Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve flanks both sides of the Great Fish River for 30km’s where the Big 5 roam freely. This reserve is the ideal malaria-free wildlife destination and is perfect for families with kids. Guests who visit Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, can explore the reserve on open wildlife safari 4×4 vehicles or on foot tracking rhino and experiencing the finer details of the African bush. Guests are accompanied by fully qualified guides who compare with the best in the business.
The soul-stirring beauty of the landscape lends its charm to all four of its modern, yet intimate lodges. The reserve is a delight to travellers young and old and provides superb game and bird viewing as well as providing habitat for protected species such as the Black Rhino and Blue Crane, after which the reserve is named “Place of the Blue Crane”.
Guests who like to know how Kwandwe is helping their local community, a visit to Kwandwe’s community centre, to see first-hand how responsible tourism is enriching the lives of everyone who is somehow involved with Kwandwe.
Guests enjoy the Big Five, as well as cheetah, hippo, springbok, giraffe and numerous other species. After a day out on a safari vehicle or boat cruise, guests to Kwandwe can enjoy an in-suite massage or refreshing cocktail or just relax by their private plunge pool enjoying the landscapes and animals passing by.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is within easy reach of South Africa’s sunny coastline, with transfers from Port Elizabeth Airport or hotels or a short privately chartered flight. A short 2 hour drive in a rental can also be enjoyed This Relais & Chateau safari lodge offers luxurious suites a4 different lodges, Great Fish River Lodge, Ecca Lodge, Uplands Homestead and Melton Manor, with the last two lodges providing exclusive use villas for families or groups. Each lodge and villa is appointed to the highest standard with luxury amenities including air-conditioning and internet Wi-Fi access at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.
One of the greatest gifts Africa offers is the sense of space. At Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, the vastness of this wild continent is truly all around you.
Watch majestic kudu meander down to the river from the Lodge’s expansive viewing decks, or observe playful Cape clawless otters swimming in the cool waters below from the comfort of your private balcony. Set along the lush green banks of the river after which it is named, this luxurious lodge has nine suites with private bathrooms, indoor & outdoor showers, personal in-room bar, private veranda and plunge pool and a large viewing deck at the main lodge. Décor is classic-contemporary African-inspired, with natural palettes of earth-toned fabrics. Pewter and glass add an understated glamour to the furnishings, while artefacts such as ostrich eggshells, hides and horns create subtle points of interest and relevance to the lodge’s surrounds.
Everything here takes place on a grander scale, but it is the attention to detail and expansive, unmatched vistas that keep visitors coming back year after year.
Welcome to a safari lodge with attitude! Forget jodhpurs, pith helmets or stiff upper lips – Ecca Lodge is intimate, relaxed, stylish and trendy. Emblazoned with the vibrant colours and textures of the African people, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a funky cosmopolitan penthouse, until you step outside that is…
Blessed with breathtaking views over an Acacia, Aloe and Spekboom-studded valley, this chic lodge with a laid-back vibe offers the perfect wildlife experience for the young at heart
Available only for the sole use of a group or family of up to six people. The gracious homestead is a sensitively restored 1905 farmhouse, offering a romantic ‘Out of Africa’ ambiance. Furnished with antiques and memorabilia reminiscent of a Settler home from the 1820s. Private 4×4 safari vehicle, butler, chef, ranger and tracker
With sweeping views of the Afromontane forests, Kwandwe Melton Manor is a contemporary frontier farmhouse with a modern touch. This sole-use safari villa, where the smallest detail of your stay is planned according to your specific wishes, is perfect for family holidays or parties of friends.
The welcoming U-shape and four ensuite bedrooms are cleverly designed around the central courtyard and its large, inviting swimming pool. Distinctively South African, feature pieces of simple colonial furniture combine with up-sized, deep comfortable sofas whilst subtle game and bush references embrace the local environment.
Your private safari vehicle, complete with team of tracker and ranger, stands at the ready to explore the spectacular wildlife and unmatched scenery of Kwandwe at your leisure.