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The Cape – comprising Cape Town and the Winelands – is one of the biggest attractions for visitors to South Africa and has much to offer. Here our South Africa specialist (and former Capetonian) Annie gives her top five experiences for those looking for something new.
One of the best ways to take in the spectacular scenery that South Africa has to offer, rail travel couldn’t be further from a daily commute in the luxurious surroundings of Rovos Rail and the Blue Train. Here we give you the lowdown on what to expect and what separates these two outstanding experiences.
One of our South Africa specialists, Jen, recently saddled up for an exciting riding safari taking part in game census week at Ant’s Hill in the malaria-free Waterberg region of South Africa. Read on for more about Jen’s experience and all you need to know about exploring South Africa on horseback…
From the premier game viewing of the Kruger and malaria-free options in Madikwe and the Eastern Cape, to riding safaris in the Waterberg and getting off-the beaten-track in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – there is truly something for everyone. Here we give our lowdown on all that South Africa has to offer safari-wise – now all you have to do is decide which one(s) will suit you best!
South Africa and Mauritius couple superbly for a safari and beach holiday or honeymoon. Whilst South Africa offers both world class safari and cosmopolitanism, Mauritius encapsulates the very essence of laid-back island life. Start your adventure on the plains of one of South Africa’s many game rich national parks, spending your days on safari, tracking the Big Five and sipping on sundowners, before exploring the country’s vibrant cities or impressive coastal routes. A short flight to Mauritius takes you to another world of sugar white beaches, kaleidoscopic reefs and a verdant green mountainscapes. There, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like, whether it be soaking up the island’s unique Creole culture or whiling away lazy days under the shade of a leafy palm. The ultimate safari and beach combination for a year-round adventure.
This off-the-beaten-track itinerary is perfect for those searching for an authentic, scenic and cultural adventure as well as some independence that only a self-drive holiday can offer. Explore the historic KwaZulu-Natal for a truly unique experience of South Africa.
Self-driving in South Africa is how a number of people decide to travel as it tends to prove a more adventurous and affordable option, as well as giving you the freedom to explore. Self-driving is a hugely rewarding way to travel and appreciate the always stunning and ever-changing scenery. Here we give you our tips for taking to the open road.
Contemporary Cape Town hotels, beautiful Cape Dutch wine estates and luxurious private game lodges, all combine to make South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination. Here we give our top ideas for making South Africa the perfect honeymoon destination for you.
The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s premier wildlife destination and is one of the biggest attractions in this diverse country. Those wanting a luxury safari experience away from the crowds tend to favour the private concessions and here we give our guide to these.
Known as the Mother City, Cape Town has it all – history, culture, gastronomy and breath-taking scenery. Here we give you the low-down on our top Cape Town experiences and homes-away-from-home…
South Africa is without doubt the most family-friendly country in Africa and offers a wide-range of experiences to suit all ages and interests. From an exciting malaria-free safari to exploring the beautiful Cape to the warm Indian Ocean beaches along the Garden Route, we can help you put together the perfect holiday for your family. Here we give our rundown on our favourite spots for families to get you started.
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We asked Charley Boorman, the charismatic modern-day adventurer, travel writer and motorbike enthusiast about his travels to Africa and particularly South Africa...
Andrew Rattray is one of the leading battlefields guides, having succeeded his father as the guide at Fugitives’ Drift, the lodge his parents began in 1989. His father, David, tragically died in 2007, but was well known for his tours and lectures about Zulu history and culture – a mantle which is now carried by Andrew. We asked him a little about life as a battlefields guide…
After living in beautiful Cape Town, our South Africa specialist Annie was looking for a new experience, and where better to head than KwaZulu Natal. Filled with breath-taking scenery, Zulu culture, history and wildlife – KwaZulu Natal is off-the-beaten-track in South African terms and well worth a visit, particularly for return visitors.
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Best for: Culture History, Wildlife, Family
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is a vibrant, modern safari lodge, located on South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Kwandwe Ecca Lodge’s friendly staff and knowledgeable, engaging trackers will make a memorable safari adventure with plenty of wildlife sightings.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth, an ideal location to either commence or conclude your journey along the renowned Garden Route. A conservation victory, Kwandwe is home to thousands of animals, including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant and cheetah, as well as Africa’s famous ‘Big Five’.
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is designed of stone-and-mesh walls, sliding glass windows, timber and gauze doors and corrugated iron roofing, and embodies a “funk-meets-futuristic-farmhouse” ambience. The main guest areas include a spacious sitting room, dining room and bar area, interactive kitchen, sparkling rim-flow pool and unique interpretive centre. The six suites have been individually decorated in vibrant colours associated with a celebration of Africa. Every suite has a large en-suite bathroom with free-standing baths, as well as a separate lounge area. Wraparound wooden decks lead out onto private plunge pools whilst bringing guests closer to nature and the breathtaking views of the surrounding bushveld and over the escarpment. Outdoor showers also allow guests to experience a well-worn safari tradition in complete luxury and comfort.
Kwandwe offers its guests twice daily game drives starting in the early morning and then again in the late afternoon. Every drive is taken in a 4x4 open vehicle allowing undisturbed views of the bush and any wildlife that might be encountered. An armed ranger and experienced guide are always on hand to offer expert knowledge and tracking expertise. Guests should also make the most of bush walks around the lodge where a variety of animals can be seen, especially birds and some closer sightings of game such as buffalo herds, a variety of antelope species, warthog and some bushpig. Kwandwe also has some exciting conservation safaris, specialising in the dwindling population of rhino and how to preserve this endangered species.
When to go
The Eastern Cape remains a great destination for the family to visit all year, combining Mediterranean and sub-tropical weather, temperatures remain pleasant and rarely reach extremes. The dry season runs from September until March with temperatures falling slightly until August, with midday temperatures reaching around 22°C (72°F).
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Flights offer at Kwandwe, Sout
Complimentary flights between Kwandwe and Pot Elizabeth for 2019 Villa stays of a minimum of three nights with eight guests or four nights. In 2020 enjoy 50% discount on flights for stays of four nights or more. T&Cs apply. Subject to availability.
*All offers are subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please contact our team for more information.
Spend 3 to 4 hours tracking rhinos with an experienced and professional team. This is an incredible opportunity to witness at first hand the dedicated work of Kwandwe's rhino monitoring team and their conservation efforts of these endangered animals.
Children's Activities at Kwandwe
Kwandwe have a fantastic range of activities specifically tailored to children to ensure that their first safari experience is educational, engaging and unforgettable. From 'poo safaris' and spoor tracking, to fishing, art classes and treasure hunts.
Walking Safari in Kwandwe
Head out into the reserve accompanied by your guide, and work alongside a tracking team to get up close to the game on foot. Without the noise of the vehicle you will be astounded by how close you can get and all the sounds of the bush.
Game Drives in Eastern Cape
Included in your stay are morning and evening game drives. You will be guided by informative, professional rangers in open Land Rovers. Here you can explore the abundant wildlife, diverse vegetation and dramatic landscape of the Eastern Cape.
Game Drives in Kwandwe
Guests at Kwandwe can enjoy game drives in an open 4x4 safari vehicle where you could track the 'Big Five' and other wildlife as an experienced tracker and guide share their knowledge. This is a fantastic way to explore the vast and varied reserve.