About Kwandwe Game Reserve
Located in the magnificent malaria-free Eastern Cape, the Kwandwe Game Reserve is within easy reach of South Africa’s beautiful coastline and provides the perfect beginning or ending to a journey along the famed Garden Route. The Kwandwe Private Game Reserve consists of 22 000 hectares of untamed African bushveld.
A conservation victory, Kwandwe is home to thousands of animals, including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant and cheetah, as well as Africa’s famous Big Five. Meaning “Place of the Blue Crane” in Xhosa, Kwandwe is a haven for a population of these rare, vulnerable birds. The Kwandwe Game Reserve also provides sanctuary for other threatened species, such as the Knysna woodpecker, black wildebeest, martial eagle, serval and brown hyena, critically endangered species such as the crowned eagle and black rhino and other vulnerable species such as the cheetah, black footed cat, elephant, lion, springhare and the black harrier.
The malaria free Kwandwe Game Reserve provides 4 different accommodation options for its guests:
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
The exclusive Ecca Lodge at Kwandwe is seriously modern and trendy. This cheerful lodge with a youthful, relaxed vibe is the perfect place for a wildlife experience for the young at heart. Nestling in thick vegetation overlooking a dense valley, the Ecca Lodge offers a breathtaking view onto an escarpment of steep shale cliffs. Expansive wooden viewing decks provide guests with the ideal setting to soak up the bushveld atmosphere with a leisurely lunch or a sundowner drink.
Minimalist chic is the order of the day in modern, spacious bedrooms that share wraparound wooden decks with the suite’s private sitting rooms. Retro light fittings and polished concrete floors combine with shades of olive and burnt orange for a warm yet modern look. The ultra-modern bathroom, with its mosaic mirrors and glassed shower, refreshes and delights. An outdoor shower with a shiny tin tub tips a broad wink at safari tradition.
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
At the Great Fish River Lodge, the vastness of the African continent is all around, from the spectacular views of the lodge’s decks to the huge windows that let a sense of grandeur right into the bedroom. Stone walls, thatch roofs and long wooden walkways bring natural materials into the interiors, blurring the distinction between inside and outside.
Set high up on a steep bank of the Great Fish River, the Great Fish River Lodge overlooks a majestic vista which stretches far into the horizon. With expansive viewing decks, every moment offers an opportunity to explore more of the wonders of the bush.
Kwandwe Melton Manor
The welcoming U-shape of the Melton Manor at the Kwandwe Game Reserve can accommodate up to eight guests. This sole-use safari villa, where the smallest detail of the stay is planned according to guests specific wishes, is perfect for family holidays or parties of friends.
With sweeping views of the river and mountains in three different directions, the Melton Manor is a mix of old and new, a contemporary frontier farmhouse with a modern touch. Antique settler furniture is given fresh life with a coat of colourful paint and quirky touches combine familiar objects with unfamiliar uses, shades or locations. High ceilings and deep verandas produce a sense of space, while deep couches, warm fireplaces and casual touches invite you to kick back and relax.
Kwandwe Uplands Homestead
This elegant, restored 1905 farmhouse retains all the charm and grace of its period without losing any of its country warmth and ambiance. The Kwandwe Uplands Homestead is beautifully located in a remote and tranquil valley, and available for the sole use of families and parties of up to six.
With a full contingent of friendly staff, including a private chef and butler, guests experience all the comfort and convenience of a genuine home. With rolling lawns dominated by a stately home cradled in a valley among the untamed hills of Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Uplands Homestead strikes a perfect mix between the genteel and the wild.
A day at the Kwandwe Game Reserve
At the Kwandwe Game Reserve, the stays of guests are planned to thrill with up close wildlife encounters combined with the comfort of luxurious accommodation and facilities.
Morning Game Drive
As dawn breaks over the African bush, a gentle tap on the door awakens guests to the delights of a new day. The ranger discusses the planned sightings over fragrant tea or coffee and morning biscuits or rusks. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of a ranger and tracker team, who will attempt to track favourite animals.
Guests return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes. Choose from eggs, oats, waffles or a number of other options.
If guests wish, they can walk off their breakfast on a short walk near the lodge, accompanied by the ranger, who will share his insight into the smaller animals and vegetation in the area. Return to the lodge in time for lunch.
Cool off with a refreshing dip in the pool or indulge in an afternoon siesta. Over a late afternoon tea, the ranger discusses what one can expect to see during the afternoon game drive.
Evening Game Drive
This game drive begins in the late afternoon and lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life. Spot the rarely seen porcupine, aardwolf or aardvark. Enjoy sundowners in a scenic location as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon.
Return to the lodge for a mouthwatering dinner around a blazing fire in a boma or in your lodge's dining area.