Getting there

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is located approximately 65 km from the east coast of South Africa, close to the renowned Garden Route, in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. The reserve is ideally located for both fly-in and self-drive safaris and is the perfect add-on to an itinerary featuring other destinations in South Africa (Cape Town and the Garden Route), or other Southern African countries.



There are two national airports close to Kwandwe: Port Elizabeth (PLS), 160km/100 miles away; and East London (ELZ), 185km/115 miles away.


There are daily scheduled flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg international airports to both Port Elizabeth and East London Airports, followed by either a 2-hour drive by road or a short helicopter flight to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.



Flying time to Kwandwe: 35 minutes

From R 35 000 (single way; from Port Elizabeth or East London)
1 – 4 guests

Fixed wing flights

Flying time to Kwandwe: 20 mins

From R 25 000 (single way; from Port Elizabeth or East London)
Seats 1 – 8 passengers


It is also possible to fly by private charter directly to Kwandwe’s airstrip. One of only two in South Africa, it is a tarred, Category 3 private airstrip allowing for exceptional private travel anywhere in Southern Africa. Please find the starting rates below, or contact us for a personalised quote.

Route To / From Kwandwe Time Rates Info
Cape Town International (CPT) 1hr 50 From R 110 000
Single journey from CPT
A King Air with 2 crew members.
Seats 1 – 8 passengers
Please contact us for round trip fares & luggage restrictions.
Johannesburg OR Tambo (JNB) 2 hrs From R 120 820
Single journey from JNB
Plettenberg Bay (PBZ) 50 mins From R 64 840
Single journey from PBZ
Port Elizabeth (PLZ) 20 mins From R 40 000
Single journey from PLZ
East London (ELS) 20 mins From R 25 000
Single journey from ELS


It is possible to drive to Kwandwe.

If self-driving, the distance from Port Elizabeth to Kwandwe is approximately 160 km (100 miles) and can be comfortably covered by road in an hour and 45 minutes. From East London to Kwandwe is 185 km (115 miles) and will take approximately 2 hours. The roads are in an excellent condition and a 2-wheel drive vehicle is sufficient for the journey. Self-drive guests can leave their vehicle in other car park at Heatherton Towers and will be transferred to their lodge by safari vehicle.

We can also arrange chauffeured road transfers from Port Elizabeth Airport, or other areas on request.