South African Lodges

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Address
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
near the Addo National Park
Eastern Cape
South Africa
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Lodge Type
Spa, Villa, Malaria Free, Big Five

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The Kwandwe Private Game Reserve nestles in the heart of South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape near Grahamstown. Situated on 23 100 hectares of great 'Big Five' wilderness, the lodges at Kwandwe are members of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux portfolio. 

Quick facts:

  • 22,000 hectare of private wilderness
  • Four small luxury lodges
  • 30 km privately owned Great Fish River frontage
  • Game rich reserve with Big Five (black & white rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard)
  • Wide variety of predators and favourite game (cheetah, kudu, springbok, eland, red hartebeest, giraffe, black wildebeest and gemsbok)
  • Birdwatchers paradise (Fish Eagle and endangered Blue Crane)
  • Excellent nocturnal wildlife watching (aardwolf, aardvark)
  • Malaria-free safari destination
  • Readily available from Port Elizabeth
  • Suitable for families and small groups of friends
  • Two sole-use safari villas (private ranger/host, tracker, butler, chef and exclusive use of an open 4x4 safari vehicle)
  • Specialist safaris (Big Game Walking Safaris, Save the Rhino Drives, Rhino Conservation Safaris).

Accommodation

Well appointed and spacious safari accommodation is available in all four lodges at Kwandwe where welcoming bedrooms, lounges and verandahs invite for a most relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Lodges at Kwandwe:

  • Ecca Lodge
  • Great Fish River Lodge
  • Uplands Homestead
  • Melton Manor.

Great Fish River Lodge

Set along the aloe-studded banks of the Great Fish River, the suites at the Great Fish River Lodge feature private plunge pools and large thatched game viewing decks with magnificent views of the wild yet gentle landscape. Beautiful thatched guest areas and expansive viewing decks overlook the river.

Melton Manor

The Melton Manor is a contemporary frontier farmhouse with modern touches. The Manor is booked on a sole use basis and is perfect for family holidays or parties of friends.  Four en-suite bedrooms are designed around the central courtyard with it's large, inviting swimming pool. A private safari vehicle, which can be booked exclusively on request, comes complete with a tracker and ranger.

Uplands Homestead

This gracious homestead is a beautifully restored farmhouse comprising three spacious en suite bedrooms with private terraces. This villa is available for sole use by guests. The Uplands Homestead features a large swimming pool and gazebo, and guests enjoy their private ranger, tracker, chef and open 4x4 safari vehicle.

Ecca Lodge

Innovative, stylish and intimate, the magnificent Ecca Lodge features just a few private suites with spacious living areas and en suite bathrooms. The main guest areas include a spacious sitting room, dining room and bar area, communal kitchen, sparkling rim-flow lap pool and unique interpretive centre.

Activities

This lodge comprises five distinct habitats which are host to a remarkable array of "Big Five" wildlife.  Professional game rangers and trackers guide travellers through the bushveld where wildlife can be observed from a close distance.

  • Early morning game drive
  • Late afternoon/evening game drive
  • Interpretive bush walk
  • Big game walking safari
  • Save the Rhino drive
  • Private safaris
  • Campfire cooking.

Children Activities

Kids have much to look forward to when visiting Kwandwe. Many exciting activities await which include exploring the wildlife, flora and fauna of this malaria free game reserve. While searching for skulls, bones, and insects, children learn how to identify droppings as well as animal tracks.

  • Safari walks
  • Individual game drives
  • Chocolate fun
  • Eco-educational board games teaching recycling and conservation
  • Chocolate moulds markings and art
  • Making impressions from Plaster of Paris
  • Face painting and beading
  • African bedtime stories
  • Fishing trip with a ranger
  • Pizza making and baking
  • DVDs and popcorn.

Below detailed information about the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is available.
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Terrace

Restaurants

Dining at the Kwandwe Lodges

At the exclusive Kwandwe Game Lodges, days are designed to thrill guests with extraordinary wildlife encounters and the evenings to delight guests with the indulgence and romance of the African night.

A delicious breakfast with platters of fruit and cheese can be combined with a selection of hot breakfast dishes including eggs, oats, and waffles. Lunch is followed by afternoon tea and sundowners are followed by a scrumptious dinner around a blazing fire in a boma or in the lodge’s dining area.

Game Drives and Walking Safaris

Guests have the opportunity to explore the natural splendour of the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve on game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles.  They may track the "Big Five", as well as a variety of other wildlife and enjoy a boat ride on Galpin Dam to the moored floating deck for a drinks stop.  During the thrilling night drives, some unusual sightings can be observed, including aardvark, aardwolf, bat-eared fox and porcupine.

Interpretive bush walks to take a closer look at the unseen wonders of the bushveld.  Various birds of prey and other species can be seen, and guests can get up close sightings of occasional buffalo herds, elephant bull, black and white rhino, bushbuck and bush pigs.

Trip to Angus Gillis Foundation

The Angus Gillis Foundation is an independent, non-profit, charitable trust which currently invests in the development of nine rural communities. A range of self-help and income generating activities have been implemented through the foundation.

These activities include soap making, doll making, weaving, beading, bee-keeping and ‘spaza’ shops. An informative and enriching visit to the Foundation site includes a tour of the Mgcambele Community Centre to see community empowerment in practice and meet some of the local people.

  • Bar
  • Curio Shop
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
Baby Facility

Experienced childminders are available by prior arrangement, at no additional cost. All childminders at the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve are first-aid trained.

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Butler service
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Children Activities
  • The Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa offers a host of tailor-made activities on-site which are designed to keep little ones entertained.  Children of all ages are welcome at the Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, the Kwandwe Uplands Homestead and the Kwandwe Melton Manor while children older that twelve years are welcome at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge.

    Children receive ‘Rangers in Training’ backpacks with bug collectors, magnifying glass, booklet for identifying wildlife, an individual craft pack, a journal-making kit for the girls and a door sign making an outfit for the boys. On the last day, each child receives a Ranger in Training certificate.

    For safety considerations, children five years and younger may join game drives only when a single use vehicle is booked. A special children’s menu is available on arrival at the lodge.

    Activities for children:

    • Spoor tracking with the ranger and tracker
    • Minnow’s fishing trip
    • Finger painting
    • Clay moulding
    • Daily treasure hunts
    • Special youth game drives
    • Baking
    • Pizza-making competitions
    • DVDs and popcorn
    • Chocolate mould making
    • Creature cookie baking
    • Bedtime stories with milk and cookies
Social Responsibility
  • The meaning of Kwandwe in isiXhosa is “Place of the Blue Crane”, and the Reserve is home to a population of these highly endangered birds. The Reserve is also a sanctuary for other threatened species including the Knysna woodpecker, Cape grysbok, black wildebeest, crowned eagle and black-footed cat.

    The reserve also makes significant contributions to the development of the surrounding communities in the region. The Angus Gillis Foundation employs over 100 people from rural communities, at least, half of whom are women. 

    Kwandwe also funded the construction of a formal primary school. Lodge guests have the unique opportunity to participate in volunteering towards the Angus Gillis Foundation by donating items, getting involved in activities and financial donations.

Available Rooms

Fort House

Great Fish River Lodge Suite

# Rooms:
15

The game rich Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa features the exclusive Fish River Lodge and Ecca Lodge both of which provide world-class sophistication and style in the African bush.

Kwandwe Fish River Lodge

Located along the aloe-studded banks of the Great Fish River, the nine suites at the Kwandwe Fish River Lodge feature private plunge pools and spacious thatched game viewing decks with magnificent views of the wild yet gentle landscape. Beautiful thatched guest areas, and expansive viewing decks overlook the river.

All suites feature:

  •  En-suite bathrooms
  •  Indoor and outdoor showers
  •  Mini bar
  •  Private veranda
  •  Plunge Pool
  •  Air-conditioning
  •  Hairdryer
  •  Electronic safe
  •  Telephone
  •  WiFi.

Ecca Family Suite

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Innovative, stylish and intimate, the exclusive Kwandwe Ecca Lodge embodies a “funk-meets-futuristic-farmhouse” ambience and features only six beautiful suites with spacious living areas and en suite bathrooms. Overlooking rolling spekboom valleys, main guest areas include a spacious sitting room, dining room and bar area, communal kitchen, sparkling rim-flow lap pool, and children's play centre.

All suites feature:

  •  En-suite bathrooms
  •  Indoor and outdoor showers
  •  Mini bar
  •  Private veranda
  •  Plunge Pool
  •  Air-conditioning
  •  Hairdryer
  •  Electronic safe
  •  Telephone
  •  WiFi.

Ecca Lodge Double Suite

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Innovative, stylish and intimate, the exclusive Kwandwe Ecca Lodge embodies a “funk-meets-futuristic-farmhouse” ambience and features only six beautiful suites with spacious living areas and en suite bathrooms. Overlooking rolling spekboom valleys, main guest areas include a spacious sitting room, dining room and bar area, communal kitchen, sparkling rim-flow lap pool, and children's play centre.

All suites feature:

  •  En-suite bathrooms
  •  Indoor and outdoor showers
  •  Mini bar
  •  Private veranda
  •  Plunge Pool
  •  Air-conditioning
  •  Hairdryer
  •  Electronic safe
  •  Telephone
  •  WiFi.

Uplands Homestead

# Rooms:
1

This gracious Kwandwe Uplands Homestead is a sensitively restored 1905 farmhouse comprising three spacious en suite bedrooms with private terraces, available for sole use by guests. The Kwandwe Uplands Homestead features a large swimming pool and gazebo, and guests enjoy their private ranger, tracker, chef and open 4x4 safari vehicle.

 

Kwandwe Uplands Homestead features:

  •  Farmstyle kitchen
  •  Air conditioning
  •  Sitting room
  •  Private 4x4 safari vehicle
  •  Private veranda
  •  Full size swimming pool with gazebo
  •  Dining area
  •  Hairdryer
  •  Electronic safe
  •  Telephone
  •  WiFi.

Melton Manor

# Rooms:
4

The Kwandwe Melton Manor is a contemporary frontier farmhouse with modern touches. The Manor can be booked on a per-suite or sole use basis and is ideal for family holidays or parties of friends.

 

Four en-suite bedrooms are designed around the central courtyard with its large, inviting swimming pool. A private safari vehicle (booked exclusively on request) comes complete with a tracker and ranger.

 

Melton Manor features:

  •  Private butler, chef and guide
  •  Central courtyard with pool
  •  Farmstyle kitchen
  •  Air conditioning
  •  Sitting room
  •  Bar area
  •  Private 4x4 safari vehicle
  •  Private veranda
  •  Dining area
  •  Hairdryer
  •  Electronic safe
  •  Telephone
  •  WiFi.

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

It is now even easier to access the stunning Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. We have teamed up with Plett Air Safaris to offer a 3 night Fly In Package with a ONE WAY flight from Plettenberg Bay Airport and three nights luxury accommodation at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve included.

Plett Air Safaris offer a reliable flight schedule service from Plettenberg Bay Airport to the stunning Big 5 Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. This is only 45 minutes by air!

Package rate from R25,260.00 per person sharing, including:

  • Accommodation, 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local & premium brand spirits, beers, teas & coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, 1-hour nature walks accompanied by armed trackers (subject to availability), emergency medical evacuation insurance, VAT, transfers to & from the lodge airstrip, complimentary child-minding.
  • ONE WAY flight with Plett Air Safaris from Plettenberg Bay Airport to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation, 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local & premium brand spirits, beers, teas & coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, 1-hour nature walks accompanied by armed trackers (subject to availability), emergency medical evacuation insurance, VAT, transfers to & from the lodge airstrip, complimentary child-minding.
  • ONE WAY flight with Plett Air Safaris from Plettenberg Bay Airport to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid January - 31 December 2017
  • Subject to availability of flight; please request flights at the time of booking, limited seats and strcitly subject to availability. Please check with us flight times before booking flights, to ensure sufficient time for the conncetion.
  • This package includes a one way flight only for 2 guests (Plettenberg Bay to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve); return flight can be arranged at an additional charge
  • This package is applicable to a minimum of 2 guests; single rate on request at a supplement
  • This is based on 3 nights
  • package rate is subject to change, if flight rate increase.
  • Due to limited luggage capacities in small aircraft, luggage restrictions would apply - please enquire for more information
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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -33.146431

Longitude: 26.525680

Directions

Direct flights from Port Elizabeth to the Lodge's Airstrip takes around 30 minutes. Flights directly to the Game Reserve are scheduled for early afternoon, to allow arriving guests to enjoy an afternoon game drive on their day of arrival.

Guests are advised to fly to Port Elizabeth and proceed to Kwandwe by road or air transfer. The distance from Port Elizabeth to Kwandwe is 160km (100 miles) and can be comfortably covered by road in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

On arrival, guests will leave their vehicle at the car park at Heatherton Towers and will be transferred to the Lodge of their choice by an open safari vehicle.

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

Memberships

  • Relais & Chateaux Hotels
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