Occasions

Celebrations on safari

With the introduction of Ilze Curling, our dedicated Celebrations Co-ordinator, combined with three elegant safari villas, two intimate lodges, a private airstrip and abundant wildlife, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is one of the South Africa's most sought-after destinations for the ultimate celebration. Personal consultations ensure that each birthday, anniversary, proposal, and wedding is perfectly crafted to deliver a creative and seamless celebration that also reflects your personality.

Thus, whether a cherished celebration for two or a festive affair for fifty-two (the full accommodation capacity of the reserve), special occasions abound with meaningful experiences and captivating moments within the African wilderness.

Kwandwe has a holistic approach to environmentally responsible practices and support of our community which is carried through to our style of celebration. In collaboration with local farms, villages and businesses, cuisine served at each event is fresh and locally sourced reducing food miles and decor accents, flowers and more are locally produced. 

A safari at Kwandwe is fun, immersive with flexibility at the core. Whatever the occasion, rest assured that your special event will be original in design, flexible in execution, environmentally conscious and memorable without exception.

 

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Safari nuptials

Inspired by the pristine natural surrounds and composed around Kwandwe’s ethos of ‘connected experiences’, weddings are designed to be filled with moments celebrated together in a way that is authentic to each couple, no matter the size of the celebration. Highly personalised ceremonies within the open African bush, surrounded by nothing but miles of wilderness, are contrasted with multi-day celebrations featuring a diverse array of safari experiences and get-togethers.

Game drives, Big Game walks, fishing and birding may be interspersed with cigar and whisky lunches deep in the reserve for the groom and his stags whilst the ladies enjoy spa treatments, a harvest table of freshly prepared seasonal delights and South Africa’s best sparkling wine back at one of the lodges.

A purposefully designed boma, inspired by a traditional open-air corral, is available on the banks of the Great Fish River with space for a dance floor and seating for up to 100 guests for larger, star-lit celebrations and ‘wild’ parties. Out on the reserve sandy river banks, escarpment plateaus with views to eternity and open kopjes provide a choice of magical wilderness settings for smaller gatherings. No two events will ever be the same with over 54 000 acres of wilderness on offer.

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Honeymoon Safari

If you are planning your honeymoon, Kwandwe offers a romantic getaway for two. Indulge with a pamper box on arrival, romantic turndown with sparkling wine and in-room massage treatments. Unwind in the peace and solitude of the African bush where time simply stands still.

A honeymooner’s escape, Great Fish River Lodge overlooks the waters of its namesake. Each room is blessed with its own plunge pool, some of which rest just metres from the river itself. The suite’s balcony looks across to the high river banks, where antelope, zebra and giraffe graze in full view of sublime outdoor showers.

 

Allow friends and family to complete your safari experience with an array of experiences and elegant items available through our online Gift Registry and store.

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Get down on one knee

Getting engaged is one of the most memorable experiences of your life, and with 54 000 acres of private wilderness, the landscape at Kwandwe offers a multitude of options to get down on one knee.

From pledging your love at sunset after an afternoon game drive, to dining under the vast night sky by candlelight - the options are endless.

Keep the romance going with breakfasts in the bush, locally made gin and craft beer tastings, couples spa treatments, or quiet moments by the pool.  

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Private escapes

Plan the perfect bush anniversary escape at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Suites at both lodges are spaced out well, creating some much-needed privacy and ensuring minimal light pollution. The sense of isolation and the deep, imposing quiet make stargazing an immersive experience. In-room (or on-balcony) spa treatments for an evening wind-down are the perfect way to end your day on safari. 

Whimsical lunches out on the reserve can be orchestrated for anniversary celebrations where bird song provides a natural recital. Share an unforgettable African sunset coupled with signature cocktails and quiet conversation. Go on a big game walking safari and experience our wildlife on foot. 

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Another year wiser

Whether you're celebrating someones 5th or 50th, our Celebrations Co-ordinator can tailor make the perfect birthday party, ensuring fond memories for years to come. Enjoy exclusive use of the entire reserve to celebrate milestone birthdays, like a special 60th or a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and have a party it up in complete privacy.   

Children and their folks will love our scavenger hunts across the reserve with thought-provoking clues to seek hidden items which will help you in your next task, or treasure hunts during a game drive which teach basic navigation using a sun-compass and how to use major landscape features in order to find the treasure! Top it all off with Big Five birthday cake decorating.

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Family gatherings

With families scattered across the globe, it becomes important to get together and reconnect once in a while. The two lodges and three villas accommodate fifty-two people in total, and are located close enough for larger parties to all feel part of the action. 

With freedom to choose families can explore the natural splendour of Kwandwe on early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives in an open 4x4 safari vehicle; experience the thrill of tracking big game on foot in the wilderness with our Big Game Walking Safaris; or select specialist safari experiences. 

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Location

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve location map

Big Five Game Viewing

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

Exclusivity

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