Kwantu Private Game Reserve

Escape the hustle and bustle to where luxury and nature collide. Immerse yourself in five star comfort and good hospitality.

Grade

Pretty Wild

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

Yes

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

Kwantu Private Game Reserve is a place of immersion, a retreat and gathering place with an absorbing and spirited atmosphere. Located in South Africa’s malaria-free adventure province, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, the 6 000 hectares, big five, five-star nature reserve is positioned in one of the most biologically varied regions of the country. Kwantu Private Game Reserve is located on the legendary Sidbury Plains, in the heart of Frontier Country, along with the banks of the Bushman’s River – a mere hour’s drive from Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Kwantu continuously strives for improvement and enhancement, and therefore, in addition to the Big Five, Kwantu Private Game Reserve boasts many other facilities and offerings. These include various accommodation types to suit all guests (families are welcome), swimming pools, a domestic animal touch farm, herb garden, reptile center, museum, cricket field, tennis courts, entertainment area and much more. Kwantu Private Game Reserve is home to the big five game animals, including the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros.
Kwantu Reserve is located in one of the most biologically varied regions in South Africa, with many of the biomes still unspoiled. The wildlife reserve is set in a mix of grasslands, fynbos, valley bushveld and sub-tropical vegetation which is home to African game such as the Big Five, zebras, giraffes, hippos, wildebeest, eland, impala, kudu, springbuck, cheetahs, warthog, lynx, caracal, jackals and meerkat roam the Sidbury plains.
With more than 250 bird species having been recorded in the area, Kwantu Private Game Reserve is also a bird watcher’s paradise with a great diversity of birds within forest, riverine, gorge and savannah habitats.
CONFERENCES
What better way to spend your business function than in the natural setting of Kwantu Private Game Reserve’s luxury conference center?
The venue caters for up to 1000 delegates (seated cinema-style) or 500 delegates (lecture-room style). The center includes dedicated lounges, furnished with attractive, comfortable couches for ‘between-lecture’ relaxation More intimate venues for smaller delegates numbers are also available. Catering and equipment hire is included in conference packages.
What better way to spend your business function than in the natural setting of Kwantu Private Game Reserve’s luxury conference center?
The venue caters for up to 1000 delegates (seated cinema-style) or 500 delegates (lecture-room style). The center includes dedicated lounges, furnished with attractive, comfortable couches for ‘between-lecture’ relaxation More intimate venues for smaller delegates numbers are also available. Catering and equipment hire is included in conference packages.
SAFARI WEDDING
Special occasions such as weddings are usually best set in spectacular surroundings where the events, guests, and memories are ones that will last a lifetime.
Kwantu Private Game Reserve provides an idyllic setting to make that special day even more memorable. What could be more special than a wedding out on the Sidbury Plains, followed by exotic African and Asian cuisine prepared by the Reserve’s executive chef?
Kwantu offers various venues, where up to 900 guests may be invited, and we assure you that your special day will be one to remember.

WELCOME TO THE EASTERN CAPE
Kwantu Private Game Reserve is located on the legendary Sidbury Plains, in the heart of Frontier Country, along with the banks of the Bushman’s River – a mere hour’s drive from Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Travelers from Cape Town will take the N2 towards Port Elizabeth, enjoying the scenic Garden Route and all its splendor, en-route to Kwantu.
A drive from Durban will see you traveling along the N2 through the majestic Transkei, and should you be visiting us from Bloemfontein, enjoy the beautiful countryside whilst driving along the N10. Visitors will take the N2 to Grahamstown from Nelson Mandela Bay, and continue for approximately 80 km turning left at the Sidbury turnoff and following the signs to Kwantu (approximately 15km later). Rolling hills, flat grasslands, lush forests, and historical frontier architecture will greet you at Kwantu. The unspoiled bushveld and clear blue skies meet to provide a magnificent setting to explore the rich wildlife and intriguing history of this scenic paradise.
In the midst of the Kwantu Reserve, lies the village of Sidbury. The Sidbury Plains, resting within the heart of Frontier Country, have a war-torn history. During the early 19th Century, many a fierce battle was waged between the British Settlers and the local people on these rolling grassy fields. The old house in Greenvale farm belonged to Henry Nosworthy and his wife Johanna Katerina and their seven daughters during the 1850s. Henry had emigrated to the Cape in 1839, where his brother drowned in Table Bay. His brothers’ son Spencer, was working as a horticulturist in Cape Town when Nosworthy started ordering seeds for Greenvale. Greenvale was sold to Captain Harrison after the First World War, by Henry’s son George. Since the visit to Sidbury by HRH, The Queen of England, in 1861, the famous Sidbury cricket ground continues to host contests.
THE EASTERN CAPE
This rich and culturally diverse region is the birthplace of international peace guru, and former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Renowned for its magnificent beaches and favorable climate, the Eastern Cape offers visitors a feast of adventure, from yacht cruises, scuba diving expeditions, and watersports, to safaris and township tours.
Nelson Mandela Bay
Nelson Mandela Bay (formerly known as Port Elizabeth) incorporates Port Elizabeth, Despatch and Uitenhage is a tourist destination in its own right. The Bay hosts a growing national airport, some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, a Dolphinarium and Aquarium, a host of outdoor adventures, and The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex – a thriving hub of cuisine, nightlife, and entertainment for all ages.
Port Elizabeth
The coastal city hosts a growing national airport, some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, an oceanarium, a host of outdoor adventures, various entertainment and shopping complexes – which are thriving hubs that offer different cuisines, nightlife, and entertainment for all ages.
Uitenhage
This historical town was founded on in 1804 by landdrost (district magistrate) Jacob Glen Cuyler and named in honor of the Cape’s Commissioner-General Jacob Abraham Uitenhage de Mist by the Dutch Cape Colony governor, Jan Willem Janssens. The town boasts the AutoPavilion, place of cars and legends, which first opened its doors in 2004, for history lovers who can meander through the historical town by visiting the Drostdy, Cuyler Manor and Old Railway Station Museums that relate a fascinating chronicle of the communities that called Uitenhage home before and after colonialism.
Grahamstown
Kwantu is also located close to the historical town of Grahamstown. Grahamstown is also known as the city of saints and hosts the annual Grahamstown Arts Festival where art-lovers, musicians, dancers, and stage performers are attracted from all walks of life. The Arts Festival entertains visitors with Opera, Jazz, Music Indaba, exhibitions, Student theatre, films, and tours.
From the comfort of our specially equipped open Land Rovers, you encounter the impressive BIG 5 roaming freely on the Sidbury plains. Here the white rhino, monarchs of the African bush roam the plains as freely as they did hundreds of years ago. Delight in the entertaining squabbles and games of the playful Vervet monkeys or Chacma baboons, the original comedians of the wild! Indulge your fascination as you stumble upon a family of warthog, digging for roots or speeding across the plains with their trademark “tails held high”. You’ll be awestruck by our zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, and many of the common and rare antelope who have roamed these plains for centuries. From the delicate solitary Blue duiker, who melts out of the brush at the edge of a clearing, to the towering kudu bull, who fixes his gaze on you as he browses nearby. At night the porcupine, aardwolf, caracal, and other nocturnal explorers and predators patrol the silent, inky darkness.
Morning Game Drive
For the ultimate bush safari experience, head out in a game-viewer to explore Kwantu Game Reserve. Be the first to catch the bush telegraph’s early broadcast of the previous night’s events.
Afternoon Game Drive
Alternatively, track a magnificent elephant herd as they move silently through the bush or admire stately giraffe as they effortlessly weave their way through spikey acacia thicket – stopping to enjoy the phenomenal sunset and a variety of scrumptious snacks – before returning to camp for a delicious dinner.
KWANTU SPORTS & OUTDOORS
Kwantu boasts a spectacular offering of sports and outdoor recreational activities and amenities bring you closer to nature:
• 6000-hectare conservancy with the African Big 5, biologically-diverse flora and various African wildlife species
• Open-vehicle Game Drives
• Bird Watching
• Swimming pool
• Fountain swimming pool
• Hiking trails
• Meditation gardens
• Tennis court
• Cricket field
• Children’s animal play farm

Birding enthusiasts will be able to view a great diversity of birds within the savannah habitat. More than 250 species having been recorded in the area.
The summer months between November and March are the best time for birding as resident species are boasting their breeding plumage and the intra-African and Palaearctic migrants are still around.

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