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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is  a malaria-free Big 5 luxury game reserve situated just north of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape interior – also known as Frontier Country.

The Great Fish River runs through the reserve for about 30 km, a blue meandering snake through lush bush and forest and some drier bush areas that are nevertheless thick with the distinctive red flowers of the aloe plant from June to August.

Besides the standard game drives common to all game reserves, Kwandwe offers a number of ‘Specialist Safaris’. These include ‘Frontiers at Kwandwe’, ‘Carnivore Research at Kwandwe’, photographic safaris and ‘Rhino Capture and Research’. The lush bush on the Reserve and the Great Fish river also make it a bird-watcher’s paradise with many diverse species to be seen from the Blue Crane to Fish Eagles and many bush species.

Animals that can be see include the Big 5 – Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard – as well as Cheetah, Kudu, Springbok, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Giraffe, Black wildebeest and Gemsbok to name but a few of the many species found on the densely populated Reserve.

The Reserve’s location in Frontier Country adds a number of historical and cultural relics to the landscape, and Kwandwe  also offers historical tours with a “local historian and raconteur”  that also take in nearby Fort Beaufort and Grahamstown as well as San Rock Art sites.

Accommodations are luxurious and Kwandwe is a member of Chateau and Relais. A particularly luxurious options is a sole-use private villa with own ranger/host, butler, chef, tracker and 4X4 vehicle – for those who want things strictly private. There is also a landing strip on Kwandwe. Visit the Website for details. 

Getting there: From Grahamstown take the R400 north-west, turning right on to the R344 after 15km. Kwandwe is a further 16kms – follow the signs.

More info on the town of Grahamstown More info on the Frontier Country area

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