Kwandwe Uplands Homestead

Game Lodge, Eastern Cape Game Reserves

A private manor house surrounded by uninterrupted valleys and views in the heart of nature.


Along the Great Fish River you’ll find Kwandwe – one of the most well-loved game reserves in South Africa. The expansive 22,000-hectare pristine reserve will feel like yours alone to explore, making it one of the best safari holiday spots. Feel the warmth of the community while sitting under the shade of every tree and the adventure of true-Africa every time you hear the roar of a lion. 

The prominence of the Big Five at Kwandwe will leave you spoilt for choice. In fact, you might just find yourself even more spellbound by the incredible bird life that this area is renowned for – after all, it is home to the majestic Fish Eagle and endangered national bird of South Africa, the Blue Crane.


The accommodation at Kwandwe is magical but there is one accommodation in this park that promises a truly unforgettable stay. The Uplands Homestead really provides a private slice of Kwandwe to guests. Set in the centre of a private valley, this farmhouse that was built in 1905 will provide a truly unique safari experience.

Guests at Uplands Homestead have a host of staff to tend to their every whim – from a private ranger ready to take you on a great adventure to a private chef who will have delicious meals prepared for your whole party every meal time.

The three suites are individually designed and the grand interior is filled with 1820’s vintage furniture but with modern touches.  Relax in one of the claw-foot bathtubs reminiscing of the day’s adventures or soak up some sun poolside.


Kwandwe offers adventure-seekers the best game viewing in the Eastern Cape. From game drives, to bush walks and walking safaris, there is plenty of opportunity to not just see the Big Five but to walk in their footsteps. 

For those in search of sheer relaxation, Kwandwe offers luxurious and natural in-room pampering while budding chefs can partake in a cooking class or two during their stay.

Kwandwe does plenty to cater for the kids too with plenty of activities, day trips and educational past-times to keep even the youngest children entertained, ensuring a great luxury holiday for all.

Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome at Uplands Homestead.


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When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.

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