Kwandwe enjoys 30km (19 miles) of spectacular Great Fish River frontage and offers year round Big Five safaris near Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, South Africa.
This Big Five game reserve near Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa is a 2 hour drive from Port Elizabeth on excellent roads. Guests can self-drive, take a road transfer or fly-in directly by air charter to Kwandwe Game Reserve private airstrip.
Guests at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, South Africa, can see prolific African wildlife on comprehensive game drives where expert rangers track fascinating African animals, both big and small. All the Big Five, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard, are present as well as many endangered or threatened species.
The banks of the Great Fish River provide wonderful wildlife habitats and from June to August, the reserve puts on a fabulous display of flowering aloes. Kwandwe experiences hot, wet summers and cool, dry winters. Summer rainfall occurs between September and March.
Kwandwe Game Reserve is situated near Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa and 100km (62 miles) from the coast. It is easily accessible by road and air travel. Transfers can be arranged from Port Elizabeth.
Guests can take a scheduled flight to Port Elizabeth. A flight from Port Elizabeth directly to the Kwandwe airstrip takes about 30 minutes. Flights directly to the game reserve are scheduled for the morning or early afternoon to allow guests to enjoy an afternoon game drive on the day of arrival. Luggage is generally limited to 20kg (44 pounds) per person.
The distance from Port Elizabeth to Kwandwe is 160km (100 miles) and can be comfortably covered by road in 1 hour and 45 minutes. On arrival, guests park their vehicle at the Heatherton Towers car park and then take the transfer to their lodge by open safari vehicle.
Directions from Port Elizabeth
Travel eastwards along the N2 towards Grahamstown. Travel past Grahamstown and the Settlers Monument, ignoring the 'Beaufort Street' and R67 Port Alfred' turn offs. A few kilometres past Grahamstown turn left onto the road at the 'R67 Fort Beaufort' turn off.
Wind your way through 'Ecca Pass' for approximately 22km (14 miles) before turning left onto a gravel road at the 'Kwandwe' sign. This turn off is also marked 'Kranzdrift'. Travel for about 5km (3 miles) to reach the Kwandwe gate and continue straight along that road for a further 6km (4 miles).
The first house on the left is Heatherton Towers Reception area, where you can check in and leave your car. You will then be transferred to your accommodation which is 15 – 30 minutes away.
Directions from East London
Travel along the N2 towards King Williamstown and then on to Grahamstown. Before reaching Grahamstown turn right onto the road at the ‘R67 Fort Beaufort’ turn off. Follow the same directions as above from this point onwards.