Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Kwandwe Game Reserve is situated in the non-malarial Eastern Cape. Great Fish River Lodge comprises nine luxurious thatched suites, each with its own private plunge pool, which are linked to the lodge by wooden walkways.
At a Glance
Expansive viewing decks over the Great Fish River
Choice of activities from game drives, walking, bird watching and fishing
Private plunge pools and poolside butler service
Spot the Big 5
Fabulous food and service
Great Fish is a fantastic place for walking and soaking up the magical views.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Ask to try the duck crispy pancakes as a pre-dinner snack – utterly delicious!Anna Hearn
To start planning your vacation to Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve stretches along 42 km of the Great Fish River and each of the nine luxurious glass and thatch suites at Great Fish River Lodge overlooks its lush riverbanks. The stunning suites are found along the meandering river and have a private plunge pool and observation deck with spectacular views over the river valley.
High ceilings and huge stone chimneys dominate the main guest areas and dark leather armchairs and deep colored rugs create inviting spaces to relax and unwind. Sumptuous local cuisine can be enjoyed on the viewing decks, in the dining room, by lantern light in the cosy walled boma or in any of a number of awe inspiring locations across the reserve.
The 15,800 hectare reserve is set on the edge of the former Karoo Basin where several of Africa’s vegetation zones converge and biodiversity is extremely rich. The Kwandwe landscape is dominated by valley bushveld on open plains and rolling hills, with succulent euphorbias, aloes and spekboom among the characteristic plants. Thousands of animals, including the ’big five’ (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) have been reintroduced to roam the reserve, which is also a haven for endangered animals and birds, and numerous programs to support them have been introduced.
Great Fish River Lodge offers nine luxurious glass and thatch suites overlooking lush riverbanks. Each chalet features overhead fans, air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom, complete with bath and indoor and outdoor showers. The private plunge pool provides welcome respite from the midday sun and the observation deck has spectacular views over the river valley.
There are 9 suites which all have double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, with indoor/outdoor showers. The suites have private verandas with plunge pool.
Children are welcome to stay at Great Fish Rover Lodge, however a minimum age of 12 years is a requirement.
Facilities at the lodge include private plunge pools and delightful guest areas with dark leather armchairs and deep colored rugs which create inviting spaces. Sumptuous local cuisine can be enjoyed on the viewing decks, in the dining room, by lantern light in the cosy walled boma or in any of a number of awe inspiring locations across the reserve.
Game drives with an armed ranger and experienced tracker team, interpretive bush walks, fishing, canoeing, bush picnics are all included in room rates however luxury walking adventures, rhino darting and tailor made safaris are charged additionally.
You can also take to the skies in a fixed wing aircraft over the frontier region. Fly over whales and dolphins along the coastline and soar over the largest active sand dunes in the southern hemisphere, following the route taken by the early settlers.
Location & Directions
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Set along the 30 km of privately owned, lush green banks of the river after which it is named, Great Fish River. Nestled in the heart of South Africa's unspoiled Eastern Cape province lies Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, a world-class Big Five safari experience in 22 000 hectares (54 000 acres) of pristine private wilderness.
When to go
Game viewing is excellent all year round. Summers (October to March) are hot and wet, were as winters (May to August) are cool and dry. Daytime temperatures in summer are high and may soar above 36°C/97°F. Winter is known to produce beautiful warm days, though the evenings and early mornings can be quite chilly.