Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve lies in the heart of South Africa's malaria-free Eastern Cape near Grahamstown, and is a natural conclusion to a journey along the world-famous Garden Route. A victory for far-sighted conservation, 20 000 hectares (49 000 acres) of farmland in the Great Fish River region were restored and restocked with African wildlife. Today, thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo and elephant roam this diverse and fascinating reserve.

Kwandwe aptly means "Place of the Blue Crane" in Xhosa (South Africa's highly endangered national bird) and is home to a population of these rare birds. It offers an exceptional safari experience in a region steeped in history and culture. The Great Fish River was a hotly contested border during the Frontier Wars of 1779 to 1878 between the Xhosa nation, Dutch farmers and the 1820 Settlers from England. Kwandwe's reception building is a Frontier War-era fortified homestead, and the Reserve boasts its own intimate chapel. Kwandwe is a proud member of Relais & Chateaux.


Kwandwe Offers accommodation at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, Kwandwe Uplands Homestead and Kwandwe Melton Manor.

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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is located in the beautiful and historically rich Eastern Cape, surrounded by 22 000 hectares (54 362 acres) of exclusive, malaria-free wilderness and featuring 30 km of privately owned river frontage of the Great Fish River.
  • On 30 km of privately owned Great Fish River frontage
  • Malaria-free destination
  • Historical and cultural trips to Grahamstown and surroundings
  • Excellent nocturnal viewing , aardwolf and aardvark are regularly seen
  • A paradise for birdwatchers, the Fish Eagle and endangered Blue Crane are among a wide variety of birds found on the Reserve