Uplands Homestead

Full property description

A restored farmhouse dating back to 1905, Uplands Homestead is available on an exclusive-use basis only for up to 6 people. Three suites with private bathrooms create an intimate haven for personal moments that combines modern comfort with old-fashioned trimmings. Antique mirrors and yellowwood chests blend seamlessly with air-conditioning, in-room safes and hairdryers.

The spacious bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, two with a ball and claw bath and one with an oval stone bath, and private verandas. With rolling lawns dominated by a stately home cradled in a valley among the untamed hills, Uplands Homestead strikes a perfect mix between the genteel and the wild.

The elegant and refined interiors, with their damask linens, antique silver and porcelain, create the ideal foil for the windswept bush and wildlife outside. High ceilings remind guests of the Cape’s open spaces, while wooden floors and roaring fireplaces echo the warmth of Africa. Private verandas off each suite open up to the slopes beyond, decorated with hundreds of aloes.

The heart of any farmhouse is its kitchen and the Homestead is no exception. With its wrought iron chandeliers and pristine tiled walls, the room is a quaint and welcoming core. Modern catering equipment masquerading as a traditional cooking range, manned by a skilled chef, creates both old family favourites and new dishes. Delectable meals are served in the dining area, where friends and family gather to share the days adventures. Clusters of comfortable chairs in the sitting room invite hours of relaxation, while the green lawns and sparkling pool create a perfect outlet for youthful energy.

Rates include three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, emergency medical evacuation insurance, VAT, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip, complimentary child-minding.
Rates exclude telephone calls, safari shop purchases, gratuities, all items of a personal nature, champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits and cigars, additional specialised safari activities.

General
• A private safari home with perimeter fencing (unseen to the eye) to keep wild animals out
• Wireless internet in lounge
• Housekeeping, Chef, Game Ranger
• Child safety issues – open pool
• Children receive ‘Rangers in Training’ bags with pencils/crayons, booklet for identifying wildlife, water bottle and special amenities (shampoo, body lotion and bubble bath). Childminders are also available with prior arrangement at no additional cost. Minnow’s fishing trip with the ranger, finger painting,making animals from clay,treasure hunts, and special game drives.

Living and Dining
• Main lounge with fireplace
• TV with Satellite TV, Library of DVD's
• Dining area for 6 guests
• Fully equipped kitchen
• Air con & fire place

Outdoors
• Pool terrace with outdoor seating and dining for 6, comfortable outdoor seating
• Pool
• 3 Loungers

Master Bedroom
• King bed ( can be converted into twins ) & en-suite with shower in bath.
• Leads onto terrace, with outdoor furniture
• Bush views
• Aircon

Second Bedroom (top level)
• King bed (can be converted into twins) & en-suite with shower and bath
• Leads onto terrace, with outdoor furniture
• Bush views
• Aircon

Third Bedroom
• King bed ( can be converted into twins ) & en-suite with shower and bath
• Leads onto terrace, with outdoor furniture
• Bush views
• Aircon

A day at Kwandwe - At Kwandwe, your days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and your evenings to delight you with the indulgence and romance of the African night. Here is what a typical day involves:-

Morning Game Drive - As dawn breaks over the African bush, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the pleasures of a new day. Your ranger will discuss what you hope to see that day over fragrant tea or coffee and morning biscuits or rusks. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of a ranger and tracker team, who will attempt to track your favourite animals. Explore Kwandwe's diverse terrain in search of cheetah, black rhino or elephant.

Breakfast - Return to your lodge for a delicious breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes. Choose from eggs, oats, waffles or a number of other options.

Lunch - If you wish, you can walk off your breakfast on a short walk near your lodge, accompanied by your ranger, who will share his insight into the smaller animals and vegetation in the area. Return to the lodge in time for a delicious lunch.

Afternoon Tea - Cool off with a refreshing dip in the pool or indulge in an afternoon siesta. Then over a late afternoon tea, your ranger will discuss what you hope to see during the afternoon game drive.

Afternoon/ Evening Game Drive or Big Game Walking Safari
This game drive begins in the late afternoon and lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life. Spot the rarely seen porcupine, aardwolf or aardvark. Enjoy sundowners in a scenic location as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon.

Alternatively opt for something a little more active by tracking Big Game - elephant, rhino or buffalo - on foot in the wilderness, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team (this option is available at an additional cost).

Finally, return to your lodge for a mouthwatering dinner around a blazing fire in a boma or in your lodge's dining area.

Location

Area description

Nestled in the heart of South Africa’s unspoilt Eastern Cape province lies Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, a world-class Big Five safari destination in 22 000 hectares of pristine private wilderness.

Renowned for understated luxury, exquisite scenery and the thousands of animals and wildlife that call the Reserve home, this four award-winning Lodges offer a range of accommodation options and activities to make every African Dream come true.

Amenities

  • Parking - private
  • Bed linen provided
  • Cot
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Video library
  • I-Pod station
  • WiFi
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Coffee maker
  • Espresso machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Water kettle
  • Kitchen utensils provided
  • Patio/deck/Terrace
  • Private Garden
  • Air-conditioning
  • Pool - private
  • Fireplace - Wood
  • Shower
  • Bathtub
  • Towels provided
  • Hair dryer
  • Children
  • Mountain view

Activities

  • Wild life viewing
  • Fishing

Stay Dates

Check-in
Check-out

Number Of Guests

Adults
Children 4-13 yrs
Babies 0-3 yrs