Exclusive, Hands-On Game Drives. Relais & Chateau Lodges


Facilities & services

  • Ecca Lodge
  • Great Fish River Lodge
  • Uplands Homestead
  • Melton Manor


  • Game Drives
  • Bush Walks
  • Cultural Tours
  • Archaeological and Historical tours
  • Historical Talks and Tours
  • Rhino research
  • Photographic safaris
  • Carnivore Research
  • Flight of the Blue Crane (coastal air safari from fixed wing aircraft)
  • Trips to Grahamstown

Kwandwe offers a more ‘sporting’ and tangibly wild safari. Its size (22,000 hectares) and a lower density of the Big Five means you really participate with the tracking process further supplemented by the fact that the reserve is only open to guests staying at its lodges.

Just north of Grahamstown, thereby close to the coast, and following the Great Fish River for around 30km, this reserve is wealthy in biodiversity and spekboom flora. It also happens to be malaria-free.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Kwandwe’s more endangered species such as blue cranes, the knysna woodpecker, black-footed cats, black wildebeest, cape grysbok and crowned eagle. The reserve also offers some superb nocturnal safaris to see the elusive aardwolf and aardvark.

There are two safari lodges within the reserve – Great Fish River Lodge and Ecca Lodge – and three sole-use villas – Fort House, Uplands Homestead and Melton Manor.

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