The 54,000 acre Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is in the heart of South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape and houses four separate lodges. It is a safari destination in its own right or could be the natural conclusion or beginning to a journey along the world-famous Garden Route.
Accommodation & Facilities
The four large en-suite bedrooms at Kwandwe Melton Manor are arranged around a central courtyard and swimming pool. The style here is of retro chic, a modern take on a contemporary frontier farmhouse, and each bedroom has a private verandah and air conditioning. Taken on an exclusive use basis, Melton Manor provides a butler and chef together with a private safari vehicle, ranger and tracker team. A library, sitting room, dining room and interactive kitchen complete the facilities.
Wildlife & Activities
Kwandwe is home to some intriguing habitats and good game, including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant and cheetah. Predators are often sighted and there’s a good chance (in the African winter months) of seeing the elusive aardvark. During a stay here guests can enjoy day and night game drives, guided bush walks, picnics, bush sundowners and fishing on the river, or can simply choose to do nothing and absorb this vast, private wilderness.
Kwandwe Melton Manor
Rockall family - SURREY, UK
TRAVEL DATE: AUG 15 POSTED: SEP 2015
Really luxurious and great safari area. The catering was truly superb but possibly too much food. Great staff. Very well looked after. Would very happily return one day.
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The Potter Family - DERBYSHIRE, UK
TRAVEL DATE: SEPT 2013 POSTED: NOV 2013
An amazing lodge set in an amazing location, this place was perfect.
From the first minute we arrived, we were treated to impeccable service from all of the Melton Manor staff.
The reserve itself was very well managed and the safa... Read More
An amazing lodge set in an amazing location, this place was perfect. From the first minute we arrived, we were treated to impeccable service from all of the Melton Manor staff. The reserve itself was very well managed and the safaris were organised to provide us with sights of many different animals and birds in their natural habitat. Less
Kwandwe Melton Manor
Greg & Audrey - CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2011 POSTED: OCT 2013
This is the most idyllic place with absolutely wonderful staff who attended to our every need. We have had a holiday of a lifetime - thank you! The game drives were amazing! Seeing a cheetah and her four babies feeding, a lion and... Read More
This is the most idyllic place with absolutely wonderful staff who attended to our every need. We have had a holiday of a lifetime - thank you! The game drives were amazing! Seeing a cheetah and her four babies feeding, a lion and lioness hunting and happening upon a herd of elephants on a night drive were definite highlights for us. Less
Kwandwe Melton Manor
John Spence - CALIFORNIA, USA
TRAVEL DATE: 2012 POSTED: OCT 2013
Kwandwe Melton Manor has a greant blend of modern furnishings with antiques. It had a great sense of fun while retaining a focus on the game and therefore keeping a great atmosphere. The small touches make the difference – ... Read More
Kwandwe Melton Manor has a greant blend of modern furnishings with antiques. It had a great sense of fun while retaining a focus on the game and therefore keeping a great atmosphere. The small touches make the difference – the staff all knew who we were by name, they ran baths for us all for when we got back from the game drive complete with a tray of home made delicacies and a Springbok shot. The guide here, Alfie, is great – huge fun, very knowledgeable and really had an obvious passion for the bush. His girlfriend is the chef and the food here was excellent! Another nice touch was the hatch into the rooms so for the wake up call with coffee they just put it in the hatch and you could retrieve it. Less
When is the best time
to go on a safari holiday in South Africa?
South Africa is very much a country of two halves in terms of climate, with the north or the country, including Kruger National Park, the Madikwe Reserve and the reserves of KwaZulu Natal experiencing very different weather throughout the year to that found along the southern coast in the Kwandwe Reserve and Cape Town.
January and February
In the north of the country these summer months in South Africa bring hot temperatures and some rain, but wildlife tends to be in good health and give birth to their young and migrating birds move through these areas. The clear air and dramatic skies mean photography can be great.
In the south the summer months are the best time to visit with sunny days and a much lower chance of rain.
March and April
In the north these months spell the end of the rains and can be a ‘mid-season’ for the numbers of safari visitors and prices. The bush becomes more lush and green and animals are in great condition. These months are a fantastic time of year to combine a safari in northern South Africa with a holiday in Cape Town.
Although autumn in the south of South Africa means cooler days, it’s still a great time to visit Cape Town and the southern coast, with the grape harvest being a draw to the Winelands of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl.
May to August
The north of South Africa is firmly into winter, although here this means clear sunny days and cooler evenings and nights – make sure you’ve got something warm for those early morning drives on an open safari vehicle. As the bush dies back wildlife viewing becomes easier as vistas open up and animals are also drawn to the remaining permanent water. Although these months are holiday months for Europeans, they're not for South Africans, so there can be some surprising bargains.
Winter in Cape Town and the southern coast of South Africa is the time the weather is at its most varied with clear days quickly becoming cold and wet. It’s a time for all but the most determined or hardy to steer clear of this area of the country.
September and October
Temperatures are climbing in the north and game viewing is very good. The land is starting to look parched, animals are driven to water and the dust in the air means sunsets can be spectacular. These are super months to combine a safari in the north with a stay in Cape Town.
November and December
The first rains can fall in the north of South Africa in November and December, but the short sharp showers that do fall can take some of the heat out of the air and leave a wonderful ‘post rain’ scent. Wildlife viewing is still very good and the first flush of new grass adds to the beauty of the scenery. A Christmas safari in the warmth is an excellent way to avoid the cold damp weather of the northern hemisphere.
Quite rightly these months are high season for holidays to Cape Town, South Africa’s Winelands and the southern coast. Days are hot and sunny and the evenings are warm enough to sit out and enjoy a fabulous meal al fresco.
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