Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

  • Ecca Lodge
  • Melton Manor Suite
  • Great Fish River lodge
  • Melton Manor swimming pool
  • Wildlife
  • Uplands swimming pool  and view
  • Great Fish River lodge bedroom
  • Baby rhinos
  • Wildlife
  • Wildlife
  • Melton Manor bedroom
  • Description
  • Facilities
  • Important Information
One of the largest private game reserves in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, Kwandwe is owner run and managed, with a strong focus on conservation and community development. The 22,000 hectares of pristine wilderness extends along 30 km of privately owned Great Fish River frontage.

Kwandwe aptly means "Place of the Blue Crane" in Xhosa. We are home to a variety of wildlife species including the Big 5 which consists of lion, black and white rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. The reserve will also delight birdwatchers who are able to observe protected species such as the Blue Crane and Martial Eagle.

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

Kwandwe features three beautiful intimate safari lodges and a private villa that offers world-class sophistication and style.

A member of the renowned Relais & Chateaux association, Kwandwe is located in a malaria-free area, is ideal for families and forms a natural conclusion to a journey along the world-famous Garden Route.
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 50
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 0
  • Air Conditioning
  • bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • car park
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • complimentary bottled water
  • desk
  • fan
  • Free Internet Available
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Massage
  • mini bar
  • No Smoking Rooms/Facilities
  • private pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Shower
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace

Please note:

We work with fluctuating Best Available Rates (BAR).

Our rates are yielded each time a room is booked or cancelled; therefore the rates may go up or down. Consequently rates and availability are time and date sensitive and are subject to change.

Regret once a rate is booked; it cannot be changed to a different rate or package. (This is the same principal as an airline booking - once a rate/fare is booked, it cannot be changed.)

All rates are quoted in South African Rand (ZAR) and are per person per night and inclusive of accommodation and full board, unless specified Exclusive Use of the Villas.
Rates are inclusive of 14% VAT.


The following applies to individual reservations:

All individual bookings are provisional until the requested 25% deposit is received. Payment on confirmed bookings will be taken on credit card details entered during the booking process, within 48 hours of making the reservation. You will be required to present your card on check-in, for verification of filed credentials.

A maximum of 2 rooms may be booked by any one person for the same date. Bookings of more than 3 rooms constitute a group reservation. Group rates are strictly subject to availability and separate Terms & Conditions. Please contact for further information.

All rates are net and non-commissionable unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Reservations Manager prior to booking.

Children Policy
Children aged 0-5 stay on a complimentary basis in their parents’ room.
Baby cots can be provided by prior request at no additional charge.
A maximum of 2 additional Twin beds (for ages 6 – 16 years) can be placed in the Ecca Lodge Suite, at no additional fee; this will still include accommodation and all meals.
Children of 17 and over pay the full adult room rate in a separate room.
We do offer Child-minding services at no additional charge
NO extra beds for Great Fish River Lodge, Melton Manor or Uplands Homestead.

No verbal cancellations of reservations can be accepted. All cancellations are to reach us by fax (+27 (0)86 715 3908) or to the following email address
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve strongly recommends that you obtain travel insurance to prepare for any unforeseen events that may affect your travel plans.

Once a reservation has been confirmed, the following cancellation policy is imposed with immediate effect.
Cancellation fees are applicable to the entire length of stay and value of the booking.

Applicable to 2013 / 2014
Individual Reservations

Travelling in LOW Season (01 May – 30 Sept / 01 – 14 Dec)
• Penalty of 25% of the total reservation value if cancelled 45-16 days prior to arrival
• Penalty of 50% of the total reservation value if cancelled 15-0 days prior to arrival

Travelling in HIGH & PEAK Season (07 Jan – 30 Apr / 15 – 31 Dec)
• Penalty of 25% of the total reservation value if cancelled 60-31 days prior to arrival
• Penalty of 50% of the total reservation value if cancelled 30-0 days prior to arrival

100% Cancellation Policy applies to certain special offers and rates, this will always be indicated alongside the rate details and on the confirmation.


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