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Melton Manor

Melton Manor

Melton Manor on the Kwandwe Game Reserve is a frontier farmhouse with modern touches. It is positioned in such a way that it provides spectacular views of the Great Fish River and the surrounding mountains.

The “safari” villa is perfect for families or a group of friends that wish to have a villa to themselves, but it also allows per-room reservations. Four en-suite double bedrooms accommodate a total of eight guests and are spread around a “U”-shaped courtyard with a private swimming pool. Their interiors are a stylish meld of collectable South African settler furniture (given a new lease on life with coats of brightly colored paints) and stylish contemporary pieces. The quirky decor combines familiar objects with unfamiliar uses. High ceilings and expansive verandas create a sense of space, while deep couches, cozy fireplaces, and a welcoming, lived-in look make you want to kick back and make yourself at home.

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve encompasses five distinct habitats that are home to an incredible variety of wildlife. The reserve accommodates lion, cheetah, hyena, leopard, black and white rhino, fascinating nocturnal wildlife, and well over 200 bird species. Springbok are most abundant, but strong populations of greater kudu, oryx (gemsbok), red hartebeest, and eland are also found, with bushbuck and Cape grysbok in the dense thickets.

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.Other possible sightings include the nocturnal aardwolf, aardvark, and bat-eared fox, while black-backed jackal, Cape fox, and caracal are common smaller predators. Kwandwe is the Xhosa word for “place of the blue crane,” and thus it is appropriate that Kwandwe is a haven for a large flock of these highly endangered birds.

Activities at Melton Manor center around the wildlife. Morning game drives start bright and early after tea, and guests set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicles with a ranger and tracker team. Evening game drives are not to be missed since they are generally not available in public game reserves. Beginning in the late afternoon and lasting until after dark, night drives are the perfect way to observe nocturnal animals including porcupine, aardwolf, and aardvark. Enjoy sundowners in a scenic location as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon.

Guests also enjoy expertly-led walking safaris in search of Africa’s “small five” as well as afternoon relaxation at the lodge during the heat of the day.

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