Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a wilderness playground for a family getaway. Each family is different and we tailor every safari to suit yours, from the young years to the young at heart.

There is an abundance of things to do at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve to suit the whole family’s sense of adventure and holiday ambitions. For exclusive-use bookings at the villas and at the Ecca Lodge family suites, guests can design their own safari timetables, with no minimum age restrictions, including game drives at flexible times of the day. For parents looking for a special date night, child-minders are available with prior arrangement at no additional cost.

The below activities are just a selection of what is on offer to suit your family’s style, needs and sense of adventure.


On arrival, children receive a welcome gift, which includes an activity book comprising animal checklists and themed games, as well as a pledge to ‘live green’ (‘Junior’ for under 6’s and ‘Senior’ for ages 6 and up), and crayons or pencils. All our safaris are tailored to suit your family’s needs, whether that be rising a little later in the morning, or focusing on specific interests. Our aim is to allow the whole family to connect with one another and the wild spaces of Kwandwe.

If required, experienced childminders are available by prior arrangement at no additional cost.


Adventurous activities on the reserve include scavenger hunts with thought-provoking clues to seek out hidden items, Minnow’s fishing trips, and treasure hunts using major landscape features in order to find the treasure! Back at base, kids can get involved in beading, a ‘Chefs-in-Training’ cooking lesson including baking and pizza-making, eco-educational board games, sand art, and African bedtime stories.

Giving back

Get involved in planting Spekboom to offset your carbon footprints. Spekboom is a type of thicket vegetation that is native to the Eastern Cape and one of the top five carbon-storing vegetations on the planet. Families can also participate in Kwandwe’s voluntourism activities through the Ubunye Foundation, which works with communities living in and surrounding the reserve. Young guests can assist with gardening projects at the local Mgcamabele Community and participate in arts and craft activities. Toddlers are invited to join in playtime at the pre-school.

Food & meals

A children’s menu is available at all lodges, with fun and nutritious mealtime options such as fish cakes with veggies and homemade chips; vegetable soup and freshly baked bread; DIY pizzas with fun toppings; fresh fruit salad; homemade chocolate brownies and more!