Place of the Blue Crane

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve flanks both the north and south banks of the meandering Great Fish River. The Indian Ocean’s breeze turns Kwandwe’s south-facing slopes into dense forest-like thickets of Euphorbia trees whilst the north-facing slopes span out into bushveld. Meaning ‘place of the blue crane’ in Xhosa, Kwandwe is home to South Africa’s national bird along with all of the Big 5.

Early morning and late afternoon/evening game drives allow visitors to view different animals’ habits. Cool mornings reveal grazing game while the late afternoon ushers animals to the river banks to drink. Nightfall showcases the reserve’s nocturnal residents: the aardvark, aardwolf, bat-eared fox and porcupine. Take a closer look at the wonders of the bush on foot and explore all the subtle intrigues you may have missed by car. Follow in the tracks of buffalo herds, rhino, bushbuck or bush pig. Kwandwe is home to a number of endangered species including the crowned eagle, black-footed cat and the blue crane.

The Blue Crane Conservation Club provides specialised activities to entertain and enrich the little ones in a safe, malaria-free environment. Let them connect with nature and reduce their own carbon footprint by planting the native Spekboom, learning to identify animal tracks, indulging in sand art, heading out on fishing trips and enjoying tailored game drives to view giraffe, zebra, monkeys and warthogs.

Highlights

  • Kwandwe is home to a number of endangered species such as the crowned eagle, black-footed cat, Knysna woodpecker, Cape grysbok and blue crane
  • Learn about indigenous plants and follow in the tracks of buffalo herds, rhino and bushbuck on nature walks through the euphorbia thicket
  • Early morning and late afternoon/evening drives allow visitors to view different animals including the Big 5
  • The Blue Crane Conservation Club provides specialised activities to entertain and enrich children in a safe, malaria-free environment
  • Kwandwe is home to a number of endangered species such as the crowned eagle, black-footed cat, Knysna woodpecker, Cape grysbok and blue crane
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