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Kwandwe, Eastern Cape

The home of the rare blue crane, the Eastern Cape is also home to Kwandwe Camp. Don’t forget to check out the’big 5′ too.

Kwandwe means ‘place of the blue crane’ in isiXhosa and it is here that you have your best chance of seeing this rare, beautiful and vulnerable bird.

Kwandwe is also the place to see other threatened species too – like black wildebeest, crowned eagles, black-footed cats, Knysna woodpeckers and Cape grysbok – as well as the Big Five that are on every safaristi’s list of must-sees.

And sometimes you don’t have to travel far to capture your wildlife trophies. Kudu wander down to the river to drink. Cape otters play in the cool water – all within easy viewing distance of your observation deck.

Kwandwe, at a glance

  • A 22,000 hectare, malaria-free private wilderness
  • Choice of four different game lodges:
  • Great Fish River Lodge with jaw-dropping views over expansive countryside and riverside wildlife. Nine suites with bathrooms, verandas and plunge pools
  • Ecca Lodge with massive valley views. Six designer suites with very cool décor, indoor and outdoor showers, verandas and plunge pools
  • Uplands Homestead with authentic ‘Out-of-Africa’ ambience offering a private safari vehicle and large swimming pool. Three sumptuous suites with private bathrooms
  • Melton Manor is a frontier farmhouse with modern twists and sweeping forest views. Four guest rooms with en suites arranged around a charming courtyard. Available for single parties or as single suites

For leisure and pleasure

  • Twice daily game drives plus night drives
  • Interpretive bush walks
  • Big Five and big cats observation
  • Special children’s activities including spoor tracking, Ranger backpacks, ‘Horn & Stripes’ adventure drives, dedicated menus
  • Cultural visits to local community centre

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    KM, August 2020