Travel Tips

What to expect

WEATHER: Hot, wet (400 - 550 mm./15 - 21”) summers and cool, dry winters

RAINFALL: Generally, 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 a 2.1 km tarred runway. Coordinates available on request.

MALARIA: This is a malaria free reserve


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: for hot summer months, 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 documents

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.


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


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