Kwandwe, Eastern Cape

South Africa

Stylish villas and personal service in glorious malaria-free big five country. The guiding here is excellent.

Stay at Kwandwe Private Game reserve and you’ll find your own slice of safari heaven.

From a spacious converted farmhouse to a colonial-style homestead, its five lodges are all different in style and size are spread among a 54,000-acre wilderness teeming with wildlife. Classily styled Great Fish River Lodge is one of our favourite grown-up lodges, while Ecca Lodge, Uplands Homestead, Melton Manor and Fort House are great for families, as each comes complete with a savvy team of staff.

On safari, you will be able to see rhino, lion and buffalo thrive. For something a little different, venture out on safari at night where you can encounter harder-to-come-by sightings of the nocturnal aardwolf and aardvark.

In between safaris, you can cool off in the swimming pool or enjoy orchestrated picnics by the Great Fish River. Sundowners are a must when returning from exploring the bushveld, and fun dinners in outdoor bomas are a real highlight.

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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Fly into Port Elizabeth Airport an easy two-hour drive away or Plettenberg Bay, both easily connected with Cape Town and Johannesburg. There is also a short lodge hop flight from either airport.

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