Kwantu Private Game Reserve is located on the legendary Sidbury Plains, in the heart of Frontier Country, along the banks of the Bushman’s River – a mere hour’s drive from Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Travellers from Cape Town will take the N2 toward 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 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 unspoilt 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 1850’s. 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 favourable 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.
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.
This historical town was founded on in 1804 by landdrost (district magistrate) Jacob Glen Cuyler and named in honour of the Cape’s Commissioner-General Jacob Abraham Uitenhage de Mist by the Dutch Cape Colony governor, Jan Willem Janssens. The town boast 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.
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.