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.
Kwandwe is easily accessible by private charters into Kwandwe airstrip just five minutes from Kwandwe reception, which is a leisurely 15-minute game-drive to Kwandwe Ecca Lodge. Kwandwe is a 2-hour drive (there is a chauffeur service) from Port Elizabeth which has a national airport. Kwandwe is also perfect for self-drive clients due to excellent roads. Guest areas feature a spacious sitting room with fireplace, dining room and bar area and a deep veranda with expansive wooden viewing decks overlooking rolling spekboom valleys with a backdrop of the distant cliff-faces of ecca shale. There is an inviting swimming pool and an intimate study.
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 tracking, visits to hides, archaeological, Battlefield and Historical Tours to Grahamstown and surrounds. Bush breakfasts/dinners. Scenic coastal flights can also be arranged.

Hotel Features
  • Child Friendly
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Features
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • In-room Safe
  • Mini Bar
  • Private Bathroom
  • Turndown Service
  • Six spacious suites feature bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower, separate w.c, twin hand basin, large veranda and a private deck. Interior design reflects natural textures in hues of burnt aloe orange, rust and olive. Furnishings combine clean, contemporary sofas with venerable old collectables from the area.

    Cancellation Policy


    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.