Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is located in the beautiful and historically rich Eastern Cape along 30 kilometres of privately-owned river frontage, surrounded by 21 000 hectares/45 000 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.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 Safari Shop offers clothing, books, gifts and African crafts.
Morning, afternoon/evening and night game-drives in open game viewing vehicles, guided walking and canoeing, bush sundowners and picnics on the Reserve, fishing, rhino and buffalo tracking, archaeological, Battlefield and Historical Tours to Grahamstown and surroundings. Bush breakfasts/dinners. Scenic coastal flights and Specialist Safaris - Frontiers @ Kwandwe, Carnivore research @ Kwandwe, and Photographic Safaris – at an additional cost.

Hotel Features
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Features
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • In-room Safe
  • Mini Bar
  • Private Bathroom
  • Turndown Service
  • 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.

    Cancellation Policy

    FIT’s:

    At confirmation = 10% of total reservation value

    Less than 45 days prior to arrival = 100% of total reservation value


    Incentives, Conference and Leisure groups:

    At confirmation = 10% of total reservation value

    120 days = 50% of total reservation value

    90 Days = 100% of total reservation value


    We reserve the right to apply the following policy for any reduction in the numbers of rooms pertaining to a group booking:

    Groups of 10 rooms or less = Maximum reduction of 1 room permitted without penalty up to 45 days prior to travel

    Groups of 11 rooms or more = Maximum reduction of 2 rooms permitted without penalty up to 45 days prior to travel

    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.