Backstage Kwandwe

19 — 22 September | 22 — 25 September 2024

Backstage Kwandwe

We invite you to join a week of behind-the-scenes activities at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. With limited participation, this is a unique opportunity to gain a first-hand understanding of the commitment required to sustain and conserve a private wilderness area in South Africa.

Kwandwe’s purpose as a tourism-conservation entity is to contribute sustainably to the environment, protect the incredible biodiversity of the Eastern Cape, and positively impact the surrounding communities. There are a number of procedures and activities that must take place daily in order for us to do this.

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What you will be doing
Delve into the Kwandwe conservation story with Director, Angus Sholto-Douglas.
Meet the antipoaching team and see the K9 dogs in action.
Plant spekboom and offset your carbon.
Get involved with the setting of camera traps.
Keystone species conservation through rhino darting & notching.
Interact with drone technology & the Earth Ranger software.
Meet the Kwandwe vets & spend time with the conservation team.

The Package

TOTAL: R47 760 per person

3-nights at Ecca Lodge: R34 200 per person (including 25% discount)

Conservation Contribution: R13 650 per person (rhino conservation fee + C&C levy)

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The Itinerary

Day 1

Afternoon game drive.

Sundowners with Angus Sholto Douglas, Director, and an introduction to the Great Fish River Valley and the Kwandwe conservation story.

Day 2

Set up of rhino monitoring camera traps.

Spekboom planting.

APU dog demonstration

Rhino walking safari

Demonstration of the thermal drones, Earth Ranger technology and Rouxcell collars.

Dinner with veterinarian Dr Will Fowlds.

Day 3

Full day of rhino conservation experiences, including notching, darting and collecting DNA samples.

Dinner with the rhino conservation team.

Day 4

Morning game drive and departure.

NB All experiences are weather dependent and the order of events may vary.

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The Kwandwe & La Clé Combo Offer

Combine Backstage Kwandwe with some R&R in the Cape Winelands at La Clé in Franschhoek and save 25% on accommodation.

Backstage Kwandwe + 3 nights at La Clé:
R 145 129 for two people sharing

This package for two people includes: Backstage Kwandwe package plus accommodation at La Clé Lodge in a Garden Room; a flight from Gqeberha to Cape Town; and return road transfers between PLZ airport and Kwandwe & CPT airport and La Clé.

Bookable through Stitch Across Africa