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Kwandwe Game Reserve

Kwandwe Game Reserve

Kwandwe Game Reserve is located on 85 square miles at the edge of the former Karoo Basin, where several of Africa’s vegetation zones converge and biodiversity is extremely rich. The landscape is dominated by valley bushveld on open plains and rolling hills, with succulent euphorbias, aloes, and spekboom among the characteristic plants. This private game reserve is malaria-free and is just two hours from Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival, you will find the main reception at Heatherton Towers, which is an historic fortified homestead dating back to the Frontier War period, gun turrets still in place.

Kwandwe Game Reserve is home to four luxury lodges all offering high-end service and excellent game viewing: Great Fish River Lodge, Ecca Lodge, Melton Manor, and Uplands Homestead.

Kwandwe is home to rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, springbok, impala, giraffe, and many others. Bird watchers will delight in the variety of wildfowl species, including protected species such as the Martial eagle and Kwandwe’s namesake, the blue crane.

Visitors can participate in day and night game drives, walking safaris with experienced trackers, and sleep-outs on specially designed platforms. Also on offer are specialized activities including rhino darting, carnivore research, and fixed-wing flights following the route taken by early settlers. Kwandwe's reception building is a frontier-era fortified homestead, and the reserve boasts its own intimate chapel.

Twice daily game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles are the primary activity. Morning drives provide opportunities to observe daytime predators gearing up for the day’s hunting and other activities. Late afternoon, evening, and night drives often result in unusual sightings, including porcupine, aardwolf, aardvark, and leopard. Track Africa’s “big five” as well as other wildlife with an armed ranger. Or enjoy a boat ride on Galpin Dam to the moored floating deck for a drinks stop.

In addition to the “big five,” other species such as kudu, grysbok, and caracal are once again thriving in their natural habitat. In addition, not only does Kwandwe offers some of the most magnificent cheetah sightings in Africa, but it is also home to the black rhino, one of the world’s most endangered large animals.

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