I am tremendously lucky to be able to have experienced a few luxury safaris in my life. But I am also a Hollywood Liberal, and I feel much better about spending my money at a place that not only provides great guides, excellent game viewing and comfortable surroundings, but at a place with a strong philanthropic bent. Kwandwe is such a place.

At Kwandwe, they are serious about the conservation of the land and the wildlife, and about responsible tourism. They lead by example. More important, Kwandwe is also dedicated to making humans lives better too. In a part of the country where one third of the households survive on an income of less than $25 US per month, poverty is serious. The owners of Kwandwe started a rural development trust, The Angus Gilles Foundation, which aims to help the local rural community living in poverty by helping members create opportunities for themselves and helping them acheive them. They provide real opportunities for rural communities by teaching self-reliance and empowerment. I even bought one of the adorable  Unthando Dolls made by a collective of local women.

Uthandu dolls

Uthandu dolls

Here are some additional safari photos:

First set is animals in Africa:

A trip of elephantselephant

A trio of elephants

Bull elephant eatingElephant picture

Scenes from a safari: Bull elephant eating a pork bush tree (also known as spek boom, a succulent that grows readily at Kwandwe and also has enormous environmental benefits to combat Carbon emissions).

Cheetah showing it's teeth.Zebra picture

Cheetah showing it’s teeth & Zebras picture

9 year old male lion who has recently lost dominance

This dashing fellow is a 9 year old male lion who has recently lost dominance. His roar is pretty impressive.

Leoapard turtle

BaobabLeopard turtle & Baobab tree

Tilt-shift giraffe family. I shot this picture of giraffes with my Canon DSLR, but edited the image on my iPhoneWarthog picture (shot on Canon DSLR, edited on my iPhone)

Tilt-shift giraffe family & Warthog picture .

I shot these pictures with my Canon DSLR, but edited them on my iPhone

High noon shadows at KwandweOutdoor living room at Kwandwe

Some of the charming details of the Fish River Lodge, including this outdoor living room

Exotic flowers at receptionFlowers at the Kwandwe reception area

Exotic Flowers at the Kwandwe reception area

The bar at River LodgeThe exterior deck of River Lodge at Kwandwe

The bar & The exterior deck of River Lodge at Kwandwe

Cozy fireplace and sherry set-up at River Lodge

Cozy fireplace and sherry set-up at Fish River Lodge

Detail of a thatched roof at River LodgeA shot of the pool of our room at Kwandwe

Detail of a thatched roof at Fish River Lodge

No Hunger Games at Kwandwe- Check out the breakfast buffet No Hunger Games at Kwandwe- Check out the breakfast buffet No Hunger Games at Kwandwe- Check out the breakfast buffetNo Hunger Games at Kwandwe- Check out the breakfast buffetB'fast imagesB'fast images

No Hunger Games at Kwandwe – Check out the breakfast buffet

Kwandwe is a Relais & Chateaux Property, so products is locally grown farm-to-table by locals and full frontal gourmet.

Lunch at KwandweLunch at Kwandwe

Lunch

Vegetable Soup

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Artichoke Salad with Red Kidney Bean

Grilled BBQ Chicken, Watermelon Salad

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Pub Style Fish, Potato Chips and Aioli

Vegetable Frittata

Venison Koftas with Tzatziki

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Apple and almond Crumble with Chantilly Cream

Robyn our RangerWindhoek lager is brewed in Namibia but tastes just fine in South Africa

Windhoek lager is brewed in Namibia but tastes just fine in South Africa

Kwandwe means “place of the blue crane” in the local language, huge. The Private Game reserve is spread of over 20,000 hectares of unique African landscape with has a very low density of safari vehicles. I’ve been on a handful of safaris and Kwandwe stood out as providing a private, natural viewing experience where spotting another vehicle was almost as rare as a leopard spotting.

Tracker tracking on a game driveThe last row in the Landcruiser is pretty bumpy, but offers the best view

The last row in the Landcruiser is pretty bumpy, but offers the best view

Sundowners in the bushSundowners in the bushNocturnal Game DriveSundowners in the bush

Sundowners in the bush: one of my favorite safari traditions

Sunset in the BushveldSunset in the Bushveld

Sunset in the Bushveld, followed by starry African skies.

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