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Uplands Homestead

Uplands Homestead

Uplands Homestead in the exclusive Kwandwe Game Reserve is a vivid reminder of the African farmhouse in which we were raised, and this one too was built in the previous century (1905 to be exact). Previously a working farm, the homestead is set in a remote, quiet valley where the only neighbors are birds, bees, and beasts.

This up-market farmhouse was recently restored to ensure the discerning clientele is well catered for. It is available for the sole use of families and parties of up to six and has a full contingent of friendly and efficient staff, including a dedicated chef and butler who will attend to your every wish. The house is nestled squarely in the bush, a wilderness inhabited by wild animals. Its rustic remoteness combined with its elegant and refined interiors, damask linens, and antique silver and porcelain accents creates an ideal locale for those seeking leisure.

Guests will enjoy the modern touches as each of the three double suites has exquisitely appointed bathrooms, air conditioning, and private verandas. And the main villa has contemporary farm-style kitchen. A wonderful swimming pool and gazebo are set among rolling lawns.

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 Uplands Homestead 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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