Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Game Lodge, Eastern Cape Game Reserves


Along the Great Fish River you’ll find Kwandwe – one of the most well-loved game reserves in South Africa. The expansive 22,00 hectare pristine reserve will feel like yours alone to explore, making it one of the best safari holiday spots. Feel the warmth of the community while sitting under the shade of every tree and the adventure of true-Africa every time you hear the roar of a lion.

The prominence of the Big Five at Kwandwe will leave you spoilt for choice. In fact, you might just find yourself even more spellbound by the incredible bird life that this area is renowned for – after all, it is home to the majestic Fish Eagle and endangered national bird of South Africa, the Blue Crane.


While there are four different types of accommodation in this reserve, there is one in particular that truly immerses you in the heart of the untamed wilderness: the Great Fish River Lodge.

Space is the theme of this breathtaking luxury lodge that uses a natural palette and earthy tones to create calmness and tranquility. Each of the suites has floor to ceiling glass fold away doors to allow the beauty of outside to enter every part of your stay.

Watch the animals quench their thirst at the watering hole as you quench your own with a sundowner from your private balcony, overlooking your private plunge pool. Perched high up on a steep embankment means that you can enjoy un interrupted views from any one of the nine suits on offer at Great Fish River Lodge.

As evening falls, you can take a stroll to the private dining room or choose to sit in the boma under the Eastern Cape starry sky. Only the best South African fair is on offer, made with ingredients farmed by local communities. While the flicker of candle light and a near by lantern lights up the smile on your face, the food will light up your taste buds.


Kwandwe offers adventure-seekers the best game viewing in the Eastern Cape. From game drives, to bush walks and walking safaris, there is plenty of opportunity to not just see the Big Five but to walk in their footsteps.

For those in search of sheer relaxation, Kwandwe offers luxurious and natural in-room pampering while budding chefs can partake in a cooking class or two during their stay.

Kwandwe does plenty to cater for the kids too with plenty of activities, day trips and educational past-times to keep even the youngest children entertained, ensuring a great luxury holiday for all.

Child Policy

Children older than 12 years of age are welcome at Great Fish River lodge.


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