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

A sanctuary for endangered animals

Thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant and cheetah roam these expansive plains. The meaning of Kwandwe in isiXhosa is “Place of the Blue Crane”, and our Reserve is the proud home to a population of these rare, highly endangered birds (South Africa’s National Bird).

The Reserve is also sanctuary to other threatened species including the Knysna woodpecker, Cape grysbok, black wildebeest, crowned eagle and black-footed cat.

  • Kwandwe cheetah sprint
  • Kwandwe Zebra & calf
  • Kwandwe white rhino & calf

Our Top Conservation Victories

  • Reclaiming 22,000 hectares (54 000 acres) of farmland and placing it under wildlife conservation.
  • Providing a refuge for the sensitive sub-tropical thicket vegetation.
  • Reclaiming areas of intense and often damaging agriculture.
  • The reintroduction of the endangered black rhinoceros.
  • Returning cheetah to the Great Fish River Valley for the first time since 1888.
  • The reintroduction of small and mostly rare felid species eradicated from the area, such as the Serval, African wildcat and Small Spotted Cat.
  • Eleven post graduate research studies conducted on wildlife and vegetation on Kwandwe.

  • The reintroduction of some 7000 wild animals, including elephant, both species of rhino, hippo, lion, leopard, brown hyena etc.
  • On average sub-tropical thicket stores 40 tons of carbon per ha. Kwandwe has in excess of 13,000 hectares of sub-tropical thicket, amounting to 520,000 tons of carbon being stored on the property.
  • The reestablishment of populations of disease-free Cape Buffalo, Cheetah, Lion, White Rhino and Black Rhino on many game reserves in South Africa from Kwandwe’s founding stock.
  • Providing a breeding refuge for the Blue Crane.
  • Kwandwe Lioness with cub cuddling
  • Kwandwe kudu
Classic Portfolio The Safari Awards 2017 The Safari Awards 2016