Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Malaria-free Kwandwe Private Game Reserve on South Africa’s Eastern Cape offers five safari lodges, each designed to showcase the remote beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Malaria-free Kwandwe Private Game Reserve on South Africa’s magical Eastern Cape encompasses 54,000 acres of wilderness inhabited by a large range of wonderful animals from buffalo, elephant and rhino to birds of prey. There are five safari lodges on the property – each with its own individual character yet all designed to showcase the beauty and remoteness of the surrounding landscape.

Magnificent Great Fish River Lodge perches on an escarpment overlooking its namesake waterway. Its 9 luxurious suites open out onto personal plunge pools and jaw-dropping views. Relaxed Ecca Lodge is chic and contemporary, with 6 designer suites set on shale cliffs with access to a generous shared facilities including a gorgeous infinity pool, interactive kitchen and library. Melton Manor, Uplands Homestead and Fort House are three exceptional exclusive-use properties, suitable for parties of 6 to 8 seeking accommodation with space for travellers to unwind together and alone.

Things to do at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve include twice-daily game drives, with later outings often uncovering rare species such as bat-eared fox and aardwolf. Guests can also participate in thrilling big game walking safaris or gentle interpretive bush walks. Rhino tracking is also possible – an opportunity to learn about conserving this highly endangered species and what measures are in place to protect remaining populations. After a long day outdoors, relax with a rejuvenating spa treatment in the privacy of your suite.


How to get to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

The best way to access Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is to fly into Port Elizabeth, where you are met and transferred by road to your lodge, a journey of just over 2 hours (170km).

Activities at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

  • Game drives morning and afternoon
  • Guided bush walks
  • Big game walking safaris
  • Rhino tracking experience
  • Spa treatments

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve Highlights

  • An enchanting game reserve with just five lodges set upon 54,000 acres
  • Malaria-free so perfect for families with young children
  • Excellent gameviewing and bird-watching opportunities
  • With three exclusive use properties for the ultimate in privacy
  • Unique rhino tracking and big game walking safari experiences

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Accommodation in malaria free game reserves.

Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in malaria free game reserves. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Malaria-free Kwandwe Private Game Reserve on South Africa’s Eastern Cape offers five safari lodges, each designed to showcase the remote beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Madikwe River Lodge

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Shamwari Game Reserve

On South Africa’s pristine Eastern Cape, Shamwari Game Reserve is an excellent safari destination being malaria-free and home to fantastic wildlife including all of the legendary "Big 5".

Tau Game Lodge

Located on the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Tau Game Lodge offers an authentic safari experience in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.

Tswalu Kalahari

South Africa’s largest private game reserve, Tswalu Kalahari is inhabited by over 80 mammal species including meerkat and desert rhino.

Tuningi Safari Lodge

On the vast Madikwe Game Reserve is the luxurious Tuningi Safari Lodge as well as family-friendly Little Tuningi, a self-contained private villa.


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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa? 
Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C). 

What can I combine South Africa with?
South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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