Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a conservation victory. Comprising just 26 rooms split across two intimate lodges and three villas, the reserve offers one of the highest land-to-guest ratios in South Africa. The successful development of this high yield/ low impact conservation model is key to furthering our numerous conservation initiatives.
The 22,000 hectares (54 000 acres) of pristine wilderness is home to the famous Big 5 as well as a diverse number of smaller and more unusual species. Thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant and cheetah roam these expansive plains. The Reserve is also sanctuary to numerous other threatened and endangered species.
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 our social development partner, the Ubunye Foundation, we invest in projects that improve lives and create sustainable livelihoods opportunities in marginalised rural communities.
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.
For every night you spend with us at Kwandwe, you make a difference through your Community & Conservation Levy. Funds are split equally between our conservation and community projects and initatives and the levy applies to all guests 12 years and older.
If you would like to do more, join us in a variety of activities to get to know our people, participate in some of our vital conservation work, and give back to the community which makes the Kwandwe experience possible.