Kwandwe Melton Manor Villa
Kwandwe’s Melton Manor, is nestled on a 50,000-acre Private Reserve in the Great Fish River Valley in South Africa’s Eastern Cape where previously barren farmland has been rehabilitated into pristine bushveld, home to the Big Five.
Overlooking the Fish River and Afromontane forests, Melton Manor is a contemporary frontier farmhouse, sleeping up to eight guests on an exclusive-use basis.
The four bedrooms are set around a charming central courtyard with pool, overlooking the expansive bushveld. Your every need is catered for with a private chef, ranger and 4WD safari vehicle for a truly relaxing escape from it all.
Facilities & Activities
The 4 suites enjoy access to the lovely central courtyard and pool. The library is the perfect spot to unwind with a good book or join the family for old-fashioned board games. The lounge has a TV with a library of DVDs.
Private 4WD game drives in your own safari vehicle, guided walks (12 years & over) and Big Game Walking Safaris (16 years & over) are all included.
For an additional charge you can enjoy a ‘Save the Rhino Drive’ and spend 3-4 hours tracking rhino with a specialist ranger and tracker team (restrictions apply).
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Try your hand at combining flavours under the friendly guidance of your expert personal chef, or pick up tips just by watching as meals or snacks take shape. Share meals and laughter in the dining room or around the enormous farmhouse table in the open air terrace.
A children’s menu is available, including fun and nutritious mealtime options such as fish cakes with veggies and homemade chips; vegetable soup and freshly baked bread; DIY pizzas with fun toppings; fresh fruit salad; homemade chocolate brownies and more!
The U-shaped lodge has 2 sets of inter-leading suites on either side of the central courtyard and can accommodate up to 8 guests plus one infant 2 years & under in a cot.
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Melton Manor is a sole-use safari villa and ideal for families – children of all ages are welcome.
Guests enjoy a private safari vehicle and guide which offers flexibility for safari activities and allows younger family members to join game drives. Alternatively a babysitter can be arranged with advance notice.
Children are given a warm welcome at the lodge. On arrival they receive a welcome gift which includes an Eco-nect Guide comprising of animal checklists, themed games and activities, and a pledge to ‘live green’ (‘Junior’ for under 6’s and ‘Senior’ for ages 6 and up), crayons/ pencils, and an age appropriate gift from our gift shop.
Families can participate in the new range of ‘Eco-nect’ fun and adventurous activities on the reserve, including kite building, scavenger hunts and treasure hunts out on the reserve (during a game drive, which will require some basic navigation using a sun-compass and major landscape features in order to find the treasure!).
Children will love the special kids programme, with everything from a ‘Bugs & Bones’ walk (a great way to stretch little legs and learn all about this ecologically diverse reserve whilst searching for insects, bones and skulls and being taught how to identify animal tracks and droppings (yes – really!), to sand art, face painting, making moulds, beading, chocolate fun, Minnow’s fishing trip with a ranger, baking and pizza making with specially designed ‘Chefs in Training’ aprons, DVDs and popcorn, eco educational board games and African bedtime stories.
Children are encouraged to offset their own (small!) carbon footprint with the opportunity to plant Spekboom – a prolific type of thicket vegetation, and one of the top five carbon-storing vegetation on the planet. Families can also participate in Kwandwe’s voluntourism activities through the reserve’s Ubunye Foundation, which works with communities living in and surrounding the reserve.
In terms of accommodation, up to 2 children 3-16 years share their own suite next door to their parents. Inter-leading doors between the 2 suites ensure privacy but also peace of mind.
Please note the swimming pool is unfenced.
Kwandwe’s Sustainability Programme is fabulously lengthy:
Kwandwe’s ‘Knit a Bit’ program – where guests can knit squares which are joined to make blankets and given to the Ubunye Foundation that distributes them to the needy communities surrounding Kwandwe.
Reclaiming 22,000 hectares (54 000 acres) of farmland and placing it under wildlife conservation
The reintroduction of the endangered black rhinoceros
Returning cheetah to the Great Fish River Valley for the first time since 1888
The re-establishment of populations of disease-free Cape Buffalo, Cheetah, Lion, White Rhino and Black Rhino on many game reserves in South Africa from Kwandwe’s founding stock
Reclaiming areas of intense and often damaging agriculture
The reintroduction of small and mostly rare felid species eradicated from the area, such as the Serval, African wildcat and Small Spotted Cat
The reintroduction of more than 7000 wild animals, including elephant, both species of rhino, hippo, lion, leopard, brown hyena etc
Every guest staying at Kwandwe makes a direct contribution to community development through the Conservation and Community Levy (funds raised from this levy are split equally between these two initiatives).
Kwandwe is located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape near Grahamstown.
The nearest national Airport is in Port Elizabeth, which lies 160 km (100 miles) from the reserve. There are daily scheduled flights from both Cape Town and Johannesburg International Airports to Port Elizabeth.
There is also a daily scheduled flight from Port Elizabeth or Plettenberg Bay directly to the Kwandwe Airstrip. The reserve lies approximately 65 km from the coast and is located in close proximity to the renowned Garden Route.
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