A brief history of Kwandwe The area around Kwandwe is steeped in history, including the arrival in the late 1700s of Dutch ivory hunters, followed by British farmers. Fort House takes its name from a wattle and daub structure that was built as a sentry post for a crossing point on the Great Fish River, often used as a cattle- rustling route and bounty collection area. Centuries later, the founders of the reserve have embarked region’s natural habitat, rich in African wildlife. It’s now an esteemed safari destination offering peace and quiet in a luxurious setting. on a vision to emphasise the
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Enjoy the thrill of a safari while staying in Fort House , a sole-use, eight-sleeper villa in South Africa’s Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Fort House, formerly the owners’ home, opened its doors to guests in July this year; it’s one of five impressive safari lodges in the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Between daily game drives tracking the “Big Five” (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), you can relax on the terrace watching wildlife wander by, as the animals make their way to the nearby watering hole. Lounge on the expansive front lawn, enjoy a swim in the pool and dine under the stars around the traditional boma – all with sweeping views over the expansive reserve – or just spend some quiet time in the study and enjoy a massage in the spa treatment room. Whatever you choose, a complement of staff is on hand to discreetly ensure everything is taken care of. The property boasts two master bedrooms and two twin suites, as well as free-flowing living and entertainment areas. Artwork by local South African artists is represented in all the rooms, while the high ceilings and large glass floor-to- ceiling doors help to frame the wilderness beyond.
Fact File Getting there: Kwandwe is in the Eastern Cape near Grahamstown, 160km from Port Elizabeth. There are daily flights from both Cape Town and Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, though we suggest a leisurely drive from the Cape, along the Garden Route, taking a few days to enjoy the journey. What to do in the area: The wide variety of activities available includes 4x4 game drives, boating, fishing, big game walking, a three-day rhino conservation safari and a community voluntourism programme. You can also enquire about participating in anti- poaching rhino darting and tracking. Cost: From R59,970 (approx. S$6,000) per night for the whole villa, including all meals, drinks and an engaging variety of daily safari activities hosted by a dedicated guide and tracker team. Info: kwandwe.com
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