Kwandwe is a 22 000 hectare game reserve two hours’ drive to the north of Port Elizabeth. This is a great malaria free safari option to combine with an itinerary featuring Cape Town and the Garden Route. This is a big 5 game reserve, but is particularly good for viewing the rarer aardwolf and aardvark.
There are four small luxury lodges across the reserve on both sides of the privately owned Great Fish River which runs through it. Kwandwe has much to recommend it as a safari destination. Once farmland, today its plains are now well stocked with wildlife including Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino (black and white) as well as abundant antelope, giraffe, wildebeest, hyena, hippo, plus predators such as cheetah.
The Great Fish River and Ecca Lodges are both have an understated crisp luxury feel, the River Lodge being down on the Fish River itself and Ecca higher up in the hills with stunning views.
Kwandwe also has two sole use villas, Uplands Homestead and Melton Manor. Both offer private pool, safari vehicle, butler, chef and ranger/tracker team.
At Kwandwe on top of the twice daily games drives there are a number of other activities including big game walking and rhino conservation safaris.