Kwandwe Private Game Reserve lies in the heart of South Africa's malaria-free Eastern Cape near Grahamstown. 22,000 hectares of farmland in the Great Fish River region were restored and restocked with African wildlife.
Today, thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo and elephant roam this diverse and fascinating reserve. Experienced rangers and Xhosa trackers lead guests on interpretive, twice-daily game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Guided bush walks and rhino tracking in Kwandwe's pristine wilderness bring you face-to-face with wild Africa at its best.
The main guest areas of Great Fish River Lodge are stylishly furnished in Frontier Settler style, integrating local African culture with colonial settler history.
Sophisticated, glass-fronted sitting and dining areas boast expansive viewing decks with breathtaking river views. Delicious Pan-African cuisine is served on the private decks, in the candlelit dining room, or enjoyed in the boma (outdoor dining area). Kwandwe is renowned for its spectacular bush banqueting in surprise settings.
Set along the steep banks of the Great Fish River, this extraordinary safari lodge affords spectacular views of the wild yet gentle African landscape.
The 9 air-conditioned and elegant thatched stone and glass suites feature floor-to-ceiling doors which fold back to reveal uninterrupted wilderness vistas.
Each suite has an en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and a private plunge pool.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Kwandwe Conservation Levy (pppn)
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
GBP 17 USD 21 ZAR 300 EUR 19
per person per night
All meals; tea/coffee; house wines, local brand spirits and beers, soft drinks and bottled water; 2 scheduled shared game drives daily in an open 4x4 safari vehicle accompanied by an experienced ranger and tracker; interpretive nature walks daily (one hour) accompanied by an experienced armed tracker; transfers in a game-drive vehicle from Heatherton (Reception and parking area) to the lodge; the Community and Conservation Levy; and a laundry/valet service are included.
Children aged 12 years and older are welcome. Adult rates apply.
Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on interpretive bush walks. Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on walking safaris.
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge can be included in you own dream holiday.
Unveiling the Luxurious Cape
One&Only Cape Town
Le Quartier Francais
The Cape Winelands
Tsala Treetop Lodge
The Garden Route
Great Fish River Lodge
Kwandwe Game Reserve
Destination: South Africa.
It's 5* all the way with this indulgent self-drive itinerary, offering outstanding luxury and style from start to end. World-class dining and Big 5 game viewing will be just some of the many highlights.
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, The Cape Winelands, The Garden Route and Kwandwe Game Reserve.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
Guest Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 17 ratings
We loved Kwandwe - it gave us a unique safari. You may not get to see loads of animals but what we saw was magical - Nico the ranger was so knowledgeable.
The Kwandwe Reserve was just the best experience ever.
Kwandwe was mind blowing - a very special place. Service from Travel Butlers staff was excellent and we would definitely book with you again. Thank you.
Fantastic attention to detail by Kwandwe staff made our stay a 5* experience all round.
Our holiday was superb and lived up to expectation. Particularly enjoyable was our stay at Kwandwe which we both agreed was the highlight of the holiday.
We met and are keeping in touch with a number of people including one of the rangers. It was informative, exciting and relaxing. The staff at all levels were terrific but our ranger and guide were exceptionally friendly and professional. If ever we wanted anything or asked for something we were reminded that we were on holiday and everything was possible.
We even saw the Big 5 including the leopard which was the first time it had been seen in almost a year.
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge Location
Directions For Drivers
From Port Elizabeth: Travel eastwards along the N2 towards Grahamstown. Travel past Grahamstown and the Settlers Monument, ignoring the Beaufort Street and R67 Port Alfred turn-offs. A few kilometres past Grahamstown turn left onto the R67 heading towards Fort Beaufort. Wind your way through the Ecca Pass for approximately 22 km, before turning left onto a gravel road at the Kwandwe sign. This turn-off is also marked Kranzdrift.
Travel about 5 km to reach the Kwandwe gate, and continue straight along that road for a further 6 km. The first house on the left is Heatherton Towers Reception area, where you will check-in and leave your car. You will then be transferred to the Lodge, which is about a 40 minutes drive away.
From East London: Travel along the N2 towards King Williamstown and then on to Grahamstown. Before reaching Grahamstown turn right onto the R67 heading towards Fort Beaufort, then follow the directions as above.
General Information For Guests
All suites have floor-to-ceiling framed glass doors which fold back, plus overhead fans and air conditioning, a thatched veranda and a private plunge pool. They also have in-room safes, a mini bar, telephone and a hairdryer. The en-suite bathrooms have a bath, indoor and outdoor showers, separate WC and twin basins.
The lodge consists of the main lounge, dining room, sitting room, outside boma, swimming pool and a large viewing deck.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available
Evening meals are served on your private deck (on request), in the dining room or in the boma.
A variety of wellness treatments are available to be enjoyed in the privacy of your suite (additional cost).
Twice daily game drives go out early morning and late afternoon in an open 4x4 safari vehicle.
In-between game drives, interpretive nature/bush walks can be arranged (lasting about an hour). Big game tracking on foot can also be arranged - this walk last between 3-4 hours.
Kwandwe offers a variety of fishing options, either in still water or in the Great Fish River (additional cost).
A Community and Conservation Levy has been included within your rate. The proceeds go towards anti-poaching efforts, the community and ecology.
Bush Walks / Walking Safaris
Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on interpretive bush walks. Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on walking safaris. The final decision on whether any guest can join a bush walk or walking safari remains with the guide and lodge manager.
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