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Kwandwe Main Lodge
9 luxurious suites feature bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, separate w.c, twin basins, personal bars, portable phone for room service and covered verandas. The décor is African-inspired, with earth-toned fabrics, indigenous timber and early settler antiques and artefacts. Each suite has a private river deck and plunge pools overlooking the Great Fish River.
Guest areas are spacious, with generous, wraparound viewing decks leading from the dining room, bar and sitting areas. The sitting, library and dining areas each have a fireplace. The wine cellar has a selection of premier South African wines catering for the connoisseur. Pan-African cuisine can be served on your private river deck, or enjoyed under a canopy of stars in the firelit boma. Alternatively, meals can be taken in the sociable ambience of our spacious dining area. A well-stocked boutique satisfies guests’ shopping needs, including innovative and unusual gifts for family and friends.
Twin beds are all convertible to double, double room is a lodge.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is located in the beautiful and historically rich Eastern Cape along 30 kilometres of privately-owned river frontage, surrounded by 20 000 hectares/50 000 acres of exclusive, malaria-free wilderness. Overlooking the Great Fish River, the Lodge is masterfully contoured to blend with the magnificent landscape. Kwandwe means “Place of the Blue Crane” in Xhosa, and is home to a population of these majestic endangered birds.
Kwandwe is easily accessible by private charters into Kwandwe airstrip just five minutes from Kwandwe reception, which is a leisurely 30-minute game-drive to Kwandwe Main Lodge. Kwandwe is a 2-hour drive (there is a chauffeur service) or a 20-minute air transfer from Port Elizabeth which has a national airport. Kwandwe is also perfect for self-drive clients due to excellent roads. ACTIVITIES
Morning, afternoon/evening and night game-drives in open game viewing vehicles, guided river-walking and canoeing, bush sundowners and picnics on the Reserve, fishing, rhino tracking, visits to hides, archaeological, Battlefield and Historical Tours to Grahamstown and surroundings. Other activities include Pioneer Cultural evenings and storytelling with Kwandwe’s resident historian and bush breakfasts/dinners – weather permitting. Coastal flights can also be arranged. Kwandwe’s night-drives are renowned – aardvark and aardwolf are regularly seen – and guests have the option to stay out all night, enjoying a midnight picnic en route. A CC Africa resort.
On 30 kilometres of privately owned Great Fish River frontage, Game-rich country with Big Five (black & white rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard), kudu, springbok, eland, red hartebeest, giraffe and impala, A paradise for bird watchers, the Fish Eagle and endangered Blue Crane are among a wide variety of birds found on the Reserve, Nightlife @ Kwandwe is a Specialist Safari offering excellent nocturnal viewing – aardwolf and aardvark are regularly seen, Immensely rich in history. The area was the site of many historical battles between early South African settlers and the indigenous inhabitants, It is the perfect add-on to an itinerary featuring Cape Town and the Garden Route, concluding with a flight out of Port Elizabeth, Historical and cultural trips to Grahamstown and surroundings, Malaria-free destination, From July – Sept the landscape is ablaze with the orange and yellow of flowering aloes.