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    Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

    As its same suggests, this elegant lodge at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve has been designed to showcase the endless landscape and lush surrounds of the Great Fish River. Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge is all about tranquillity and solitude and boasts a classic yet contemporary design with high terraced decks overlooking the river. Nine en-suite units boast floor-to-ceiling framed glass doors, viewing decks and private plunge pools shaded by a thatched terrace. Catch magnificent sunsets from your private haven of luxury and enjoy a celebration of African cuisine next to crackling fires. At Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodg expect world-class hospitality, 5-star luxury and an intimate environment with truly breath-taking surroundings.

    Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge welcomes you to 22 000 hectares of pristine African wilderness spread across either side of the Great Fish River. As one of the two biggest game reserves in the Eastern Cape, it is known for its diversity of flora, wildlife, and spectacular safari experiences. The malaria-free reserve is home to the Big 5 and offers riveting game viewing with each safari vehicle accompanied by a ranger and a tracker.  Together the guide team has a wealth of knowledge and experience tracking wild animals. Besides the majestic lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhino, you can also see giraffe, springbok, eland, cheetah, kudu, and countless antelope species.  Due to the proximity of the Great Fish River, the area is a paradise for birdlife.  With night drives and bushwalks, there is always something new to discover on this Eastern Cape safari. Although Great Fish River Lodge only accommodate children over 12 years, Kwandwe Game Reserve is also home to 5-star Ecca Lodge and three family-friendly luxury villas.


    • Game drives
    • Walking safaris
    • Fishing
    • Stargazing
    • In-room SPA treatments
    • Private plunge pools


    • Big Five Safari
    • Great Fish River
    • 5-star luxury
    • Lodge is unfenced
    • Intimate accommodation

    Closest airport

    • Port Elizabeth International – 157km
    • Private airstrip

    Children policy

    The Great Fish River Lodge welcomes children older than 12 years, although More Details recommended for families with older teenagers (16 years and older).

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    2 x Game drives per day, fishing, bushwalks, all meals, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, refreshments on game drives, laundry and transfers to & from the reserve’s airstrip.


    Imported champagne, cigars, additional specialised safari activities, community & conservation levy, and transfers and transfers.


    Peak: 01 October – 15 January

    High: 16 January – 30 April

    Low: 01 May – 30 September

    Terms & conditions

    •  Rates are per person sharing, per night
    • Single supplement of 40% applicable
    • Rates displayed are valid to 15 January 2025

    Accommodation Options

    Luxury Suites

    Sleeps 2 Adults

    Nine luxury suites boast floor-to-ceiling framed glass doors and covered verandas with private plunge pools and outdoor showers. The suites offer a classic-contemporary African-inspired feel, ensuite bathrooms with bath and shower, double vanity and personal bars.

    Refer to seasons and T&C's above

    Peak Season £ 939 per person, per night

    High Season £ 869 per person, per night
    Low Season £ 646 per person, per night

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    By Road

    The reserve is a 2-hour drive from Port Elizabeth or a 9.5-hour drive from Cape Town, both on the scenic N2 highway. Driving from Cape Town takes you through the Garden Route for approximately 866km. Take the R350 and R344 driving a further 35 minutes to the reserve entrance.



    Flights from all major centres in South Africa to Port Elizabeth airport. Charter flights to Kwandwe Game Reserve private airstrip can be arranged.


    Flight Duration

    • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 10 minutes
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    • Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 35 minutes
    • Durban to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 20 minutes
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