Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a conservation victory. Comprising just 26 rooms split across five intimate lodges and villas, providing understated luxury and one of the highest land to guest ratios in South Africa. The successful development of this high yield/ low impact conservation model is key to furthering our numerous conservation initiatives.

The 22,000 hectares (54 000 acres) of pristine wilderness is home to the famous Big 5 as well as a diverse number of smaller and more unusual species. Thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant and cheetah roam these expansive plains. The Reserve is also sanctuary to numerous other threatened and endangered species.


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Our Conservation Victories

Reclaiming 22,000 hectares (54 000 acres) of farmland and placing it under wildlife conservation

The reintroduction of the endangered black rhinoceros

Returning cheetah to the Great Fish River Valley for the first time since 1888

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

Reclaiming areas of intense and often damaging agriculture

The reintroduction of small and mostly rare felid species eradicated from the area, such as the Serval, African wildcat and Small Spotted Cat

The reintroduction of more than 7000 wild animals, including elephant, both species of rhino, hippo, lion, leopard, brown hyena etc

Providing a breeding refuge for the Blue Crane

Eleven post graduate research studies conducted on wildlife and vegetation on Kwandwe

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

Providing a refuge for the sensitive sub-tropical thicket vegetation

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Conservation  |  23 July 2019

Kings of Kwandwe

With lion numbers declining rapidly throughout Africa seeing the Panthera Leo in the wild is becoming less guaranteed. Furthermore, being nocturnal hunters, those that do have the good fortune of catching a glimpse of the king of beasts will more often find them being most unbeastly – generally l...

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Conservation  |  11 October 2017

Kwandwe - Rebirth of an African Wilderness Part 1

Kwandwe is situated in the diverse and scenic Great Fish River valley of the Eastern Cape. The River, which runs through the reserve, is of great historical significance in South Africa, having been one of the most hotly contested frontiers during the Settler-Xhosa wars.

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Big Five Game Viewing

Kwandwe is one of the largest private Big Five game viewing areas in South Africa


With 54 000 acres of private wilderness, accommodating a maximum of 52 guests, making Kwandwe one of the highest land:guest ratios in South Africa

Easy Access

Located perfectly for a self-drive or fly-in safari