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.
End your Garden Route adventure on a high at this top end safari destination on the Eastern Cape.
Soak up the sweeping views of this unique private reserve from your luxurious suite.
Relax by your private pool during the heat of the day.
Experience one of the largest private big 5 game viewing areas in South Africa.
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 coloured 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 programmes to support them have been introduced.
When to visit
Great Fish is a fantastic place for walking and soaking up the magical views.
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 unspoilt 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.
Guests are advised to fly to Port Elizabeth and proceed to Kwandwe by road or air transfer. A flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth takes about 1 hour 45 mins. The distance from Port Elizabeth to Kwandwe is 160km (100 miles) and can be comfortably covered by road in 2 - 2 1/2 hours. A flight from Port Elizabeth directly to the Kwandwe Airstrip takes approximately 45 minutes. Transfers to the Lodge from the airstrip or Port Elizabeth can be arranged by Kwandwe.
1 and 2 day Photographic Workshops
Kwandwe offer private photographic safaris with award-winning professional photographer Mike Dexter. This experience is private and tailor-made, each safari is provided with a private vehicle and safari guide.
Big Game Walking Safari
Walking with big game in the African bush is a thrilling experience. Head out into the reserve, accompanied by your guide, and work alongside a tracking team to get up close to the game on foot.
Interpretive Bush Walks
Hop out of the vehicle during game drives, or take a walk from camp to have a closer look at the details of the surrounding bush.
Private photographic safaris and tutorials are offered by local award-winning photographer Mike Dexter. A private safari vehicle with ranger and tracker is provided to tailor-make each experience.
Private Safari at Kwandwe
Ensure exclusivity, privacy and flexibility by organising a private guide and vehicle for one or more days of your stay at Kwandwe.
Rhino Conservation Safari
This is one of the most exciting and educational activities we know of in South Africa, a chance to join the team at Kwandwe in the darting of their rhino for conservation and preservation purposes is unmatchable.
Save the Rhino Monitoring Drive
An incredible opportunity to witness at first hand the dedicated work of Kwandwe's rhino monitoring team.
Twice Daily Game Drives
Guests at Kwandwe enjoy twice daily game drives in open safari vehicles. This is a fantastic way to explore the vast and varied environment of the reserve.