It was the best experience in my life. It's a shame I was only there for one incredible week
Jan Finsterle 47 yrs, Caslav, Kolin, Czech Republic, Read 4 reviews »
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Kwandwe Uplands Homestead
- An intimate colonial-style safari home
- Large lawns with pool, private safari, butler, chef, and ranger and tracker team
- The ideal safari ending to a journey along the Garden Route
- Game Drives
- Water Safari
- Children Safari
- Walking Safaris
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About Kwandwe Uplands Homestead
Set in a remote and tranquil valley and available for the sole use of families and parties of up to six, Uplands offers a private safari experience complete with a full contingent of friendly staff, including a dedicated chef and butler to take care of your every whim.
This elegant 1905 farmhouse has been lovingly restored to retain all the charm and grace of yesteryear without losing any of its renowned warmth and ambience.
Uplands Homestead strikes a perfect mix between the genteel and the wild. The elegant and refined interiors, with their damask linens, antique silver and porcelain, create the ideal foil for the rugged bushveld and wildlife outside. Furnished with authentic antiques and memorabilia reminiscent of a stately Settler home from the 1820s, we have added stylish modern comforts such as exquisitely appointed bathrooms, air conditioning, private verandas for each suite and a contemporary farmstyle kitchen. There is also a full size swimming pool and gazebo set amongst rolling lawns, surrounded on all sides by sweeping slopes decorated with hundreds of aloes.
The heart of any farmhouse is its kitchen, and Uplands is no exception. With its wrought iron chandeliers and modern catering equipment cleverly represented as traditional cookware, the Uplands kitchen is the Homestead’s quaint and welcoming core. Your dedicated, skilled chef will create both old family favourites and sumptuous new dishes to inspire and delight. Meals are served in the dining area, where friends and family gather to share the day’s adventures. Plush chairs in the sitting room invite hours of relaxation, while the green lawns and sparkling pool create a perfect outlet for youthful energy.
Three suites with private bathrooms combine modern comfort with old-fashioned luxury and attention to detail. Antique mirrors, claw-foot bathtubs and yellowwood chests and wardrobes blend seamlessly with air-conditioning, in-room safes and other modern conveniences. Your dedicated 4x4 safari vehicle and private guide/ranger awaits outside, ready at any time to take you on a voyage of discovery through Kwandwe’s wild open spaces and return you to the warmly lit comfort of your Home away from Home.
Uplands Homestead is in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Kwandwe is located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape near Grahamstown and lies approximately 65 km from the coast and is located in close proximity to the renowned Garden Route.
How to get there
There is a daily scheduled flight from Port Elizabeth directly to the Kwandwe airstrip. It departs at 13h15 and takes approximately 45 minutes. The return scheduled flight departs Kwandwe at 10h00. Charter flights can also be organised. For both options please note that luggage is generally limited to 12 kg per person in soft travel bags.
Numerous car rental agencies are located at Port Elizabeth Airport, however should you prefer a chauffeured transfer we will gladly organise this. Please enquire upon making your accommodation reservation. Guests who self-drive will leave their vehicle at our car park at Heatherton Towers and will be transferred to their lodge by open safari vehicle.
When to go
The Homestead is not open in June.
Credit cards are accepted at Uplands Homestead.
Kwandwe National Park is a Malaria Free Zone.
Citizens from certain countries will require a travel visa.
Travelling with children
Children of all ages are welcome and ideal for families with smaller children
A private safari home for exclusive use only, Uplands can accommodate a maximum of 6 guests + 1 infant under 2 (in a cot)
Outdoor play areas include large lawns for children to run around, unfenced swimming pool and shaded gazebo area
Lounge offers TV with a library of DVD’s and games
Private vehicle and guide offers tailor-made flexibility for safari activities
The Homestead is fenced (perimeter fencing unseen to the eye to keep wild animals out)
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