eastern Cape, surrounded by 22 000 hectares (54 362 acres) of exclusive, malaria-free wilderness and featuring 30 km of privately owned river frontage of the Great Fish River. Kwandwe means 'Place of the Blue Crane' in Xhosa, and is home to a population of these majestic endangered birds.

This diverse Big Five reserve is home to four unique lodges. Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge's nine spacious suites line the lush Great Fish River, while Kwandwe Ecca Lodge's one-of-a-kind, quirky suites are surrounded by rolling slopes. Kwandwe's two sole-use safari villas, Uplands Homestead and Melton Manor, each designed with elegance and comfort in mind, are the ideal place for families or small groups sharing a Big Five adventure.

Additional Activities

  • Scenic coastal flights
  • Specialist Safaris - Frontiers at Kwandwe
  • Carnivore Research at Kwandwe and Photographic Safaris


Kwandwe Ecca Lodge - six spacious suites feature bedrooms with ensuite bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower, separate w.c, twin hand basin, large veranda and a private deck and plunge pool. Interior design reflects natural textures in hues of burnt aloe orange, rust and olive. Furnishings combine clean, contemporary sofas with venerable old collectables from the area.

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge - Nine luxurious suites feature bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, separate w.c, twin basins, personal bars and covered verandas. The décor is African-inspired, with earth-toned fabrics, indigenous timber and early settler antiques and artefacts. Each suite has a private veranda and plunge pool.

Kwandwe Melton Manor - Melton Manor is a sole-use safari villa with four ensuite bedrooms. Combining the very best elements of Uplands Homestead and Ecca Lodge, this is a contemporary Frontier farmhouse with added warmth and humour. This spacious u-shaped lodge is characterised by high ceilings and deep, cool verandas, each overlooking the central courtyard and its large swimming pool. The bedrooms each have their own spacious bathroom and innovative "butler hatches" for discreet room service.

Kwandwe Uplands Homestead - Uplands Homestead, built in 1905, is a restored farmhouse and features three spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and private verandas. Two rooms have bathrooms with a ball and claw bath and one room has a bathroom with an oval stone bath. Uplands is for the exclusive use of six guests, and is perfect for families, friends and small groups. The interior design is based on 1820's Settler style.

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals daily
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
  • Teas and coffees
  • Refreshments on game drives
  • Laundry
  • Scheduled safari activities
  • Nature walks (1 hour) accompanied by experienced armed trackers, subject to availability
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • VAT
  • Transfers to and from the airstrip