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

Safari Tips

What to Expect

  • Weather: Hot, wet (400 - 550 mm./15 - 21”) summers and cool, dry winters
  • Rainfall: September to March
  • Temperature: Daytime temperatures in summer (October to March) are high and may soar above 36°C/97°F. Winter (May to August) is known to produce beautiful warm days, though the evenings and early mornings can be very chilly.
  • Best time to travel: Game viewing excellent year round
  • Altitude: 250 – 490m/ 820-1574ft above sea level
  • Vegetation: Kwandwe’s vast landscape is affected by the ocean, with south-facing slopes capturing moisture from the sea breezes resulting in denser or taller vegetation and brightly coloured lichens. In contrast, the north-facing slopes tend to be drier and more open and feature striking aloes, which flower in spectacular profusion during the winter months (June to August). Forest-like thickets of tree euphorbia grow on the steep, south-facing slopes. These spiny plants are immune to destruction from most animal species (except the black rhino) thanks to the poisonous milky latex they exude.
  • Airstrip: Kwandwe has 2 airstrips. One is a bush airstrip; the other is a 2.1 km tarred runway. Coordinates available on request.
  • Malaria: This is a malaria free reserve
  • Ratio of guests to staff: 1 to 3
  • Lodge closure: June annually for upgrades and refurbishments

What to Pack

While basics like sunscreen, batteries and an extensive range of branded safari wear can be bought from most of our lodge Safari Shops, we would recommend you bring the following:

  • Clothing: light cotton trousers, cotton shorts, light cotton shirts (long and short sleeved), comfortable walking shoes, sandals, shower-proof rain jacket / windbreaker, good sun hat, fleece, bathing suit. For winter, pack an extra warm jacket, woollen hat, scarf and gloves.
  • Other: insect repellent, small torch, suntan lotion, sunglasses, camera (telephoto lens recommended) and binoculars.

Travel Documentation

Please note that from 1 June 2015, new South African regulation requires children under the age of 18 to possess an unabridged birth certificate and for visa applications to be made in person; please enquire at your local South African embassy for more detailed information.

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