Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, has grown the number of its award winning and highly skilled safari guiding team, inviting guests to opt-in to an extended range of specialist activities at any time during their stay.

A safari at Kwandwe is fun and interactive with flexibility and variety at the core of the guest experience. In addition to the twice daily game drives, Activity Guides are on standby every day at no extra cost for guests who would like to opt-in for a safari activity within the guides’ specific area of expertise – from Interpretive Bush Walks and Big Game walks to fishing and night drives.

Guests who would prefer to be guided privately may book a Specialist Guide at an additional cost that also includes the use of a private safari vehicle. In addition to privately hosted Big Game walking and fishing expeditions, these Specialist Guides also offer photographic and birding safaris. Guests choosing to experience the Save the Rhino Drive or the Rhino Conservation Safari are also hosted by a Specialist Guide together with members of the wildlife team.

At 22,000 hectares / 54,000 acres, approximately four times the size of Bermuda but with only 26 rooms split between two small safari lodges and three private safari villas, Kwandwe offers not just a personalised safari experience but a very private one as well. Furthermore, with just a small number of guests on the reserve at any one time, it boasts a light environmental impact and one of the highest land to guest ratios found anywhere in South Africa.

Each day guests can enjoy a number of different wildlife viewing activities hosted by the team of personable guides who reveal the wonders of Kwandwe’s vast wilderness by open topped 4×4, on foot or by boat. Guests are encouraged to spend as much time out of the vehicle as in. They can choose a thrilling Big Game walk, enjoy a slow safari on an Interpretive Bush Walk, pausing to learn about the reserve’s impressive biodiversity as well as the more difficult to encounter and observe insects, bird and wildlife or enjoy some quiet contemplation time surrounded by the African bush whilst fishing for bass.

Each with their individual interests and passions the guides’ areas of expertise are as varied as the reserve itself. Below is an introduction to just three of these highly trained individuals:

ALFIE CURLING

Having guided for 11 years at Kwandwe alone, there is nothing Alfie hasn’t mastered. He is Kwandwe’s lead Birding Guide with expert knowledge of Eastern Cape species. A competent and informative Walking Guide, a skill learnt young following his father on trails through the bush near the Kruger, his other big passion is fishing. Alfie has worked with the wildlife team to improve the fish species in Kwandwe’s two dams and now has great fun teaching guests to catch (and release) some fine specimens.

BRENDEN DREDGE

Also specialises in Walking and Birding Safaris and holds a degree in ichthyology making him Kwandwe’s most learned fisherman. His formative years living in the wilds of Zimbabwe, Kenya and Malawi developed his curiosity and interest in Africa’s smaller creatures and has consequently become particularly sharp on the calls of its birdlife.

RUAN SPRINGORUM

A professional photographer with 6 years’ under his belt even before joining Kwandwe, his initial enthusiasm for wildlife photography combined when growing up near the Kruger and accompanying his press photographer uncle on assignments. He also is a snake handler and expert 4×4 Off Road Driver.

All-inclusive prices from Rand 7900 (approx. £460; US$660; Euro500; AU$850*) per person staying at either Great Fish River Lodge or Ecca Lodge including all meals, drinks and a flexible choice of daily activities lead by expert guides. 

 

For more visit www.kwandwe.com

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