Kwantu Private Game Reserve


Kwantu Private Game Reserve is a 6010-hectare safari destination in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, only 85km from Port Elizabeth.It 2019s home to the village of Sidbury, built by the British Settlers to support sheep farming in the area and hosts an abundant wildlife population, including the Big 5. It offers a variety of accommodation, from the family styled Pollards Inn to Luxury Bush Camps and exquisite honeymoon lodges as well as relaxing spa facilities.

Why Go:

  • Located in malaria-free area
  • Exciting safari destination
  • Various accommodation choices
  • Relaxing spa treatments
  • Excellent wildlife viewing
  • Open-vehicle game drives and night drives


Kwantu Private Game Reserve has an abundance of wildlife, birds and flora, including 42 species of mammals and the Big 5. The Reserve offers morning and afternoon game drives as well as day visit trips.

More About the Wildlife


The name Kwantu means “Place of Gathering” and it certainly is just that. Well-trained game rangers conduct outstanding game drives, taking you right into Africa's wild landscape. Whilst traveling through this lovely setting you will be met with the sights and scents of Kwantu Private Game Reserve's rich flora.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Kwantu Private Game Reserve is from March – May and October – December.

More About the Best Time to Visit

Weather & Climate

The Kwantu Private Game Reserve has an average daily maximum that varies from 20.7°C in July to 28.2°C in February. Rainfall occurs throughout the year with an average of 281mm per year. The hottest time of the year is from January to March and the coldest spells are during July with an average night temperature of 7.3°C.

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Wildlife & Animals

Sightings of all of the Big Five are quite regular. Wildlife includes the white rhino, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, warthog, the blue duiker and night creatures like the porcupine, aardwolf and caracal.
Abundant Common Occasional Rare None
  • Elephant


  • Giraffe


  • Hippo


  • Buffalo


  • Zebra


  • Wildbeest


  • White Rhino

    White Rhino

  • Black Rhino

    Black Rhino

  • Lion


  • Leopard


  • Cheetah


  • Hyena


  • Wild Dog

    Wild Dog


Best Time to Visit

Since the climate is semi-arid, animals are always attracted to water sources – so the best time is during the driest months of June through September. Nights become very cold at this time, making it essential to bring warm clothing for game drives in open vehicles.
  • Best Time to GoMay to September
    (Dry season)
  • High SeasonOctober to March
    (It can get a bit busy)
  • June to September

    Little rain.

  • October to March

    High season rates

  • April to September

    Excellent time for wildlife viewing

  • September to April

    Warmer nights and mornings

  • June to August

    Very cold nights and mornings

May to September
- Dry Season – Winter
October to April
- Wet Season – Summer

Weather & Climate

Rain is fairly evenly distributed all year long. However, it peaks at two times during the year: February-March and October-November. During the mid-winter, temperatures can reach the freezing point.
Climate Chart
- 384-511m / 1259-1676ft
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.
Dry season
- May to September – Winter

The dry winter season is from May to September, which is also the best time to visit Kwantu Private Game Reserve.

Wet season
- October to April – Summer

October to March is the wet summer season and temperatures can increase to uncomfortable levels.

Getting There

Kwantu Private Game Reserve is about 85km from Port Elizabeth in the beautiful Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is easily accessible from the N2 highway towards Grahamstown.

Getting to Kwantu Private Game Reserve by air

Most visitors to Kwantu Private Game Reserve arrive via O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. You may start your tour from either of these destinations by organized safari or by driving yourself.

You could also take a connecting flight to Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) and rent a car there. The distance to the park is just over 85km/53mi on a paved road.

Getting to Kwantu Private Game Reserve by road

From Cape Town:
Take the N2 towards Port Elizabeth, enjoying the scenic Garden Route and all its splendour, en-route to Kwantu. A drive from Durban will see you travelling along the N2 as well, 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).

Airlines & Ticket Prices

To book your International and local flights, it is best to discuss options with our agents. They will be able to secure best tariffs and match it with your safari dates.

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