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Kwandwe Galpin Tented Camp
Kwandwe Galpin Tented Camp
Kwandwe Galpin Tented Camp
Kwandwe Galpin Tented Camp
Kwandwe Galpin Tented Camp
Kwandwe Galpin Tented Camp
Kwandwe Galpin Tented Camp
Kwandwe Galpin Tented Camp
Kwandwe Galpin Tented Camp

Kwandwe Galpin Tented Camp

33°11’49.8"S 26°28’54.0"E

Kwandwe Galpin Tented Camp: Our full report

In the remote south of Kwandwe Reserve, Galpin is a small, exclusive camp for just one group at a time.

This traditional tented camp aims to balance comfort with a sense of adventure. It’s a great spot for groups and families looking for an immersive and private experience in the reserve - who don't need to levels of luxury found in Kwandwe's established lodges.

Galpin Tented Camp is a new property in Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, opened August 2020. Like its sister-properties, Melton Manor and Uplands Homestead, it is booked as a whole for one group at a time - ideal for a family or a small group of friends.

Four well-appointed canvas tents sit on raised decks gazing towards a nearby dam, a wonderfully relaxed spot immersed in nature. They are simple but comfortable with verandas for afternoon wildlife watching, outdoor solar showers and no Wi-Fi to distract you from the moment. Available at twins or doubles, the camp can host groups of up to eight guests.

You’ll find a kitchen, lounge and dining area neighbouring the tents as well as an enticing boma area, a wonderful setting for campfire cuisine under enormous skies and unspoiled quietness.

The camp is run and hosted by two guides and a tracker, with one of the guides being a senior walking specialist. Activities at Galpin are geared towards walks on which you can encounter elephant, giraffe, buffalo and both black and white rhino on foot. Explore more of the 22,000-hectare reserve on day and night drives in search of predators and more unusual species such as aardvark, aardwolf, bat-eared fox and porcupine. Or walk to the dam for a spot of fishing and sundowner drinks.

Being exclusive use, your days are as active or as relaxed as you wish; you'll be the only group o this camp - and so you can set your own schedule.

Our view

We haven't yet visited Galpin, the most recent entrant onto Kwandwe's stage. However, we've long known the team here, and the other properties in the reserve well. We'd expect similarly first-rate guiding, friendly staff and exciting safari experience - even though the costs her are rather lower than Kwandwe's other exclusive-up properties.

Tracy Lederer

Tracy Lederer

Country manager: South Africa


Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Ideal length of stay
We’d recommend a minimum of three nights here, and four or five nights wouldn’t be too many if you wanted to relax as well as spot game.
Due to excellent roads it is an easy self-drive of 30 minutes from Grahamstown, or one and a half to two hours from Port Elizabeth Airport to Kwandwe (160km). You leave your vehicle at the car park at Heatherton Towers (main reception) and will be transferred from there to your lodge in an open-topped safari vehicle.

Alternatively there are daily scheduled flights from Port Elizabeth Airport to Kwandwe airstrip, or take a private 20-minute charter flight. On request, chauffeur-driven road transfers can be arranged.
Accessible by
Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board & Activities
Dining style
Mixture of group dining and individual tables
Dining locations
Indoor and Outdoor Dining


Attitude towards children
As the camp is unfenced and walking is encouraged, there is an applicable age restriction meaning that only guests 16 years or older can be accommodated. Families with younger children should looks towards Kwandwe's Ecca Lodge which caters to children exceedingly well.
Property’s age restrictions
16 or older.


Power supply notes
The camp runs entirely on solar power and gas.
No Wi-Fi and limited cell phone reception

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Dangerous animals
High Risk
Fire safety


Disabled access
On Request

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