Kwandwe is committed to making a positive and lasting difference in the rural Eastern Cape, one of South Africa’s least developed provinces. Working through its social development partner, the Ubunye Foundation, Kwandwe invests in projects that improve lives and create sustainable livelihoods opportunities in marginalised rural communities.

Every guest staying at Kwandwe makes a direct contribution to community development through the Conservation and Community Levy (funds raised from this levy are split equally between these two initiatives). If you would like to find out more or contribute further, please see our Get Involved information sheet.


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Our Community Initiatives

  • Creation of The Ubunye Foundation to support and empower local communities through a holistic community development model.
  • Over 200 people from rural communities directly employed, at least half of whom are women (on average every employee supports 5 additional family members).
  • Housing and services provided for over 400 people.
  • Allocation of land on the reserve and facilitation of construction of the Mgcamabele Community Centre.
  • On-site Pre-school and Aftercare services provided for children of staff with meals served daily.
  • Dedicated Wellness Programme providing primary healthcare support and counselling for staff and families.         
  • Construction and maintenance of a formal primary school and teacher’s accommodation within 2 km of our Eastern boundary.         
  • Leadership and professional development training for staff with an on-site computer training centre.
  • Donation of land for the development of an agri-village.         
  • Co-funded Rhodes University in the construction of a Development Centre.


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The Soul of Kwandwe

The Ubunye Foundation was established by the founders of Kwandwe in 2002 as an integral part of their commitment to the local area and has grown to become an independent non-profit organization with a reputation for work that is innovative and rooted in a genuinely developmental approach. The Eastern Cape is by many measures the poorest province in South Africa with approximately 60% of its population of 7 million people living in rural areas. Ubunye (meaning ‘togetherness’ in isiXhosa) is committed to the idea that our wellbeing as human beings is interconnected and their programmes focus on community leadership; savings and financial education; livelihoods; early childhood development and health. They initially worked with people living within Kwandwe’s boundaries and as word spread they were invited to expand their work into other communities. Whilst the relationship with Kwandwe remains very strong, Ubunye has expanded its reach beyond the reserve and currently works in nearly 30 communities in the Makana and Ngqushwa Municipal Districts.


If you would like to connect further during your stay at Kwandwe please click here 

If you would like to find out more visit the Ubunye Foundation website click here

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Community  |  18 December 2018

Celebrating our Kwandwe Community

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Community  |  11 October 2017

Communities work together through group savings

This story highlights how mobilisation in communities has brought about individuals and groups to work together through savings groups. Mrs. Nobengazi Ndwayana from Vela community, Ndwayana Village, shares her journey with the Vela Savings and Credit Group (SCG) that started in 2014.

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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