Melton Manor on the Kwandwe Game Reserve is a frontier farmhouse with modern touches.
A sole-use safari villa, it is perfect for families or a group of friends that wish to have a villa to themselves. But it also allows per-room reservations. Four en-suite double bedrooms accommodate a total of eight guests and are spread around a U-shaped courtyard with a private swimming pool. The spacious bathrooms has large windows looking onto the bush and feature deep soaking tubs and large showers. The interiors are a stylish meld of collectable South African settler furniture and stylish contemporary pieces. The quirky decor combines familiar objects with unfamiliar uses. High ceilings and expansive verandas create a sense of space, while deep couches, cozy fireplaces, and a welcoming, lived-in look make guests feel perfectly at home.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve encompasses five distinct habitats that are home to an incredible variety of wildlife. The reserve accommodates lion, hyena, leopard, white rhino, and well over 200 bird species. Springbok are most abundant, but strong populations of greater kudu, oryx, red hartebeest, and eland are also found, with bushbuck and Cape grysbok in the dense thickets. Kwandwe has some of the most magnificent cheetah sightings in Africa and is also home to the endangered black rhino. Other possible sightings include the nocturnal aardwolf, aardvark, and bat-eared fox, while black-backed jackal, Cape fox, and caracal are common smaller predators. Kwandwe is the Xhosa word for “place of the blue crane,” and is a haven for a large flock of these highly endangered birds.