Kwantu Private Game Reserve

Kwantu Game Reserve

a mystical blend of nature and history awaits you...

 Located in South Africa’s malaria-fee adventure province, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, the 6 000 hectare, big five, five-star nature reserve is positioned in one of the most biologically varied regions of the country. 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.

Kwantu continuously strives for improvement and enhancement, and therefore, in addition to the Big Five, Kwantu Private Game Reserve boasts many other facilities and offerings. These include various accommodation types to suit all guests (families are welcome), swimming pools, a domestic animal touch farm, cricket field, tennis courts, entertainment area and much more.

Kwantu History

The reserve is home to the village of Sidbury, built by the British Settlers to support the sheep farming community. Here you will find St Peter’s church built in 1838, one of the oldest Anglican churches in South Africa. The village has many tales to tell of the British Settlers whose cries rang out in the 1820’s on the plains as they battled Bushmen, Hottentots and the Xhosa tribes to establish a new life in Africa. Weary travellers and locals shared stories of blood curdling encounters with lions, leopards and elephants as they rested at Pollards INN the popular stopover on the Wagon route that ran north from Algoa Bay now Port Elizabeth. 

Kwantu was established during the early 19th Century, as a place to host a large population of wildlife, including the African Big 5. The place was named Kwantu, which is a Xhosa old word meaning together or a place of gathering.

In the midst of the Kwantu Reserve, lies the village of Sidbury. The village was founded by Lieutenant Richard Daniel, a leader of the Daniel party of the British 1820 Settlers to the Eastern Cape which came to South Africa on the ship the Duke of Marlborough. He named the village after his home town of Sidbury, Devonshire

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