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“Amazing game experiences, brilliant staff, fantastic service.”

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Kwantu Private Game Reserve
Ranked #1 of 1 Sidbury B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Amazing game experiences, brilliant staff, fantastic service.”
Reviewed 13 November 2009

The game drives were amazing, led by friendly and informative field guides who were willing to answer any and all questions that you may have. Seeing lions, rhino, elephant, buffalo and all the other animals in the wild was a fantastic experience.

The accommodation was superb with beautiful rooms, and brilliant service from the staff who would always do everything they could to ensure your stay is the best it could be. The meals were of an excellent quality, along with the service.

I would definately recommend Kwantu to other travellers, as it was a truly brilliant experience for me.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 September 2009

Kwantu Private Game Reserve is a world-class 5 star Getaway and can be classified as one of the most animal and nature friendly game reserves. Kwantu offers the most divine, mouth watering, five course cuisine. It is an ideal place which is equipped with muslim facilities. The magnificent hotel boasts luxury, relaxation and tranquility.

Kwantu differs from other game reserves as they take getting in touch with nature and wild life to another level, everyone has the opportunity to experience the real Africa. The highlight of out trip was playing with the most adorable lion and Bengal tiger cubs... an unforgetable experience!
The feline cubs are hand reared before being released into the wild... this is a great opportuninty for guests to experience these lovable cats and for the growth and nourishment of these cubs as they are fed kitty milk, which is creamy and rich in nutrients.

We'll definitely visit Kwantu again and recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 June 2009

After a lengthy, busy and stressful first quarter of the year I needed to get away from the City, noise, work and all that - escape if you will... and also spend some quality time with the girlfriend... She loved the thoughts of the idea and after some research insisted we go to Kwantu (She thought the halaal/alcohol-free environment was a clincher, a good detox from our everyday lives)

We also ensured we booked transfers to and from PE, so we REALLY had no responsibilities except packing our bags....

After a short trip from PE we arrived at the Reserve, and were given a short tour of the facilities before we were shown to our rooms where our luggage was ready waiting for us.... From the second, we stepped into the room we just knew that this was going to be one of those trips to remember - (and with the girlfriend beaming from ear to ear, one even began to believe it truly would-be stress free)...

The rooms were spacious, luxurious, and rival any hotel I have seen thus far. The meals were top draw (even tried to sneak a couple of recipes for the Mrs)... and then there were the animals! Game drives are fantastic, and the Predator Camp was an interesting informartive addition to the normal game reserve do.... (And it's official - in a previous Iife I must have been a Bengal Tiger! Gorgeous animals!!))

All in all it was a truly amazing stay, and an ideal getaway for couples.

But I would be amiss if I didn't speak of the service... From the hotel receptionist, to the restaurant manager, to the game rangers - Unsurpassed.

I really do doff my cap at this establishment - I just sit counting down until my next sojourn... Truly an unforgettable experience...

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2009

Excellent rooms and facilities, but the game drives were disappointing. The Big Cats are all in enclosures so more like seeing them in the zoo. Rangers were not fully up to speed and hence wasnt too educational. Elephant Sanctuary was good fun. Food very good. Good 1 night break

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — Game Viewing
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 November 2007

Kwantu is basically a private game reserve like the name suggests which offers accommodation as well. And this may just be the root of the problems we experienced.

The game-drives we did at Kwantu (are complementary to your stay) were about the best we had in South Africa. Having loads of animals in a mere 60 km2 big park, you will come across just about anything you are looking for. This includes lions and cheetas (in large secluded areas) which they are not yet allowed to let roam free (a permit thing).

But returning to the accommodation part of Kwantu. Their attention is not really focussed to you as a guest but more to the game. We encountered a plain rude receptionist, no key-card available to our room (we were suggested to let our front-door open while not in our room (?)) and some problems with the included full board as well.

The foodquality of the hotel-restaurant (they only have full-board accommodation) is about the worst we came across in South Africa. And besides this, the service for bringing drinks was particularly slow. And don't bother to ask for a beer, since no alcohol is served.

When continuing in this review, I must say that the accommodation we had is very spacious, with a 90 m2 freestanding villa with underfloor heating, fireplace, jacuzzi and a veranda overlooking a drinking spot for the game. The only downside was the human interference with the staff heating up the villa to 30 C while we were having dinner on a chilly night. The lighting of the fireplace was perfect on the other hand.

The last remark we can make is that during our stay we found no pool or any other entertainment whatsoever. And since the road to the hotel is a 15 km long dirt road in pretty bad condition, searching entertainment elsewhere is not really an option if you're driving a regular rental like we did.

The hotel manager assured us that they had just hired a new chef and are in the process of building an olympic size pool and a complete spa. Therefor the food-item as well as the entertainment options should improve over time.

All things considered we would very much like to do game drives at Kwantu again, but most likely choose our accommodation elsewhere.

  • Liked — the game drives were nothing less than perfect
  • Disliked — the restaurant and the reception
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kwantu Private Game Reserve
Address: 1 Daniel Street, Sidbury 6000, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Sidbury
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Sidbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Kwantu Private Game Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kwantu is situated near Port Elizabeth with its offering spanning everything from the big 5 to Kwantu's own elephant sanctuary. ... more   less 
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