Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge: The Lowdown

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Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge is an understated, luxurious safari lodge in a large private reserve in the Eastern Cape. For us, it comes pretty close to being a perfect safari lodge- simultaneously spoiling its guests and keeping a real sense of the wilderness.

What’s Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge really like?

Décor is chic, but very much created with nature in mind. Walls are stone, the roofs are high and thatched, and furniture is made of wood. The main lodge has all of the ingredients to make you feel perfectly at home: cosy sofas, a self-service bar, a crackling fire, and lovely views from the outside deck. Walking outside to the nine standalone suites, there’re no fences between you and the wildlife, so after dark you’ll be escorted back to your room. Like the main lodge, each of the suites is also designed to make the most of the view, even from the bathtub. There’re also plunge pools, indoor and outdoor showers, and your reviewer is pleased to report a large and comfortable bed!

What can I do at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge?

We loved the game viewing on Kwandwe. Although this is a fenced reserve, we felt a tremendous sense of space and wilderness. Game drives and walking safaris are par for the course here- we loved the opportunity to see a cheetah – far more exciting than some of the better known “Big Five” (sorry buffalo, you’re just not our beast). For an extra fee, Kwandwe can also arrange a number of more specialist safari activities- rhino monitoring or taking private trips with specialist walking, birding or fishing guides. There is also the chance to fly-camp. These should all be pre-booked. Lastly, should you wish, Kwandwe can arrange a massage for you- the perfect antidote to a day in the dust.

Giving back at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge: As a reserve, Kwandwe is a victory for conversation, returning farmland to wilderness and providing home for (amongst others) endangered black rhino. As part of your stay, a contribution is made to help support the local community- if you’d like to see this in action you can ask to visit the community centre and pre-school, or bring contributions to help with the children’s education.

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