One of the greatest gifts Africa offers is the sense of space. At Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, the vastness of this wild continent is truly all around you.
Watch majestic kudu meander down to the river from the Lodge’s expansive viewing decks, or observe playful Cape clawless otters swimming in the cool waters below from the comfort of your private balcony. Set along the lush green banks of the river after which it is named, this luxurious lodge has nine suites with private bathrooms, indoor & outdoor showers, personal in-room bar, private veranda and plunge pool and a large viewing deck at the main lodge. Décor is classic-contemporary African-inspired, with natural palettes of earth-toned fabrics. Pewter and glass add an understated glamour to the furnishings, while artefacts such as ostrich eggshells, hides and horns create subtle points of interest and relevance to the lodge's surrounds.
Everything here takes place on a grander scale, but it is the attention to detail and expansive, unmatched vistas that keep visitors coming back year after year.
Kwandwe consists of 22 000 ha/ 54 000 acres of pristine wilderness in South Africa's Eastern Cape
Sophisticated, stylish, and settled deep in nature
Daily scheduled flights from Port Elizabeth airport onto the Reserve's airstrip or road transfers are available
Twice daily game drives
Cheetahs are common to glimpse in Kwandwe
Sophisticated luxury in the African bush - a traditional combination of thatch, stone and wood
An elephant takes a leisurely stroll
Bathrooms are en-suite and feature indoor and outdoor showers
The opportunity to participate firsthand in rhino conservation
Enjoy an in-room massage or al fresco on your deck!
Various dining options are provided, whether indoors or outdoors
Additional activities include Big Game Walks, Rhino Monitoring and Rhino Darting Safaris with specialist guides
Provide the opportunity to see the Reserve from a different perspective
Look out for the Big Five
Kwandwe’s social development partner and a registered non-profit organisation that works with communities both within and neighbouring the reserve
Over 300 species are recorded on the Reserve
Experience the various initiatives, join in a pre-school music lesson or purchase products created by the self-help groups
Playing in the last rays
Nine luxurious suites feature ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, separate w.c, twin basins, personal bars and covered verandas with plunge pools. The décor is classic-contemporary African-inspired, with natural palettes of earth-toned fabrics. Pewter and glass add an effortless yet understated glamour to the furnishings, while artefacts such as ostrich eggshells, hides and horns create subtle points of interest and relevance to the lodge’s surrounds
Bar, Internet Access, Library, Malaria Free, Pool, Restaurant
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Complementary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Fan, Fireplace, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heater, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Outside Shower, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Underfloor Heating
Airport Shuttle, Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service
Explore the natural splendour of Kwandwe on early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. Included in rate.
In between game drives, take a closer look at the subtle, unseen wonders of the bush on a leisurely walk within easy reach of your lodge. Included in rate.
Spend 2 - 3 hours tracking rhino with a member of Kwandwe’s rhino monitoring team. Learn about the habits of this threatened species as well as Kwandwe’s conservation efforts. Cost is per person, min 2 guests, max 6 guests, 12 years & older, available all year
Experience the thrill of tracking big game (white rhino, black rhino, elephant and buffalo) on foot, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team. The walk lasts 3 to 4 hours and ends with a picnic lunch on the banks of the Great Fish River or at a scenic spot in the bush. Cost is per person, min 2 guests, max 6 guests, 16 years &s older.
Tailor-make your own safari led by a dedicated specialist ranger and tracker team, ensuring a private game viewing experience. This cost is per safari, per day, max 6 guests.
This experience offers the opportunity to participate in Kwandwe’s exciting rhino-darting programme, under the supervision of experts. Cost is per group of up to 6 guests, age 12 & older, available year round but the best time is 01May-30Sep. The recommended duration of stay is 3nights/ 4days (price excl accommodation).