Kwandwe Game Reserve

Overview

Kwandwe is a private game reserve offering visitors a Big Five wildlife experience while they enjoy top luxury accommodation and food. Wildlife isn’t as habituated yet as in some other private reserves because Kwandwe was established relatively recently. However, this is prime black rhino country and sightings of these very shy animals are common. The adventurous can embark on a four-day safari participating in a rhino-darting and microchipping program.

Why Go:

  • A variety of accommodation available
  • Excellent value-for-money
  • Amazing game viewing, including the Big Five
  • Game drives both, during the night and day

Wildlife

Kwandwe is home to all the big safari animals, including the Big Five. As it is recently established, Kwande's wildlife isn't as prolific as in some other parks, but the drama of the setting makes up for this. Black rhino and cheetah are some of the flagship species you can expect to see. Some of the interesting antelope often encountered are eland, red hartebeest and gemsbok. Night drives can produce sightings of aardvark, aardwolf and bat-eared fox.

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Scenery

The scenic Great Fish River meanders for 30km/19 mi through Kwandwe GR. The vast rolling landscape seems to go on forever, and forest-like thickets of Euphorbia trees grow on the steep slopes. This habitat is prime black rhino country.

Best Time to Visit

Kwandwe’s wildlife viewing is favorable all year, but best during the driest months of the year (June through September). This is during the winter season, and it can become very cold at times. It is important to prepare for this with warm clothing, which is particularly important for evening and morning game drives in open vehicles.

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Weather & Climate

Kwandwe enjoys a temperate climate. Daytime temperatures are quite comfortable throughout the year, but it does get colder at night in the winter months (May to September). Winter and summer are at the opposite time as compared to Europe and North America. Unlike the summer rainfall pattern in the rest of the country, it rains throughout the year. It doesn't rain that much, but most of it falls in the summer months, from October to March.

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Wildlife & Animals

Kwandwe is home to all the big safari animals, including the Big Five. As it is recently established, Kwande’s wildlife isn’t as prolific as in some other parks, but the drama of the setting makes up for this. Black rhino and cheetah are some of the flagship species you can expect to see. Some of the interesting antelope often encountered are eland, red hartebeest and gemsbok. Night drives can produce sightings of aardvark, aardwolf and bat-eared fox.
Abundant Common Occasional Rare None
  • Elephant

    Elephant

    Occasional
  • Giraffe

    Giraffe

    Occasional
  • Hippo

    Hippo

    Occasional
  • Buffalo

    Buffalo

    Common
  • Zebra

    Zebra

    Common
  • Wildebeest

    Wildebeest

    Common
  • White Rhino

    White Rhino

    Occasional
  • Black Rhino

    Black Rhino

    Occasional
  • Lion

    Lion

    Occasional
  • Leopard

    Leopard

    Rare
  • Cheetah

    Cheetah

    Occasional
  • Hyena

    Hyena

    Occasional
  • Wild Dog

    Wild Dog

    Rare

Best Time to Visit

Kwandwe’s wildlife viewing is favorable all year, but best during the driest months of the year (June through September). This is during the winter season, and it can become very cold at times. It is important to prepare for this with warm clothing, which is particularly important for evening and morning game drives in open vehicles.
  • May - August

    Little Rain

  • October - December

    High Season Rates

  • May to September

    Low Season Rates

  • September to April

    Warmer nights and Mornings

  • May to August

    Cold nights and mornings

May to September
- Winter
  • Animals concentrate around waterholes due to the a lack of water in the bush
  • It is low season, and lower rates apply
  • Skies are bright and clear
October to April
- Summer
  • Newborn animals are present
  • Abundant flowers and vegetation
  • Birding is excellent with migratory birds present, including breeding pairs of the endangered blue crane

Weather & Climate

Kwandwe enjoys a temperate climate. Daytime temperatures are quite comfortable throughout the year, but it does get colder at night in the winter months (May to September). Winter and summer are at the opposite time as compared to Europe and North America. Unlike the summer rainfall pattern in the rest of the country, it rains throughout the year. It doesn’t rain that much, but most of it falls in the summer months, from October to March.
Climate Chart
- 272-479m / 892-1,572ft
Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km² (0.39mi²) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.
Winter
- May to September

The winter months are chilly at night and early in the morning. It is essential to bring warm winter clothing for early morning drives in open vehicles. Winter skies are clear, with less rainfall than in the summertime.

  • May Temperatures decrease to around 10°C/50°F in the morning and 22°C/72°F in the afternoon. This is the beginning of winter.
  • June & July Afternoons temperatures are around 21°C/72°F, while morning temperatures average 7°C/45°F. These months are the coldest of the year.
  • August & September The temperatures gradually increase to an average of 22°C/72°F during afternoons. The typical morning temperature is around 9°C/48°F.
Summer
- October - April

Nights and mornings are generally more comfortable during the summer, with slightly more rainfall. Sometimes it rains for days, and off-road driving will stop until the ground dries up sufficiently to protect the delicate environment.

  • October & November Temperatures are between 11°C/52°F in the morning and 24°C/75°F in the afternoon. October is a peak month for rain, but it doesn't fall every day. When it does, it can drizzle for the whole day.
  • December , January & February Average afternoon temperatures reach 27°C/81°F during the warmest months of the year. Mornings are pleasant, averaging 16°C/61°F. This period sees less rain.
  • March & April March is a wet month, but it seldom rains for days on end. It starts to cool down again with an average day temperature of 25°C/77°F in the afternoon and 14°C/57°F in the morning.

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