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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa
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Take 20,000 hectares of farmland. Restore it and restock it with wildlife. Overlap it with six biomes. Place it in an area that is malaria free and within a two-hour drive of a major airport, sun drenched coastline, and fun family attractions. Add the intrigue of a frontier land and wars between Dutch farmers, English settlers and Xhosa people. The result? A small gem. Kwandwe, place of the blue crane in Xhosa, is an ideal safari destination for families that want more from their holiday that birding and wildlife viewing.
Getting There
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is located in the Great Fish River region of South Africa's Eastern Cape and is roughly a 2-hour drive, on excellent roads, from Port Elizabeth. Both major carriers and low-cost airlines service the Port Elizabeth airport. Road transfers are available from Port Elizabeth; reservations can be made through reserve lodges. A variety of car rental companies operate from the Port Elizabeth airport.
When to Travel
The climate in Kwandwe is temperate. The average high ranges between 20°C - 24°C (68°F - 75°F). While rain is possible year-round, showers are most likely from October to March. Game viewing is best from July to September. The peak season (December, January, April, and July) coincides with South African school holidays.
Health & Safety
Animal hazards and exposure to the sun are the principal health risks at this game park. Listen to your guide. Follow the safety guidelines put together by your safari lodge. Don't taunt or tease animals. Use common sense and closely supervise your kids. Wear a hat and sunglasses. Apply sunscreen. Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is malaria-free.
Things to Keep in Mind
Traveling in winter? Plan to dress in layers; early mornings in Kwandwe can be chilly. Pack a hat, jacket and gloves. Driving to the park? Get gate opening and closing times from your safari lodge.
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