Kwandwe Private Game Reserve - Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, 6140, South Africa

Area Information

Kwandwe is located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape near Grahamstown.

The nearest national airport is in Port Elizabeth, which lies 160 km (100 miles) from the reserve. There are daily scheduled flights from both Cape Town and Johannesburg international airports to Port Elizabeth.

The reserve lies approximately 65 km from the coast and is located in close proximity to the renowned Garden Route.

  • Kwandwe-map

Getting There

Flights

There is a daily scheduled flight from Port Elizabeth directly to the Kwandwe airstrip. It departs at 13h15 and takes approximately 45 minutes. The return scheduled flight departs Kwandwe at 10h00. Charter flights can also be organised. For both options please note that luggage is generally limited to 12 kg per person in soft travel bags.


Road Transfers

Numerous car rental agencies are located at Port Elizabeth Airport, however should you prefer a chauffeured transfer we will gladly organise this. Please enquire upon making your accommodation reservation. Guests who self-drive will leave their vehicle at our car park at Heatherton Towers and will be transferred to their lodge by open safari vehicle.

Self-Drive Directions

Please click on the link above to download the self-driving directions.

The distance from Port Elizabeth to Kwandwe is 160 km (100 miles) and can be comfortably covered by road in an hour and 45 minutes; from East London to Kwandwe is 185 km (115 miles) and will take 2 hours.


FROM PORT ELIZABETH TO KWANDWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

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’. It should be approx. 10 km’s between the Settlers Monument and the Fort Beaufort Road turnoff.
Wind your way through the Ecca Pass for approximately 19 kms. On your right you will see a large sign indicating ‘The Great Fish River Reserve’. Turn left into the gravel road opposite this sign. There are two smaller signs on the left marked ‘Kwandwe’ and ‘Kranzdrift’.
Travel about 5km to reach the Kwandwe gate, and continue straight along that road for a further 6km.
The first house on the left is Heatherton Towers Reception area, where you will check in and leave your car.
You will then be transferred to either Great Fish River Lodge, Ecca Lodge, Uplands Homestead or Melton Manor, which is between 15 – 30 minutes drive away.


FROM EAST LONDON TO KWANDWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

From East London travel along the N2 towards King Williams Town and then on to Grahamstown.
Before reaching Grahamstown turn right onto the road at the ‘R67 Fort Beaufort’.
Wind your way through the Ecca Pass for approximately 19 kms.
On your right you will see a large sign indicating ‘The Great Fish River Reserve’. Turn left into the gravel road opposite this sign. There are two smaller signs on the left marked ‘Kwandwe’ and ‘Kranzdrift’.
Travel about 5km to reach the Kwandwe gate, and continue straight for a further 6km.
The first house on the left is Heatherton Towers Reception area, where you will check in and leave your car.
You will then be transferred to either Great Fish River Lodge, Ecca Lodge, Uplands Homestead or Melton Manor, which are between 15– 30 minutes drive away.


PLEASE NOTE

Please be aware, as you approach the Lodge that you are in a wilderness area where predators and high-profile game roam freely. Do not leave your car for any reason. Should you require assistance, kindly call the Lodge on: 046 603 3400.
Wherever possible and available, we do provide covered parking for guest vehicles but please be advised that we cannot be held responsible for theft, loss or damage, howsoever caused, whilst vehicles are parked on our premises.

  • Arriving at Kwandwe by plane
  • Kwandwe Reception - Heatherton Towers
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