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  • Property TypeGame Lodge
  • Guests18
  • Rooms/Units9
  • Minimum Stay2 Nights

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge is an Eastern Cape game lodge providing a wildlife experience for anyone visiting Frontier Country.

About Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Great Fish River Lodge is located in the magnificent malaria-free Eastern Cape, Kwandwe Game Reserve and is within easy reach of South Africa's beautiful coastline and provides the perfect beginning or ending to a journey along the famed Garden Route. The Kwandwe Private Game Reserve consists of 22 000 hectares of untamed African bushveld.

A conservation victory, Kwandwe is home to thousands of animals, including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant and cheetah, as well as Africa's famous Big Five. Meaning “Place of the Blue Crane” in Xhosa, Kwandwe is a haven for a population of these rare, vulnerable birds. The Kwandwe Game Reserve also provides sanctuary for other threatened species, such as the Knysna woodpecker, black wildebeest, martial eagle, serval and brown hyena, critically endangered species such as the crowned eagle and black rhino and other vulnerable species such as the cheetah, black footed cat, elephant, lion, springhare and the black harrier.

At a Glance

What to expect at the lodge/reserve

  • All meals included
  • All of the Big 5
  • Guided game drives included
  • Kids' programme


The Great Fish River Lodge has luxurious suites each featuring en-suite bathrooms, indoor & outdoor showers, separate w.c and twin basins.

The rooms have personal bars and covered verandas with plunge pools.

The decor is classic-contemporary African-inspired, with natural palettes of earth-toned fabrics.

A day at the Kwandwe Game Reserve

At the Kwandwe Game Reserve, the stays of guests are planned to thrill with up close wildlife encounters combined with the comfort of luxurious accommodation and facilities.

Morning Game Drive
As dawn breaks over the African bush, a gentle tap on the door awakens guests to the delights of a new day. The ranger discusses the planned sightings over fragrant tea or coffee and morning biscuits or rusks. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of a ranger and tracker team, who will attempt to track favourite animals.

Guests return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes. Choose from eggs, oats, waffles or a number of other options.

If guests wish, they can walk off their breakfast on a short walk near the lodge, accompanied by the ranger, who will share his insight into the smaller animals and vegetation in the area. Return to the lodge in time for lunch.

Afternoon Tea
Cool off with a refreshing dip in the pool or indulge in an afternoon siesta. Over a late afternoon tea, the ranger discusses what one can expect to see during the afternoon game drive.

Evening Game Drive
This game drive begins in the late afternoon and lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life. Spot the rarely seen porcupine, aardwolf or aardvark. Enjoy sundowners in a scenic location as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon.

Return to the lodge for a mouthwatering dinner around a blazing fire in a boma or in your lodge's dining area.

Kids Experience

On arrival, children receive a welcome gift, which includes an activity book comprising animal checklists and themed games, as well as a pledge to ‘live green’ (‘Junior’ for under 6’s and ‘Senior’ for ages 6 and up), and crayons or pencils.

Adventurous activities on the reserve include scavenger hunts with thought-provoking clues to seek out hidden items, Minnow’s fishing trips, and treasure hunts using major landscape features in order to find the treasure! Back at base, kids can get involved in beading, a ‘Chefs-in-Training’ cooking lesson including baking and pizza-making, eco-educational board games, sand art, and African bedtime stories.

Young guests can assist with gardening projects at the local Mgcamabele Community and participate in arts and craft activities. Toddlers are invited to join in playtime at the pre-school.

Features you'll appreciate

  • wifi
  • swimming
  • parking
  • airport
  • wake up
  • fireplace
providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: allowed
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone (direct dial)

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Health spa
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Security (alarm system)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available
  • Tour assistance
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Xhosa
  • Zulu

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Great Fish River Lodge Suite

These luxurious suites feature en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, separate w.c, twin basins, personal bars and covered verandas with plunge pools. The decor is classic-contemporary African-inspired, with natural palettes of earth toned fabrics.

  • Area information booklet  
  • Bathrobes  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Bed linen supplied  
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.  
  • Complimentary toiletries  
  • Desk  
  • Fireplace  
  • Hairdryer  
  • Mini- / courtesy bar  
  • Safe for valuables  
  • Tea and coffee facilities  
  • Telephone (direct dial)

Qty: 9
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Accommodation as specified (exclusive-use of the villas)
Twice daily game drives
Nature walks accompanied by an armed ranger
Big game walking safari (tracking white rhino, black rhino, elephant and buffalo on foot, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team; subject to availability)
3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local & premium brand spirits, beers, teas & coffees, refreshments on game drives
Emergency medical evacuation insurance
Transfers to & from the reserve’s airstrip
Complimentary child-minding

Community & conservation levy
In-room massage treatments
Telephone calls
Safari shop purchases
All items of a personal nature
Champagne, fine wines, cigars
Additional specialised safari activities not mentioned above

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  • Property listed on since July 2010

Need to Know

Response timeKwandwe Great Fish River Lodge typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Closest airport(s)Port Elizabeth Airport - 160km
East London Airport - 185km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00
Check-out by 11h00

Payment methods accepted by the property Diners, American Express, Visa, Mastercard, EFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since July 2010

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