Kwandwe safari guide team named best in SA

2016-01-13 08:32 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - Kwandwe Private Game Reserve  in the Eastern Cape has won the ‘Best Safari Guiding Team’ award in South Africa in the 2016 Safari Awards.

The team was also awarded 3rd Place in the ‘Best Family Experience’ category as well as was highly recommended for its safari cuisine along with its Safari House, Melton Manor.

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"All guides, regardless of prior experience are put through a wide-ranging training programme on arrival at Kwandwe, and this is the magic ingredient in creating highly skilled, knowledgeable and personable guides," Kwande said in a release.

"A dedicated senior guiding team and ranger trainer allow for extensive time to upskill and evaluate guides and trackers on an ongoing basis, and this, together with an incredible sense of team spirit has given rise to this exceptional group of naturalist guides and trackers."

"Whilst many already hold top-tier guiding qualifications, all Kwandwe’s guides have a minimum of back-up trails guide and advanced rifle handling in additional to all the basic legal requirements. Combined with photographic, birding and fishing specialists, the team has the capacity to cater to a variety of specialised interests for its valued guests."

Kwandwe says it is its ongoing investment in their guides and trackers that ensures each guest enjoys an engaging and lasting experience. 

As one of the largest private game reserves in the Eastern Cape, Kwandwe has a strong focus on conservation and community development.

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The 22 000 hectares of pristine wilderness comprises just 22 rooms split between 2 individual safari lodges and 2 exclusive use safari villas it offers exceptional game viewing including Lion, Cheetah, Elephant and Buffalo it is also home to other threatened species such as the Knysna Woodpecker, Cape Grysbok, Black Wildebeest, Crowned Eagle, Black Footed Cat and the highly endangered Blue Crane, from which the reserve gets its name – ‘Kwandwe’ means ‘Place of the Blue Crane’ in Xhosa.