Specialist Safaris
Book a dedicated ranger and private vehicle for a completely flexible, specialist safari, founded on our ethos of conservation in action.

In addition to our daily activities, dedicated specialist rangers are on hand for those who are searching for a private experience. Tailormade to every wish, these specialist experiences include walking, fishing, birding or photographic safaris and are designed to create lasting memories and a connection to the wilds.

Private guide & vehicle

Led by a dedicated ranger and tracker team, booking a private guide and vehicle will ensure a private game viewing experience throughout your stay. Days are entirely up to you and mix and match chosen activities with specialist experiences and down time. Days run from 12:00pm to 12:00pm and private guides and vehicles must be booked for the duration of stay (already included for villa and Ecca Lodge Family Suite stays).

from R 12 650 per day

Rhino Monitoring Drive

Be part of a unique insight into how Kwandwe Private Game Reserve’s ecological team monitor and protect our notable population of black and white rhino. Led by one of the eco-team specialists, the 3-4 hour rhino drive focuses on finding and discussing specific individuals in the Kwandwe rhino population, learning about the habits of this threatened species, the issues of rhino poaching, and Kwandwe’s very own conservation efforts.

R 4 950 per person per drive (private guide & vehicle not required)

Rhino Conservation Safari

A three-night, four-day Rhino Conservation Safari offers an opportunity to participate in Kwandwe’s rhino-darting and notching programme. Under the supervision of experts, the rhino is darted in order to plant microchips into the horns and perform ear-notching for future identification – an essential task to ensure the preservation of this endangered species. The best time is generally 1 May – 30 September due to cooler weather conditions, however it can be done all year. The procedure is always subject to the availability of the wildlife management team as well as the availability of rhinos that need to be notched for conservation purposes.

R 68 750 per safari (max 8 guests); please contact us for availability and details. You may also read more about our rhino conservation efforts on the Kwandwe Rhino Trust website.

The below experiences require a private guide and vehicle to be booked at an extra cost for the duration of a stay. Rates are in addition to the private guide and vehicle:

Specialist photographic safaris

Book a specialist photographic guide to provide direction when it comes to capturing memories through the lens. Ask questions about camera settings, compositional ideas, and different wildlife scenarios, or simply sit back and connect with your safari experience whilst your guides takes photos for you. The experiences includes a selection of edited photographs in electronic format.

R 2 805 + private vehicle per day.

Specialist walking safaris

Allow one of our professional and experienced trail guides to shape your walking safari experience at Kwandwe. Choose to track large game, such as black and white rhino, elephant or buffalo, or immerse yourself in the smaller, often-forgotten aspects of the bush and watch as dung beetles go about their business or trace the pattern of a butterfly’s wings. With a private guide, the choice is yours.

R 2 805 + private vehicle per day.

Specialist birding safaris

Spend time looking for those elusive specials and add to your knowledge of South Africa’s birdlife with a specialist birding guide. These guides have detailed insight of where, when and how to find the birds you might be looking for and a an intimate understanding of Kwandwe’s 315 recorded species.

R 2 805 + private vehicle per day.