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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 25 May 2015

A belated review as our family was there 2 years ago but, after visiting most of the other game parks since, realise how special Kwandwe was. Doc, the guide who grew up in the area, was the difference. Outstanding tracking by following baboon noises resulted in the Big 5 in 2 hours including 3 leopard. The most special place on...

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Dear VScout, A belated response to a much appreciated review! Than you for taking your time to write a review on Kwandwe, we are looking forward to your return! Regards, The Kwandwe Team

Reviewed 7 May 2015

We stayed there for our Honeymoon, and we can't praise enough this place. Everything was perfection - warm hospitality, professional safari drives, rooms, meals, comfort, ....you name it (and they will surely provide!). We had moving expereineces at the drives watching closley the BIG 5 (except Leopard) and many other animals. Our ranger and tracker (Nico and Mundi) were very...

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 April 2015

Our first safari experience, It could not have been better. The luxury accommodation and superb food are just the start of it. Two game drives a day with our fantastic Ranger, Doc, who was so knowledgable, so keen to make sure we saw everything we could, and such good company. We saw every animal we could have wished for except...

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South East England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 April 2015

We spent 4 nights at Kwandwe and did 8 safaris in that time. Lodges, food, staff, safaris absolutely brilliant The whole experience was really memorable. The guides are so knowledgable and make the experience so interesting. Drawbacks - no spa, treatments in your lodges which we didn't want. Also no gym so a very sedentary 4 days, be prepared to...

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KwandweManagement, Manager at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear DeniseKent Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Tripadvisor, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time at Kwandwe. We are in fact looking into the possibility of a spa and gym at a secluded spot on the reserve in the next year or two, so hopefully you will be able to enjoy...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 March 2015

This was our 4th Safari and we would wholeheartedly recommend a visit to the Great Fish River Lodge, we had an amazing 3 nights here and had many special animal sightings a wonderful experience seeing Lion Cubs drink from a waterhole just how you would see kittens drinking from a bowl of milk, and a magical moment with a herd...

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East Molesey
Reviewed 19 March 2015

This was the most wonderful end to exploring the Garden Route. The kindest and most efficient staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Breath taking travels across the Estate searching for and finding the animals. Perfect sunrises and sunsets and always the joy of returning to the Lodge with the warmest of welcomes and delicious food and drink. It was really...

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Vero Beach, Florida
Reviewed 18 March 2015

It was a special time in a very special place. Accommodations were first class and the food was continuous. The staff could not do enough for you. The Lodge is itself on the small side but quite quaint. It's size though is perfect for the amount of guests at any one time. Plenty of areas to si and reflect about...

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KwandweManagement, Marketing Communications at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear TBB726, We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us at Great Fish River Lodge. As you mentioned the lodge is small, but we pride ourselves on the intimacy guests can experience when staying at Kwandwe. The beauty and tranquility of the bush is ever more apparent when there's no one around to disturb it! We have...

Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed 18 March 2015

Wow what an experience, the staff were amazing. The wildlife incredible and every little thing you needed was looked after. We indulged in the Spa treatment after the drives and this was certainly blissful , sharing this experience with strangers and making new friends was just part of the experience an A+ for sure. We had a lot of amazing...

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KwandweManagement, Marketing Communications at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Derkev, Thank you for spoiling us with such a wonderful review! We strive to always give our guests the complete experience, from game viewing to dining to spa treatments - we are so happy you enjoyed all of these with us. We hope that your 3 week trip to South Africa has encouraged you to do it all over...

Reviewed 17 March 2015

Never have I stayed in such a beautiful place. From arrival....greeting at the main house with drinks and hot towels...it just satisfies every need. Within half an hour we were being driven to the lodge and greeted by a large male giraffe en route! The main lodge itself is out of this world and the individual lodges are just as...

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Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 16 March 2015

I had the time of my life! this place is such a wonderful place! the staff is simply amazing and so warm hearted! The organisation is beyond perfection ... our ranger was nick with tracker wearnie! they are the perfect team and we had such amaizing rides with these two! we stayed 3 nights at the river lodge and were...

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KwandweManagement, Marketing Communications at Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Rafaella, We cannot thank you enough for your heartfelt and enthusiastic review of Kwandwe.. We so enjoyed having you stay with us and are thrilled that you consider us "a lifetime experience".. Nick and Wearnie will be delighted to hear your comments so be assured we will pass them on and to the whole team who all wait in...

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  • Breakfast included
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
This founding lodge with only 9 privately situated suites features a classic-contemporary style of simple elegance that embraces the lodge's splendid setting high up on a steep bank overlooking the Great Fish River. The colour scheme comprises a calm and natural palette of earthy tones, from khaki browns to charcoal greys.Pewter and glass add an effortless yet understated glamour to the furnishings; artefacts such as ostrich eggshells, hides and horns create subtle points of interest and relevance to the lodge's surrounds, whilst natural linens and plenty of texture preserve its simple but sophisticated atmosphere.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. Suites are spacious and feature en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, personal in-room bars and private decks with plunge pools overlooking the vast reserve. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Address: Heatherton Towers, Fort Brown District | Grahamstown, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve 6140, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,678 - $5,116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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“Lodge 1is furthest away from the dining area and lounge about a three/four minute walk. Though I think more animals may pass by.”
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“In Gt Fish River Lodge, bungalow 1 is a five minute walk from dining & reception. If you want tranquility, this is the one.”
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“All rooms have a view of the river”
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“All the lodges are wonderful”
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